Eco-Friendly Vacation Destination: Minneapolis, Minnesota

by Andrew Arslan on April 8, 2012

America’s coldest major metropolitan area’s core city with an average annual temperature of 45.4 °F (7.4 °C), Minneapolis, ranks as the 10th “greenest” city in America and Canada by Siemens’ Green City Index, and the city happens to be a great destination for tourists and businesspeople, regardless of the season.

Visitors can stay at the Grand Hotel Minneapolis, a Kimpton Hotel, located at the heart of Minneapolis’ downtown, which has been recognized by as an eco-friendly hotel for its use of energy conserving devices and for contributing revenue from reservations to an environmental organization. The hotel’s location provides visitors with great access to the city’s public transportation system, which not only includes bus routes, but bus rapid transit lines that are scheduled to open later this year, a commuter rail, and a light rail system that connects the city with Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America in Bloomington, a neighboring suburb. Taxis are also available in the city’s downtown.

The Grand Hotel Minneapolis’ Global Business Program™ provides business travelers from small to mid-size organizations 20% off and exclusive benefits. The hotel itself provides all guests a with variety of amenities, which include wireless high-speed Internet access, hosted evening wine receptions, complimentary morning coffee, access to the Life Time Athletic Club, a spa and salon, meeting and event space, a 24-hour business center, and more. As a pet-friendly hotel, pets are also provided with their own unique amenities.

Dining at the hotel is easy with the SIX15 Room restaurant, which provides guests with local, organic ingredients in its food and cocktails, which is a part of the Kimpton Hotel’s EarthCare Program. The program’s “green” mission is to support a sustainable world, which utilizes green products and practices, earth-friendly meetings, and more. For more information on the program, visit the Kimpton Hotels’ website.

The hotel chain has teamed up with the Trust for Public Land to help create parks in cities across America. The hotel donates $10 from the daily room rate to the organization. The hotel also supports the Nature Conservancy, which also receives a $10 donation from the daily room rate and a tree is planted on behalf of the guest(s) as part of the Plant A Billion Trees Campaign. Kimpton Hotels have also been Green Key Certified with a 100% rating.

Outside of the hotel, the bustling city provides urbanites and nature lovers alike plenty of amenities. The beautifully designed Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is considered to be one of the nation’s “big five” museums for modern art. The city has a major art scene independent of the museum in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, which features beautiful galleries with unique works of art on display.

The city features an incredible 5.5-mile long corridor known as the Midtown Greenway that provides bicyclists and walkers an escape for leisure or exercise. The Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board provides information about the city’s parks and the various activities available in either summer or winter, and yes, the city has more than two seasons.

Vegetarians and vegans can easily enjoy the city’s many restaurants that cater to them. Minneapolis, and the neighboring capital city of St. Paul, along with the entire metropolitan area, feature many restaurants that visitors and residents can enjoy.

For more information on Minneapolis and what to do, visit

The hotel has been TAG Approved® as a gay-friendly hotel.

To book your reservation at the Grand Hotel Minneapolis, visit its website.

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Andrew Arslan

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