The guide to a girls’ weekend in the Twin Cities

You can’t go wrong when you’re hanging out with girlfriends. Have you ever considered, though, breaking away from “the usual” (lunch date, dinner date, happy hour drinks) and trying something totally new? Read on for ideas for the perfect girls’ weekend.

Typical English Afternoon Tea



No girls’ weekend is complete without a little slice of the upper crust. Thankfully, tea parties aren’t just for little ones and their stuffed animals. You and your best girlfriends will enjoy high tea (and pretending you’re in an episode of Downton Abbey) at the Saint Paul Hotel. Sip your way through a five-course traditional English style tea in the historic hotel’s beautiful lobby or a private room. Keep in mind that reservations are highly recommended to ensure the best experience.


After tea head across the Mississippi River into Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood for dinner and drinks at Haute Dish. At the restaurant, French technique meets Midwest grandma fare, with a kiss of kitsch. It was the first place in town to pull off fancy hot dish, an appealing upgrade to those of us who grew up on those one-dish meals. Haute Dish deconstructs the classic casserole into a sculpture of short ribs, haricots verts, house-made tater tots, and porcini béchamel in lieu of the canned cream of mushroom soup.

If you’re looking to taste several different dishes, we recommend ordering the “menu of favs.” Typically feeding two people, the menu features smaller portions, so you will have room to taste all their best dishes.

WOW Blow Dry salon with clients in seats

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Start your day off on a caffeinated note at Five Watt Coffee just south of Minneapolis’ Eat Street. Not only do they brew cups that the hardcore java geeks freak out over, but the baristas at Five Watt craft drinks that are animated with spices, bitters and rich, indulgent, creamy milk. Enjoy sipping one of their creative specialty drinks or a classic and nibble on fresh pastries delivered daily from Patisserie 46.


Learn the basics of cooking or refine your existing kitchen skills at Cooks of Crocus Hill. You and your girlfriends can participate in fun and educational cooking classes at one of their three locations throughout the Twin Cities (St. Paul, Edina and Stillwater). After laughing and learning and cooking and eating, check out the store for unique culinary gadgets, a wide selection of constantly changing cookbooks, and quality, high-end cookware.

After a couple hours in the kitchen, you may need a little freshening up. Visit WOW Bar for a hairstyling party. There are no cuts and no colors, just blowouts. You get to pick your preferred hairstyle from a menu, hang out with your girls in a lighthearted atmosphere, then leave feeling sassy and confident.


Brasa Premium Rotisserie is the perfect destination for a group meal. Stop in at their Northeast Minneapolis location and taste succulent slow-cooked, Creole-style comfort food. While meat is king here, they offer plenty of vegetarian-friendly options as well.

You may have heard of the new trend: A group of people locking themselves in a room and solving a mystery to get out. Sounds like a real-life game of Clue, and you can take part in the fun at Riddle Room, located just a few steps away from Brasa Premium Rotisserie. You and your girlfriends will enjoy putting your heads together to solve hidden puzzles and find clues to escape the room in one hour.

Brasa Premium Rotisserie Dinner spread

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After a jam-packed weekend, it’s time to relax and enjoy a day of pampering at Ivy Spa Salon in downtown Minneapolis. Purchase one of their half-day packages for luxurious massages and body wraps, facials, aromatherapy, manicures and pedicures. And don’t forget the really soft robes.


The Perfect Getaway at Bluefin Bay

What do you get when you mix pristine lakeside views with one-of-a-kind recreation, dining and shopping? The Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, which comprises three North Shore resorts: Bluefin Bay, Surfside on Lake Superior and Temperance Landing on Lake Superior.

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Explore Edina Shopping & Dining Itinerary

Shop in Edina between 50th & France, Southdale Center and the Galleria. We offer the most unique and diverse retail shopping experience all in one city.

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Best of Bloomington in 24 Hours or Less

A quick trip to Bloomington isn’t complete without a stop at Mall of America. Window shop or pop into stores along South Avenue for designer labels including Burberry and Michael Kors.

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Mall of America

With more than 520 stores and 50 restaurants not to mention theaters, an amusement park, underground aquarium, comedy clubs and signature experiences, the infamous Mall of America is the undisputed leader in creating the ultimate shopper-tainment extravaganza.

Nickelodeon Universe

In the center of the biggest mall in North America lies one of our country’s greatest amusement parks—Nickelodeon Universe. Spend a high-flying, thrilling day here and end it with a light show that will blow your mind, not your wallet.

Outlet Shopping

The Twin Cities are home to three, truly amazing outlet malls conveniently located north, east and south of the metro.

Park Hopping

The Twin Cities have some of the best park and trail systems in the country. Try this itinerary of some hidden gems we love.

Weekend on the Water

Here in the Twin Cities, it’s important to spend some time on the water. And with 20-some lakes and many more rivers, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a way to do that. Enjoy a relaxing waterfront weekend as you explore some of our best shores.

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