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When the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over and the winter blahs are setting in, why not escape from it all? No kids. No work. No obligations. Just the two of you – together in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot.
Then it’s off to a relaxing dinner at Hazelwood Food + Drink, a fine dining restaurant serving comfort food with a twist. Hazelwood is known for their black angus 28-day-aged steaks, fresh seafood, wood fired pizza and rotisserie chicken. Start with the boursin artichoke dip, then try the lobster mac & cheese made in a wood fired clay pot and oozing with five different cheeses and caramelized onions. Pair it with a glass of Milbrandt Riesling or William Hill Chardonnay. Be sure to save room for Grandma Betty’s chocolate cake made with Callebaut chocolate and cocoa cream frosting.
Begin your morning in the Historic Walker Lake District. Say cheers to togetherness with a strawberry sunrise mimosa from The Block Food + Drink. Their Biscuits Breakfast Bar features flaky buttermilk biscuits with fun option like the “I’m Eggs Sausaged Biscuit Sandwich.” Or try the pacos, three mini pancakes stuffed with cheesy scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon and green onions topped with spicy pepper jam and maple syrup – yum! They also offer several vegan options and a dog-friendly “pawtio” complete with a dedicated dog menu. Snap a pic in front of their Minnesota-themed mural with the words “With love from SLP” and send it to your loved ones.
Enjoy a late lunch at Yangtze Chinese. They’re known for their classic Hunan, Szechuan, Mandarin and Cantonese dishes. But on weekends, they especially shine with their expansive dim sum menu. In fact, they were named a 2021 Best of Minnesota Reader’s Choice award winner by the Star Tribune!
For dinner, we recommend D’Amico & Sons, an Italian café offering a mouthwatering list of pastas, wood-oven pizzas, entrées, salads, sandwiches and desserts. Try the Lasagna Bolognese or the grilled salmon with asparagus topped with house-made pesto. Pair them with a bottle of pinot noir by J or La Crema – both are on the menu.
Sundays are for sleeping in! After a good night’s rest, CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar is the perfect spot for a late breakfast. Start with a brunch appetizer of beignets tossed in cinnamon sugar served with caramel macchiato anglaise. Then order the lobster avocado toast or the breakfast chimichanga (with jalapeño brie cheese sauce!). They also serve brioche French toast, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, breakfast bowls and benedicts, veggie/vegan entrées and, of course, sushi! Pair your meal with a blueberry or peach mimosa or other brunch cocktail.
Looking for still more fun before it’s time to head to the airport or pack up the car? Strap on a pair of snowshoes at Westwood Hills Nature Center and explore over three miles of trails. Go outdoor pub curling at Brookview – no broom sweeping required. Or check out the Pavek Museum’s collection of antique radios, televisions and broadcasting equipment.
Hopefully you’ll leave Minnesota’s Sweet Spot feeling rejuvenated and reconnected! Of course, this is just a sampling of what you might do in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot. View our list of Experiences to help plan your trip.