Carla Waldemar

Correspondent

  • Minneapolis, MN, USA

Carla Waldemar is a correspondent who lives in Minneapolis and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Waldemar is a longtime restaurant critic and edits the annual Zagat survey of Minneapolis and St. Paul restaurants. She also has served as a food editor for Better Homes and Gardens and senior editor of Cuisine. As a veteran travel writer, she reports on destinations worldwide for local and national print and online publications — yet she is always delighted to return to the lively cultural and culinary scene of her hometown.

  • On July 2, 2014
  • On September 30, 2013
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    What restaurants does The Saint Paul Hotel have?

    The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Saint Paul Hotel features three dining venues: The St. Paul Grill, M ST. Café and the Lobby Bar. Since 1990, The St. Paul Grill has been the see-and-be-seen epicenter of the city, beloved not only for its heritage and comfort menu but also for the service that speaks of old-fashioned, hometown warmth. Choose a high-backed booth or a spacious, white-clad table with a view of charming Rice Park to enjoy classic grill fare ranging from grassland steaks to liver and onions. Lunchtime, it’s the magnet for the city’s movers and shakers (including the mayor) at their favorite tables, while evening draws romantic couples and theater patrons before the show, or post-performance, where they might catch a glimpse of the performers. Sunday brunch is an occasion here, too.
     
    The adjoining Lobby Bar — a clubby, masculine affair of mahogany and brass — boasts an extensive list of premium scotches, along with premium cocktails shaken or stirred by its longtime bartenders. Breakfast and quick lunches are served downstairs in M ST. Café, which also hosts catered private functions.
  • On September 30, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit The Saint Paul Hotel?

    Most any time you plan a visit to St. Paul is a good time to stay at Forbes Travel Guide Recommended The Saint Paul Hotel. Downtown St. Paul shimmers in summertime with cafés offering outdoor seating, a bustling farmers’ market, and activity along the Mississippi River. However, September through May is high season for downtown’s many musical and theatrical performances as well as sporting events. February’s annual Winter Carnival adds outdoor fun and glitter. Year round, visitors enjoy patrolling the miles-long stretches of Grand and Selby avenues, lined with indie cafés, coffeehouses, boutiques and day spas. Newly gentrified Lowertown, within walking distance of the luxury hotel, has become a lively stretch of artists’ studios, bars with live music and small cafés. A light-rail line connecting downtown St. Paul with the University of Minnesota campus and downtown Minneapolis is nearing completion. August’s State Fair lures many to the city’s fairgrounds, too.
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