News & Events
Updates, events and news for the hotel and surrounding area!
It's October and the Holidays Are Just Around the Corner.
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) or stop by the hotel to pick one up.
It's A Wonderful Life Seat Reservations Are Filling Up!
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.
Children’s Etiquette Luncheon Preview on WCCO TV and KARE11
We are offering three Children's Etiquette Classes this fall. Our Etiquette instructor, Bethany Miller was featured on both WCCO and KARE11 last week.
Photos and links below: WCCO and KARE11 video segments
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
October 29, 10:00am - 1:00pm
November 5, 10:00am - 1:00pm - Sold Out
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.
Join Us for “Painting & Prosecco”
Introducing The Saint Paul Hotel's newest special event "Painting & Prosecco," a painting, prosecco and culinary adventure, taught by artist Johna Stern.
No artistic experience necessary! Join us for an afternoon of fun, creativity, prosecco and hors d'oeuvres! Uncork into your inner artist and create your own painting in a fun, relaxing environment.
Call 651-228-3860 for reservations and information.
The price is all-inclusive and includes painting lesson, supplies, prosecco, hors d'oeuvres and two hours of complimentary parking in Lawson Ramp.
December 3, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Indoors at The Saint Paul Hotel.
$55 per person
A Cup of Tea-rror...
Children's Halloween Tea, October 30
Dress up and join us for a special Halloween Tea for kids. Our Children's Halloween Tea is a five-course tea full of spooky menu items, treats and surprises. A magician entertains children and parents alike with tricks and comedy.
Children's Halloween Tea, October 30, 2 pm - 4 pm
Call 651-228-3860 for reservations and more information.
What’s Blooming at The Saint Paul Hotel
by Rebecca Gross, Horticulturist and Gardener of The Saint Paul Hotel
It’s been a lovely fall in The Saint Paul Hotel garden. All of our mums have been planted and are slowly opening up colorful flowers. They will continue to bloom throughout October, adding color to the garden even after we’ve gotten a few frosts. Several perennials are still sending out flowers, including sedum, Russian sage, shrub roses, hibiscus, and catmint. The summer annuals are still thriving despite cooler nighttime temperatures, as we have yet to see that first frost.
October is a busy month for gardeners. It’s time to get spring flowering bulbs in the ground, if you haven’t already. Once I’ve finished planting bulbs, I will start the process of tidying up the garden for winter by pulling annuals and trimming back perennials. It’s best to wait until after the first frost to trim plants back, so they have the maximum amount of time to store up “food” for the winter.
Gardening Tip for October…
Composting is a great habit to get into this time of year. With lots of plant debris and fallen leaves, you’ll find plenty of good material to add to your pile. Simply layer brown material (dried leaves, dried grass clippings, woodchips, etc.) with green material (garden waste, fresh grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps) in a pile or bin. Turn the compost occasionally to aerate the pile. Once material has thoroughly decomposed, it makes a great mulch or soil amendment for your garden.
Photo: Come enjoy a tranquil fall respite in our garden.
Catch JoAnn Funk and Jeff Bruseke for Jazz in the Lobby Bar
JoAnn and Jeff will play each weekend except for October 15 which features Chris Lomheim and Jeff Bruseke.
Starting November 4 (through the end of March), JoAnn and Jeff will play both Friday and Saturday nights.
The Lobby Bar Featured Cocktail — Whiskey Snapper
1.5 oz Absolut Orient Apple Vodka
0.5 oz Jameson Whiskey
0.25 oz Ginger Ale
Lime Wedge, as garnish
Fill a 10 oz. cocktail glass with ice. Add the vodka and whiskey. Top with Ginger Ale and garnish with a lime wedge.
Introduced in 2011, Absolut Orient Apple is fresh and fruity with a distinct character of ripened red apples with a slight note of ginger.
M ST. Cafe’s Featured October Menu Item —
Honey Crisp Wedge
Each month M ST. Cafe features a "Lunch Specials" menu. this month's we're featuring the Honey Crisp Wedge Salad.
Honey Crisp Wedge – Baby Iceberg Wedges, Honey Crisp Apples, Nueskies Bacon, Red Radishes and Toasted Walnuts, dressed with our Tarragon-Mustard Vinaigrette
Did You Know?
Did you know that our M ST. Cafe recently received two awards from OpenTable?
M ST. Cafe was named as a "Top 10 Best Overall Restaurant" in the Twin Cities and also received a "Diners' Choice Award." M ST Cafe has also been chosen for "Best Service", "Best Value" and "Great for Brunch" by OpenTable Diners.
M ST. Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch. Visit the M ST. Cafe website for more information or to make a reservation.
Photo below: M ST. Cafe, located on the lower level of The Saint Paul Hotel.
Laura Benson, Group Reservations Coordinator
1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel? I have worked for The Saint Paul Hotel three different times, originally starting in 1990. My last hire date was in 2006, coming up on 10 years. Collectively, I’ve worked here for 15 years.
2. Explain your daily tasks.
I work in Room Reservations taking calls for guests desiring to stay with us, quoting rates, availability and setting up or changing their existing reservations. I also work closely with the Sales team. As they contract blocks of rooms for groups coming in, I receive the group information, rooming lists and set up the billing for the guests within the group guestroom block. Up until the group arrives, I make any necessary changes so their arrival experience will be seamless.
3. What is your favorite part about working for The Saint Paul Hotel?
I feel like the hotel represents the upscale, luxurious side of my home city of Saint Paul without being pretentious. I love Saint Paul history and enjoy being a part of its history being made around me. It’s not just the big events that are newsworthy, at the hotel it’s often someone’s big event and it is worth making it memorable for them.
4. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel?
Watching a very famous British rock star rush through the lobby only to be stopped by a man wandering through. The musician stopped to chat and with his fan and then with great respect he told the man in his really cool English accent, “Thanks man, but I gotta go!”
5. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
I am my family’s historian/genealogist and love chasing records of my family’s past. I also have my own very small business creating ceramic pieces to sell, custom made or at select boutiques. My husband of 26 years, Eric, and I make wine as our hobby together. Our oldest child, Taty, lives and works in NY city. Our second born, Victoria, is in her senior year at PLU in Tacoma, WA. We have a 14 year old son, Qwentin, who keeps us busy at home.
6. If you could choose any other position, what would it be?
I’ve held several different positions over the years in guest services, housekeeping and room reservations. Every one has added to who I am. With that said, I love food and I think I would enjoy being a part of designing the presentation of the beautiful food that gets created by our awesome culinary staff. That would be amazing.
7. What is a "fun fact" about you?
I have played trombone since 5th grade and still enjoy tooting my own horn once in awhile.
Above: Laura in front of an old 1910 photo of the hotel.