Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn
The start of the holiday season means shopping sprees, and there is no better place to shop till you drop than the Mall of America, located 15 minutes away from Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn. The hotel also puts you in prime position to visit the attractions in downtown Minneapolis, including the Walker Art Museum, the University of Minnesota, and Minnehaha Falls.
- Home away from home: Guest rooms set you up with complimentary WiFi and a flat screen HDTV.
- Notable award: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014
- Morgan’s Restaurant: Chefs make grass-fed filet mignon and bourbon-glazed salmon using ingredients sourced from local farms at this onsite restaurant.
- Swim year-round: Natural lights and colorful umbrellas surround the indoor pool and hot tub area, making it feel like summer even when it’s chilly outside.
Burnsville, Minnesota: Ski Park and Charming Downtown Area Near Twin Cities
Burnsville sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, just south of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The setting makes Burnsville a sprawling assortment of outdoor parks and green spaces, including Buck Hill Ski Area, where you can strap on skis or tube down a snowy hillside in the winter. When you’re tuckered out from outdoor adventure, take a stroll through downtown Burnsville’s Heart of the City, where you’ll find 54 acres of shops, art spaces, and locally owned restaurants.
Burnsville is just a few miles south of Bloomington, best known for the Mall of America, which draws 40 million visitors each year. When it first opened in 1992, the massive shopping center marked a new trend in retail, not just for its size—you can fit seven Yankee Stadiums inside it—but for the way it combined shopping and entertainment. In addition to more than 500 shops, the mall has half a dozen attractions including an aquarium and a comedy club. Kids will love Nickelodeon Universe, an enclosed theme park with roller coasters and friendly mascots such as SpongeBob SquarePants.