Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Planning Your Trip To Minneapolis

I know we've thrown a lot of Fling info at you over the past few months, and it can be hard to find all the information you're looking for. So I thought I'd put together a list of important links and information you'll need for making the final arrangements for your trip to Minnesota next week.

Minneapolis skyline

Communication

#hashtag

Our hashtag for the 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling is #gbFling2016. Please be sure to use that every time you post something about the Fling on your favorite social media site. It's a great way for sponsors, garden owners, and fellow Flingers to follow along on our adventures.

Facebook Group

Also it's important to note that all of our communication during the busy days of the Fling is done through our Facebook group. If you're coming to the Fling, but you're not a member of that group yet, please click here and request to join. Then turn on the FB notifications, and keep your eyes peeled for important announcements from now all the way through the Fling (and afterward as people start posting pictures and blog links about the Fling!)

Important Links

Hotel

Transportation

  • If you are flying in, there is light rail service from both Twin Cities terminals (Terminal 1 (Lindbergh) and Terminal 2 (Humphrey)) to downtown. You'll take the train to downtown Minneapolis, and then get off at the Warehouse District/Hennepin Ave Station. This station is on 5th Street N, between Hennepin Ave and 1st Ave N. Once you get off the train, you'll go northwest on 5th St toward 1st Ave and turn left onto 1st Ave N. The hotel is 1.5 blocks from the Transit Station between 6th St and 7th St, on the left side of the street (right across the street from the Target Center). Taking the Light Rail is super easy!
  • A cab ride will cost about $35, or you can take an Uber.
  • Driving directions to the hotel are here.  
Minneapolis Central Library (location for our Thurs eve Welcome Event)

Food

Some of your food will be provided, but not all of it. Below is a list so you know what to expect (the meals in bold/italic font are the ones where you'll be on your own).

Thursday:
  • Appetizers and beverages at our welcome event
  • You're on your own for dinner (if you're still hungry after the welcome event)
Friday:
  • You're on your own for breakfast 
  • Lunch
  • Snacks on the bus
  • Appetizers and beverages at happy hour
  • You're on your own for dinner
Saturday:
  • You're on your own for breakfast 
  • Lunch  
  • Snacks on the bus
  • Banquet Dinner
Sunday:
  • You're on your own for breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Snacks on the bus
  • You're on your own for dinner

 

Your hosts for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Garden Bloggers Fling: 

Please remember that each Fling is planned, coordinated and run by volunteers - this is not our full time job. So please, please be patient if you experience any glitches during the Fling. We'll do our best to make sure everything goes as planned - but with every BIG event, there's always something, right? So, patience and understanding are always appreciated!
Thank you!


12 comments:

  1. You are the BEST--I'm always in awe of the team that puts together the Fling. It may feel like a thankless job some days, but please know how much we all appreciate you!!! THANK YOU!! Can't wait to see you!

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  2. Thanking you before hand for all that you've all done to make this event happen. I love Minneapolis and can't wait to see the gardens. So looking forward to seeing my dear friends and meeting new garden bloggers. xoxogail

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  3. Amy and team, although I can't join you this year, I've enjoyed following your plans and posts immensely. I know how much energy and coordination goes into pulling off this fab event, and my hat's off to you, Mary and Kathleen! Have a fabulous Fling, all of you dear bloggers!!

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  4. This is only my second Fling but I am so impressed with the team's planning, organization and sponsor getting. You ladies rock! I am really looking forward to getting to know your city next week. And looking forward to seeing everyone!

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  5. Amy, Mary and Kathleen, you are all wonderful! See you soon.

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  6. Thank you all for the hard work involved in putting together a meeting like this!

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  8. Thanks, Amy and all of the rest of you. I know this will be a great Fling, and I certainly appreciate how much work you've put into making it a great event -- Thanks!

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  9. I am looking forward to meeting you and visiting MN. I know it is hard work and it is much appreciated.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment!