News & Events

 Updates, events and news for the hotel and surrounding area!

Download Our 2016 Holiday Brochure!

Our 14 page Holiday Brochure is full of detailed holiday event information, menus and photos. It has everything you need to plan a spectacular holiday season with us! 2016 Holiday Brochure (PDF)

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Celebrating our 11th season, It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play returns this December! 
Shows are December 8 - 24, 2016. Seat reservations are on sale now.

NEW this year, we are offering premium 1st and 2nd row seating for an extra $10 per person. 

Please click here to book online

Enjoy the show and spend the night! Inquire about our special guestroom rate of $40 off our best available rate for It’s A Wonderful Life (based on availability).

Visit our It's A Wonderful Life webpage for dates and more information.



Join Us for “Painting in the Park”

Introducing The Saint Paul Hotel's newest special event "Painting in the Park," a painting, wine and culinary adventure, taught by artist Johna Stern.

No artistic experience necessary! Join us for an afternoon of fun, creativity, wine and hors d'oeuvres! Uncork into your inner artist and create your own painting in a relaxing and picturesque environment.

The first class will be in Rice Park (weather dependent). The December class will be indoors.

Call 651-228-3860 for reservations and information. Our events are very popular, for best availability, make reservations early.

The price is all-inclusive and includes painting lesson, supplies, wine, hors d'oeuvres and two hours of complimentary parking in Lawson Ramp.

October 15, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
In Rice Park (or in the hotel in case of inclement weather)
$55 per person 

December 3, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Indoors at The Saint Paul Hotel.
$55 per person 

Two Fall Children’s Etiquette Luncheons

Our Etiquette Class emphasizes respect for others and educates children on manners and etiquette with a fun, hands-on approach. Your child will learn social etiquette, proper introductions and fine dining skills.

The class incorporates role-playing and features a three-course lunch to help children practice and retain what they are learning. This is an excellent opportunity for children to build confidence and learn important skills which make everyday situations easier to navigate.

October 15, 10:00am - 1:00pm
November 5, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Three hours, $60 per person 
For boys and girls aged 8-13

Call 651-228-3860 to register for our Children's Etiquette Class & Luncheon.

Our Etiquette Instructor, Bethany Miller, holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and is also a graduate of the prestigious American School of Protocol in Atlanta, Georgia and has a licensure from Washington School of Protocol, Washington DC in Business Etiquette & International Protocol. Motivated by her love of teaching, she established Doors of Success School of Etiquette to further assist youth and adults with their personal development and social skills.

Ms. Miller is a skilled educator working with students in elementary school, high school, college and the corporate world and has an engaging personality and makes learning the finer details of manners and social skills memorable.

What’s Blooming at The Saint Paul Hotel

by Rebecca Gross, Horticulturist and Gardener of The Saint Paul Hotel

With cooler weather, we are entering the fall gardening season. The gardens at the Saint Paul Hotel are still in full bloom. Our summer annuals continue to send out new flowers and many perennials will keep blooming well into September, including hibiscus, shrub roses, catmint, Russian sage, sedum, a few daylilies, phlox, and Joe Pye weed. I have also started planting mums and ornamental kale throughout the garden. Both plants can handle a few frosts, so they will continue to add color and texture to the garden late into the fall. Later in the month, I’ll plant tulip, daffodil, grape hyacinth, crocus, and allium bulbs in preparation for next spring. With summer coming to an end, it’s fun to start daydreaming about next year’s spring garden.

Gardening Tip for September…

Early September is a great time to divide your spring and summer blooming perennials. With cooler temperatures and several weeks left before regular hard frosts, perennials will have an easy time getting reestablished. It’s also a great time to plant new perennials, as you’ll find lots of sales at garden centers.

Photo: Our late summer garden.



JoAnn Funk Returns for Her Fall Season of Jazz in the Lobby Bar

Jazz in the Lobby Bar is back!

JoAnn and Jeff will play all of the dates except for a few fall dates. Chris Lomheim and Jeff Bruseke will play on September 17 and October 15. Phil Aaron with play with Jeff Bruseke on October 8.

Visit our Jazz in the Lobby Bar webpage or download the Jazz in the Lobby Bar PDF for more information and to see all the performance dates. 

JoAnn and her husband, Steven Marking, spent much of the summer going up and down the Mississippi River on river cruise boats as entertainers.

We are excited to welcome JoAnn and bassist Jeff Brueske back for another season of Jazz in the Lobby Bar.


The Lobby Bar Featured Cocktail — Pear Cosmopolitan

5.0 oz  Grey Goose Pear Vodka
0.5 oz  Cointreau Liqueur
1.0 oz  Cranberry Cocktail Juice
0.5 oz  Fresh Lime Juice or Lime Juice Mixer 

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously. Purge contents into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of fresh pear, a lime wedge or cranberries if desired.

A slightly sweet, fruity cosmo for October. The Grey Goose Pear is very flavorful. The Cointreau adds a hint of orange and the lime juice balances everything perfectly.



M ST Cafe’s Featured September Menu Item – 
Grilled Turkey Burger

Each month M ST. Cafe features a "Lunch Specials" menu. this month's we're featuring a Grilled Turkey Burger: Grilled Turkey Patty with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon and Tomato Harissa Jam, topped with Balsamic Vinaigrette Arugula Salad on a Brioche Bun.

Served with a choice of Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette or M ST. Seasoned Potato Chips. (Pictured below with French Fry upgrade).

M ST Cafe's Grilled Turkey Burger

Visit M ST. Cafe and try one of our specials!  Reservations: 651-228-3855 or Make Your Reservation online.

Did You Know?

Did you know that the hotel used to have a parking lot where our English garden is currently located? 

For nearly 70 years, since the hotel's opening in 1910, the main entrance was a double entrance on St. Peter and 5th Streets.

In the 1940s a surface parking lot and a small parking garage were added behind the hotel to accommodate the growing number of guests with automobiles.

During the hotel's renovation in 1981, the main entrance was moved from St. Peter and 5th Streets to its present location — where the old parking lot used to be.

Originally the new Market Street circle entrance was surrounded by a lawn and arborvitae trees. We added our English garden in 1994.

Photo below: The Saint Paul Hotel in the 1940s. This black and white drawing shows the hotel's parking lot and a small, indoor parking garage.



Employee Spotlight
Felix Chitera, In-Room Dining Server

1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
I have worked at the hotel for 15 years.

2. Explain your daily tasks.
My daily tasks include delivering room service meals to guests' rooms, restocking the minibars and keeping the room service area organized and clean.

3. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel? 
My favorite memories and experiences are having had the opportunities to meet many celebrities while I've been here.

4. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
I like to golf and shoot darts. I also enjoy other hobbies.

5. If you could choose any other position, what would it be? 
I would like to be a skilled cook.

6. What is a "fun fact" about you?
I have a good sense of humor. I enjoy telling jokes and making people laugh.

Felix on one of our guestroom floors.