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Minneapolis St. Paul

Minneapolis, MN dog-friendly hotel: Kimpton’s Grand Hotel

Chloe and I stayed this past weekend at a new Kimpton hotel, the Grand Hotel in Minneapolis. I should mention that I paid my own way at the Grand Hotel — I’ll always let you know when something I’m reviewing has been paid for by someone else. I didn’t know quite how new it was until I inquired, on check-out, but I’d had my suspicions from the beginning. It has the Kimpton quirky chic in only a few places  … Read more

Minneapolis-St. Paul off-leash dog parks: Look for ones that don’t require a permit

Minneapolis has five off-leash dog parks, but you can only use them if your dog has a special permit. Permits last for a year and cost $35 for the first dog and $25 for each additional dog; if you live outside Minneapolis (say, for example, in St. Paul), permits cost $60 for the first dog and $30 for each additional dog. Tourists can either run the risk of incurring a fine or seek alternatives.

One alternative is St. Paul’s off-leash dog  … Read more

The Covington Inn: A tugboat B&B on the Mississippi

Captain Chloe in the wheel house

We spent several days in St. Paul, MN with my brother and sister-in-law — and since a little family goes a long way (especially when the family includes a dog and her gear), we stayed on the Mississippi River at The Covington Inn. When I say “on the Mississippi,” I mean literally on the river — the Covington is a converted historic tugboat moored across from downtown St. Paul.

The innkeeper, Liz Miller, has a  … Read more

Winner of the Outward Hound “Backpack Pet Carrier” giveaway

Thanks so much to everyone who entered Dog Jaunt’s giveaway for an Outward Hound Backpack Pet Carrier, and thank you to The Kyjen Company for sponsoring it!

Photo by The Kyjen Company

The randomly-selected winner is Jen, who recommends Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lodge in Minneapolis, MN. Here’s why:

It’s a tiki-themed, very kitschy, very fun bar in NE Minneapolis. Their patio is dog-friendly. There’s nothing quite like being able to relax and sip a beverage out of a tiki mug  … Read more

Traveling by Minneapolis-St. Paul public transit with a small dog

Photo by Ron Reiring

Metro Transit operates buses in and around the Twin Cities, and it also runs the Hiawatha Line light rail connector from downtown Minneapolis to Bloomington and the Mall of America (by way of the airport). It will soon add commuter rail to its offerings, since the Northstar Commuter Rail Line will soon begin running trains from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis.

Metro Transit’s pet policy, according to the customer service representative I spoke to, is that small dogs  … Read more

Dog-friendly Minneapolis-St. Paul

When I visited the Twin Cities a few weeks ago, I looked for dog-oriented local guidebooks at my favorite local bookstore and came away empty-handed. Curses, I thought, and I cursed again when Amazon too had no useful results to offer. All the cursing could have been avoided, however, if I had known then about Sidewalk Dog, which describes itself as “the go-to community guide to dog-friendly businesses, special events, stores, restaurants and travel opportunities in the Twin Cities area and  … Read more