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Minneapolis (Nov. 20, 2023) – The key to wintertime travel in a winter destination is knowing how to do it right. From dressing properly to knowing where to get the best cup of joe to the secrets of sauna culture, Minneapolis knows winter and does it well.
Here are some tips, from heated patios to spas and saunas, for the top ways to stay cozy in Minneapolis:
- Grab a seat — see a theatrical production: Minneapolis is flush with 80 theatre companies, where you can find intimate houses or large Broadway-style expanses enjoyable a night out.
- The Hennepin Theatre District is home to three historic theatres — the Orpheum, State and Pantages — and the Dudley Riggs Theatre (home of Brave New Workshop). Experience touring Broadway shows, comedy sets and everything in between on Hennepin Avenue downtown.
- The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater has three stages, including an all red proscenium theatre that will evoke warm feelings among the red seats, carpet, walls and curtains.
- And popular spots like The Ritz Theater in Northeast and the Jungle Theater in LynLake take you to the neighborhoods for a night out among friends.
- Heat up in a sauna or at the spa: From Scandinavian-inspired rituals to Eastern-influenced body treatments, Minneapolis spas and saunas feature a unique blend of offerings that will restore you for whatever adventures lie ahead.
- Hewing Hotel’s sauna and rooftop hot tub comes with amazing views of the city.
- The Four Seasons Hotel’s guided sauna experiences are curated with your unique wellness goals in mind.
- The Great Northern Sauna Village is perfect for experiencing multiple types of saunas and experimenting with heat, steam, aromatherapy, and the natural winter air.
- For a warm spa day indoors, Watershed Spa and Baths provides an immersive communal bath experience, offering spa services and wellness treatments.
- Learn more about the spas and saunas in Minneapolis.
- Get toasty by the fire: Lago Tacos, Miaou Miaou and Terzo are just some of the restaurants equipped with patios with heated outdoor bars, fireplaces and large heaters, allowing you to stay warm and cozy while also enjoying delicious food and drinks al fresco. For more heated patios and fireplaces in Minneapolis, visit here.
- Dine in covered rooftop restaurants and cabins: The Four Seasons Nordic Village offers a Minnesota cabin experience in the middle of the city. Dine in one of eight cabins that stay warm and cozy no matter the weather. Union Rooftop has an enclosed and heated retractable rooftop, which regularly hosts its popular drag brunch. Blondette also has a retractable rooftop with views that surround you with the city’s lights while you enjoy a warm dish.
- Warm up from the inside out: Nothing satisfies in the cool season like a hot bowl of soup. Pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup made with flavorful spiced beef broth, is the perfect antidote to the chilliest weather. Lotus Restaurant, Quang Restaurant and Pho Tau Bay are a few restaurants in Minneapolis known for their bountiful and body-warming pho. Visit here for more places to order soup.
- Drink up and dance the night away: Breweries are the best place to cozy up with a local beer and live entertainment. La Doña Cervecería hosts salsa and bachata nights and Bauhaus Brew Labs features live music pop-ups and festival-style events. Visit here for more breweries with live entertainment.
- Curl up with a few good books: Wild Rumpus, Milkweed Books and The Book House are a few local bookstores where you can hunt for the perfect book and get lost in the stacks. For more bookstores to check out, visit here. Once you have the reading material in hand, sink into a chair in Hotel Emery’s jungle-like lobby, where your read and the green things take you to other places, and the cozy chairs and Spyhouse Coffee invite you to stay awhile.
- Leave your coat behind as you traverse the downtown Minneapolis skyway: The climate-controlled system – the largest in the world – spans 80 city blocks (or more than 9.5 miles) and connects a multitude of restaurants, cafes, shops and entertainment venues with its mostly second-level connections between buildings. You’ll find residents, office workers and visitors moving about downtown in comfort all year-round. Visit here for a guide to the skyway system.
For more ideas and events to spend your wintertime visit in Minneapolis visit here.
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