Day One: Once you check into one of Bloomington’s world-class hotels (there are more than 40 to choose from), begin
your weekend in the lap of luxury. Schedule mani-pedis,
facials, body wraps or massages—or a combination of them
all—at Solimar Spa in Radisson Blu Mall of America. The full-service wellness spa attached to the Mall is a tranquil prelude
to the rest of the weekend, allowing you to gear up for a
weekend full of shopping and sightseeing.
Evening One: After you’re refreshed and revitalized, get
dolled up for dinner at one of Bloomington’s enticing
restaurants. Lela serves up fresh crudo plates, a variety
of Italian dishes and one excellent wine list to boot.
Bloomington ChopHouse is ideal for a mouthwatering steak
and seafood, while Urbana Craeft Kitchen & Market draws on
Minnesota’s seasonality in a bright, urban atmosphere. End
your evening with unique craft drinks at FireLake Grill House
& Cocktail Bar, then turn in for the night before the next day’s
unparalleled shopping experience.
Day Two: Whether you’re updating your look or overhauling
your wardrobe, there are stores to suit all styles at North
America’s largest retail and entertainment destination.
Anchored by Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears, MOA®’s South
Avenue is home to upscale stores housing brands like Coach,
Burberry, Michael Kors, Stuart Weitzman and Henri Bendel.
And don’t forget the most recent additions: Anthropologie,
Zara, Fabletics and TOMS. Stay charged by grabbing lunch
at one of the Mall’s 50-some restaurants, including Japanese
fare at Masu Sushi & Robata, Italian dishes at Tucci Bennuch,
American favorites at Hard Rock Café and so much more.
Next stop: more shopping, of course.
Evening Two: There’s hardly a reason to leave the Mall if
you’re looking for the evening’s entertainment. Take in a
movie at the Theatres at Mall of America®, laugh until it hurts
at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, or get competitive with
a game of bowling at Sky Deck Grille & Lanes—all of which
offer dinner and happy hours. If you’re ready to explore
what else the area has to offer, take in dinner and a show
at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in the nearby town of
Chanhassen. The venue has some of the highest production
standards in the nation and boasts alumna Amy Adams.
Day Three: Wake up slow before enjoying brunch at Ike’s in
Bloomington, where the famous Weekender Bloody Mary
could serve as a meal on its own. Indulging in the family
style brunch with your girlfriends as well or order a giant
caramel roll to share. For your afternoon festivities, sign up
for a Signature Experience. These one-of-a-kind opportunities
throughout Bloomington and MOA will elevate your vacation
even further, such as a behind-the-scenes look at SEA LIFE®
Minnesota Aquarium where you’ll see off-exhibit sea creatures
and explore the aquarium’s laboratory. More experiences
abound in Minneapolis and St. Paul, including a Padelford
Riverboat tour on the Mississippi River, glass blowing at
Foci: Minnesota Center for Glass Arts and more. (Visit
BloomingtonMN.org/SignatureExperiences for more details.)
Evening Three: For the perfect send-off, raise your glasses
in nearby Waconia, where the winery scene is booming. Visit
vineyards including Sovereign Estate, Parley Lake Winery and
Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery, where you can enjoy
small plates for dinner or pack a picnic dinner to enjoy al
fresco—not a bad finale to a perfect girlfriends getaway.
Grab your best ladies and spend a few days shopping, dining, relaxing and sipping
your way through Bloomington and Mall of America®.
G I R L S ’ Weekend