Valentines Day – In the Mood for Romance?

Looking for fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones? Here are some ideas, ranging from the traditional – a lovely meal or dancing – to the unusual – snowshoeing or Victorian poetry, anyone?

como-conservatory-bigger
HDR – Sunken Garden Como Park Conservatory by Jucadima is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Enchanted Evening – A Valentine’s Dining Experience at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Though February 14th is sold out, they’ve added a seating on the 13th for this romantic candlelit dinner among the indoor gardens of St. Paul’s lush conservatory. String music, limited wine and beer, and animal ambassadors will enhance your experience, as will the opportunity to bask in the humidity and warmth in the midst of a dry St. Paul February.

February 13, 2017, 8:00 pm
$170 per couple, all-inclusive.
Register online.

If you want to make Valentine’s a full day experience, or enjoy the atmosphere of the conservatory and have dinner elsewhere, there are other events during the day, including the Winter Flower Show, and a chance to meet the conservatory’s gardeners at 1:00.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55103
651-487-8201
Winter Hours:  10-4

sleigh-ride
Sleigh Ride by Bill Burris is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Three Rivers Park District Valentine Programs

Looking for something a little unusual to do with your loved ones? Maybe something outdoors? The Three Rivers Park District offers events ranging from Candlelit Trails to a Victorian Valentine’s Dinner to a Valentine’s Snowshoe Hike to a Lovebirds’ Local Foods Dinner and Sleigh Rides. All their events but one (which is sold out) are happening the weekend before Valentine’s Day, so you could choose off Three River’s menu and do something on the day, if you want to make an extravaganza of the holiday this year.

Three River Parks District is in Hennepin County, so a little bit of a drive from the B&B, but well worth it. Check out the webpage for more information on individual events.

salsa-dancing
Big Bay Ballroom – Salsa Spice
by Port of San Diego is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Valentine’s Day Dance

“Love is in the air, so join us for a special night of ballroom dancing with The Dancers Studio Family! Includes complimentary glass of champagne at the door, dessert and cash bar throughout the evening.

“FREE Beginning Salsa Class @ 7:00pm

“Both singles and couples welcome!”

$15 per person
Purchase tickets online.

Dancers Studio
415 Pascal St. North, St. Paul, MN 55104
651-641-0777
info@dancersstudio.com

MR2.9 SP3.2qh r8
James J. Hill House, circa 1895, courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

Victorian Poetry Slam

“Celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th century poetry in the James J. Hill House drawing room. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, will perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning and more dealing with love, romance, temperance, sports and war—even poems about James J. Hill! Audience members are also invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud throughout the evening.”

Tue., Feb 14, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$12/$10 MNHS members

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(7 blocks from the B&B.)
651-297-2555
hillhouse@mnhs.org

lgbt-lobby-day-2006OutFront justFair LGBT Lobby Day 2006 by Tony Webster is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Land of 10,000 Loves

“Historian Stewart Van Cleve blends oral history, archival narrative, newspaper accounts and fascinating illustrations to paint a remarkable picture of Minnesota’s queer history. Van Cleve will present from his book “Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota,” which explores the sacrifices, scandals and victories that have affected and continue to affect the lives of queer Minnesotans.

“Stewart Van Cleve is a former assistant curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota.”

Tue., Feb 14, 2017, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
$5/$3 MNHS members

Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(1.1 miles from the B&B, and easily busable.)
651-259-3015
boxoffice@mnhs.org

However you decide to spend Valentine’s Day, have fun, be safe, and celebrate all the love in your life.

Good Eats for the Irish in Us All

You’ll need food to support any St. Patrick’s Day celebrating you might do. Here are some ideas.

O’Gara’s Bar & Grill

Shamrock Glasses

O’Gara’s is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year with a St. Paddy’s tent party blowout. You can get corned beef and cabbage, a Shamrock burger, or other Irish goodies. Accompany it with some beer or a good whisky.

This week they’re serving music with their food. Check their website for additional events, but here’s their schedule for the day itself.

  • Noon – 4 pm: Hang out with Ben and Dana for the Go 96.3 Morning Show and test your luck on the Irish prize wheel for a chance to win some cool prizes.
  • O’Gara’s 25th Annual World’s Shortest Parade Led by the Brian Boru Pipe Band 3:30
  • Shamrock Room:  The Whiskies 4 – 8 pm & Two Hicks and a Chick 9 pm – 1 am
  • Tent:  The Todd Douglas Band 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

164 N Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

Great Waters Brewing Company

Green Beer

This downtown restaurant will be opening at 10:00 am on the 17th for the convenience of parade-goers, and offering a limited St. Patrick’s Day menu including corned beef and cabbage, corned beef sandwiches, salmon, and clam chowder.

426 Saint Peter St., Saint Paul, MN

Tavern on Grand

Green Hat

This iconic eatery goes just a bit Irish on the 17th with a traditional corned beef and cabbage, but your luck is also almost certain to be good with their scrumptious walleye dishes.

656 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN

St. Paul Grill

Green Hair

The St. Paul Grill (the restaurant at the St. Paul Hotel) will have a stand on 5th & Market for the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 10:30 am. They’ll be serving Reuben sliders with sweet potato chips, Guinness, Jameson Ginger, and Bailey’s & Coffee. They’ll be serving their regular menu inside.

Shamrock’s: The Irish Nook

Shamrocks Three

Shamrock’s has a full day of events planned for St. Patrick’s day, extending into the weekend, including a special menu, a tent party, movies, and “all things green.” You can find more information on their Facebook page.

995 7th Street West, St. Paul, MN
Free Busing

Metro Transit is offering free rides from 6 pm to 3 am, so be safe.

Have a delicious time!

 

 

 

Published in: on March 16, 2016 at 4:23 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags:

St. Paul Joyfully Invites You to its St. Paddy’s Day Celebrations

While you’re visiting the B&B this week, help St. Paul celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The city takes the wearin’ o’ the green seriously, and here are some ways you can wear your Irish proudly (even if you’re not Irish at all!).

The Parade

Parade

This year marks the 50th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade through downtown St. Paul. Held rain, snow, or shine on March 17th (unless it falls on a holy day or Sunday), it’s a wildly popular event, with lots of bands, dancers, community groups, and wearing of the green, but only a few vehicles for dignitaries. The parade culminates with the crowning of Ms. Shamrock, and is put on by the St. Patrick’s Association.

Thurs, March 17th at noon. (You’ll want to arrive early for good viewing.)
It runs down 5th Street, starting at Sibley Street and ending at Rice Park.

35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration & Day of Irish Dance

imdas-35th-annual-st-patricks-day-irish-celebratio-38

Join the Irish Music & Dance association for a two-day celebration featuring regional and local Irish entertainment on multiple stages, Irish dance, Celtic vendors, Irish cuisine, pipe bands, and (Thursday only) children’s crafts and entertainment. Check the website for an entertainment schedule.

Thurs, March 17th, 10-5, and Sun, March 20th, 11-5
At the Landmark Center on Rice Park
Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for kids 5-12, and can be purchased at the door either day

Kickin’ It Irish

A thrilling showcase of Irish music and dance.

March 10-17, check website for showtimes under ‘Get Tickets.’
At the SteppingStone Theatre, 55 N. Victoria St., St. Paul, MN
$16 for adults, $12 for students and seniors

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Ceili Dance with music by Barra  

If you’re eager to dance instead of watch, this is the event for you. This is traditional Irish folk dance, with a caller, and it’s a great family event. Beginners are welcome. Beverages and desserts available.

Thurs, March 17, 2016. Dance instruction begins at 7, with dancing from 7:30-10 pm
Czech-Slovak Protective Society (CSPS) Hall, on West 7th and Michigan Ave.
Tickets available at the door: Adults, $10; kids aged 15 and under, $5

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Ceili Dance with music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band

Another opportunity to dance traditional Irish folk dances, with lessons and calling. ‘Kid favorite’ dances played in the first hour.

Thurs, March 17, 7-10 pm
The Celtic Junction, 836 n. Prior Ave., St. Paul, MN
$10, $5 for ages 12 and under and 60 and up, free for kids ages 5 and under

And if none of that strikes your fancy, check out the calendar at the Irish Music and Dance Association for more great ideas for celebrating the Irish in St. Paul.

Free Busing

Also, Metro Transit is offering free rides from 6 pm to 3 am, so be safe.

Have a great celebration!

Published in: on March 16, 2016 at 4:05 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags:

All Hail the Minnesota Winter!

A signature St. Paul event is happening this week – the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

The Winter Carnival, a tradition since 1886, is the oldest winter festival in the U.S. It was a response by local business owners to newspaper reports that the cold made the state virtually uninhabitable, and was designed to show off the beauties, and fun, of a Minnesota winter.

Boreas

The legend of the Winter Carnival centers around King Boreas, God of the Winds, and the Queen of Snows, who are holding court in St. Paul. They’re challenged by Vulcanus Rex, the God of Fire, Boreas’ implacable enemy. Boreas proclaims Carnival in St. Paul for ten days, and on the final day Vulcanus Rex storms Boreas’ ice castle. Not wanting to incite violence, Boreas retreats back to Olympus to dwell among the other gods there, and waits for ice and snow to enrobe St. Paul again next year.

Winter Court

2013-Vulcan-Krewe-thm

This story is acted out every year, with the courts of King Boreas, his brother winds, their princesses, and court officials, and Vulcanus Rex and his followers, and proceeds with the proper pomp and ceremony.

Ice sculptures

Ice Palace

The nexus of the carnival is Rice Park, located downtown St. Paul, where the ice sculptures are carved and displayed. This year there’s also a mini ice palace, made of 400 blocks of ice, an ice bar, and live music. Elsewhere are parades, the Snow Park with all sorts of fun family activities, the Disc Golf Ice Bowl, a snow plow competition, a cat show, and a winter run.

Medallion

And then there’s the Treasure Hunt. Daily clues appear in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and if you decode them correctly they point the way to the medallion’s hiding place and a fair amount of money. Otherwise you get fresh air, exercise, and the joy of the hunt. This is a very popular tradition, with thousands of people participating and some very active online forums debating the minutiae of the clues. You can see evidence of the searchers’ enthusiasm in the missing piece of the Medallion above.

So come join the fun and help celebrate winter in Minnesota.

 

Published in: on February 1, 2016 at 6:54 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags:

Help the Twin Cities Celebrate Christmas

Here are some ideas to help the Twin Cities celebrate Christmas while you’re visiting the B&B.

A Victorian Christmas at the Alexander Ramsey House

arh_holidays4

“Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the family’s Steinway piano, and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. Discover how the Ramsey family and their friends, neighbors and servants prepared for and celebrated the Christmas season. Shop in the Carriage House gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday items.

The 60-minute guided tours start every half hour with the last tour starting at 3:30 pm. A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House runs Wednesdays through Sundays Nov. 27, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016, except Dec. 25.

Cost:  $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS [Minnesota Historical Society] members. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015” (1 mile from the B&B.)

Hill House Holidays

JJH presents_0

“The bustle and excitement of a Gilded Age Christmas is brought to life as the servants of the James J. Hill House prepare for the holidays. Costumed actors portray people who worked for the Hill family in a dramatized portrayal of servant life and holiday preparations at the Hill family’s Summit Avenue mansion. The program moves through the elegant first floor spaces and then to the basement servant work areas. The script is based on letters and oral histories of people who worked for the Hill family during the first decade of the 20th century.

Tours leave every half hour, and Hill House Holidays runs Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 5-27.

Cost:  $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, $8 ages 6-17, $2 discount MNHS [Minnesota Historical Society] members. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015” (6 blocks from the B&B.)

Check the James J. Hill House website for other events, such as concerts and storytelling.

An Eventually Christmas:  Holidays at the Mill

mcm_eventually_0

“Join the Ghost of Mill City Past for an intimate look at the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party in this unique play set in the museum’s Flour Tower elevator ride. Scenes unfold on different floors where the audience meets characters drawn from the pages of the company’s employee newspaper, the Eventually News. Witness the rocky romance of Celia and Otto; meet marketing mastermind Benjamin S. Bull; experience the awesome sweeping power of Bill Smith and learn the secret origin of the Washburn Crosby marketing slogan, “Eventually—Why Not Now?”

Performances are at 6, 7 and 8 pm. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Ticket includes museum admission and refreshments after the play.

$14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 6-17 and MNHS [Minnesota Historical Society] members, $2 off adult admission with Fringe Festival button. Get tickets online or call 651-259-3015”

At the Mill City Museum Dec 13, 17, 18, 19th. (8.7 miles from the B&B.)

The Christmas Carol on stage

Guthrie web_showpagebanner_ACC2015

The nationally renowned Guthrie Theater is continuing its annual tradition of Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Check the website for more information and showtimes. (8.3 miles from the B&B.)

European Christmas Market

st-paul-christmas-market-20151-660x360

“The European Christmas Market in St. Paul is based on the traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkts that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season. Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European inspired food and delicacies during the first two weekends in December:

Friday, December 4: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 5: 10 am – 9 p.m.
Sunday, December 6: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday, December 11: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 12: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, December 13: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.”

At Union Depot downtown St. Paul. (2.3 miles from the B&B.)

Christmas Concerts

Holiday Concert 2012 2
A listing of Christmas concerts happening all over the city.

Holiday Events from the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Zoo-Lights
A listing of events happening in the Twin Cities in December, many of them holiday themed.

 

Clue #17 and OK Just Try It……The Minnesota Opera

Close to home

The new operas for the 2009-2010 season have been posted for the Minnesota Opera.  Why not try one of the fabulous offerings: The Pearl Fishers, Casanova’s Homecoming, Roberto Devereaux, La boheme or Salome.   Then make a reservation at Cathedral Hill B&B for your pampered (we do spoil people!) lodging because the B&B is only 10 minutes from the Ordway where the operas will be performed.

Published in: on August 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Clue #16 only four to go! Plus Irish Fest is in town.

Doesn't look like today's porch lights does it!

Doesn't look like today's porch lights does it!

This weekend it is going to be very hot and just in time for the annual Irish Fair at Harriet Island, a short 5-10 minute drive from Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast.  If you are from St. Paul you know that there was a significant Irish population immigrating here at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.  The Irish Fair is free, so be sure to meander on down to take in some Irish dancing.

Published in: on August 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

State Fair in one month

Beautiful new painting on house on brick paved street

Beautiful new painting on house on brick paved street

Be sure to plan to come to Saint Paul during state fair time.  It is the last rite of summer, and a great get together.  Whether you are a fan of the animal barns and enormous boar, the midway, the creative activities or a special show, plan to be here sometime between August 27 through September 7.  Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast still has some rooms open during that time too!
Published in: on July 23, 2009 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Nearby Como Park Lakeside Pavillion

Clue 8

Clue 8

If you are staying at Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast on July 10, 11, 16,17 or 18,  it might be a lot of fun to go the Como Park (about a ten minute drive from here) and go see The Music Man at the pavillion.  The tickets are only $10 and the outside venue is just delightful.

Published in: on July 7, 2009 at 9:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: ,

Taste of Minnesota within minutes of Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast

Architectural Scavenger hunt clue 6

Architectural Scavenger hunt clue 6

The fireworks at the Taste of Minnesota are rated some of the best in the nation.  The fireworks show plays every night at 10 pm. This  year there are multiple music acts and fun family activities.

The Taste of Minnesota is located on Harriet Island which is not far from Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast.  We still have some rooms available, so  hurry and reserve one!  The dates of The Taste of Minnesota are July 2-5.

Published in: on June 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment