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Hospitality Minnesota, 305 E. Roselawn Ave., St. Paul (tel. 651/778-2400; www.hospitalitymn.worldres.com), is a good resource to help you find your preferred lodging, whether it be a chain hotel or motel, houseboat, campground, resort, or bed-and-breakfast. With the art scene explosion in Minneapolis, several swanky hotels have opened in recent years, like the outpost of New York City's boutique Chambers Hotel, 901 Hennepin Ave. (tel. 952-844-6551; www.chambersminneapolis.com), right next door to the Art Institute International. Among other perks, it has casual-chic D'Amico restaurant and a rooftop cocktail lounge. Starwood Hotels (www.starwoodhotels.com) also has two high-end spots: a 214-room Westin, and the Ivy Hotel + Residence, which was being built in a 1930s office building on 2nd Avenue South.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.