Sometimes it’s just better to leave the boys at home and head out for a girl’s weekend getaway!
Whether you and your gal pals prefer outdoor activities, a little culture, or relaxing with a glass of wine, here are seven tried-and-true favorites for a girls’ weekend getaway in Inver Grove Heights & the Twin Cities:
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Sample the best wines the area has to offer by visiting a local winery! Nestled among the lush, rolling hills of Minnesota’s picturesque Sogn Valley, Cannon River Winery’s vineyard is home to more than 9,000 vines on 40 acres of land. The Alexis Bailly Vineyard & Winery is surrounded by 13 acres of vineyard and has a charming picnic area overlooking the vines, a grape trellised deck to sip a glass of wine under, and bocce ball courts to play on.
Cannon River Winery
Take a step back in time to the Prohibition Era and explore the nightclubs where many famous gangsters spent time. The Wabasha Street Caves are the perfect blend of history and intrigue for you and your friends. These man-made caves have been home to mobsters, speakeasies, and more recently have begun hosting a “Swing Night” on Thursday nights with live big-band music.
Wabasha Street Caves
What’s a girl’s weekend getaway without a trip to the spa? Treat yourselves to a relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatment or two at Solimar Wellness Spa, and bask in the beautiful and calming environment. Primo Salon & Spa is another terrific option, offering everything from hair care, skin care, nail services, and more!
Solimar Wellness Spa
Enjoy an evening of theatre, music, or dance with plenty of options for the performing arts! The Ordway, one of the country’s leading not-for-profit performing arts centers, is home to a wide variety musical theater, world music, dance, and vocal performances throughout the year. The Guthrie Theater, a center for theater performance, production, education, and professional training, presents both classical literature and new work from diverse cultures. As far as museums go, you can never go wrong with a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where you’ll find a variety artwork ranging from Monet to Matisse, Asian to African, and 40,000-year-old artifacts to world-famous masterpieces.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Ready to do some serious shopping? A girls’ weekend in Inver Grove Heights and the Twin Cities wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Mall of America! Mall of America is the nation’s largest retail and entertainment complex that boasts over 520 stores, 50 restaurants, three major department stores, and so much more. Head to Gertens, one of the only garden centers in the area that grows the majority of the goods they sell, and browse their wide selection of annuals, perennials, and nursery stock. Wander down the charming street of Grand Avenue and experience what many know as the best in Twin Cities shopping — you’ll find a wide range of styles that are all individually unique!
Mall of America®
A girl’s gotta eat, right? So, why not get the full foodie experience while exploring the Twin Cities? Taste Twin Cities Food & Drink Tours highlight the most delicious food and drink the region has to offer, while providing insights into the culture, history, and architecture of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and a few nearby areas. For a more hands-on experience, head to Cooks of Crocus Hill for a cooking class. These classes include instruction, plenty of food, and lots of fun!
Cooks of Crocus Hill
Get in touch with your inner artist! Attend a glass blowing demonstration at Foci or take a tour of their stunning glass art gallery. Looking for a quick clay thrill? Head to Northern Clay Center for a one-day ceramic arts workshop, where you’ll learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel. Spend an evening at Wine & Canvas and experience art entertainment at its finest as you and your girls sip on your favorite wine while creating a masterpiece. The best part? No talent or experience is necessary.
Foci Glass Blowing
Whether it’s celebrating a milestone birthday or simply catching up with a group of old friends for a long weekend, Inver Grove Heights is the place to do it. So, grab your girls and get ready for a weekend you’ll always remember!