Feeling a bit bummed now that the holidays are over? The Westin Edina Galleria is giving you a reason to get out of the house and delight in the joys of winter.
It opened its Swiss Alps-inspired Winter Village on December 1—but this immersive experience runs through February 26. The hotel transformed its main floor into a cozy winter destination, and it’s inviting both hotel guests and Twin Cities residents to visit and discover the magic of the winter season.
In the lobby, you’ll find seating in the form of gondolas where you can enjoy seasonal food and drinks from Prelude, the hotel’s lobby bar and lounge. Walk down the hallway, and you’ll discover a collection of stylized mountain-town storefronts, designed by Studios Moss. This walkway transports you as you head to the courtyard, which is outfitted with firepits and outdoor seating, as well as a fully enclosed, heated cabin. You can reserve a table at the Après Chalet Cabin or rent out the whole space to enjoy a Swiss Fondue Experience and seasonal cocktails.
Liz Watters, senior regional marketing manager for Wischermann Partners who manages The Westin Edina Galleria, says her team landed on the Après Ski theme as “a way to connect with a local Minnesota winter.” She says the idea is for it to be a destination in itself, even if you’re just traveling across town to visit.
To this point, throughout January and February, The Westin Edina Galleria will also offer weekly spirit and wine tastings, private dinners hosted by local guest chefs and a live DJ on the weekends. The Weekend Wonders program will also allow guests to partake in a series of off-property winter excursions.
All ages. Free. Daily through February 26, 3–11 p.m. The Westin Edina Galleria, 3201 Galleria; 952.567.5000; wintervillageatthewestinedinagalleria.com