Minneapolis Staycation Ideas

Picture this. The weekend in Minneapolis starts tomorrow at 5pm. You’re unsure how you want to spend your weekend. You’re already anticipating the droll of that long Monday morning lecture from either your boss or your professor. If this feels all too familiar, perhaps you’re in desperate need of a staycation, Minneapolis style! Now that the scene’s set, where do you go from here? It’s lucky you stumbled onto here: this post will serve as your comprehensive guide to two of the best hotels in Minneapolis for a staycation. Feel free to pick and choose what you enjoy and like about each scenario, to create your own ideal staycation! Whether its spring break, a day trip, or a weekend here’s a couple of Minneapolis Staycation Ideas that could be just right for you! 

Scenario One: The Ideal Staycation: You’re booked on True Crimes tour, so you decide to spend the weekend at 300 Clifton.

Spend the night at one of the cutest hidden gems in Loring Park, 300 Clifton! Get spoiled like royalty! 

As soon as you can clock out, its vacation time! 300 Clifton is open for check in starting at 3:00. If you book directly with them you get free breakfast vouchers at the Nicollet Diner (for every night you stay there) and other savings on the various experiences they offer.

This breakfast is no joke! 10/10 recommend!


They have an abundance of things to do on the property: You decide to book the Hot Tub

Why not book the hot tub? You can either book a private night time pass or a public day time pass! Enjoy a soak in their cute hot tub lounge, grab your go to drink at Lowry Liquors (just blocks away)  and turn on your favorite playlist! After a few minutes under these jets (and a sip or two of your favorite beverage) , it is guaranteed you’ll feel transported to a tropical in the comfort of your own amazing city!

beautiful secret garden with the hot tub open year round

Enjoy the Ambience !

300 Clifton is a gorgeous spot, which makes it an ideal Minnesota staycation spot. Exploring is highly encouraged at 300 Clifton. Enjoy the ambience, the history wall, the free wine hour, library and arcade games when you’re on the property! 

Explore the city!

Take a chance on your staycation. Explore your city around the Bed and Breakfast. You’re blocks away from the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden! Eat at Gai Noi (located a walking distance away). 

Enjoy your True Crimes Trolley Tour!

The True Crimes Minneapolis Trolley tour is truly a unique Twin Cites experience! Learn about some of this cities’ historical deaths and murders. Its a definite must for all the true crime fans out there. The Trolley starts and ends at 300 Clifton. Since you’ll be staying the night, you won’t have to worry about missing it!

The MInneapolis Trolley leaves the gates at 300 Clifton Bed and Breakfast
The Minneapolis Trolley is a great way to enjoy Minneapolis. The trolley tours begin and end at 300 Clifton B&B.

Scenario 2: Your favorite band is playing at the Armory! You’re staying at the Oaklands on 9th

Your favorite band playing in your city is a perfect excuse to explore all of the staycation ideas in Minneapolis has to offer. You decide to stay at the Oaklands on 9th for the night, the Armory is a hop and a skip away from this cute MN staycation destination. 

Park on the Property

 Did you know their parking is some of the cheapest in the city? Leave the car in the parking lot, you won’t need it for the duration of your trip! Explore how walkable downtown is! Within a block of the Oaklands you have access Minneapolis Skyway (open during the week), there are also fun and unique restaurants and shops located all over the downtown area.

Spend the Morning and the Evening at the Foshay!

Take in a cozy brunch at Keys Cafe! With the hours of 8AM until 2PM, you won’t need to rush over to begin your Twin Cities staycation. Their menu is full of fun MN Brunch classics: Yes they do serve Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas, folks! Try the highly suggested caramel rolls and biscuits and gravy.

Visit their observatory deck and museum after brunch!

When you finish head up to the top of the Foshay to visit the museum and observation deck. Tickets for the museum and the observation deck can be purchased at the front desk! You will not want to miss this view of your great city!

Head back to your room to get ready for your night!

After a hearty brunch and a romantic view of your city, take some time to rest and recharge at The Oaklands! In their fully furnished rooms shower in your private bathroom and take a nap in one of their luxurious beds. You can prep coffee and tea on the stove top, and even run a load of load of FREE laundry to prep yourself for an epic night out!

Head over to Prohibition after the Show!

Head back to the Foshay’s speakeasy bar after the show for a craft cocktail! Take in the city at this timelessly cool place. Sip on some of the best booze in the city and party like the flappers and gangsters of the 1920s!

Scenario 3: Tourist in your own city!

Join 300 Clifton’s Trolley ride to breakfast at the Nicollet Diner.You don’t have to stay there to take any of the Trolley rides they offer! With the purchase of a ticket to the short and fun ride around the Lake of the Isles you also get a voucher to the Diner.

Pancakes at the Diner

Don’t stop there! Head to MIA and then Eat Street for more Staycation!

After a hearty big breakfast you decide to leave your car at 300 Clifton so you can take a leisurely stroll to the nearby, beautiful and free Minneapolis Institute of Art. After you’re finished admiring the art there why not extend your MN staycation and head to the famous Eat Street and search for lunch before returning to 300 Clifton to admire their garden and collect your car! 

Scenario 4: Spring Break Staycation! 

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend spring break weekend, you have to book a few nights at 300 Clifton. At your check in tour, or online book a night in at Gertrude’s movie lounge! With free freshly popped popcorn, an abundant concessions stand, and massage seats it makes an ideal space for a scary movie night! 

Visit Sisyphus Brewing!

Since the movie lounge is a BYOB, take a stroll over to Sisyphus brewing before or after. Have a few beers there while you listen to some of the coolest comedians in the city or grab a few to go packs to store in your fridge at 300 Clifton!

Join the Ghost Tour!

To continue the festivities, why not join the Minneapolis Trolley’s Ghost tour? Ride around the city in style and learn a lot about the spookier side of your city. Then join the mansion tour, to learn the history behind the bed and breakfast and debrief with all the new friends you made on the tour. 

Scenario 5: A budget staycation: a Twin Cities staycation that wont break the bank! 

If you didn’t know already, 300 Clifton is one of the most affordably priced Bed and Breakfasts in the city. Coincidentally that makes it a perfect place for a wonderful Twin Cities staycation. Book an Estate room! These affordably priced rooms are located in both the mansion and carriage house with a restroom down the hall. Pack a bag with fun drinks and spend your entire weekend in their game room which  is filled  to the brim with all kinds of great games:  free arcade games, board games and a pool table.

That’s all folks! A Minneapolis staycation is at your fingertips and can be customizable to what you love or want to learn about your city!  

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