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For information on tourism in Minnesota you can contact the State tourist board at:
Minnesota Office of Tourism
100 Metro Square
121 Seventh Place East
St. Paul, MN 55101 Telephone: 800-657-3700 toll-free in USA and Canada
Telephone: +1 651-296-5029
Fax: +1 651 296-7095
The Rose Arbor Inn Bed & Dinner - St. Paul The Rose Arbor Inn, a bed and dinner in St. Paul's historic Ramsey Hill Neighborhood, offers you charming and comfortable accommodations in Minnesota's capitol city. Just minutes away from downtown, it provides you with easy access to your business meetings, as well as, many of St. Paul's star attractions like, The Ordway Theatre and The Science Museum.
Country Cove Bed & Breakfast - Stillwater Nestled in a private country setting, Country Cove offers a peaceful get-away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Country Cove has four oversized bedrooms, each with a private bath. The shared living area offers a fireplace and a piano for your pleasure. The Inn is very tastefully decorated with antiques and wicker.
Black Bear Casino & Hotel - Carlton Black Bear Casino & Hotel is your one-of-a-kind entertainment destination! Play and practice on the new 18-hole championship golf course and driving range. Choose from well-appointed deluxe rooms, suites and Jacuzzi retreats. Pamper yourself with onsite massage therapy and tanning, relax in the hot tub or read a book by the fireplace. Enjoy our exercise facility, indoor pool and sauna or browse our gift shop stocked with handcrafted Native American art, bead and leather crafts, pottery and other unique gift items.
Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas on Lake Superior - Lutsen Experience the premiere destination on the north shore of Lake Superior. Awarded Property of the Year by the Minnesota Innkeeper's Association, Lutsen Resort combines northwoods tradition with contemporary refinement. A year-round full-service resort with a variety of lodging: Historic lodge build of hand-hewn beam featring superb lakeside dining and pub, handcrafted log cabins, luxury condos and sea-side villas. Complimentary guest activities include kid's programs, guided hikes and ski tours, sea-kayak instruction and tours, golf.
Paradise Resort on Beautiful Moose Lake - Pennington Come and relax in the quiet, quaint seclusion of the Chippewa National Forest at Paradise Resort, just east of Bemidji. Experience true lakeside living as you walk right from your cabin door to the water's edge. Enjoy your own private dock, the call of the Loons and fabulous fishing. See the Northwoods in the spring and fall and be amazed at the awesome crappie population. Relax on our sprawling sandy beach and enjoy breathtaking views of tranquil Moose Lake. It's the perfect retreat for fishing, fun and family getaways. It is paradise indeed.
Minnesota is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. The twelfth largest state of the U.S., it is the twenty-first most populous, with 5.3 million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state on May 11, 1858. Known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the state's name comes from a Dakota word for "sky-tinted water". Those waters, together with forests, parks, and wilderness areas, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Fine and performing arts
Minnesota's major fine art museums include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center, and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum. The Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra are prominent full-time professional musical ensembles that perform concerts and offer educational programs to the community. Attendance at theatrical, musical, and comedy events in the area is strong. The Guthrie Theater moved into a new building in 2006, boasting three stages and overlooking the Mississippi River. In the United States, the Twin Cities' number of theater seats per capita ranks behind only New York City; with some 2.3 million theater tickets sold annually. The Minnesota Fringe Festival is an annual celebration of theatre, dance, improvisation, puppetry, kids' shows, visual art, and musicals. The summer festival consists of over 800 performances over 11 days in Minneapolis, and is the largest non-juried performing arts festival in the United States.
The rigors and rewards of pioneer life on the prairie were the subject of Giants in the Earth by Ole Rolvaag and of the Little House series of children's books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Small-town life was attacked by Sinclair Lewis in the novel Main Street, and more gently and affectionately satirized by Garrison Keillor in his tales of Lake Wobegon. St. Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote of the social insecurities and aspirations of the young city in stories such as Winter Dreams and The Ice Palace (published in Flappers and Philosophers). Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem The Song of Hiawatha was inspired by Minnesota and names many of the state's places and bodies of water.
Minnesotan musicians of many genres include rock star Prince, harmony singers The Andrews Sisters, rockabilly star Eddie Cochran, folk musician Bob Dylan, surf band The Trashmen, garage rock band The Castaways, pop songwriters Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, indie rock artists Jonny Lang and Soul Asylum, independent hip-hop labels Rhymesayers Entertainment and Doomtree and cult favorites such as Hüsker Dü and The Replacements.
Minnesotans have made significant contributions to comedy, theater, and film. Ole and Lena jokes are best appreciated when delivered in the accent of Scandinavian Americans. Garrison Keillor is known around the country for resurrecting old-style radio comedy with A Prairie Home Companion, which has aired since the 1970s. Local television had the satirical show The Bedtime Nooz in the 1960s, while area natives Lizz Winstead and Craig Kilborn helped create the increasingly influential Daily Show decades later. Actors from the state include Eddie Albert, Judy Garland, Jessica Lange, Seann William Scott, Josh Hartnett, Jessica Biel, Vince Vaughn, Rachel Leigh Cook, Steve Zahn, Kevin Sorbo, and Winona Ryder. Joel and Ethan Coen, Terry Gilliam and Mike Todd contributed to the art of film, and others brought the offbeat cult shows Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Let's Bowl to national cable from the Twin Cities.
Stereotypical Minnesotan traits include manners known as "Minnesota nice", Lutheranism, a strong sense of community and shared culture, and their distinctive brand of North Central American English sprinkled with Scandinavian-sounding words such as uff da. Potlucks, usually with a variety of hotdish casseroles, are popular at community functions, especially church activities. Minnesota's Scandinavian heritage makes lutefisk a traditional holiday dish. Movies like Fargo, Juno, A Serious Man, Drop Dead Gorgeous, New in Town, Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men; the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Golden Girls, the Mary Tyler Moore Show and Coach; the radio show A Prairie Home Companion; and the book How to Talk Minnesotan lampoon (and celebrate) Minnesotan culture, speech and mannerisms.
The Minnesota State Fair, advertised as The Great Minnesota Get-Together, is an icon of state culture. In a state of 5.2 million people, there were almost 1.8 million visitors to the fair in 2009, breaking the previous record set in 2001. The fair covers the variety of life in Minnesota, including fine art, science, agriculture, food preparation, 4H displays, music, the midway, and corporate merchandising. It is known for its displays of seed art, butter sculptures of dairy princesses, the birthing barn, and the "fattest pig" competition. One can also find dozens of varieties of food on a stick, such as Pronto Pups, cheese curds, and deep fried candy bars. On a smaller scale, many of these attractions are offered at numerous county fairs.
Other large annual festivals include the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Minneapolis' Aquatennial and Mill City Music Festival, Moondance Jam in Walker, Sonshine Christian music festival in Willmar, the Judy Garland Festival in Grand Rapids, Eelpout Festival on Leech Lake, and WE Fest in Detroit Lakes.
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