Located in the north/central part of North Dakota, Minot is a Midwestern city bursting with recreation, entertainment and the arts. Known as the "Magic City," thanks to its rapid growth during the late-1800s construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot boasts event venues that comprise lodging options, unique sites and convention facilities.
Business travelers can reach Minot via the Minot International Airport. Located two miles north of downtown Minot, the airport features daily flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle and Denver.
Chief among convention venues in Minot is the sprawling North Dakota State Fair Center. Located on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds, the North Dakota State Fair Center features more than 250,000 square feet of meeting space, making it a perfect spot for large-scale conventions to small meetings. The fairgrounds span 164 acres and feature more than two dozen buildings and support facilities, including a 6,000-seat All Seasons Arena and outdoor venues with seating for up to 7,000 attendees.
Additional Minot event venues and meeting facilities include the Minot State University Dome, a modern 10,000-seat athletic facility that is easily adapted for conventions and group events. The Wildwood Country Club sits on an 18-hole golf course and offers event space for up to 80 guests, while the 13,000-square-foot Minot Municipal Auditorium features seating for 5,000 guests.
The largest hotel in Minot, the 245-room Grand Hotel features 17,000 square feet of flexible meeting facilities for up to 950 people, while the 170-room Vegas Motel, located across the street from Minot International Airport, offers 15,000 square feet of event space.
Minot attractions enable meeting participants to get outdoors, enjoy fine wine, learn about regional heritage and even explore a Scandinavian village. Black Butte Adventures is a hiking, biking and agricultural tourism destination that features an eight-mile loop for competitive bikers to casual strollers, while the Dakota Territory Air Museum welcomes guests to learn about regional air history and view military and civilian aircraft. Groups can gather at Minot's Pointe of View Winery; as the state's first commercial winery, Pointe of View crafts grape and fruit wines, including their popular rhubarb and elderberry selections. Visitors to Minot can also explore the Scandinavian Heritage Park. A large percentage of the city's population has Scandinavian roots, so the park celebrates that heritage through a number of replicas from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
Many of Minot's fine restaurants can serve as group gathering space or a place to get away after a day of meetings. Housed in the Grand Hotel, Primo serves delicious interpretations of American and Italian classics, while the downtown 10 North Main is a cozy eatery that specializes in regional and continental fare. Badlands Grill House & Saloon serves steaks, seafood and sandwiches crafted with North Dakota flair. The comfortable Sevens Restaurant and Bar at the Vegas Motel serves classic favorites and features a number of private dining spaces.