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The Great Minnesota Bucket List: Luxurious Locales

Toast these relaxing getaways with a bottle of wine—no knapsacks, kid packs, or achy backs in sight.

Graves 601 Hotel

Stay in Town

No need to leave town for the perfect getaway. Plan a staycation and see the Cities the way you’ve always wanted.

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Hitting the gym, followed by an afternoon of indulgence.

STAY: HOTEL IVY
201 S. 11th St., Minneapolis, 612-746-4600

PLAN: Earn an afternoon of pampering in the luxury spa by first working up a sweat in the fitness facility. The Ivy Ritual includes a body wrap, milk bath, mini facial, and a massage.

WHAT TO PACK: Lululemon gear and something to lounge in. The in-room robe will be perfect for room service from Porter & Frye.

TIP: Ask about the birth year deal. For the second and third nights of your stay, you pay $100 plus the year you were born.


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Art—creating it, surveying it, experiencing it.

STAY: LE MERIDIEN CHAMBERS
901 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-767-6900,

PLAN: Start at Burnet Gallery, with more than 200 pieces from the private collection of the hotel's owner. Then move on to the Walker Art Center. Top the night off with a show at one of Hennepin Theatre Trust’s stages.

WHAT TO PACK: Whatever you need to feel artsy and inspired—a beret? A paint-smattered smock? All black, perhaps?

TIP: Chambers guests gain free admittance to the Walker Art Center by presenting their artist-designed “Unlock Art” key card.


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Cozying up by the fire for a romantic getaway.

STAY: NICOLLET ISLAND INN
95 Merriam St., Mpls., 612-331-1800

PLAN: Cross the bridge to explore St. Anthony Main. Share a bottle of wine at Vic’s. Then head back to the island for dinner.

WHAT TO PACK: A good book to read in the newly renovated lounge and something sexy—this is the Twin Cities’ most romantic getaway.

TIP: Stay till Sunday for breakfast. The Island Package includes champagne and petits fours, dinner for two, and the five-course brunch.

Graves 601

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Feeling like you’re part of the “in” crowd every now and then.

STAY: GRAVES 601 HOTEL
601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-677-1100

PLAN: Start at the hotel’s Bradstreet Craftshouse. Head to the North Loop for cocktails at HauteDish. Then grab dinner at Bar La Grassa. End the night at Marvel Bar or the hotel’s newly revamped Cosmos.

WHAT TO PACK: That one outfit you’ve never been brave enough to wear. If you’re going to play the part, you may as well look it.

TIP: Sign up for The Giving Room special, and the hotel will donate housing for one night for a needy child.


St. Paul Hotel

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History—mixed with luxury.

STAY: THE SAINT PAUL HOTEL
350 Market St., St. Paul, 800-292-9292

PLAN: Take in the exquisite interior of the four-diamond hotel before heading out to explore downtown St. Paul. Have cocktails in Lowertown, dine at the St. Paul Grill, and nab a ticket to the Ordway Center.

WHAT TO PACK: Your Sunday best. You’ll want to blend in with the fresh floral bouquets and the opulent décor.

TIP: Ask for the Pirate Package, which runs during the Real Pirates exhibition at the Science Museum of Minnesota and offers breakfast and $20 in pirate treasure.

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Shopping, but you never seem to find enough time to hit everything.

STAY: THE WESTIN EDINA GALLERIA
Galleria, 952-567-5000

PLAN: Tiffany & Co., Ampersand, Gabberts, oh my! The collection of stores is enough to keep you occupied all day. Savor your shopping high over dinner at Crave or Pittsburgh Blue.

WHAT TO PACK: Your most comfortable kicks, so you can cover the Galleria from Louis Vuitton to Len Druskin.

TIP: With the Galleria’s Getaway Package, you receive $200 in Galleria gift cards, $75 to any Galleria restaurant, and sparkling wine in your room.

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