News & Events

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

The Saint Paul Hotel Welcomes Back Brian Schmechel

We welcome back Brian Schmechel as General Manager at The Saint Paul Hotel and as Regional Director of Lodging for Morrissey Hospitality Companies, Inc.

Mr. Schmechel, a 30-year hospitality industry veteran credits his passion for customer service to a stint early in his career as a bellman at The Saint Paul Hotel. Years later, he served as The Saint Paul Hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing and a Sales Manager. Most recently, he was the General Manager of the Intercontinental Hotel and DoubleTree Hotel in Saint Paul.

“Brian’s passion for providing the best for guests, his dedication to his team and staff and commitment to his community more than qualify him for the General Manager’s post at The Saint Paul Hotel,” notes Phil Jungwirth, President of MHC. “Brian’s experience leading, selling and marketing hotels in the Midwest positions Morrissey Hospitality for our growth plans and continuation as the market-leader in our industry.”

In addition to his experience with The Saint Paul Hotel and other local hotels, Mr. Schmechel has served as the General Manager for The Hotel Minneapolis, previously operated by MHC, and as Director of Business Development at Minneapolis’ Marquette Hotel.

Mr. Schmechel, a Green Bay, Wisconsin native, served four years in the United States Marine Corps from 1980-1984. He has two children, and currently lives in St. Francis, Minnesota, with his wife, Candi. Mr. Schmechel is proud to be both the son and the father of a U.S. Marine. Mr. Schmechel is an avid Green Bay Packers fan and an enthusiastic outdoors man. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, and taking long walks with his wife.

Stay With Us for the Wheels Of Italy Event, July 28

The Wheels of Italy, back for a third year, is your opportunity to get up close and personal to famous-name, Italian sports cars. 

Event will be Thursday, July 28 starting at 6 pm, on the North and East sides of The Saint Paul Hotel.

Stay at The Saint Paul Hotel for only $110 plus tax and fees! 
Call 800-292-9292 or book online with code 160728WOI. 
Offer valid July 28, 2016. Offer based on availability and is subject to change.

At this year's Wheels of Italy there will be twice as many cars as last year! Taking place on St. Peter Street between 5th and 4th Streets and on 5th Street between Market and St. Peter streets, these streets will be blocked to traffic in order to display the finest Italian automobiles and motorcycles.

Enjoy food and drink specials at Pazzaluna, such as
$5 Peroni and Summit EPA Draft Beers
$6 Italian Wines
$7 Italian Craft Cocktail

Live Music 5:30pm-9:30pm
Happy Hour 4:00-6:00pm and 9:00pm-Close
Weather Permitting

Catch Outdoor Concerts at Two Great Park Venues

Music in Mears

Mears Park, Thursdays, 
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Returning for its 13th year, Music in Mears has truly blossomed and continues to see bigger crowds and receive numerous accolades.

Visit the Music in Mears website for the full schedule and to listen to music from upcoming bands.

Rhythm in Rice

In Rice Park, Fridays, 
6:00pm - 9:00pm

New this year, this concert series and celebration has two main goals to use music as the thread to unite the multi-cultural communities of the Twin cities and to seek corporate unity through combining support of many of the large companies located in downtown Saint Paul. 

Visit the Rhythm in Rice website for the full schedule and to listen to music from upcoming bands.

Both outdoor concert series run June 9 – Aug 26, 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy free, live music, and food and drinks for purchase at all the concerts.



The Lobby Bar Featured Food and Drink  

13° Celsius Sauvignon Blanc 

This month were are featuring 13° Celsius Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. A great choice to accompany our featured menu item, the Crab Melon Salad. 

"Marlborough’s ancient, glacial, soils produce some of the most sought after, cool-climate fruit for Sauvignon Blanc. Vineyards from valleys across Marlborough were specially selected to produce our perfect blend of aromatics, green flavors and firm acid." – from 13° Celsius

Crab Melon Salad

Our highlighted "Daily Features" menu item for July is the Crab Melon Salad: Colossal Crab Meat, Herb Salad Watermelon, Feta Cheese, Watermelon Radishes and Raspberry Chipotle Dressing.



What’s Blooming at The Saint Paul Hotel

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

The garden is full of color this time of year, with many bright and cheerful perennials in bloom. Pink and purple phlox, shrub roses, Russian sage, and daylilies are creating beautiful splashes of color across the landscape.

Pink angelonia, gomphrena, blue morning glories, blue salvia, white begonias, and orange cosmos are getting established in the annual beds and will continue to flower throughout the summer.

Keep an eye out for hibiscus flowers, which will start to open later in the month. Now that I am finished planting annuals, my primary tasks in the garden will be weeding, fertilizing, and deadheading. Fortunately our new drip irrigation system, which was installed in April, has been working well, keeping the plants hydrated. I've only needed to do supplemental watering during the very hot stretches of weather.

Gardening Tip for July…

As temperatures climb and those lovely spring showers become fewer and farther apart, watering your garden becomes an increasingly important task. Watering is best done in the early or late parts of the day, to minimize evaporation.

Practice “deep” watering to avoid shallow rooted plants. Water until the top foot of soil is saturated. This will encourage your plants to reach their roots deeper to access water and will lead to healthier plants that won’t need daily irrigation. Lastly, use mulch to reduce watering needs. Mulch reduces water evaporation and improves soil moisture retention. It will also cut back on how much weeding you need to do!

Photo: An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly stopped by our garden to feast on phlox blossoms.



M ST Cafe’s Featured July Menu Items – 
Bánh Mì and Raspberry-Chicken Goat Cheese Salad

Each month M ST. Cafe features typically features four items for their "Lunch Specials" menu. July's specials are a Bánh Mì Sandwich, Raspberry-Chicken Goat Cheese Salad, Kale-Pepper Feta Omelet, and Strawberry-Chicken Spinach Wrap.

All of these specials are so delicious, we decided to feature two of them this month instead of just one!

Above Left:  Bánh Mì – Braised Pork Shoulder, Sriracha Aioli, Fresh Mint, Cilantro and Cucumbers with House Pickled Carrots and Shallots on a French Baguette. Served with a choice of Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette or M ST. Seasoned Potato Chips.

Above Right:  Raspberry-Chicken Goat Cheese Salad – Mixed Greens tossed with Chicken, Raspberries, Candied Pecans, Goat Cheese Crumbles, Fresh Mint and Watermelon Radishes with Raspberry-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette.

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

Did You Know?

Did you know that in June The Saint Paul Hotel hosted the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce's 17th Annual Foundation Luncheon?

The Luncheon's keynote speaker was Leah McLean, KSTP TV Anchor, and featured a silent auction and a wine wall/wine pull to help raise money for the Chamber's flagship program, Leadership Saint Paul (a premier program for emerging and current civic and business leaders that prepares, challenges and engages emerging and existing leaders to strengthen the Saint Paul/East Metro region).  

Employee Spotlight
Jessica Schewe, Staff Accountant

1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
I have worked at The Saint Paul Hotel for more than five years. My first day was April 18, 2011, which is exactly 101 years after the hotel first opened in 1910.

2. Explain your daily tasks. 
I ensure billing is properly set up for all upcoming events, prepare and send out invoices at the conclusion of each event, monitor credit card activity, apply payments, process and review credit applications, respond to guest inquires, assist with our payroll and do a variety of month end functions.

3. What is your favorite part about working for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
I love the energy of this hotel and the joy that it brings to those who come and celebrate some of their most important events with us—from weddings, anniversary dinners and birthday celebrations to a special evening with family and friends.  

4. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel? 
I’ve been part of a committee called Project Hospitality since I started with the hotel in 2011. This committee does a lot of wonderful things for the hotel, community and its employees. We plan events like our annual holiday party, summer picnics, volunteer opportunities, food drives, clothing drives, and ways to recognize our employees for their outstanding work. 

5. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
I spend most of my free time attending my children's basketball, baseball and softball games. I also enjoy watching professional sporting events, working in my yard, cleaning and organizing my house, watching movies with my family and spending time with friends.

6. If you could choose any other position at the hotel, what would it be?
I think I would enjoy working in our Housekeeping/Public Space department. I like when things are nice, clean and tidy, which fall right in line with our standards at The Saint Paul Hotel.

7. What is a “fun fact” about you?
I grew up in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, which is a small community of about 3,600 people and is located two hours south of the metro area. When I tell people where I grew up, most will refer to the TV show, "Little House on the Prairie." Although I grew up in Sleepy Eye, I’ve never been to Walnut Grove where Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family lived.

Photo of Jessica inside our main entrance.