If you read the New York Times travel section you’re familiar with the snappy “36 Hours in (fill in the blank with random city)” features. I suppose the upcoming conventions in Denver and St. Paul were the reason for last week’s 36 Hours in Denver and this week’s 36 Hours in Minneapolis-St. Paul, but even without the convention, I like to think the Twin Cities deserve every word of the article.
The 12-item list of recommendations is fairly generic, (Chambers, Guthrie, the Walker) but a good starter kit for first-time Twin Cities visitors, complete with dining, lodging and entertainment suggestions. And since it’s written by our very own David Carr, (former editor of Twin Cities Reader) the article is grounded in a familiarity that only someone who’s lived here could have. (Not just any reporter flying in on assignment would discover quirky gems like the CC Club and Cedar Lake’s Hidden Beach.) The accompanying slide show offers some nice shots of the cities, like the one pictured here, by Ben Garvin for the New York Times.