Where To Take Your Clients On A Memorable Summer Stroll

Where To Take Your Clients On A Memorable Summer Stroll

Show your out-of-town clients another side of the Twin Cities with a memorable summer evening stroll.

Indian Mounds Park, St. Paul

Clients with an interest in American Indian history will be fascinated by Indian Mounds Park, one of the oldest parks in the region. Situated along Dayton’s Bluff with views of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the park contains six ancient burial mounds, each between four and 18 feet high. The mounds, which once numbered more than 30, are believed to have been built by the Hopewell tribe nearly 2,000 years ago, with later additions by the Dakota and other Indian nations. Afterward, head to the nearby Strip Club, one of St. Paul’s most atmospheric restaurants, with tremendous takes on meat and fish. Indian Mounds Park, 10 Mounds Blvd., St. Paul, 651-632-5111, stpaul.gov; the Strip Club Meat and Fish, 378 Maria Ave., St. Paul, 651-793-6247, domeats.com

Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis

After a long day of intense meetings, a stroll around Lake of the Isles is a lovely tonic. The stateliest of the three jewels in the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Lake of the Isles, its namesake islands and the surrounding parkland were created from wetlands dredged between 1899 and 1911. Park your car on the west side near 21st Street so that when you’re finished admiring the imposing homes, you can walk directly to the Kenwood, where locals admire the locally sourced meats, fresh fish, produce, and desserts. The Kenwood, 2115 W. 21 St., Minneapolis, 612-377-3695, thekenwoodrestaurant.com

Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis

Clients who love railroads will get a kick out of walking across the Mississippi River on the Stone Arch Bridge, a National Civil Engineering Landmark. Constructed between 1882 and 1883 for what became James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railway, the granite and limestone bridge was converted to a pedestrian and bike trail in 1994. Park at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park on the east bank of the river or near Mill Ruins Park on the west side. Take in panoramic views of St. Anthony Falls and afterward, make tracks to the Freehouse in the North Loop to savor a pint of its house-brewed No. 6 American wheat ale and its signature steak and pierogies. The Freehouse, 701 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, 612-339-7011, freehousempls.com

Hyland Lake, Bloomington

First-time visitors are often surprised to learn that Minneapolis has nearly 770 square feet of parkland for every resident. After spending the day in an office tower, Hyland Lake Park Reserve offers a welcome change of scenery, plus boating, fishing and other Minnesota-style summer pleasures. After strolling the two-mile path around Hyland Lake, it’s an equally short drive to Kincaid’s in the 8400 Tower, where the salmon is wild, the wine cellar is well-stocked, and the patrons are well-heeled. Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Rd., Bloomington, 763-694-7687, threeriversparks.org; Kincaid’s, 8400 Normandale Lake Blvd., Bloomington, 952-921-2255, kincaids.com

Summit Avenue, St. Paul

Clients with an entrepreneurial spirit will be intrigued by the history of St. Paul, often called “the last city of the East,” where turn-of-the-century real estate barons, bankers, attorneys, dry goods titans and other captains of industry staked their claim. Then they commissioned top architects to build monuments to their success on Summit Avenue. Start your tour at 312 Summit, the oldest surviving home on the avenue, and continue west, admiring the work of Clarence Johnston, William Wilcox, Cass Gilbert and other noted architects. When you’ve had your fill of Victorian eye-candy, repair to the patio at W.A. Frost for a glass of vignoles from nearby St. Croix Vineyards, and a fresh summer salad. W.A. Frost, 374 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-5715, wafrost.com

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