Classy Getaways for the Minnesota Romantic
Whether you’re looking to woo your special someone, reignite an old flame, or treat yourself to some quality alone time, these three local hotels will provide a romantic getaway without the expenses of going away.
With winter maintaining its firm grasp on Minnesota and Valentine’s Day knocking at the door, there’s truly no better time to schedule a little staycation at a romantic hotel or resort. Chase the winter blues away and heat up with your S/O at one of these local properties.
Located in downtown Minneapolis, Hotel Ivy offers the best of both worlds: a quaint boutique hotel and the nightlife of Minneapolis’ busy streets. The historic Ivy Tower was built in 1930 to house administrative offices, classrooms, and reading rooms for the Second Church of Christ Scientist.
The church sold the building in 1965, and throughout the years it was used for several different purposes. The Ivy Tower was set to be torn down by developers but was saved by the City of Minneapolis in 1986 and deemed historic. It was then incorporated into new construction, opening as Hotel Ivy + Residences in 2008.
“Our boutique hotel offers an elevated and peaceful getaway from the daily grind of the city with a limited 136 guest rooms and nine luxury suites, of which one is our famed bi-level 2,400 sq. ft. Penthouse, the top floors of the Historic Ivy Tower,” says Tom Peters, director of sales and marketing.
In addition to being surrounded by endless dining options in downtown Minneapolis, Hotel Ivy is home to its own lobby bar, perfect for small plates and cocktails, and Monello, a formal, full service restaurant offering coastal Italian fare. But perhaps the finest treasure of Hotel Ivy is in the basement.
“In our basement, we have a hidden gem, Constantine. It’s an intimate bar and lounge with a speakeasy vibe and décor heralding back to the Ivy Tower’s religious roots, offering handcrafted cocktails and more traditional bar food, like the Dirty Double and Tater Barrels with cheese dipping sauce, opening at 5pm daily. We also have 24-hour in-room dining available,” Peters adds.
Peters says guests can customize their Hotel Ivy experiences with the help of the guest experience manager, who can curate unique experiences ranging from Forest Bathing, where guests are personally guided through the woods and taught how to truly disconnect and immerse themselves in nature, to utilizing the free fleet of Handsome Cycles to bike around the city and explore downtown Minneapolis landmarks.
“For a truly memorable romantic getaway, inquire about staying in our Penthouse, to include a private Butler drawn bath, and a bottle of Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle Champagne with keepsake glasses.”
For more information, visit marriott.com.
201 S. 11th St.
Located in one of Minnesota’s most romantic towns, Stillwater, Lora certainly has it where it counts when it comes to a romantic weekend getaway.
Originally built as a brewery in the 1860s, the building has served as various shops and restaurants before Lora moved in after it was purchased by a group of local investors who partnered with Provenance Hotels of Portland.
“Currently, we have a coffee shop (MADE), a restaurant (Feller), and bar (The Long Goodbye) on site. There are several different views of Stillwater from our rooms, some of which have fireplaces or patios/balconies,” says Operations Manager Veronica Rosbolt. “We also offer valet parking, in-room dining, in-room Well+Fit (workout) kits, and as a pet-friendly property, we offer free amenities for dogs which include bowls, dog beds, toys, dog tags and treats. Finally, we offer free Shinola bikes for our guests to use in the warmer months.”
MADE also offers afternoon teas, and Feller frequently offers wine dinners with prefix menus. The restaurant also has two event spaces, one for more intimate and small events (up to 10 people) and one for larger events (up to 40 seated) such as weddings, retreats, and lectures.
Lora also offers a Romance package, which includes the guests’ choice of wine and house made truffles. Plus, the hotel’s location is nestled into the bluffs right on Main Street, allowing guests to wander down to the various restaurants and local shops without the pressures and stresses of a big city.
402 Main St. S.
For more information, visit lorahotel.com.
Bluefin Bay Resort
Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts has won many awards in its early years as Minnesota’s Most Romantic Resort, Best Minnesota Resort, and Best Honeymoon Resort for seven years running, making it one of the state’s most romantic getaway options. This family of resorts includes Bluefin Bay, Surfside, and Temperance Landing, all on Lake Superior.
Bluefin Bay offers breathtaking views of the lake, in-room fireplaces and whirlpools, meaning there’s easily no reason to leave your room all weekend. Resort amenities include pools, fitness areas, and hot tubs, including an outdoor heated pool and hot tub overlooking Lake Superior. Guests also have access to the fitness center, sauna, lakewalk, tennis courts, beach/shoreline, bonfire area with s’mores, Waves of Superior destinations spa, and a host of complimentary guest activities including guided hikes and kayak lessons in the summer, and guided snowshoe hikes and Nordic Skiing in the winter.
Bluefin Bay Resort offers a variety of romance packages, including couple’s massages, honeymoon, and mini-moon packages. There are also a variety of outdoor activities (should you ever decide to leave your room), including downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking, and ice skating.
For more information, visit bluefinbay.com.
7192 W. Highway 61