End your summer on a high note with a girls’ getaway to the Twin Cities this Labor Day weekend! With a convenient location just five minutes from downtown St. Paul and less than 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Inver Grove Heights is the perfect (and affordable!) base for a fun time with your best friends.
Kick off your girls’ getaway at the Mall of America, only a 10-minute drive from Inver Grove Heights. Obviously, there’s shopping galore, with over 520 stores ranging from chains like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Zara, and L.L. Bean to niche shops selling everything from cheese (Rybicki Cheese) to socks (Sox Appeal). Even better? There’s no sales tax on clothes in Minnesota!
But it’s not all just shopping. There is an endless amount of adventure and entertainment. Soar over famous landscapes and landmarks on the FlyOver America flight simulation ride. Get in some thrills at Nickelodeon Universe, the country’s largest indoor theme park. Challenge your besties to a groovy mini-golf tournament at Rock of Ages Blacklight Minigolf. Teamwork makes the dream work, and no place is this more true than at The Escape Game, with four unique escape themes: Mission:Mars, Prison Break, Gold Rush and The Heist.
After a day on the move, kick back and enjoy an evening of dinner and drinks at one of Inver Grove Heights’ delicious dinner spots. B-52 Burgers & Brew has a fantastic 100-seat rooftop patio and a fun drink menu, Overboard Bar and Grill offers river views on their dockside patio, IWA Sushi’s creative plating will have you asking whether your food is art or your art is food and 1.2.3. Pasta’s fresh Italian fare will have you dreaming of seconds.
Start off a lazy Sunday with breakfast. Cahill Diner has a cozy 1950’s diner vibe and a classic breakfast menu that stands the test of time. Mississippi Pub’s fresh mini-donuts are worth the visit alone, but they make breakfast even better by offering a free Bloody Mary, screwdriver or mimosa with a breakfast entree order. Jersey’s breakfast menu has all the favorites and you can’t go wrong with their Bloodys & Mimosas drink specials.
Next up? Savor the summer sun at the lake. In Minneapolis, there are walking paths around Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles, Bde Maka Ska, and Lake Nokomis; in St. Paul, check out Como Lake. Bikes, kayaks, paddle boats, and more are available to rent. Schulze Lake Beach in Dakota County’s Lebanon Hills Regional Park is a great place to soak up the sun on the sandy beach and the park has miles of trails to explore.
Finish your evening by sampling some local sips. The Twin Cities are home to dozens of taprooms—some local favorites include St. Paul’s Bad Weather Brewing, plus Surly Brewing and Bauhaus Brew Labs of Minneapolis. Prefer something stronger? Tattersall Distilling and Lawless Distilling offer impressive craft cocktail menus. For something truly unique, try the apple-based beverages at Sociable Cider Werks or Urban Forage Winery & Cider House, which makes wines and ciders from locally-sourced fruits.
Spend your last day in the Twin Cities like a local and pick a neighborhood to explore. In St. Paul, Grand Avenue feels like a small town, with a great mix of restaurants and specialty stores (be sure to check out Cooks of Crocus Hill and Bibelot).
The North Loop in Minneapolis was once a warehouse district; today, it’s home to chic boutiques, unique home and decor shops, and a vibrant restaurant scene.
Other fun possibilities include Linden Hills (Minneapolis), Cathedral Hill (St. Paul) and marveling over the 19th century Gilded Age mansions on historic Summit Avenue in St. Paul.
Need somewhere convenient and affordable to stay during your Twin Cities girls getaway? Reserve a room at one of these Inver Grove Heights hotels.