Dearest friends and family,
We're so lucky to have shared our lives with such wonderful people and we can't wait to celebrate our wedding with all of you. If you're able to make it to Minneapolis this Labor Day weekend, we hope this website will help you plan for the trip.
For those of you who will be traveling to attend, we're especially grateful and excited to show you around our city. Let us know if you plan to arrive early — we'd love to spend the week catching up with friends. If you need any tips beyond what we've listed below, please don't hesitate to ask us. We also hope you can join us for other weekend festivities, including the State Fair and Brit's Pub on Friday.
Amy & Matt
It all started the summer of 2012 — Matt had just returned from living in Spain and Amy was discovering how great Minneapolis is during the summer. Matt was bored and looking for a dinner companion, while Amy was happily avoiding her looming PhD exams. We found each other online thanks, in large part, to our shared love of travel and food. Our first date lasted so long that Amy got a parking ticket. Our second date started near the Stone Arch Bridge and turned into a marathon of fun dates. Eventually, Amy had to take her exams, so Matt stocked her fridge with a week's worth of delicious food before she went into seclusion, occasionally surfacing for study dates at coffee shops and the library. Amy re-emerged a few weeks later, well fed, successful, and very much in love. Matt still doesn't know what hit him.
The ceremony will be held on the balcony above the green tent patio area of the Aster Café. Just walk up the stairs between The Aster and Vic's. It'll be short and sweet so try not to miss it. We recommend arriving early to walk around the park across the street or stop by Tugg's Tavern for the best lemonade in Minneapolis. Cocktail attire (whatever that means to you).
For those arriving early, join us for an afternoon at the Minnesota State Fair. Trust us, it's the best people watching in the world and you won't have to eat again until the reception on Saturday night. It's open until Monday.
We are meeting at 12:30pm at the Government Plaza light rail station on S. 5th Street and 3rd Ave. S. in downtown Minneapolis (map).From there we’ll be taking the Green Line to TCF Stadium and a free shuttle bus to the fairgrounds. Please give us a heads up if you plan to meet us here at 12:30 so we can wait for you. We plan to be at the fair from about 1-4pm or so. Tickets are $13 each. Note: If you want to meet us at the fair, give us a call and we'll figure out the easiest way to get you there.
Rain Plan: We're still going to the fair.
Friday Evening 7-10 @ Brit's Pub
Casual get together and lawn bowling on a downtown rooftop. Brit's has a full menu if you haven't gotten your fill at the fair by then. The Pub is a 10 minute walk or short cab ride from most downtown hotels. The patio seating and lawn bowling are on the second level and the lanes are reserved from 8-10pm. (map)
Rain Plan: Still going to be a Brit's but we'll be inside.
All the wedding festivities are near the St. Anthony Main waterfront. (125 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414 - map)
The easiest place to park is the ramp on 2nd St. SE & 2nd Ave. SE (map). It's only $4 after 4pm. Once you park, just walk directly across 2nd St. where you'll see the ceremony setup on the balcony above the stairs leading to the Aster courtyard. You can also take the elevator to the "T" level and there's a tunnel that leads directly to the Aster.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP) is a hub for Delta and Sun Country Airlines. St. Anthony Main is about 10 miles (20 minutes) from airport.
The light rail serves the airport, the Mall of America, downtown Minneapolis, and St. Paul. It does not serve the St. Anthony Main area, but the closet stop is Government Plaza (3 blocks from the Depot Hotel and 10 blocks from the Nicollet Inn). MetroTransit.org
Unless you're planning on extracurricular activities outside the Minneapolis area, it's probably not necessary to rent a car. There's plenty to see and do in the downtown Minneapolis area, and all the wedding locations are either a walk or short cab ride away. We also recommend Car2Go, which has cars stationed all over the city, and the Uber car service.
We've pre-reserved room blocks at 2 hotels, but there are plenty of others nearby. When booking, be sure to tell them you're part of the Pekol/Bartel wedding. Rooms need to be reserved by July 29.
Nicollet Island Inn ($199)
The Inn is where we are planning to stay on Saturday night. It's is on a small island just down the street (3-5 minute walk) from the Aster Café. Overnight parking is free for guests. (map)
The Depot Hotel ($139)
The Depot is a large hotel just across the Mississippi river (about a 15 minute walk) from the Aster Cafe. For those with kids, rooms include free admission to their indoor water park. Overnight parking is available for $15 weekdays/$19 weekends. [Note: The Depot also has Residence Suites available with kitchens. Check website for rates.] (map)
If you find another hotel, anything in the downtown Minneapolis area will be just fine. All the hotels are at most a 5 minute ($10) cab ride away from the wedding festivities. (Minneapolis just ain't that big.) If you have any questions at all, give us a call -- we're happy to help.
Minnesota State Fair
Twelve days of fun ending on Labor Day! This is not to be missed. mnstatefair.org
Food & Drink
Some recommendations in the area: Wilde Roast Café, Spoonriver, Red Stag Supper Club, Eli’s East, KinDee (Thai)
Around Saint Anthony Main & Downtown Minneapolis
The Great Outdoors
Fun fact 1: In Minneapolis, 94 percent of residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
Fun fact 2: Minneapolis has the most bike parking and the second-most bike paths in the country, making it one of the nation's most bike-friendly cities.