Take a Staycation in the Twin Cities

Forget traveling to other cities for sightseeing and relaxation. With the economy in a slump, there's no better time get to know all of the unique things right in your backyard. Check out some of the weekend deals at these newly renovated and famous mainstay hotels (including the Hotel Ivy, left), and enjoy all of the sights and sounds of the Twin Cities while you're there.

Updated: September 16, 2009

Weekend Getaways

W Minneapolis The Foshay

821 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402

The newly renovated and visually stunning Foshay Tower houses one of the hippest and contemporary hotels in all the Midwest. Think you can't afford it? The W offers weekend deals for couples like its luxurious romance package And because the hotel caters to the weekday business traveler, its offering buy one night get the second for half off on some weekends throughout 2009.

The Westin Minneapolis

88 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Located in the famous Farmers and Mechanics Bank building, the Westin offers weekend renewal spa packages starting at around 150 bucks. The hotel has been redecorated to reflect the minimalist post-War design of the era, although things like a double-headed shower and Earth-friendly spa packages make it totally modern. Add a blueberry mojito at B.A.N.K. restaurant downstairs, and a night in town feels like a trip to New York City.

Hotel Ivy, Minneapolis

201 South Eleventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403

This sleek, hip, and modern hotel offers weekend specials and deals, like the ?Taste of Luxury? package that gives guests a $50 credit for dinner at the hotel's award-winning restaurant, Porter and Frye. Couples can enjoy a dinner fit for fickle foodies, a concert at Orchestra Hall down the street, and a night in luxury for as much as one ticket to New York would cost.

The Grand Hotel Minneapolis, A Kimpton Hotel

615 Second Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55402

This old-fashioned luxury hotel offers some of the most romantic rooms in all the Twin Cities. If you're looking for the ultimate in relaxation but don't have the bucks to travel to a spa, go for the Spa Package at the Grand, which includes a luxury room, breakfast, an hour-long massage, an hour-long wrap, and two cocktails for two adults starting at about $500.

Nicollet Island Inn

95 Merriam St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Offering views of the Mississippi river, which are some of the best spring views in all of the Twin Cities, this quant hotel in downtown Minneapolis has weekend romance packages that make a night in Minneapolis feel like a cozy night up North. But if that seems a bit too much pressure on your pocketbook, you can still get a room at a reduced weekend rate and get ?additions? like champagne and chocolates to make your stay truly indulgent.