Calling all savvy shoppers! Minnesota, home to the Mall of America, practically invented the modern day shopping experience. That's why it's the perfect destination for ladies looking to get away for a few days and spend a couple of nights on the town with their girlfriends. Charming Grand Avenue, the Mall of America and Albertville Premium Outlets all offer supreme shopping. Not to mention the many salons & spas that offer pampering and relaxation. We've even compiled a map to help you navigate so you can focus on the things that really matter...like snagging the best deal possible.
A Shopping Experience
Enjoy great, unique shopping on Grand Avenue. Adorable little dress shops, thrifty boutiques and one-of-a-kind accessory shops cater to your style. Start your day off early by grabbing a latte and warm, flaky croissant from Bread & Chocolate on Grand Avenue. Peruse both the designer and the quirky, off-beat shops of Grand. Name-brand style like Anthropologie, Lululemon and Jones New York are within walking distance from one another. Locally owned Stella Blu, Fringe & Picky Girl boast chic selections you’ll find nowhere else.
If all that shopping has you worn out, stop for lunch at Salut Bar Americain on Grand. Every shopping extravaganza requires a little rest & relaxation so pamper yourself at one of the many salons in the area, like Estetica Salon & Spa on Selby Avenue where you can enjoy a stress-relieving massage. Just a short walk away, Dr. Chocolate’s Chocolate Chateau is every chocolate-lover’s dream come true. Treat yourself after snagging so many great deals on your shopping spree. Dr. Chocolate’s also features coffee and wine, and of course, the best chocolate in the area.
Head on over to your hotel and get ready for a night on the town with your girlfriends. Pazzaluna in downtown boasts fantastic dining and drink selections. Splurge and indulge in the delectable Italian cuisine Pazzaluna is known for. Amsterdam Bar and Hall is a great option if you’re looking for a little post-dinner entertainment and some drinks. Enjoy a night overlooking the Mississippi River at the Crowne Plaza, located a few blocks away from Pazzaluna.
Mall of America
Sometimes the best deals require a little travel time. Make a day trip to either the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN or the Albertville Premium Outlets in Albertville, MN to get your designer brand fix. Best of all – there’s no tax on clothing or shoes in Minnesota. Savings of up to 65-percent can be yours at Albertville Premium Outlets. Kenneth Cole, Guess, Calvin Klein and Polo Ralph Lauren are only a sampling of brands you’ll find at generously discounted prices.
For dinner, try Great Waters Brewing Company, known for its fantastic outdoor dining in downtown Saint Paul. After dinner, walk across the street to the premier performing arts venue in the Midwest, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for a theater production. Stay overnight in the Covington Inn – one of America's few floating bed and breakfasts that sits permanently moored on the Mississippi River within the reflection of downtown Saint Paul's skyline.