St. Paul named best romantic city, and Chris Coleman says LRT will only make it lovelier

USA Today readers think you're looking at North America's best romantic getaway.
USA Today readers think you're looking at North America's best romantic getaway.

Even though voting occurred amid a polar vortex that has many of us wearing decidedly unsexy long undies and thermals, St. Paul has been named the "Best Romantic North American Getaway" by 10Best/USA Today.

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St. Paul somehow edged places like Santa Fe, New Orleans, and Honolulu for the "Readers' Choice" award. And reached for comment today, Mayor Chris Coleman said he doesn't expect St. Paul to be dislodged from the top of the list anytime soon.

Asked whether he ever expected St. Paul to win top honors as a romantic destination during his tenure, Coleman said, "Absolutely -- are you kidding?"

"It's such a charming city, whether you're strolling down Summit  Avenue or taking in a concert at Mears Park with the water streaming by," he continued.

But is your city really more romantic than Minneapolis? we asked Coleman.

"They're fine for what they are, but they're not romantic," Coleman said. "They're big, hustle and bustle, and we're kinda intimate."

Asked whether there are good public policy reasons to believe St. Paul might get even more romantic, Coleman quickly cited Green Line LRT, which will open on June 14.

"With light rail it'll be real romantic and even easier to get to," Coleman said.

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

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