News & Events

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

 Spend $100, Get $100

 Buy $100 in Gift Cards from The Saint Paul Hotel and get five $20 Promotional Cards!


Our Annual Gift Card Promotion has begun! Now through December 31, 2015 for every $100 you spend on Saint Paul Hotel Gift Cards, receive five $20 Promotional Cards, one each for The St. Paul Grill, Pazzaluna, M ST. Cafe, Tria, and Kendall's Tavern & Chophouse. Give them as gifts, or let them add to your own holiday cheer!

Gift Card Promotion available from November 1 - December 31, 2015.
Promotional cards are valid January 1 - October 31, 2016.

Don’t Delay, Make Your Holiday Plans with Us Now

Our Holiday Brochure has everything you need to plan a festive holiday season with us! It is filled with detailed information, schedules, menus, photos and more! Here are some of the contents:

• The St. Paul Grill Thanksgiving and Christmas Menus 
(Currently accepting reservations for Christmas Day only, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve are full.)
• M ST. Cafe Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Brunch Menus 
(Currently very limited Thanksgiving availability.)
• It's A Wonderful Life Menus, Photos and Information
• Afternoon Tea Schedules and Information (All Holiday Teas are full.)
• Jazz in the Lobby Bar and Lobby Caroling
• Gift Cards, Promo Cards and Gift Ideas 
• New Year's Eve Guestroom Packages
• Local Events and Highlights

Shows are filling up quickly for It's A Wonderful Life

Celebrating our 10th year of It's A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play!

Seats are filling fast. Make your seat reservations now for the best selection! The show is accompanied by a three-course luncheon for matinée performances and a three-course dinner for evening shows.  

It's A Wonderful Life Information and Menu (PDF)

Price: $65 for Luncheon Matinee and $85 for Dinner Evening performance. All-inclusive price includes performance, meal, coat check, taxes and service charge.

The Luncheon Menu features a soup, entrée and dessert. The Dinner Menu features a salad, entrée and dessert. The menu entrée for both seatings is Pork Chasseur — Seared Herb Pork Loin 
with Truffle Potato Puree, Broccolini, Grape Tomatoes & Chasseur Sauce. 
Dessert is Dulce de Leche Cheese Cake with Pecan Graham Crust and Chocolate Mousse. 

An optional Vegetarian Entrée is also available — Ricotta Stuffed Cannelloni with Vegetable Puttanesca Sauce, Pesto and Asparagus.

2015 Performance Dates

Dinner Evening Performances:

Limited Availability:
Thursday, December 10, 1:00pm
Thursday, December 10, 7:00pm
Wednesday, December 16, 1:00pm
Wednesday, December 16, 7:00pm
Thursday, December 17, 7:00pm
Friday, December 18, 1:00pm
Sunday, December 20, 7:00pm

Call for reservations for dates with limited availability 651-228-3860.

Sold Out shows:
Friday, December 11, 1:00pm
Friday, December 11, 7:00pm
Saturday, December 12, 1:00pm
Sunday, December 13, 1:00pm
Sunday, December 13, 7:00pm
Thursday, December 17, 1:00pm
Friday, December 18, 7:00pm
Saturday, December 19, 1:00pm
Saturday, December 19, 7:00pm
Sunday, December 20, 1:00pm

The American Film Institute (AFI) selected It’s a Wonderful Life as its “Most Inspiring Movie of All Time” in a 2006 “100 Years—100 Cheers” retrospective.

We invite you to join us for our equally inspiring "Live Radio Play" version!

Did You Know?

Did you know that soon The Saint Paul Hotel and Rice Park will be twinkling with millions of lights?

Rice Park will be transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland starting November 21 with a sparkling celebration of lights and fireworks that kicks off the holiday season.

The Grand Opening Celebration is in Rice Park, November 21, from 5:00pm - 6:30pm with the Tree Lighting at 6:00pm.

Across the street from Rice Park, at Landmark Plaza, Wells Fargo WinterSkate will also open on November 21 for its ice skating season. More information and full schedule for both the Tree Lighting Celebration and WinterSkate on Visit Saint Paul's website.

Our ornamental wrought iron fence and circular entrance drive will be adorned with wreaths, garlands and 18 Christmas trees, all lit with white and red lights. Inside, our lobby and event spaces will all be festooned with grand Christmas trees, garlands and other holiday decorations.

Decorating the hotel for the holidays involves many people. The spectacular transformation will begin the week before Thanksgiving and takes four or five days to complete.

What’s Blooming at The Saint Paul Hotel

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

October was an unseasonably warm month for Minnesota, and the beginning of November has so far been quite pleasant as well. Don’t let it fool you — winter will be here before we know it!

As the garden winds down for the season, I have been busy trimming back perennials and pulling annuals. Due to the warm weather, things are a little behind the normal schedule, but I think everyone was happy to see some color left in the garden despite it being November already.

Soon holiday decorations will be going up outside. In the next few weeks, lights will be hung on all the trees and shrubs. Cut trees will line the front entrance driveway and spruce tips will fill the window boxes. Inside, I'll swap out some of the potted palms for poinsettias.

Next week, we will put hay down in the garden to keep soil temperatures steady and protect some of our more sensitive perennials. It won’t be long before snow will cover the ground, which also acts as an insulator for the garden.

Gardening Tip for November...

Poinsettias are a popular indoor plant this time of year and will add great color and life to your indoor holiday décor. The plants do best in well-drained soil and in prolonged, but indirect sunlight. Water them when the surface of the soil feels dry and do not allow them to sit in standing water. With good care, the plants will last well through the holiday season!

Photo below: Colorful mums and ornamental kale thriving in the mild November weather.


The Lobby Bar Featured Cocktail – Harvest Martini

The Harvest Martini shown paired with the Lobby Bar's Tomato Fondue & Dill Havarti Panini.

1.5 oz Absolut Vanilla
0.25 oz Pumpkin Simple Syrup
1.5 oz Baileys Irish Cream
Ground Cinnamon
Crushed Graham Crackers for the rim

Wet the rim of a chilled martini glass with water or a lemon slice. Dip the rim in crushed graham crackers. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and purge contents into the glass. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon and a sprinkling of graham cracker crumbs.

Photo: Harvest Martini with Tomato Fondue & Dill Havarti Panini – Roasted Tomato Fondue with Creme Fraîche and Dill Havarti Cheese Panini.

M ST. Cafe's Featured Menu Item

Blackened Salmon – from the Sideboard Menu

Blackened Salmon is one of eight rotating Sideboard Carving Station Entrées, available Monday - Friday. Along with Blackened Salmon, M ST Cafe's other rotating entrées are Achiote Turkey Breast, BBQ Beef Brisket, Chimichurri Flank Steak, Grilled Beef Tri Tip, Kalbi Flank Steak, Lemon-Thyme Roast Turkey, and Salmon Wellington.

M ST. Cafe's Lunch Sideboard features both a Soup and Salad station and an Entrée station. Both stations can be enjoyed together as the Full Sideboard or separately. 

M ST's Sideboard is a great option for a quick, buffet-style lunch. The Sideboard Monthly Menu is posted each month on M ST's website.

View M ST. Cafe's Menu page

Make a Reservation at M ST. Cafe 

Photo below: Chef-Carved Blackened Salmon – from the Sideboard Menu

Employee Spotlight

Jessica Wanvig, Human Resources Coordinator

1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
Eleven years — I’ve worked in Sales, M ST. Cafe, The St. Paul Grill, Afternoon Tea and have filled in at PBX and supported Accounting before Human Resources.

2. Explain your daily tasks.
I am focused on the employee experience. I work to recruit more amazing employees. I plan employee outings, special events and holiday parties. I also offer support to employees, whatever that may be. My goal is to give employees all the tools they need to provide unmatched hospitality to our guests.

3. What is your favorite part about working for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
We all work so well as a team. The hotel employees are a family, and we all assist each other as needed.

4. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel? 
Attending and now hosting Cocoa with Santa, our holiday event for employees. I took my niece the first year I worked here. She’s now 16. I have also taken my 5 and 9 year old every year. 

5. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
Hanging out with my kids. We like to camp, hike, bike ride, go to plays and snowboard.

6. If you could choose any other position, what would it be? 

7. What is a “fun fact” about you?
I am a Non-Skating Official for the Minnesota RollerGirls and hope to someday get on a roller derby team.

Photo above: Jessica at the Lobby Bar railing.