St. Paul: Most romantic getaway in North America?

It's so cold all you'll want to do is snuggle!
It's so cold all you'll want to do is snuggle!

For some reason, the national media is convinced the Twin Iceboxes Cities is a great romantic destination.

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In 2012, Yahoo named Minneapolis one of America's most "unexpectedly romantic" cities. Now St. Paul is a finalist for USA Today's "Best Romantic North American Getaway" award.

St. Paul is one of 20 finalists. In fact, our capital city was listed as first in the rankings yesterday, with Sante Fe close behind.

Here's how USA Today justified including St. Paul as a finalist in the first place:

St. Paul is the smaller, quieter and, many say, the more sophisticated of the Twin Cities. While not an obvious choice as a romantic getaway, couples love it for its diverse romantic offerings, like leisurely paddle-wheeler rides along the Mississippi, beer tastings, or ice skating. St. Paul also has a thriving performing arts scene.

"More sophisticated"? Take that, Minneapolis!

Voting is open until January 27. Click here to cast your ballot, but let's be real -- regardless of which city ends up winning , there's no way St. Paul frickin' Minnesnowta is actually preferable as a romantic getaway to Honolulu or Naples, Florida. (Granted, I typed that while shivering.)

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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