TRAVEL: Weekend in Fargo



While you can get to Fargo and back in a day, we suggest staying a night or two, and enjoying some of the fun places downtown and beyond that make up this vibrant North Dakota city.  On a recent trip, our travel editors had the opportunity to explore the downtown area and fell in love with the charm and hospitality that the local businesses had to offer.



Where to Stay: 

Hotel Donaldson

101 Broadway N - Fargo, ND

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The history of Hotel Donaldson is deeply rooted in Fargo’s past, and a stroll through the basement gallery will give you a small glimpse of the story’s and people behind the history of the hotel.  The original building owners were the International Order of Oddfellows, and when the building changed hands in the mid 1910’s, it became what is known today as the Hotel Donaldson. 




The property has stayed true to it’s “European” style roots and local North Dakota history, after an extensive remodel in 2003. You will find the check-in space located on the second floor, a complimentary breakfast brought to your room, and expansive spaces throughout the property for you to relax, spend time with friends and family, or hold small meetings. 





In addition, the rooms are decorated with paintings, photographs, ceramics, and sculptures from local to North Dakota artists, and nightly turn down service includes fresh truffles and local artists playing from the Bose sound systems like Jessie Veeder.




During the renovation process, which took three years, the new proprietor ensured to capture and share the history of the property and Fargo, while shifting this property from a “working mans” hotel to a focal point of the downtown area offering world-class accommodations, cuisine, and supporting local arts. 





Where to Eat:

HoDo Restaurant  (inside the Hotel Donaldson)

101 Broadway N - Fargo, ND

With a focus on local farm-to-table ingredients and dishes, you won’t be disappointed.  The chef’s finishing touches on every dish from the salads, to entrees, and desserts heighten the level of the food at this downtown Fargo restaurant.  

Our recommendations:  Kale + Parmesan Salad, Salt Filet, Chorizo Walleye, and make sure to order dessert!




Vinyl Taco

520 1st Avenue N – Fargo ND

You can find this joint in downtown Fargo or Grand Forks, and for those of you that are craving Mexican Street Food or looking for a fun spin on the traditional taco, don’t leave this off your list.  Plenty of parking around the corner, and heat lamps to keep you warm in case you get stuck waiting in line outside for a table. The eclectic interior with a focus on the “Vinyl Record Era” will keep your eyes wandering while you wait for your food.

Don’t miss: the Queso, Crispy Chicken + Mango Tacos, or the Carne Asada Tacos. 




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