One of the best parts about our area is all the beautiful nature that surrounds it. Here are some of our favorite trails.
Shopping. Pampering. Delicious dining! Grab your gal pals and escape from your busy schedules for a weekend of rejuvenating and reconnecting. Try a new craft. Splurge on some feel-good fashion. Catch up and kick back in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot.
To truly unwind, your next destination is SALT Salon Spa Café. SALT offers a wide range of spa and salon services for all your aesthetic needs. Splurge on the party package for you and your friends and enjoy a private experience in their Himalayan SALT Room, complete with a 60-minute massage or facial, manicure, pedicure and a wash and hair style. You’ll leave feeling completely relaxed and looking absolutely stunning.
Now that you’re feeling fabulous, why not pick up a few accessories? Drop by Excelsior & Grand and check out Max’s, a woman-owned contemporary boutique featuring an eclectic selection of artisan jewelry, hand-blown glass pieces, chocolates, and gift items. Across the street, you’ll find Judith McGrann & Friends, a boutique filled with unique finds, including clothes, jewelry, bags, scarves, socks, gifts, cards and trinkets. The collections change seasonally, with styles for varied body types in all price ranges.
For a little real-world “funning,” it’s off to the West End and Punch Bowl Social. Walk inside and experience 25,000 sq. ft. of “foodertainment.” Sip one of their signature punches, belt out a power ballad in their karaoke room, bowl a few rounds, try your hand at Giant Jenga or Scrabble, and go retro with their vintage arcade games – the perfect way to end your day.
Say cheers to the morning with one of The Block Food + Drink’s five different mimosas or three bloody marys. Try fun breakfast dishes such as a “This Chic is Hot” biscuit sandwich,” with crispy chicken smothered in hot chic sauce, or the pacos, mini pancakes stuffed with cheesy scrambled eggs and hash browns, topped with spicy pepper jam and maple syrup. Those with a sweet tooth will love the lemon ricotta pancakes with fresh strawberries and mini donuts served with chocolate ganache and raspberry sauce. They also have numerous vegan options.
Afterwards, go for a neighborhood stroll and check out some of the Insta-worthy murals in the area, including Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, located on the side of the sota clothing building. After snapping the perfect pic, drop in and pick up some cool sota swag. As you stroll, be sure to look down – the sidewalks are stamped with poetry written by local residents.
Recharge with a pint at Under Pressure Brewing. They offer over 20 beers on tap and an equal number of blended beers, served in a rustic medieval setting with suits of armor and tapestries on the wall. Try the butter beer, their version of the Harry Potter classic!
Treat yourselves at Honey & Rye Bakehouse, a rustic-chic neighborhood bakery and café serving artisan breads and baked treats, as well as all the caffeinated beverages you desire. You can’t go wrong with some coffee cake and a cappuccino or a scone and chai tea.
Time to hit the greens – the lawn bowling greens, that is. Brookview Golf and Lawn Bowling is home to the largest lawn bowling green in Minnesota. Lawn bowling is played similar to bocce ball. Simply roll your bowl (a ball with flattened sides) as close to the jack (a small white ball) as possible. The closest team gets the point. It’s a fun and relaxing way to spend the morning! Plus, you’ll have amazing views of the rolling hills and treelined fairways of the golf course.