Minneapolis Culinary Packages Spice Up Your Romantic Getaway

Year-Long Hotel and Dining Ideas Available at http://romance.minneapolis.org

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ — Minneapolis is cooking up great romance packages this year to help add that extra bit of flare to your weekend getaway. Spark a new flame or rekindle a romance in February with a Twin Cities Food & Wine Experience travel package, starting at $259. Besides tickets to the Midwest’s largest food and wine show, the package includes dinner at Solera, lauded by elite food magazines as one of the country’s best restaurants.

Significant buzz continues to surround Minneapolis’ culinary scene and its ability to attract internationally renowned chefs. Wolfgang Puck’s recently opened 20.21 restaurant, at the Walker Art Center, is his first full-service restaurant in the state. The Asian-influenced California menu elegantly highlights the museum’s 20th- and 21st-century art. The summer 2006 opening of the Chambers Hotel will bring internationally recognized star chef Jean-Georges to the area, further solidifying Minneapolis as a blossoming culinary destination.

Whether you’re in the mood for high-style dining or a more casual affair, Minneapolis offers many award-winning spots. Dine at La Belle Vie, Minnesota’s most highly rated restaurant. The quaint 112 Eatery has already made a name for itself in Food & Wine magazine. Bon Appetit hails Azia and Mission American Kitchen as casual chic spots, while Cooking Light recommends Dakota Jazz Club for real heartland cuisine.

Some local eateries are going the extra mile to attract romance travelers by designating special spots for smooching. Try The Kissing Room at The Local, “snugs” (private booths with velvet draperies) at McCormick & Schmick’s or kissing booths at Louis XIII. Take your companion’s breath away with one-of-a-kind views at the scenic dining rooms throughout the city. The always-romantic candlelit Nicollet Island Inn offers spectacular views of the Mississippi River and downtown skyline. Soar to the top of the IDS for panoramic scenery at Windows on Minnesota.

After dinner, consider a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the beautiful and historic Riverfront District. Snuggle up while experiencing the breathtaking views of the river from the observation deck at the Mill City Museum. Take a stroll down Nicollet Mall, holding hands while you window shop. Lace up your ice skates at The Depot before sharing hot chocolate.

Plan your romantic getaway and book a hotel room in Minneapolis at http://romance.minneapolis.org/ .

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