InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront
Minnesota’s capitol city has a unique Mississippi River Valley setting, distinctive neighborhood districts, and a vibrant downtown featuring lovely parks, memorable dining establishments and an abundance of outstanding architecture. The best mornings in Saint Paul begin with a hearty breakfast from The Buttered Tin, followed by a meander through Mears Park. The Saint Paul Farmer’s Market is another great place to go on weekends – where all goods sold are required to be made or grown locally. If it’s Saturday, be sure to stop at the stand for Eichtens Cheese Shop, where the best Tilsit, Gouda, and smoked string cheeses can be found.
Take a tour of our Saintly City and see all that it has to offer. In the summer months, Padelford Riverboats travel the mighty Mississippi, where you can spot eagles, egrets, herons and falcons while cruising from the bustling downtown harbor through the Mississippi National Great River Park. Back on dry land, Wabasha Street Caves offers a two-hour Gangster Tour to explore the sites of infamous hideouts and gun battles associated with the 1930’s gangsters like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Babyface Nelson. Winter’s bluster demands layering clothing to shield from the cold, but outside we go to ice skate next to the Landmark Center before deciphering posted clues and hunting for the St. Paul Winter Carnival medallion – hidden in one of Saint Paul’s beautiful parks.
The Minnesota State Capitol and Saint Paul Cathedral just glitter at night and can be blissfully experienced from the rooftop patios of Louis, with upscale Italian dining, or The Liffey, a spirited Irish pub. After dinner, walk to the Ordway Center to enjoy a great performance, then to Vieux Carré for live music, Jazz Fest Gumbo and their signature cocktail. The evening is not complete without some fun, easy exercise at Rival House Sporting Parlour, where you can compete in a game of shuffleboard, ping pong, or Skee-ball while sipping on your favorite craft beer.
Did you know...
1930’s Saint Paul History With the advent of the Prohibition Amendment, speakeasy clubs and gangster hideouts became common throughout Minnesota. Saint Paul became a center of operation and a haven for such notorious gangsters as John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly, and the Barker gang, whose activities extended to robbing banks, holding up mail trucks and trains, and kidnapping and holding hostages for ransom. Saint Paul Hilton The InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront first opened as the Saint Paul Hilton in 1966. Underground caves (one with 1852 carved in the wall) honeycombed the area on which the hotel stands, some used for wine cellars. When excavation for the hotel started, some of the wine racks were found.