Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Biking around the Twin Cities with W Minneapolis and Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis

Minneapolis is one of the most bike friendly cities in America, so it comes as no surprise that the two sister hotels, W Minneapolis and Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis, launched a bike program this summer. The hotels both stocked up with custom designed bikes that can be used by guests to explore the miles and miles of bike paths throughout the Twin Cities.

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

In addition to free use of the bikes, the W Minneapolis and Méridien Chambers Minneapolis also launched new bike tour programs, called “W Tour de Fuel” and “Tour de Minneapolis”, that you can book, as well. The programs focus on the hotel’s “fuel” principle and gives guests the opportunity to go on a one-hour bike tour of the city led by the General Manager, David Cronin. Along with the bike tour, you will also receive a $60 breakfast credit. David, the GM, is an avid biker and a great tour guide—he definitely knows all the best bike routes in the Twin Cities!

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

As part of the program launch, we were invited to head down to the W Minneapolis and Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis to join David and a group of other travel bloggers on a bike tour of the city. We also had the chance to join in on a light breakfast at the hotel, an art tour at Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis, and lunch at Manny’s Steakhouse. You can’t get much better than adventure, art and delicious food!

Our day started off with some fuel at the W Minneapolis–we had our pick of muffins, granola bars, fruit, coffee, juice and more. We munched on some tasty breakfast as we settled in and got ready for our ride.

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

The route for our ride was through downtown and around Lake Calhoun; in total, it was about 8 miles roundtrip. My ride started off a little rough with a bit of steering issues, but soon enough, my initial shakiness and struggles on the bike eventually smoothed out. I love bike riding, but I sometimes scare myself with how clumsy I can be! It was no fault of the bikes however because they are beautiful, new and shiny and I can assure you it was just operator error.

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Anyways, as we carried on our way, we made our way through Loring Park, passed the Walker Art Museum, rode along the Greenway, down plenty of bike streets and eventually reached the Chain of Lakes. Every time I am in this area, I’m astounded by its beauty, and this time was no different. In fact, it was even better than usual because this was the first time I was seeing it from the bike lane!

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

After some stopping for photos and chitchat near the lake, we rounded Lake Calhoun and made our way back towards the hotel.

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Our first stop on the way home was a peek at the art on display in the Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis hotel a few blocks away from the W Minneapolis. When we arrived, we were served treats of fresh baked pastries with sparkling beverages while we learned about the local art that is displayed (and sold!) throughout the hotel.

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Once we soaked up the art at Méridien Chambers Minneapolis, we made our way back to the W Minneapolis for brunch at Manny’s Steakhouse, and wow, what a brunch it was! We dined on a decadent meal that consisted of giant strips of thick cut bacon, Manny’s hash browns, macaroni and cheese.

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

As if that wasn’t enough already, I had the Kobe short rib “benedict” for my main, and Micah went with the steak and eggs for his meal.

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

To top it off, we all shared a giant banana split, Manny’s brownie with strawberries, and Maker’s Mark whiskey bread pudding. Good thing we went for a bike ride prior to our meal! It was all amazing and the perfect way to end the morning full of exercise and great company.

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

Biking on the Tour de Fuel at the W Minneapolis

We had a fantastic time taking the new W Minneapolis and Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis bikes for a ride. If you find yourself staying at either property, be sure to take a bike out for a spin to explore one of the Twin Cities best features. Or, better yet, hop on a bike tour for some fun with a great guide and reward yourself with a delicious meal after—you won’t be disappointed!

Many thanks to the W Minneapolis and Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis for providing us with delicious meals, snacks and a bike tour. As always, all opinions are our own!

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20 Comments
  • Claire
    Posted at 16:03h, 09 July Reply

    Looks like you had an incredible time biking around. That food looked incredible!
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  • Arnie Jacobsen
    Posted at 19:03h, 09 July Reply

    This is so damn awesome! I am a complete bike nut, and this is just my kind of thing. I had no idea that Minneapolis had a bike culture.
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  • Heather
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    Posted at 08:22h, 10 July Reply

    This is awesome and what a great concept! I love biking and I think it’s the best way to explore a city (especially a bike friendly one)!
    I found myself drooling after reading your post, that Maker’s Mark whiskey bread pudding looks to die for!
    Should I visit Minneapolis in the future, I won’t hesitate to stay at the W Minneapolis or Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis just to take advantage of the bike program.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Jennifer Melroy
    Posted at 17:47h, 10 July Reply

    I think I need to find a recipe for Marker’s Mark whiskey bread pudding.

    I would love to see how bike-friendly Minneapolis is when winter rolls in. I can’t imagine it is very fun during the winter to bike around the city.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 22:33h, 19 July Reply

      The bread pudding would be pretty amazing to make at home–it was super delicious! Yeah, it’s definitely cold in Minneapolis during the winter, but you’d be surprised how many people bike all year round! It’s a super bike friendly city which is nice for avid bikers even when it’s cold out 🙂
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  • Mar Pages
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    Posted at 23:04h, 10 July Reply

    I was craving hash browns this morning, this just made it worse! 😉 I always enjoy exploring on a bike- the black one looks gorgeous and I really like that they included a basket!

  • Veronika
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    Posted at 02:50h, 11 July Reply

    I love bike tours! It’s faster than walking, there is fresch breeze and one is doing something healthy, too. Would you say Minneapolis is biker friendly? PS: I love d the food you had after the tour!

  • Monika
    Posted at 06:02h, 11 July Reply

    Exploring a city by a bike is great if only there’s a food network of bike lanes.
    I’m also sometimes clumsy on a bike 🙂

  • RaW
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    Posted at 14:33h, 11 July Reply

    Nice! A bike tour! I’ve just came back from a resort stay that offers free use of bicycles around the resort – the whole route is about 7.5 km in length – and I totally loved the experience! Anyways, interesting to note that it is the hotel GM who leads the bike tour! What a great way to get feedback about the tour, and the hotel, directly from hotel guests. A $60 breakfast credit is a pretty interesting offer too. How much does the tour cost though?
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 22:11h, 19 July Reply

      That’s awesome that you were at a resort with bikes available, especially with such a long route–how fun! The bike rides and credit are a special package deal/rate offered when you book your room–I’m not sure what the price of the rooms are though since it changes based on dates and availablity. I don’t think the tour can be purchased seperately, but if you just want to use the bikes without the tour, they are free and first come first serve!
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  • Vicky and Buddy
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    Posted at 19:27h, 11 July Reply

    That’s so cool of the General Manager to get involved like that. And it’s a great and healthy way to get to know the city. More hotels should definitely do this.

  • anna
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    Posted at 04:12h, 12 July Reply

    What!! Those dishes look like they are to die for. The beef short rib benedict is something I would definitely order. Yum! I love how the GM is the one leading the tours.
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