Full-Feature Relaxation with Business-Friendly Flair
In the atrium-style Plaza Mall, tiers of trailing ivy hang from the multistory balconies, adding a gentle touch to the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington - Minneapolis South’s streamlined, modern space. Although the high-rise tower focuses on business-centric perks—from on-hand secretaries and notaries to the ergonomic executive chair at each chamber's desk—the hotel’s recreational spots quickly soothe away any lingering worries. An oversize hot tub large enough for a basketball team bubbles and churns away tension, and a nearby sauna offers a warm respite after a chilly winter day.
After a quick check-in, lodgers can head to their standard or executive-floor guest rooms to kick back in an easy chair or unwind atop a row of pillows. Executive-floor rooms come with added perks, including access to the Club Lounge, breakfast in the morning, and an evening reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
At the Doubletree’s Nine Mile Grille, chefs source fruits and veggies from local farms for breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare. Wild game, wild rice, and fresh veggies feature prominently on an eclectic menu of American cuisine that includes Angus cheeseburgers ($10) and sugar-seared salmon ($18). Nearby, Plaza Java’s baristas brew steaming cups of joe. Come evening, bartenders at the Navigator's Lounge concoct libations appropriate for any meeting, toast, or space-cruiser christening.
Bloomington: Minnesota’s Hub for Shopping and Outdoor Play
A 15-minute drive south of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Bloomington is best known as home to the Mall of America, where shoppers carry bags of successful buys into restaurants emitting the smell of spare ribs or savory crêpes. At the mall's myriad attractions, tykes tired of hiding inside clothing racks can dip fingers into aquarium touch pools, hide from minotaurs in an enormous mirror maze, and meet SpongeBob SquarePants at Nickelodeon Universe, the theme park inside the mall.
Surrounding the iconic megamall are natural wonderlands equally worthy of exploration. On the opposite side of the airport, Minnehaha Park's 53-foot waterfall roars amid a forest of fiery leaves in autumn and decorates its rocky ledge with a shimmering curtain of icicles in the deep winter. Snow-booted families can sneak behind the frozen falls into a secret ice cave filled with fantastical columns and archways. With snowfall comes snowkiting, a snow-kiteboarding sport that harnesses large kites to skate across the frozen surfaces.