Romantic Weekend in Minneapolis
It's time to indulge in a well-deserved romantic weekend in Minneapolis! We've got award-winning food, luxury hotels, and top-notch experiences. No matter the weather - rain, snow or shine - Minneapolis has got everything you and your honey need for the perfect weekend.
Where to stay: Hotel Ivy
Incorporated into a historic building, the hotel is walking distance from just about everything in downtown Minneapolis. In addition to the elegant, modern décor and the whitest of white sheets and towels, the Ivy’s above-and-beyond splurges include a full day spa and the wondrous menu at Italian restaurant Monello. The perfect spot to treat yourselves to a special weekend stay! Insider tip: South-facing rooms have outstanding views.
Alternative: Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot - If you’d prefer to splurge on food and activities, the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, located between the Riverfront District and the downtown core, is a fabulous choice for a remarkable value.
Breakfast/Brunch: A quick 5-minute walk hand-in-hand will take you to Hell’s Kitchen, an iconic Minneapolis brunch spot! If you’re feeling thirsty, and not just for coffee or some morning orange juice, try out their famous build-your-own Bloody Mary and mimosa bar. Sometimes you can even make a meal of just that! But breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? So we don’t recommend stopping there. Their menu is filled with delicious favorites, including dishes with their signature homemade peanut butter. Did we mention they also have live music?
Alternative: Known for its drag brunches, Union Bar & Grill boasts a rooftop patio with a glass cover, allowing you to enjoy the rooftop outdoor dining experience all year round.
Treat Yourself: to a well-deserved spa day. Mosey on back to Hotel Ivy to try the Anda Spa on for size (opening summer 2019). Couples massage anyone? There’s really nothing better than a joint pampering experience to rejuvenate the mind and body. You can rest up from your hearty breakfast and mentally prepare for your next meal and a night on the town. Until the Anda Spa opens, try Lontis Day Spa and Salon! Just down the block from Hell’s Kitchen, it’s a perfect substitute.
Lunch: Now relaxed and rested, head on down to Corner Coffee in the North Loop, just a 30-minute walk, 20-minute bus ride or 10 minute drive away. This cozy café is perfect for an afternoon or early evening pick-me-up, whether that’s a cup of joe or a small bite to eat.
Treat Yourself: to dinner and a show! The Dakota Jazz Club is home to the perfect date night vibe. The music venue/chef-driven restaurant combination, formerly a favorite hangout for none other than Prince. Check upcoming shows for tickets and enjoy a pleasantly intimate dining experience.
End your night: at Edward’s Dessert Kitchen. Offering coffee and cocktails alongside their indulging treats, Edward’s Dessert Kitchen is the ultimate dessert destination, a spot solely dedicated to serving up extravagant sweets and pastries, like passion fruit-chocolate mousse and miso caramel pudding!
Alternative: Hewing Hotel’s rooftop experience. Enjoy drinks with a view in the newly open-to-the-public bar and lounge.
Breakfast/Brunch: You’ve got to try Barbette. Located in Uptown, about 15 minutes drive from the hotel, Barbette’s French bistro breakfasts/brunches are a favorite for Minneapol-tans. Dishes are lovingly enhanced with ingredients from farmers and producers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Big draws are their vegetable hash; buckwheat crepe with scrambled eggs, herbs and brie; and an indulgent waffle menu. There’s nothing more romantic than stuffing your face before a long day!
Alternative: Classy breakfast is where it’s at. Kenwood Restaurant is upscale but not pretentious, and the service is always impeccable. During the day, the restaurant fills with sunlight, which always makes everything great.
Treat Yourself: to some quality time with your boo and Mother Nature. She’s a great third wheel. You’ve spent enough time inside being pampered yesterday, it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors. A short walk from the restaurants are the Chain of Lakes, offering activities for all types of people in all kinds of weather. There are bike and pedestrian paths, boating, kayaking, gardens and picnic areas. If you feel inspired to get your heart rate up, you can rent wheeled or floating forms of recreation at Wheel Fun Rentals, or try your ice skating skills on for size at Lake of the Isles in the colder months.
Alternative: Too cold for you to enjoy the outdoors or just not feeling like much physical activity? Catch a mid-day movie at the Landmark's Uptown Theater, featuring foreign, art and cult films or Lagoon Cinema, which screens indie, foreign and avant-garde films alone with new releases!
Lunch: Energize for the night with plant-based global comfort food at fig + farro. Order one of their mouth-watering salads or sandwiches and your body will be thanking you!
Treat Yourself: to some hardcore fun and games at everyone’s favorite local barcade. At Up-Down you can choose from dozens of vintage arcade games, video games and consoles, pinball, skee ball, lifesize Jenga, shuffle board, and so much more. Drinks you ask? A full bar and array of craft beers on tap await you. Oh yeah, and they have pizza – can’t forget the pizza. (That salad/sandwich from earlier will be feeling like a good idea by now).
End Your Night: at Volstead’s Emporium. But be ‘shhh’ about it. This prohibition-style speakeasy is accessible only by the dark alleyway right behind Up-Down (on the South side of Lake Street between Lyndale and Aldrich Avenues) - you may think you took a wrong turn. Head down the alley and take a left at the first parking area, keep going until you see the colored light, and often times a long line of people waiting. (You can also Google Map it!) If there’s no line, you’ll have to give the door a knock or two. Once you’re in, you’ll enjoy their intricately decorated cocktail room, cozy booths, and a list of drinks that are - dare we say - impossible to choose from. Okay, close to impossible. The hand-crafted cocktails are naturally a big draw, including their absinthe menu, and they also serve a well-received food menu. Volstead’s will make winding down your night a chill and delightfully intimate time.