Despite the boom in retail and restaurants in the North Loop, the area has been lacking when it comes to lodging. But that’s changed with the recent opening of the Hewing Hotel, a buzzworthy new boutique hotel built inside a long-vacant, 1897-era warehouse.
The Hewing—named for the process of transforming raw wood into timber—is a 124-room homage to North Loop’s logging history, Minnesota’s Nordic heritage, and a Northwood’s aesthetic. Its rooms are decorated with wallpaper inspired by traditional Swedish patterns, custom wool throws by Faribault Woolen Mill, taxidermy pheasants, and old-growth wood beams and posts harvested from the state’s pine forests.
Not only will the hotel serve as a home base for out-of-town North Loop visitors, it promises to be a destination for locals, too—it boasts an onsite restaurant helmed by award-winning chef Grae Nonas that features a locally sourced menu inspired by Minnesota’s woods and lakes, as well as a rooftop cocktail lounge that offers a stunning view of the downtown skyline.
By Jahna Peloquin
Photo courtesy of Aparium Hotel Group