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July 2015: Celebrate Summer in the Gateway!

The entire month of July is jam-packed with summertime fun in the Twin Cities Gateway!

From celebrations of our country's independence, like Coon Rapids' 4th of Julycelebration to Anoka's Riverfest and the Slice of Shoreview Days to hockey and soccer tourneys at the National Sports Center, the Twin Cities Gateway communities offer activities for all!

If your ideal Minnesota summer vacation is a little more laid back in style, the Twin Cities Gateway offers some of the finest golf in all of Minnesota. Or, kick back, cool off and enjoy one of our various waterparks like Bunker Beach, the Anoka Aquatic Center or the Tropics Waterpark in Shoreview. And, don't forget, the communities of the Twin Cities Gateway are just minutes away from our country's favorite pastime and Target Field, where you'll see the Minnesota Twins!

Whatever your vacation style by day, you can rest assured you'll always come back to one of our first-class lodging properties of the Twin Cities Gateway by night. Start planning your summertime vacation fun today!

The Minnesota Traveler

The Minnesota Traveler recently visited the Twin Cities Gateway to check out just a few of the attractions in our area. The episode will be aired on FOX Sports North July 5th at 8:30am, July 8th at 8am and July 10th at 3:30pm! Be sure to watch!

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Twin Cities Gateway Hotels

With 22 lodging properties to choose from, Twin Cities Gateway provides travelers with high quality, high value, and your trusted hotel brands. The convenient access to Minneapolis and St. Paul will bring you to the Twin Cities Gateway, but the small town charms and special offerings of our communities bring you back. More convenience. More value. More fun.

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Twin Cities Gateway Area Events

Coon Rapids 4th of July

July 2nd-4th, 2015
Coon Rapids Ice Center

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Anoka Riverfest

July 11th, 2015
Historic Downtown Anoka

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Slice of Shoreview

July 24th-26th, 2015
Island Lake County Park

more info

3m Championship

July 27th-August 2nd, 2015
TPC Twin Cities

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June 2015: Summer in the Gateway

Summer is officially here and the communities of the Twin Cities Gateway have everything for your summer vacation!

Sports fanatics will be in heaven with a visit to the National Sports Center. Catch a hockey game at the indoor Schwan Super Rink all year long or watch a soccer tournament at one of the many outdoor fields.

If you're looking for a waterpark vacation, the Gateway is home to three fabulous <ahref="/things-to-do/waterparks">waterparksincluding Bunker Beach, Tropics Indoor Waterpark and the Anoka Aquatic Center.

Sporting events and waterparks aren't all the Gateway has to offer: The summer schedule is packed full of festivals and events right here in the Twin Cities. From the weekly Farmers' Market in Shoreview to traditional celebrations of summer like <ahref="/fridley/49er-days">49'er Days in Fridley and the<ahref="/blaine/blaine-festival">Blaine Festival at Aquatore Park in Blaine and weekly outdoor concerts, each of our communities celebrate summer in a big way!

Plan your summer getaway to the Twin Cities and visit the awesome Twin Cities Gateway's attractions, sporting events, and the delectable dining and splendid shopping opportunities galore. At the end of each day in the Gateway, return to one of our 22 comfy, cool first-class lodging properties. Make your reservations today!

Twin Cities Gateway Hotels

With 22 lodging properties to choose from, Twin Cities Gateway provides travelers with high quality, high value, and your trusted hotel brands. The convenient access to Minneapolis and St. Paul will bring you to the Twin Cities Gateway, but the small town charms and special offerings of our communities bring you back. More convenience. More value. More fun.

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Twin Cities Gateway Area Events

Shoreview Farmers Market

Every Tuesday from June 16th through October 20th
Shoreview Community Center

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Walmart All American Cup Soccer Tournament

June 12th - 14th, 2015
National Sports Center

more info

Fridley 49'er Days Festival

June 25-27, 2014
Medtronic Rice Creek Campus

more info

Blaine Festival

June 26-28, 2015
Aquatore Park

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May 2015: It's game on in the Gateway!

If you love golf, be sure to pack your golf clubs the next time you visit the Twin Cities Gateway. The Twin Cities Gateway offers 8 quality golf courses within minutes of Minneapolis and St. Paul, including one of Golf Digest's Top 25 public courses in the country - Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids; GolfHub.com's #1 course in Minnesota - Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake, and Minnesota's only private PGA tour club, the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.

After a day on the links in the Twin Cities Gateway, be sure to stay one more day and visit the awesome Twin Cities' attractions, sporting events, and the delectable dining and splendidshopping opportunities galore. Plan ahead and make your reservations to stay in one of our 22 first-class lodging properties now!

Twin Cities Gateway Hotels

With 22 lodging properties to choose from, Twin Cities Gateway provides travelers with high quality, high value, and your trusted hotel brands. The convenient access to Minneapolis and St. Paul will bring you to the Twin Cities Gateway, but the small town charms and special offerings of our communities bring you back. More convenience. More value. More fun.

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Twin Cities Gateway Area Events

Bunnicula

May 2-3 & 9, 2015
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage

more info

NSC CUP Soccer Tournament

May 23-25, 2015
National Sports Center

more info

Discover Aviation Days

May 30-31, 2015
Anoka County - Blaine Airport

more info

Tuesday Night BINGO

Every Tuesday in May
Running Aces

more info

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April 2015: Spring is in the air!

Think Spring in the Twin Cities Gateway!

It's time to start enjoying the outdoors again and experiencing the sights, smells and sounds of spring. Take a bike ride down our miles of paved hiking and biking trails that wind through the Gateway or hit the links on one of our10 magnificent golf courses. We're home to some of the best golf courses in the state, including the TPC Twin Cities, Bunker Hills, and Majestic Oaks.

The Twin Cities Gateway is also surrounded by all sorts of nature-oriented attractions, like one of our nine parks or the Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, where guests of any age are sure to enjoy the outdoors of the spring season.

Twin Cities Gateway Area Events

Stick-it to Cancer Hockey Tournament

April 17-19, 2015 | National Sports Center

Stick it to Cancermore info

Good People

April 2-4, 2015 | Lyric Arts Main Street Stage

Good Peoplemore info

Dessert and Coffee Concert Series

April 9, 2015 | Coon Rapids Civic Center

Dessert and Coffee Concert Seriesmore info

Minnesota Meltdown

April 23-26, 2015 | National Sports Center

Minnesota Meltdownmore info

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March 2015: Enter your Gateway photos for a chance to win!

Photo Contest Offers Over $1,000 in Prizes!

We would like to invite you to submit original photographs depicting the seasons, sights, scenic beauty, and family fun activities occurring throughout the year within the destination area. All photos submitted must have been taken in the Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake, Lino Lakes, Mounds View, New Brighton, and Shoreview, Minnesota areas.

GRAND PRIZE - 2 Nights Lodging and a $250 Visa Gift Card
First Place Winners in (8) Categories Receive a $100 Visa Gift Card

Categories:

  • Winter Scenic Landscape
  • Winter Things to Do
  • Summer Scenic Landscape
  • Summer Things to Do
  • Fall Scenic Landscape
  • Fall Things to Do
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • City and Corporate Sights

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Twin Cities Gateway Hotels

With 22 lodging properties to choose from, Twin Cities Gateway provides travelers with high quality, high value, and your trusted hotel brands. The convenient access to Minneapolis and St. Paul will bring you to the Twin Cities Gateway, but the small town charms and special offerings of our communities bring you back. More convenience. More value. More fun.

Twin Cities Gateway Area Events

Minnesota Deer Classic

March 6-8, 2015 | National Sports Center


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Simply Elegant Wedding Expo

March 7, 2015 | Coon Rapids Civic Center


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Ironman Adult Hockey Tournament

March 13-15, 2015 | National Sports Center


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Tom Helgeson's Great Waters℠ Fly Fishing Expo

March 20-22, 2015 | Schwan Center


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February 2015: February is the month of love!

February is the month of love! And there's no better time for a couple's {or family} winter getaway to the Twin Cities Gateway!

Home to entertainment options galore, like the Lyric Arts Company of Anoka and Running Aces in Lino Lakes and located just minutes from metro area entertainmentdestinations, the Twin Cities Gateway is the getaway of choice for a romantic Valentine's vacation.

If sporting events are more your pace, there's always a sporting event to be found in the Twin Cities area, like the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center (just minutes away) or Minnesota Golden Gopher hockey.

Don't forget to start {or cap} your evenings at one of our numerous dining locales in the Twin Cities Gateway! Enjoy a burger and fries at a local diner. Gather at your favorite sports bar for a beer and some delicious hot wings and appetizers with friends. If you're feeling a bit more exotic, dive into delicious sushi or other special Asian treats. No matter what you're hungry for - American, Asian, Mexican, Italian, sports bar or neighborhood diner - you're in for a treat in the 'Gateway!

For the outdoor adventurists, snowshoeing, skiing, sledding or even snowmobiling are always a welcome winter journey on the miles of winding trails that traverse the Twin Cities Gateway. Outdoor events like Ham Lake Snowbowl entertain outdoor lovers with activity to celebrate everything about the season.

Feb 3 Tuesday Night Bingo - Running Aces, Lino Lakes
Feb 7 Ham Lake Snowbowl, Ham Lake
Feb 12 Dessert & Coffee Series - Coon Rapids Civic Center, Coon Rapids
Feb 13 - Mar 8 "Into the Woods" - Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Anoka
Feb 14 Valentine's Day Comedy Show - Running Aces, Lino Lakes
Feb 19 Taste of Shoreview - Shoreview Community Center, Shoreview
Feb 21 Mayors' Trail Ride - Anoka County Fairgrounds
Feb 28 North Metro Home & Garden Show - National Sports Center, Blaine

However you choose to spoil your loved ones, #StayAnExtraDay in the Twin Cities Gateway. Our 22 first-class, comfy, cozy lodging properties are a welcome retreat after a day of winter play in the Twin Cities.

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January 2015: We don't let Old Man Winter get in our way!

Here in theTwin Cities Gateway, we don't let Old Man Winter get in our way!

The nine communities of Minnesota's Twin Cities Gateway host events, both indoor and outdoor, that'll keep you and your family active and enjoying everything a Minnesota winter has to offer.

Indoor activity abounds here in the Gateway, with events and activities at locales like the Springbrook Nature Center, Tropics Indoor Waterpark and the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage in Anoka. Plus, there's always plenty of shopping in the Twin Cities Gateway and surrounding area, like the Mall of America and other metro shopping destinations.

If you enjoy snowshoeing, skiing, sledding or even snowmobiling (yes, right here in the Twin Cities), venture out onto the miles of winding trails that traverse our neck of Minnesota's winter wonderland. Outdoor events like the Anoka Winterfest and the Ham Lake Snowbowl (February) entertain outdoor enthusiasts with activity to celebrate everything about the season.

Plus, there's always a sporting event to be found in the Twin Cities area, like the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center (just minutes away) or Minnesota Golden Gopher hockey.

January 9-25 "Blithe Spirit" - Lyric Arts Company of Anoka
January 10 Discovery Dinner - Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley
January 16 Chicks in the Sticks - Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley
January 30 "Music in the 'Burbs" featuring Keri Noble - Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Anoka
January 31 Anoka Winterfest - Greenhaven Golf Course and Event Center, Anoka

Whatever your pleasure, indoors or out, stay the weekend here in the Twin Cities Gateway. Our 22 first-class, comfy, cozy lodging properties are a welcome retreat after a day of winter play in the Twin Cities.

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December 2014 : 'Tis the Season for fun in the Twin Cities Gateway!

The holiday season is upon us - a time to gather with friends and family, search for that perfect gift for someone special or get outside and enjoy our winter wonderland. The Twin Cities Gateway is the perfect destination for all your holiday activities!

Holiday Shopping

With plenty of retail shopping locales like the Northtown Mall, Riverdale Village, in combination with unique boutiques found in historic downtown Anoka and our other communities, there's no better place to check off your Christmas shopping list than in the Twin Cities Gateway! Plus, the Mall of America and other Twin Cities shopping destinations are just minutes from the nine communities of the Gateway.

Dining and Entertainment

After a day of shopping 'til you drop, enjoy one of countless fine dining options and take in a show at the Lyric Arts Company of Anoka or the Historic State or Orpheum Theaters. The Lyric Arts Main Street Stage is featuring "A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas" throughout the holiday season.

Holiday Cheers!

Cheer on your favorite team here in the Twin Cities. Take in a thrilling home game of the Minnesota Wild, root for the Vikings or take in a Gophers game as they contend for one of their best seasons in decades. We're just minutes from the Xcel Energy Center, Target Center, TCF Bank Stadium and theUniversity of Minnesota campus. Not to mention, our very own National Sports Center in Blaine.

Visiting Family or Friends?

The most special part of the season is coming home for the holidays. If you're planning a trip home to one our Gateway communities, why not enjoy your privacy and relax in one our comfy, cozy accommodations. The Twin Cities Gateway has 22 first-class lodging properties to choose from so there's almost always plenty of room in our inns!

Let it snow!

Hey, it's winter. We can grumble about the cold and the snow and wait for spring or get out there and dive right in! The Twin Cities Gateway has tons of fun winter activities including sledding, skating, and cross-country skiing. When is the last time you built a snowman or had a snowball fight with your kids? Get out and enjoy!

Check out these links for outdoor winter activities:

Happy Holidays from the Twin Cities Gateway!

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