Tuesday, March 04, 2014

North bound?

Last weekend we headed north.
Crazy.  I know.

We wanted to "get outta Dodge" -- relax, shop, dine, bum around ....and do a little birthday celebrating.
Nate did us a huge favor and hung out at TheCottage taking care of chickens and canines while enjoying his own "get-away" while we escaped to Edina.

We chose to stay at the Westin at the Galleria for a few reasons ...
1.  Shopping connected to the hotel so we didn't have to go outside.
2.  We didn't want to deal with the city parking (and paying to park)
3.  Good restaurants nearby.
4.  Fun stores at 50th and France.
5.  Barnes and Noble 
6.  Good room rate.
7.  We've stayed here before.
8.  Very nice rooms.
9.  Reasonable price.
10.  Not too far from home.

Thanks to an awesome concierge, we got a free upgrade on our average room to this:
Savor the private floor when you book the Westin Club Corner Deluxe guestroom during your next stay. Indulge in our exclusive lounge that serves a continental breakfast and hors d'oeurves in the evening daily. Additional amenities include: Westin's signature Heavenly Bed, an ergonomic task chair and a well-stocked refreshment center. Our Westin Club guests receive upgraded amenities/robes. 

Friday and Saturday evenings we enjoyed hors d'oeurves in the exclusive lounge on the private level where our room was located. Saturday and Sunday mornings we had a very nice continental breakfast to start our day.

The Club Lounge
Other than spending time in our room reading, playing Quirkle, and napping, we also enjoyed ...

Shopping at Albertville Outlet Mall
(snagged some awesome deals there --$7 skirts at Loft!)
Shoppes at Arbor Lakes
Edina Galleria 
(Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel)
Dinner at Big Bowl  (favorite spot)

then a quick stop at Barnes & Noble for some chocolate!
(Try this chocolate -- it is amazing!)

We also hit up 50th and France for some entertainment of the shopping/dining kind.
After spending over an hour in PaperSource drooling over all the papers and paper crafts

.... we headed to a Mexican bar/restaurant for a late lunch/snack and beverage
and to warm up!
Made to order guacamole, a fancy appetizer and a margarita .... yes please!

Skipped dinner on Saturday night.... appetizers were enough
and we didn't want to go out in the cold...
Spending a few hours at Barnes and Nobel reading magazines
 while enjoying a coffee was a better option!

Lazy Sunday morning before hitting up IKEA to do some returns
and drive back to reality

and our home sweet Cottage.

Next year ... somewhere South?


  1. Rick and I are thinking about heading "north" in a few weeks for our anniversary. I'll have to check out your Westin. Looks like you had a great time. I've been to a lot of the places you mentioned, my favorites are Shoppes at Arbor Lakes and Albertville Mall! I have a question for you.... How does one get an upgrade at the hotel from the concierge?

  2. Kate Baker9:02 AM CST

    I LOVE the Galleria in Edina! I am glad you had a fabulous time :)

  3. Sounds like a fantastic weekend!!! I'm itching to get out of dodge!

  4. Sounds practically perfect in every way!

  5. Practically perfect in every way!


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