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Directions to CotN Places of Interest

Place List

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Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441
(494 and 55 on the West side of the metro)
(763) 559-6600

Take 494 to State Highway 55 on the west side of the Metro. (The exit is a short drive north of 394.) Head east, then turn left onto Northwest Blvd. Take the second left onto Xenium Lane. Follow it around the bend; the Crowne Plaza will be on your left.

Parking is available in the structure to the south (left) of the hotel. There's a second floor of the structure you can access by going past it, turning left, and going up and around. You can instead keep going straight to the back side of the hotel and park in the lot for Plymouth Creek Athletic Club. There should also be signs up allowing on-street parking on Xenium Lane (in front of the hotel) and Campus Drive (behind the parking structure) during the convention. (These are normally No Parking.)

Public Transportation

Unfortunately, the Crowne Plaza is not on any weekend-long public transportation routes. There is Friday afternoon commuter service on Route 777 and local service on Route 741.

For more hotel information, see Registration.

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Home of Jim and Heather Beecher

Map to Jim and Nate's

1800 Idaho Ave S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: (952) 229-4788

Exit from 394 onto Louisiana Ave. Head south. 18th Street is the third street on the left after the 394 exit stoplights. (Be careful; the streets are staggered.) Turn left onto 18th, then right three blocks later at the bottom of a small hill. Their house is the first one on your right.

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Home of Don Prust and Kelly O'Donoghue

Map to Don and Kelly's

8448 Blaisdell Ave S.
Bloomington, MN 55420
Phone: (952) 888-5759

Take 494 to Nicollet (Just east of 35W). Go south on Nicollet. On 85th turn right, go one block and you are there.

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Home of April Snyder

Map to April's

1826 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116
(612) 203-9577

From 35E, take the Randolph Ave. exit. Turn east. When you reach Snelling turn left, then right onto Ford Parkway. April's is on the left after three cross streets.

From the Crosstown (62), exit onto 55 West (Hiawatha Ave.) Turn right at 46th Street, which becomes Ford Parkway after a bend. April's is on the right, two blocks past Cleveland Ave.

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Home of Albert Choy

Map to Albert's

5385 Ximines Lane N.
Plymouth, MN 55442
Phone: (763) 577-1503

From 169, take the Bass Lake Road exit. Head West to Zachary Lane, then turn left.

From 494, take the Bass Lake Road exit. Head East to Zachary Lane, then turn right.

Once on Zachary Lane, turn left at 53rd Avenue (there should be a Harrison Hills sign) and follow that to Ximines Lane, the second left. Go around the corner and look for a white house and basketball hoop on your left.

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Home of Mike Miller and Eric "Odie" O'Denius

Map to Mike and Odie's

197 Birnamwood Dr.
Burnsville, MN 55337
Phone: (952) 894-8788

From 35W, exit onto Hwy 13 North (St. Paul). Head to the third stoplight, which is Parkwood Drive. Turn right.

From Hwy 77, exit onto Hwy 13 South (Shakopee). Head to the Parkwood Drive stoplight and turn left.

Once on Parkwood, go for about two blocks. Watch for the Birnamwood sign on the left. Turn left there, then go around the loop to 197.

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Home of Joel Schneider

Map to Joel's

8941 Kell Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55437
Phone: (952) 888-5759

From Hwy 494: Take 494 to France Avenue (if you run into 694, you've gone the wrong way on 494). Go south on France Avenue to 90th Street. Turn right onto 90th and go about two blocks. Turn right onto Kell Avenue, just past the trees. Look for a light beige colored house, third house from the corner on the right hand side.

From Hwy 100: Take 100 South past Hwy 494 to the intersection with Poplar Bridge Road and 94th Street (100 changes into Normandale). Turn left onto Poplar Bridge Road and drive east about 1.2 miles to Kell Avenue (Poplar Bridge changes into 90th). Enjoy the scenic drive through the marshlands of western Bloomington. Turn left onto Kell Avenue. Look for a light beige colored house, third house from the corner on the right hand side.

From 35W: Take 35W to 90th Street South. Drive west about 1.9 miles on 90th to Kell Avenue. Watch out for deer. Turn right onto Kell Avenue (about two blocks west of France Avenue, just past the trees). Look for a light beige colored house, third house from the corner on the right hand side.

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Home of Roger and Jean Mylnczak

Tarnhill Apartments Party Room
5230 W. 102nd St.
Bloomington, MN 55437

From the North: work your way to Highway 100. Take Highway 100 south until it becomes Normandale Blvd., then continue south to 102nd Street. Turn left, then left again at the Tarnhill Apartments sign.

From the South: take either 98th Street or Old Shakopee Road to Normandale Blvd. If on 98th turn south, then left at 102nd Street and left again at the Tarnhill Apartments sign. From Old Shakopee turn north, then right at 102nd Street and left at the Tarnhill Apartments sign.

Park by the play area. Swimming pool is available!

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Blue Stem Campsite at Crow-Hassan Park

Cropped Park Map

Phone: (612) 428-2765 (Winter Trailhead).

Located west of Rogers on Sylvan Lake Road. From I-94, take the Rogers exit and go south through Rogers to the t-intersection. Turn right on County Road 116 and go to County Road 203 (There will be a park sign). Turn left and follow 203 to the park entrance.

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Kaposia Park

Kaposia has disc golf, volleyball, and other amenities and has been known to host the occasional unofficial CotN volunteer event.

From 94: Take I94 to just East of downtown St. Paul, go south on 52 (Lafayette Bridge, used to be highway 3). Take 52 south to the Butler exit. At the top of the exit go East, crossing over the highway. Take the next legal right turn (South). This is Kaposia, follow the access road to the end and park.

From 494: Take 494 to Highway 52 (just East of Robert Street). Go North on 52 to the Butler exit. Turn right (East) and then turn right (South) right away. This is Kaposia, follow the access road to the end and park.

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