This article originally appeared as part of the story Keep It Local in the June 2019 issue.
If you even leave the hotel, there are plenty of fun places to go.
Eat and drink: Once you get out of bed, head to Edina Grill for breakfast. Or dine later at Tavern23 where restaurateur Michael McDermott and NHL great Lou Nanne are doing something really Minnesotan. Partake in happy hour, watch the game and devour Mrs. Nanne’s famous Bolognese dish. Two breweries not to be missed are Wooden Hill Brewing Company and Town Hall Station with a nice outdoor vibe. Steak lovers can’t resist Pittsburgh Blue. Start with the shareable bourbon maple glazed bacon. Maybe you never leave the Westin? Enjoy seafood at McCormick and Schmick’s.
Fun around town: Take in the beauty Centennial Lakes Park has to offer on its 18-hole professionally designed championship putting course. It’s not your typical put-put. Or get out the big clubs at Braemar Golf Course, which just reopened after a major renovation. Complete with a championship 18-hole course designed by Richard Mandell Golf Architecture, Academy 9 par 3 course, driving range and golf dome. Keep the competition going with bowling, bocce ball and cocktails at Pinstripes. For local art and history buffs, view exhibits at Edina Historical Society and Edina Art Center.
If you have more planned than you have time for, sprinkle a few mini staycations throughout the summer. The point is, take a mental break from the daily grind. Venture to places you’ve never been or never have time to explore. There are thousands of reasons to stay local during Minnesota summers.