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Details: Fargo, N.D.

Friday, November 12, 2010; 2:32 PM

Getting there

If you don't want to travel with Steinbeck, United Airlines has connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Fargo, N.D., from $440 round trip.

Where to stay

Hotel Donaldson

101 Broadway

701-478-1000

www.hoteldonaldson.com

Rooms in this boutique hotel feature work by local artists - lots of cornfields in black and white - and there's a "sky prairie" (think garden plus hot tub) on the roof. Rooms from $159.

Radisson Hotel

201 Fifth St. N.

701-232-7363

www.radisson.com/fargo-hotel-nd-58102/fargo

At 18 stories, the tallest building in town. Rooms from $104.

Where to eat

JL Beers

518 First Ave. N.

701-492-3377

www.jlbeers.com

North Dakota leads the nation in malt barley production; its farmers also grow a fair number of chipping potatoes. So it's practically a requirement to sample the local beers, freshly made potato chips and, yes, delicious burgers at this downtown spot. Burgers $3 to $4; beers $3.50 to $6.50.

Fargo Billiards and Gastropub

3234 43rd St. S.

701-282-4168

www.fargobilliards.com

North America's largest (self-proclaimed) pool hall also serves tastier-than-average bar food, with burgers from $7.50 and sandwiches from $5. Live music Wednesdays could feature the Deb Jenkins quartet - and Jenkins's version of Bob Dylan classics. (Dylan once lived in Fargo.)

Rockin' Relics

205 S. Main Ave., Rugby, N.D.

701-208-1365

Specials including cheeseburger chowder start at $2 to $3.

Paula's Cafe

(Steakhouse and Lounge)

11 W. Main St., Mayville, N.D.

701-788-4026

www.paulassteakhouseandlounge.com

Try the cherry pie (about $2). And 25-cent coffee happy hour from 3 to 4 p.m. weekdays and all day Sunday.

What to do

Fargo Theatre

314 Broadway

701-235-4152

www.fargotheatre.org

Independent film and live performances at this beautifully restored art deco theater at the center of downtown. When there's no show going on, peek in on the Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

Zandbroz Variety

420 Broadway

701-239-4729

www.zandbroz.com

Shop for books, including local titles, and other unique gifts.

Plains Art Museum

701 First Ave. N.

701-232-3821

www.plainsart.org

Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m; Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. $5.

Historical & Cultural

Society of Clay County

Hjemkomst Center

202 First Ave. N., Moorhead, Minn.

218-299-5511

www.hcscconline.org

See a Viking ship replica that made it from Minnesota to Norway in 1982. Open Monday and Wednesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. $7.

Information

www.fargomoorhead.org

R.D.

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