Reuters reporter gets defensive about his absolutely terrible Twin Cities travel guide

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Meadows (bottom right) took the world's worst-ever vacation to the Twin Cities, then wrote about it.
Earlier this summer, Reuters sports correspondent Mark Meadows was tasked with traveling to the Twin Cities to put together a piece entitled, "Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Minneapolis and St. Paul."

The unintentionally hilarious finished product reads as though it was written by somebody who did no more than spend a few hours Googling about the cities we know so well. For instance, the tone for the rest of the piece was set by Meadows's very first observation upon landing at MSP.

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"Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which even has tornado shelters in the restrooms, is to the south of both cities." Good to know, because we'd hate to travel to an airport that doesn't feature those all-important bathroom tornado shelters!

Here's some other head-scratching passages from Meadow's travel guide (emphasis ours):
FRIDAY

11.p.m. - A couple of usually packed Irish bars are located nearby to end the evening. Minnesota is also famous for music with Prince and Bob Dylan among those born here.

SATURDAY

10 a.m. - Eat breakfast at the Potbelly Sandwich Shop at the IDS Center on Eighth Street in Minneapolis, which many see as the center of town given the indoor foyer acts as a perfect shelter from the winter cold. Potbelly has a remarkable selection of bacon, sausage and egg combos, hence the name. (www.potbelly.com).

11.a.m. - A short walk away is the Mississippi River, which defines much of the Twin Cities as it snakes between the two. Riverside attractions are few and far between so take a summer picnic trip to one of the many picturesque lakes which surround Minneapolis such as Hiawatha Lake or Lake Cornelia Park.

6 p.m. - After your shopping bonanza head to the other end of the tram line and catch a game of baseball at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins Major League team (minnesota.twins.mlb.com/). Check on ticket availability and fixtures before going.

This modern baseball park, host of the All-Star game in 2014, has a family atmosphere and superb sightlines and a vast range of fast food and drink outlets for dinner. Try a delicious corn dog. If you want a beer, make sure you have ID as even 30-somethings are challenged.

SUNDAY

5 p.m - If you have time for an early dinner before departing then Red's Savoy Pizza house on Seventh Street (here) is a an experience. There are no windows and the decor fails to brighten up the place but that is half the charm.
So, yeah. Meadows really should've planned his Twin Cities sojourn with the help of someone who has spent a moment or two in the Twin Cities. Then maybe he would've avoided chain restaurants and ordered something besides a corn dog, for God's sake, at Target Field.

As the internet mocked and ridiculed Meadows's travel guide attempt, he took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to defend himself. But while his piece went over about as well as the Hindenburg, Meadows told one Twitter critic he won't be apologizing for the shabby effort. -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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41 comments
netclift
netclift

Finally Lake Hiawatha gets its due respect!! Seriously. 

pmikkalson
pmikkalson

OMG! It's just a never-ending Napoleon Complex with this state. I'm a life-long resident of MN (so I get to say) I've been painfully aware that this is 'fly over" country for some time now. Minnesota will never be of any national importance. Get over it.

kezaezy
kezaezy

Where the Hell is Lake Cornelia Park?

Northrup King Building
Northrup King Building

Perhaps we should invite him back, and really give him a fantastic tour! Would be a great before/after piece for him too.

Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins

No, the reaction is based on the fact that this is straight up horrible journalism. I mean, come on, it is pretty terrible.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

Here's the kicker.  it wasn't listed in the CP article but on the actual Reuters guide, he refers to Extra innings as Overtime.   " Matches normally last three-and-a-half hours but the possibility of overtime can mean a late finish".

This is their Sports Writer?

John Manitou
John Manitou

Yeah... ever talked to a person who works for the local review magazines in the twin cities? They don't pay you to eat and sample, they only pay for the writing. It's a system that practically sets itself up for fraudulent reporting. Apparently Reuters is no different.

BoDarville
BoDarville

This guy didn't even try riding his bike on a bike path to a farmer's market while listening to the Current?  What a loser!  How dare he make the Twin Cities seem dull!  Didn't he go look at that cherry spoon statue thingy?  Or drink any organic beer infused hops? 

Rialto
Rialto

Breakfast at Potbelly's in the IDS center?!
That's the most depressing thing I've ever heard.

Charlie Seto
Charlie Seto

I've seen that carriage doing the route around Stone Arch Bridge, Nicollet Island Inn and St. Anthony Main. Does Pedal Pub count as modern tram service?

Charlie Seto
Charlie Seto

Proposed New Abbreviated Guide: Stay near MoA, and run around the Mall buying tax-free things for the spouse and weird knick-knacks at the Minnesota souvenir shop. Something with a moose on it will suffice. Then get off the LRT at Minnehaha Park, go to Minnehaha Falls. Laugh at the cute little waterfall. Go find the Hiawatha statue on the other side of Hiawatha Ave. Hop back on LRT, hop off near Metrodome. Walk north to Mississippi River. Walk onto Stone Arch Bridge, dodge wedding photography. Stare at Grendel's Mother of a waterfall. Walk to St Anthony Main. Walk to Nicollet Mall. Walk to Target Field. Reboard LRT for hotel. Maybe he skipped STP to get another expenses-paid-trip out of his bosses? When Central Corridor is done, you can get there from the comfort of your hotel by the airport...

HyperboleJoe
HyperboleJoe

Man, my friends and I love to kick back at Lake Cornelia Park. It's definitely a place I take all out of town guests to in the Twin Cities. We, of course, get our Potbelly sandwiches to go and eat them on the tennis courts at the park since they seem to have forgot to install a beach. Definitely my favorite thing to do in Minneapolis or St. Paul. Either that or I take them to Hiawatha Lake in Syracuse, NY. Really great spot in the Twin Cities.

Jim Creston Poet
Jim Creston Poet

Why didn't he just drop in at the local Holiday store and call it a wrap if he didn't want to do any foot work? We have museums, great music venues, theaters. He could have toured the library, wrote about Nicollet Mall.

loserdroid
loserdroid

Yeah, I mean, how can you miss all the dude-bros and strip clubs along 1st and 2nd Avenues?  

Jim E
Jim E

"The Twin Cities: Mostly harmless."

That would have been a better travel guide.

Ange Runnels
Ange Runnels

I love how he got the name wrong for parks AND managed to forget that we have TWO cities instead of one. And to top it all off, it seems he had the best time in the airport bathrooms a la Larry Craig.

Alyssa Kohn
Alyssa Kohn

Not even a Juicy Lucy?! :( Hopefully he can come back and get to some of the other places worthy to visit here. :)

Mweb
Mweb

Wow. First, horrible travel guide. Very lackluster writing effort in general. Though, i'll at least try to defend him a little. He is a sports correspondent, not a travel or food expert. Maybe the guy just doesn't like to try new or exciting foods and simple corn dogs are what he likes. Maybe they don't have Potbelly's where he is from so he was unaware that it is a national chain. What I don't like most is that he is sports guy and he visits one of the best baseball parks in the country and all he bothers to really say is that they card you for beer and they have a vast range  of fast food places. 

Carl Holmquist
Carl Holmquist

Reuters Reporter, Mark Meadosw, ate at the Potbelly Sandwich Shop why not just go to the McDonalds or better Subway. Heard they have tornado shelter bathrooms.

Aimee Jackson
Aimee Jackson

And hilarious. When will Minneapolis stop defending itself for not being Manhattan? We are what we are.

CV Rick
CV Rick

Well I'm off to Potbelly's. Is there a game today? I think I'd like a corndog.

Dayor Maley
Dayor Maley

First, find oneself a proper breakfast at a local restaurant, popularly known as McDonalds. Next, visit interesting local attraction, Southdale Mall, with such exciting vendors as Abercrombie & Fitch and Footlocker! You can even get an authentic Chinese lunch at Panda Express. Later, eat dinner at the charming Apple Valley Applebee's.

Terrell Brown
Terrell Brown

Hope nobody paid anything for his advice. What editor accepted that for publication?

Adrienne Schaumburg
Adrienne Schaumburg

Just makes us sound utterly dull. Perhaps it was the writing? "...modern tram service..." Thank goodness we got rid of those pesky horse drawn carriages!

Becky Bu
Becky Bu

Those "Minnesotans" that showed him around are the most boring people on the planet.

Nancy Jane Bitenc
Nancy Jane Bitenc

Not only are his observations pedestrian, the quality of his prose is pathetic. That sounds snobby and I don't care. The guy can't write or research.

Katie Starks
Katie Starks

Come on Twin Cities! Let's get him to come back and show him how it's REALLY done. :)

Allen Brandt
Allen Brandt

Potbelly's? Really? He had a plethora of better breakfast options if you're visiting here. Go to Hell's Kitchen!

Daniel Wolter
Daniel Wolter

The reaction to this piece is why Minneapolis is rated so high on the snob index.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

If only Reuters had a big giant office here in the metro with a ton of employees that could have directed this guy a little...*cough*

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@Rialto  Yeah, no shit.  When you're within 2 blocks of Hell's Kitchen and Keys at the Foshay?  Why not get a breakfast burrito at the S.A. on Grant and LaSalle?  You can microwave it right there and everything.

Onan
Onan

@Mary Wick  - it's just north of Lake Nokomis and is basically a large pond.

Arkadi
Arkadi

@Dayor Maley McDonald's, or as my father used to call it, "that quaint little Scottish restaurant".

hallen.linda
hallen.linda

@Nancy Jane Bitenc Agree-very poorly written, not funny, and condescending.  What a jerk.

T.S.Moody
T.S.Moody

@Daniel Wolter There are reasons for that rating, but this is not one of them.  He descriptions are laughable.  It really does seem like he did some Google surfing and then wrote his piece.  Pathetic.

Onan
Onan

@swmnguy  - And don't forget that delicious "Gas Station Sushi" that is all the rage.

MarcelloErnetti
MarcelloErnetti

@T.S.Moody What Google surfing yields results saying go to Potbelly's? If he just Google surfed he'd sound like he was paraphrasing what's on Yelp.

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