Welcome to a New Experience!

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new Direct Booking Experience!

Previously, we received the vast majority of our over 40,000 historical bookings through partner marketplaces such as Airbnb, Expedia, and Booking.com. Due to increasing demand, we developed a more seamless booking experience along with a new ‘Best Price Promise’ for loyal guests who wish to book short-term apartment stays directly on our website at stayfrontdesk.com.

Our ‘Best Price Promise’ means that no matter where you look, you’re always going to find the best rates available on the Frontdesk website. Find a better rate somewhere else? Give us a call at 414-209-0102 and we’ll match it!

Want to try out our new booking experience for yourself? Use code “STAYNOV19” at checkout for 20% off any reservations booked during the month of November!

You can now experience Frontdesk in the following cities:

Our unique apartment-suites across the United States allow for you to truly stay where you want in the city.

Are you planning a trip to one of our incredible city destinations? Whether you’re traveling for business or for pleasure, Frontdesk has you covered! Our gorgeous one- and two-bedroom short-term rentals provide everything you need to enjoy your stay, no matter where you are. Come see why you should let us be your home away from home! 

City Spotlight: Jacksonville

Frontdesk welcomes you to Jacksonville, Florida! The “Bold City of the South,” often just called “Jax,” is the largest city by square mileage in the United States. Jacksonville is most well known for its beaches and football team, but the city has much more to offer to visitors. Keep reading to learn more about what to do, where to eat, and how to get around Jacksonville.

Things to do in Jacksonville

There are many fun things to see and do in Jacksonville. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, enjoy spending time outdoors or indoors, there is a wide variety of activities to enjoy.


Jacksonville Florida Beach

Jacksonville has 22 miles of beautiful beaches to enjoy. The city’s four main beaches are Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Mayport Beach, and Atlantic Beach. Soak up the sun, go swimming, or try surfing or paddleboarding.

Golf Courses

TPC Sawgrass in Jacksonville Florida

Northern Florida is known for being a golf hotspot and that certainly includes Jacksonville. Check out Bent Creek Golf Course or Blue Sky Golf Club, both under half an hour from downtown. Golfers who truly want the best of the best can splurge for a round at TPC Sawgrass, home of THE PLAYERS Championship.


The Cummer Museum in Jacksonville Florida

The Cummer Museum of Art is the largest fine arts museum in northeast Florida. It has over 5,000 works of art spanning centuries including Norman Rockwell and the Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain, plus historic gardens. Tip: Admission is free every Tuesday and Friday from 4 to 9 pm.

Zoo & Gardens

Jacksonville Zoo

The Jacksonville Zoo is one of the top attractions in northeast Florida. It features more than 2,000 animals and 1,000 plants in the garden section. The zoo has a two-time national award-winning jaguar exhibit plus tigers, elephants, giraffes, and more.

Best Restaurants and Bars in Jacksonville


Start off with brunch at Maple Street Biscuit Company, which has three locations in Jacksonville (two near downtown and one by the beaches). The cafe is known for its delicious biscuit sandwiches and other southern comfort dishes.


If you only have time for a quick bite but still want great food, swing into Corner Taco. It is located just down the street from the Cummer Museum of Art and serves up street-style tacos, burritos, and other Mexican fare. The restaurant also offers vegan and gluten-free options.


For dinner, head to Black Sheep in Five Points. The farm-to-table restaurant has menu items like pork chops, duck confit, shrimp and grits, and burgers, with a focus on Southern cuisine. There is also a rooftop dining and bar area.


A must-do in Jacksonville is the Jax Ale Trail, which includes seven craft breweries plus other restaurants that brew their own beer. Or, sip a classic cocktail at the aptly-named Sidecar, located in San Marco.

Hidden Gems in Jacksonville

  • Sweet Pete’s Candy – a shop known for their sea salt caramel and other gourmet candies.
  • Dwight’s Bistro – a restaurant on the beach featuring Mediterranean inspired dishes, including handmade pasta.
  • Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary – a big cat sanctuary with tigers, lions, leopards, and more.
  • Riverside Arts Market – a market held every Saturday under the Fuller Warren Bridge featuring local artists and food vendors.
  • Chamblin’s Uptown – a book store with over 500,000 used and rare books.
Jacksonville Florida

Jacksonville Neighborhoods

Downtown Core

Downtown Jacksonville, also known as Downtown Core, has great restaurants, shopping, and entertainment such as EverBank Field (home to the Jacksonville Jaguars). The area is largely walkable.

Five Points

Five Points is a historic neighborhood that has become known for its bohemian vibe. It is home to great restaurants like the afore-mentioned Black Sheep and Corner Taco, as well as the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

San Marco

San Marco is located south of downtown, across the St. Johns River. It was formerly known as the independent city of South Jacksonville. The neighborhood is home to the San Marco Square, a commercial district with indie boutiques, art galleries, and cafes.


Southbank is also located across the St. Johns River from downtown, near San Marco. Attractions include the Museum of Science and History, Friendship Fountain, and the Southbank Riverwalk.


The Beaches is an area in eastern Jacksonville bordering the Atlantic Ocean. As the name indicates, it is home to Jacksonville’s four main beaches, as well as beachfront shopping and dining.

Best Way to Get Around Jacksonville

The best way to get around Jacksonville is by car. Jacksonville does have some public transportation, including the Jacksonville Skyway (an elevated monorail) which runs during the weekdays. There is also the Riverside Trolley, which services downtown Jacksonville and the Riverside district, and the Beaches Trolley, which runs between Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach.

Frequently Asked Questions About Jacksonville

Jacksonville was founded in 1822 and incorporated in 1832.

The city was named for then-general and territorial governor Andrew Jackson.
Jacksonville is home to the NFL team the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jacksonville has hot, humid summers often reaching over 100° and warm to mild winters between 50-80°. The wettest months are May through September, while the driest months are from November through April.

Big Ten Championship Game

Calling all college football fans! The ninth annual Big Ten Championship game is coming to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on December 7th. The event is scheduled to begin at 8 pm Eastern Time that evening. The Big Ten Conference is made up of 14 of the top universities in the country who pride themselves in their exceptional education programs, as well as fostering some of the nation’s top athletes during their college careers! This is one of the biggest events in college football, where the champions for the East and West divisions of the Big Ten will battle to win the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy, as well as bragging rights associated with becoming the Big Ten Champions. The winners will also automatically earn their spot in one of the six bowl games at the end of the college football season.

While the teams that will be playing in this exciting event haven’t officially been announced, anxious fans that want to ensure they’ll be able to get their tickets when they know their team will be in the big game can do so by visiting TicketMaster.com. But hurry, tickets are going fast! These tickets don’t just grant you access to the game itself, they also get you into the Big Ten Fan Fest before the game. Swing by the Indiana Convention Center during your stay in one of our nearby rentals on Friday from 3 pm – 9 pm or Saturday before the big game. There will be game day food to accompany the unique party featuring team marching bands, mascots, games, and various special guest appearances. There’s something for spectators of all ages at this exciting pre-game event!

Whether you’ll be toting a painted face and foam finger for game day, or simply want to experience the spectacle that this huge event will bring to the city, we’re sure to have the perfect rental for you during your stay. Each of Frontdesk’s short-term rentals in Indianapolis are conveniently located and offer you the comfort and amenities you’d expect for your home away from home. We have everything you need to make your trip to Indy for the Big Ten memorable!

Visiting Indianapolis?

You’ll need Frontdesk’s Indianapolis Guidebook. It’s curated by local experts and filled with only the best bars, restaurants, and places to visit.


Best Sports Bars to Catch the Game

The fall season welcomes more than just pumpkin spice lattes and caramel covered apples. This time of year also rings in the start of professional football and basketball! With both the NFL and NBA seasons in full swing, it’s hard to keep up with all of the excitement. And if you’re a fan, a hard decision to make is where to watch the game! Do you go out, go to a friend’s, or simply stay in? For some, the most exciting way to catch the big game is in the middle of other fans cheering on (or against) their team. There are sports bars throughout the nation that offer that exact energy! Check out just a handful of popular sports bars near Frontdesk suites.

Who's On Third Milwaukee

Milwaukee: Who's On Third

Who’s on Third is a classic American sports pub. This official Milwaukee Bucks Bar offers a game view for every seat in the house. There are large TVs throughout the venue and a 120-inch projection screen, so you won’t miss a moment! It’s open 7-days a week, offers specials daily, and is in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. What else could you ask for?

Nearby Frontdesk Suite: Chic Loft Across Riverwalk | Downtown Shopping

No Other Pub in Kansas city

Kansas City: No Other Pub by Sporting KC

At No Other Pub, every day is game day. Located in downtown Kansas City’s Power and Light District, you’re in a great spot to catch the game. Offered are local craft beers and spirits, games, and daily specials. Don’t want to miss the chance to capture the fun? There are also complimentary charging stations throughout the bar. 

Nearby Frontdesk Suite: Contemporary 1BR Apt Near KC Convention Center

Christie's Sports Bar Dallas

Dallas: Christie’s Sports Bar and Grill

USA Today named Christies Sports Bar and Grill Dallas’ #1 Sports Bar. It’s easy to understand why with the large menu, the many drink specials, and the fun events offered. They are open 7-days a week and remain open as late as 2 AM. And with the 60 HD TVs and 3, 120-inch projector screens, you don’t have to worry about missing a play. 

Nearby Suite: Great Location + City Views | Walk Anywhere 1BR

Murphy's in Charlotte

Charlotte: Murphy’s Kitchen and Tap

The Charlotte favorite, Murphy’s Kitchen and Tap, brings a taste of Irish culture to America. They are open 7-days a week and offer a full menu, including brunch, lunch, and dinner. Murphy’s also hosts events such as live music, game-day specials, and music bingo. How fun! Have an event going on besides the big game? You’re able to reserve the space for a private event!

Nearby Suite: Stylish & Modern | High Rise Lux | Stunning Views

Redbeard's Bar and Grill Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh: Redbeard’s Bar and Grill

In downtown Pittsburgh, Readbeard’s Bar and Grill is THE spot for game-day. This classic sports bar offers food and drink specials with a kitchen that stays open until 1 AM. And the outdoor patio is a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Even if there isn’t a game on TV, this a great spot to enjoy a cold beer, hang out with good friends, and listen to live music. 

Nearby Suite: Comfy 2BR Loft Overlooking Cultural District


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City Spotlight: St.Petersburg

Frontdesk welcomes you to St. Petersburg, Florida! Part of the Tampa – Clearwater – St. Pete region, the Sunshine City offers the best of both worlds. It has a growing and bustling downtown, along with pristine beaches right along the Gulf of Mexico. You’re sure to be delighted by the vivacity of life in this destination. Read on to learn more about all that downtown St. Pete has to offer!

Places to go in St. Petersburg, Florida

The Dali Museum in St.Petersburg Florida


The Dali Museum is located downtown St. Pete and is home to the largest collection of Salvador Dali’s artwork in the world. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, or simply want to experience a piece of history, this museum is a must-see while you’re in town.

John's Pass in St.Petersburg Florida


If a day full of shopping is more your speed, a trip to John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk should be at the top of your list. Enjoy the cities infamous sunshine while browsing over 50 unique shops along the beautiful, 1,100+ feet of boardwalk.

Sunken Gardens in St.Petersburg Florida


Finish off the day by taking a tour of the Sunken Gardens, a botanical garden that is home to some of the area’s oldest plants. Rather than being what you’d expect from a public park, the garden is considered more as a museum as it is over 100 years old.


The Firestone Grand Prix is a popular event that draws thousands of IndyCar racing fans to the area every year. The weekend hosts a variety of events, including a 5k race and a fun movie event for families. There are many other great parades and festivals that the city proudly offers to locals and tourists alike. There’s always something going on in the Sunshine City!


Just minutes from downtown, you’ll enter a coastal ocean paradise where you can find a pristine sandy beach just about everywhere you look. St. Pete Beach is a popular option, with miles of beach and tons of restaurants, bars, and shops to enjoy. To the North is Madiera Beach, where you’ll find John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk. Last but not least and further North still is Clearwater Beach, a lively destination for people wanting to enjoy shopping, watersports, and more.

St.Pete Beach

Restaurants and Bars in St. Petersburg

Maple Street Biscuit Co


Found throughout the South, Maple Street Biscuit Company offers a wide variety of fresh takes on classic southern dishes. They have offerings for both breakfast and lunch, providing a little something for everyone. If you’re heading out to the beaches for the day, swing by The Frog Pond on the way for a bite to eat. This cute, diner-style restaurant is ranked highly by locals and tourists alike, which is why it made our list. You can’t go wrong with this classic breakfast joint!

400 Beach Seafood

Lunch and Dinner

Whether you’re looking for a quick, mid-day meal or a classy place to enjoy a dinner out on the town, we’ve got the hottest recommendations for you. 400 Beach Seafood & Taphouse offers an impressive list of amazing, fresh seafood options as well as lunch and dinner classics. If you’re hungry for more traditional fare, head over to The Avenue where you can enjoy some of their current weeknight specials. Spoiler alert: They have $5 burgers on Wednesdays!

Mastrys Brewing Co


For a trendy spot to unwind at the end of the day, we recommend checking out Room 901. Whether you enjoy classic cocktails or if you’re looking for something different, get a drink and enjoy the uniqueness of this space. If you’re looking for a crisp beer, head on over to Mastry’s Brewing Co. It is a fantastic place to grab an ice-cold IPA while enjoying the salty ocean breeze on their outdoor patio.

Frequently Asked Questions About St.Petersburg

St. Pete was established in 1988 by John C. Williams, of Detroit, MI, and Peter Demens, of St. Petersburg Russia. Williams purchased the land, and Demens brought the railroad through the Tampa Bay area.

The name “St. Petersburg” was the result of a coin toss between Williams and Demens. It was named as such when Demens won the toss and named it after his hometown of St. Petersburg, Russia. As consolation, Williams opted to name the first hotel built the Detroit Hotel after his hometown.

The Sunshine City is full of just that – sunshine! They currently hold the record for the city with the most consecutive days of sunshine, the record being 768 days straight. With the coming doom and gloom of the winter months, sign us up!

Visiting St. Petersburg?

You’ll need Frontdesk’s St. Petersburg Guidebook. It’s curated by local experts and filled with only the best bars, restaurants, and places to visit.


ATL Frontdesk Favorites

Atlanta recently joined our growing list of cities where you can find one of our unique short term rental suites, and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s a diverse city fueled by the fire that is a unique culture and history. Whether you’re traveling for business or visiting for personal reasons, we promise that you’ll be delighted by the neverending variety of things to see and do during your trip. Here’s a list of our pro trip tips for a memorable stay in Atlanta!

Experience Atlanta: Things To Do

While you’re visiting A-town, we suggest making it a point to visit the Georgia Aquarium. It’s the world’s largest aquarium and is regarded as one of the top aquariums in the whole of the United States. It’s home to thousands of different species housed in over 10 million gallons of water! That’s a lot of high-quality H20! Spend the day enjoying some of the many exhibits and shows put on by the talented trainers and animals at the aquarium. Visiting this world-class aquarium is an oppor-TUNA-ty you’ll never forget! 

Nearby Suite: Midtown + Updated Apartment, near Atlantic Station

World of Coke
Georgia Aquarium

If fish aren’t your thing, we highly recommend checking out the World of Coca-Cola Museum. The World of Coca Cola is an experience you won’t soon forget. Take a trip back in time and quench your thirst for knowledge by learning all about the history of one of the world’s most iconic soft drinks. You’ll even have the opportunity to sample some of the different variations of Coke from around the world. Now that’s something to write home about!

Nearby Suite: Midtown Apt, near Atlantic Station

In addition to having great tourist attractions, Atlanta is a hub for all things history. If you’re a history buff or have a strong interest in the civil rights movement, you don’t have to look far to find just what you’re looking for. Take a step back in time at the Atlanta History Center, or walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr by visiting the King Museum and take a trip to Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Park. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Nearby Suite: Clean + Modern 1BR Apt near Arts + Dining

Foodie Paradise: Atlanta’s Dining Scene

Looking to experience some of Atlanta’s top dining options? Let us be your guide! Swing by Sublime Donuts and enjoy one of their donut “burgers” before starting your day of adventuring. They have every flavor of donut you can imagine and provide the option to order customized lettered donuts for every business meeting or special occasion (with at least 24 hours notice of course). They’re the perfect way to start your day! 

Nearby Suite: Contemporary 1BR Apt w/ Balcony + Downtown Views

There are also countless places to grab a quick bite to eat during your stay, including but not limited to The Varsity, which is the largest drive-in diner in the world. Grab one of their “Classic Combo” meals, including everything from chili dogs to the classic burger and fries combo. Once you’ve finished your meal, top it off with a fried peach pie, made with Georgia peaches of course! 

Nearby Suite: Updated Condo in Midtown Atlanta

Fine Dining Experience
The Varsity Diner

For an upscale dining experience, we highly recommend Aria. Located just outside of downtown, this high-end restaurant is everything you’d expect and then some. Locals and tourists alike celebrate all that Aria has to offer, from their exceptional service to their award-winning menu of perfectly plated dishes. Make sure to dress for the occasion, and make a reservation beforehand. Aria is very popular, and you don’t want to miss out on this Atlanta hot spot! 

Nearby Suite: Updated Midtown Apartment, near Atlantic Station

After a long day of experiencing all that Atlanta has to offer, kick back and relax in one of our expertly furnished suites. At Frontdesk, we pride ourselves on being able to offer you the 5-star experience you’d expect from a hotel with all of the comforts of home right at your fingertips. Be sure to book one of our amazing suites to make the most of your trip to Georgia’s phoenix city! 


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City Manager Interview: Louisville

In every Frontdesk destination, there is a Frontdesk City Manager. The City Manager is responsible for all operations happening in that city, including on-site staff and providing top customer service to guests. The people who carry-out these roles are locals to the area and love their city!

Meet Charlsey, our Louisville City Manager. Being the Kentucky native that she is, she can’t rave enough about this destination! She took the time to explain a little about herself and her position at Frontdesk, along with Louisville and what you can expect when visiting!

Q1: What do you like most about living in Louisville?

I love everything about it. There’s such a variety of people, food, activities, cultures, and communities – anyone can find their people here. It’s Southern, but also distinctly not. And it’s a city with a lot of history. I love the mixture of architecture and the juxtaposition of it all.

Q2: If you aren't originally from the area, what made you move here?

We’re originally from about an hour south of Louisville and we moved here for the culture. Restaurants, shopping, sports, theater, concerts, stuff that is considerably harder to find in a town of 5,000 people. And of course, along with all of that, the job market is much richer here.

Charlsey CM

Q3: Tell me about your role at Frontdesk and what you like most about working with us.

I’m the Louisville City Manager and I try to keep our ship sailing smoothly, leading our team of local professional cleaners, keeping track of inventory and maintenance in all our apartments, assisting guests, and making improvements to ensure customer satisfaction! My favorite thing about working for FrontDesk is the company culture. Everyone I’ve interacted with is so genuine and cool. Everyone is open to sharing ideas, cheering each other on, and offering support in any way they can. I don’t know how they’ve managed to attract such great people, but I hope they keep it up! .

Q4: What can a visitor expect when staying in one of Frontdesk's short-term rental suites?

They can expect a peaceful, relaxing stay in a well-appointed apartment home, and round the clock customer service, who will go above and beyond!

Q5: What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville, and what is your favorite meal to get there?

What’s the expression – you might as well ask me to pick a favorite child! As a major foodie, this is too hard for me to answer. We go out to eat more often than we should, and there are still literally hundreds of places in Louisville we haven’t tried yet!

Q6: What is your favorite bar in Louisville and why?

The Troll Pub is my favorite bar in Louisville; it’s fun, unique, right on Whiskey Row, with great drinks, excellent food, and all the little creepy basement nooks and crannies you could want!

Q7: What is a must-see attraction when visiting this destination?

You have to visit Churchill Downs. It’s just so impressive to see the athletic ability of those amazing thoroughbreds, up close. The history puts it all in perspective, and it’s also fun to get a sneak peek into what all the millionaires and celebrities get to do for Derby every year!


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City Spotlight: Minneapolis

Frontdesk welcomes you to Minneapolis, Minnesota! Minneapolis makes up one half of the “Twin Cities,” with neighboring city St. Paul. Its other nicknames include The Mini Apple, Mill City, and City of Lakes. Minneapolis is most well known for the Mall of America and its connection to the musician Prince, but the city has much more to offer visitors. Keep reading to learn more about what to do, where to eat, and how to get around Minneapolis.

Things to do in Minneapolis

There are many activities and cultural attractions to see in Minneapolis. Whether you’re in town for a short time or a long time, traveling for business or pleasure, there is a wide variety of things to enjoy.


Parks, Lakes & Nature Activities

Minneapolis has 197 parks and the city boasts that the farthest you have to walk in any direction before you find one is 6 blocks. The largest of these is Theodore Wirth Regional Park, where you can enjoy biking, cross-country skiing, disc golf, or swimming, depending on the season. Minneapolis is also a city of many lakes – 22 to be exact. The main attraction is the Chain of Lakes, a string of 5 lakes where you can canoe, kayak, ice surf, and more.

Spoonbridge and Cherry Sculpture

Art Museums

Minneapolis has some world-class museums and there are lots of options for art lovers to enjoy! We recommend checking out the Walker Art Center, which features contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions, plus its nearby Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with the famous “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture. There is also the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which has more than 90,000 works of art representing 5,000 years of world history.

Mall of America

Mall of America

Located 15 minutes south of downtown, the Mall of America is the largest shopping center in the United States and also one of the top tourist attractions. The MOA has more than 520 stores, 60 restaurants, plus other entertainment like a comedy club and mini golf. And, there is no sales tax!

Minneapolis Neighborhoods

Downtown is split in two – Downtown East and Downtown West. Downtown West is the area that most Minneapolitans think of as the true “downtown.” Here you’ll find skyscrapers, three historic theaters, and Nicollet Mall, which a pedestrian-only street known for its shopping.

North Loop
North Loop, or the Warehouse District, is located on the western fringes of downtown. The neighborhood is hip and vibrant, with old warehouses converted into trendy boutiques and restaurants. North Loop is also home to the Minnesota Twins’ ballpark and Marvel Bar, which we mentioned earlier.

Don’t be confused by the name – Uptown is actually located southeast of downtown. Uptown is another trendy neighborhood with a large nightlife scene, festivals, and the Uptown Theatre which shows indie and foreign films.

Dinkytown, located on the edge of the University of Minnesota campus, is primarily populated by college students. The neighborhood boasts coffee shops, sports bars, quirky music venues, and is also home to Surly Brewing Co.

Linden Hills
Linden Hills, located farther southeast of Uptown, is bordered by two lakes of the Chain of Lakes – Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet. Head to this neighborhood for your share of outdoor activities like biking, kayaking, paddle boats, and (in the winter) snowshoeing.

Best Restaurants and Bars in Minneapolis

Hen House Eatery, located downtown, offers up homemade, locally sourced foods such as fresh pastries, pancakes, chicken and waffles, and omelets, plus some gluten-free options.

You can’t leave Minneapolis without trying an infamous “Juicy Lucy” (or “Jucy Lucy”), which is a burger with melted cheese inside the meat instead of on top. Two Minneapolis restaurants both claim to be the inventor of the burger – Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club, both located in South Minneapolis. Try one, or both, and determine for yourself who makes the better burger!

Grilled steak and wood-fired pizza in one establishment? Yes, please. Burch Steak & Pizza Bar in Lowry East Hill is a steakhouse first and foremost, but also has a wood-fired oven in the basement for their pizzas – plus they serve up delicious desserts. This restaurant is the perfect spot for a romantic date night.

When it comes to alcohol, Minneapolis is largely a brewery city. The craft scene is booming, with new breweries popping up constantly. One staple is Surly Brewing Co., a 50,000 square foot complex that serves up 24 Surly beers on tap, plus offers brewery tours. If beer isn’t your thing, we recommend heading to Marvel Bar downtown for a classic cocktail. In true speakeasy fashion, the bar is unmarked – just look for the purple door!

Matt's Bar in MN

Frequently Asked Questions About Minneapolis

Minneapolis was first authorized as a town in 1856 and then incorporated as a city in 1867.
The name combines a Native American word for water with polis, the Greek word for city, to mean “city of water” or “city of lakes.”

The nickname comes from the city’s name (Mini – Minne, Apple – apolis). It is also a reference the The Big Apple, New York City, because Minneapolis similarly has an abundance of museums and entertainment options.

The musician Prince was born in Minneapolis and lived there most of his life. Prince also filmed and recorded some of his songs at the First Avenue, helping turn it into an iconic nightclub.

Minneapolis has long, warm summers and long, cold winters with a short spring and fall. Definitely pack layers and appropriate footwear, particularly if traveling in the cooler months – Minne”snow”ta winters are notoriously frigid and snowy.

Hidden Gems in Minneapolis

  • City Salvage – an antique shop focused on retaining the charm of the 19th and 20th century
  • Sidewalk Harp – a 40-foot harp-like structure made from stainless steel with motion-sensor enabled LED lights that each play a different musical note when you wave your hands beneath it.
  • Orfield Labs Quiet Chamber – a space that was previously dubbed “the quietest place on earth” by Guinness World Records.
  • The Herbivorous Butcher – a butcher shop with foods such as meatballs, salami, chicken, and summer sausages lining its cases – but all are actually vegan!
  • Milkjam – an ice cream shop with fun, handmaid flavors like passion fruit lychee swirl, hibiscus lemonade, or “black,” a cocoa ice cream cone that is quite literally the color black.

Self-Care Tips for Business Travel

Traveling can be a lot of fun, but we at Frontdesk know that it can come with many stresses, particularly with business travel. When you’re jumping from plane to conference to client meetings, it can be very easy to get swept up in the go-go-go mentality and forget to take time for yourself. But if you want to avoid getting burnt out, you’ll need to learn how to work self-care into your day. Here are some practical self-care ideas when you’re traveling for business.

Self-Care Tips for Business Travel

Get Plenty of Sleep

We’ve all heard it, but few of us actually do it: adults need 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night! Sleep has a huge impact on your mood, health, and productivity. Invest in quality earplugs and an eye mask and start heading to bed at a reasonable hour to get the optimal amount of Z’s. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you could try listening to white noise and sipping sleepytime or chamomile tea. You could also speak to your doctor about trying a natural supplement like Melatonin.

Stick to Your Usual Routine

When you’re away from home, it’s easy to slip into a different schedule. But you will feel better, physically and mentally, if you try to stick to your usual routine, whatever that may be for you. Drink plenty of water, keep up on your daily medications, strive for a balanced diet, and exercise as you are physically able. Set reminders on your phone for your usual healthy habits, and try out options like ClassPass, YouTube videos, or apps for exercise on-the-go.

Self-Care Tips for Business Travel

Pamper Yourself

Pampering yourself doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive – just look for little ways you can treat yourself throughout the day. Take a moment to unwind in a massage chair at the airport or soak in a tub with bath bombs. Get out and do something fun in the city you’re visiting. Light a good-smelling candle and practice even 5-10 minutes of deep breathing or meditation. It could even be as simple as treating yourself to a leisurely breakfast while reading a book instead of grabbing a granola bar on your way out the door.

Learn to Say No

“No” is a powerful word. Learning to set boundaries and not overextend yourself is the ultimate form of self-care. Say no to late-night drinks with colleagues, a favor outside your job description, or anything non-vital that will prevent you from spending important time alone to recharge. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true. Saying no to something you don’t want to do (or don’t have the energy for) is saying YES to taking care of yourself, and there’s no shame in that.

Self-Care Tips for Business Travel

Pack Like a Pro

Getting your packing routine down will help with travel stress in the long run. Finding a great bag and planning out what you actually need to take (not just throwing random things in your suitcase at the last moment) will make a big difference. You’ll have less stress in the lead-up, getting ready in the morning during your trip will be easier, and packing up to head home will also be streamlined. We have more business travel packing tips here.

Stay Somewhere Great

When you travel for work a lot, staying in cramped hotel rooms can get old fast. Instead, consider staying with Frontdesk for trendy, fully-furnished one or two-bedroom apartments with hotel-style amenities and 24/7 support. The large suites are perfect for longer stays in our 15, and growing, great cities.

Things to Keep Handy

  • Emergency kit – bandaids, pain reliever, safety pins, and a mini stain remover pen
  • Immune system kit – vitamin C, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes, especially on a plane or public transportation
  • Travel-size blanket and pillow for the plane or long car ride
  • Eye drops, lotion, face masks, and chapstick for rehydrating Packing cubes for your suitcase


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National Do Something Nice Day

Every year on October 5th, people all across the nation celebrate National “Do Something Nice” Day. It always feels good when someone does something kind for us. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget to be kind when we live in a world where it seems like we are constantly on the move! Luckily, National Do Something Nice Day gives us a reason to forget the hustle and bustle from our busy lives and make the world a better place. One good deed at a time.

Volunteering is a great way to make a difference! The gift of time is one that many take for granted, but giving your time to others in need is a perfect example of a kind deed. Whether you’re a local of the city or a guest at a Frontdesk suite, we’ve compiled a list of wonderful places that you can volunteer while you’re in one of our destinations.

Dallas, Texas

Crossroads Community Services is a non-profit organization that helps to take care of local, low-income members of their community. They specialize in providing meals and education for families who may otherwise be unable to obtain basic necessities. Through the help of volunteers, they have provided meals for over 4,000 children alone! Are you passionate about their mission? If so, you can view their current volunteer opportunities and apply to volunteer here. If you don’t have time to give, but would like to donate to the cause, you can do so easily through their website! Just $1 provides three meals for a child in need.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is a non-profit organization that helps rebuild beautiful public spaces while bringing the community together. They turn unused spaces into green spaces that can be enjoyed by everyone in the community. From planting trees in urban areas to restoring natural habitats in parks and waterways, KIB takes its mission to heart and offers many opportunities to volunteer. They also work hard to educate children and adults alike on how to help better the environment.

Kansas City, Missouri

Do you have a passion for reading or helping others learn a new skill? Literacy KC is an amazing non-profit that focuses on teaching adult students from all different. Skills taught include reading, writing, math, and more. You can volunteer as a tutor in one of their instructor-led classes, volunteer for special events such as luncheons or the spelling bee, as well as many other great opportunities! In the wise words of Dr. Suess, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Scottsdale, Arizona

Whether you’re in town for a short period of time or a local, Make-A-Wish Arizona offers wonderful volunteer opportunities to consider. If you’re going to be in the area for the long term, you can volunteer as a “wish granter” to meet with the child and family to help choose what their greatest wish would be. The wish granters also help plan special surprises along the way for the child as they wait for their wish to come true. Not planning to be in the area long but still want to volunteer for National Do Something Nice Day? Volunteer for an event through Make-A-Wish, or as an airport greeter meeting families at the airport for their child’s wish experience!

Being nice can be as easy as smiling at a stranger, or striking up a friendly conversation with someone in line at the coffee shop. In a time when it seems like all we hear about is negativity on the news, we have a chance to make a difference. It takes only seconds to change someone’s day for the better. Happy do-gooding!

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