The Impulsive Traveler: Where to go, what to know in Minneapolis

Sunday, February 20, 2011; F06

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Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to wintry Minneapolis? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of Feb. 25-27:

getting there

Delta has nonstop flights from BWI Marshall to Minneapolis, with fares starting at $309.

Where to stay

Graves 601 Hotel

601 1st Ave. N

612-677-1100

www.graves601hotel.com

Sleek and stylish hotel in the heart of downtown. Rooms from $129.

Where to eat

D'Amico & Sons

2210 Hennepin Ave. S

612-374-1858

www.damicoandsons.com

Order at the counter of this casual Italian restaurant with several locations in the city. Sandwiches, salads, pasta and pizza $8 to $13.

Punch Pizza

210 E Hennepin Ave.

612-623-8114

www.punchpizza.com

Seven locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area serving authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. The personal-size, brick-oven fired pies run from $6 to $11.

What to do

Wood Lake Nature Center

6710 Lake Shore Drive, Richfield

612-861-9365

www.woodlakenaturecenter.org

A 150-acre nature center with trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. Ski or snowshoe rental $8.

Wirth Winter Recreation Center

1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy.

763-522-4584

www.theodorewirth.org

Downtown park with hills for sledding and tubing, rails for snowboarding and paths for cross-country skiing. Snow-tube rental and tow ticket $8 children, $12 adults. Snowboarding and cross-country skiing lesson $20, snowboarding day pass $13.

information

www.minneapolis.org

S.D.

All flight and lodging info valid as of press time Thursday.

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