Meetings & Events

9 Reasons Why Minnesota’s Sweet Spot Should Be Your Next Meeting Destination

January 10, 2022

We’re passionate about our cities and committed to showing our guests the absolute best we have to offer! St. Louis Pak and Golden Valley offer big city amenities loaded with small town hospitality and charm. We can think of hundreds of reasons why you should hold your next meeting or event here. But since we don’t want to gush (or bore you!), we’ve narrowed our list down to the top 9 reasons why your next meeting belongs in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot!

1. Hotel Rooms & Brands for Every Budget

exterior of Marriott hotels

St. Louis Park and Golden Valley are home to 9 hotels, from budget to upscale, featuring Hilton, IHG, Marriott and Wyndham brands. We offer over 1,300 rooms (and over 500 doubles), with the majority within easy walking distance of dining, shopping and entertainment.

2. Unique Meeting & Event Venues

empty Annex

From historic to modern, hotel ballrooms to a working winery, we offer a wide array of venues to suit every occasion – big or small. Discover restaurant spaces, unique places and top-notch sports and recreational facilities. We can accommodate groups up to 1,150 indoors and 3,000+ outdoors. We’ll help you host an event your attendees won’t want to miss!

3. Free Parking

No meters, no expensive parking ramps and no fees for parking a car at your hotel. St. Louis Park and Golden Valley offer ample free parking throughout the cities. Plus, we can easily accommodate overnight parking for tour busses.

4. Safe & Sustainable Communities

As cities, St. Louis Park and Golden Valley are leaders in the metro with their commitment to racial equity and inclusion and environmental stewardship. From alternative energy and alternative modes of transportation to investing in small businesses and services owned by people of color and indigenous people, we work diligently to ensure that our communities are both safe and equitable places to live, work, and visit.

5. Walkable Neighborhoods

Event on West End Boulevard

Talk a walk to remember as you wander safely through our neighborhoods. Discover favorite new places and community art spaces. Explore the West End with it’s thriving restaurant scene, shop ‘til you drop in the heart of Golden Valley or get a taste of Minnesota in the Historic Walker Lake District.

6. Entertaining Options

colleagues toasting a successful meeting

The fun doesn’t end when the meeting is over. Discover unique restaurants, shopping and attractions. Choose from over 100 eateries offer mouthwatering, masterful meals or grab a drink at one of our breweries or distilleries. Shopping enthusiasts will love our unique boutiques – and there’s no sales tax on clothing or shoes! Plus, the whole group will be entertained at places such as Game Show Battle Rooms and REM5 VR Lab. (Bonus: we also know all the best places for karaoke!)

7. An Inviting Urban Oasis

couple canoeing on Westwood Lake

Relax and get back to nature in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot. All told, St. Louis Park and Golden Valley have over 80 parks and more than 1,800 acres of nature combined. And with those acres comes miles of trails that are perfect for walking, hiking and biking. Explore over 160 acres of marsh, woods and restored prairie at our award-winning Nature Center. Canoe on Westwood Lake or try your hand at fishing. In winter, we offer world-class cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and more. No matter the season, you’ll find endless options for outdoor adventures.

8. Uber Close to it All

Twins vs the Tigers during an evening game at Target Field

Let us know how we can help you with your next meeting or event!There’s a reason we’re known as Minnesota’s Sweet Spot. Not only is it easy to get around our cities, but we’re uber close to everywhere else you might want to go. We’re less than 10-minutes away from downtown Minneapolis and attractions such as Target Field, the Walker Art Center and U.S. Bank Stadium. And we’re within a ½ hour drive (or less!) of other top sights, including: Mall of America, Paisley Park, Minnesota Zoo, Science Museum of MN, Canterbury Racetrack, Valleyfair and more! When you meet and stay here, it’s easy to play there. Pretty sweet, right?

9. Easy Access via Delta Air Lines

The Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport is a Delta Air Lines hub. We’re a short, 3-hour flight from most everywhere in the United States. St. Louis Park and Golden Valley are less than 20 miles from the airport and are easily accessible via major freeways. Light rail connects the airport with downtown Minneapolis and to a vast bus transit system that connects the city with our communities. In 2023, the Southwest Light Rail line will open, with multiple stops within St. Louis Park, delivering you right to our doorstep.

Let us know how we can help you with your next meeting or event!

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