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Many of the hotels in Bloomington are situated either within walking distance of the Mall
or a five- to 10-minute drive. The Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, on Killebrew
Drive, is the closest; the Mall is literally right outside the door
Bloomington is the third largest city in Minnesota, after Minneapolis
and St. Paul, with a population of 90,000. Its claim to fame is the Mall of America, the
largest retail and entertainment complex in the nation.
Keep in mind that one of the primary reasons for visiting Bloomington
is shopping and that it is easy to spend a bundle. Scout out brochures and advertising
circulars in your hotel lobby for discount offers.
For the adventurous traveller who is looking for more than just a place to lay one's head,
there are several alternatives to the urban or suburban Midwestern hotel within an hour's
drive of the heart of the Twin Cities.
Major lodgings in both
Saint Paul give a nod to
Minnesota's notorious winter weather, which can make travel and visits rough between
November and March. Both downtowns are effectively "winterized" with a network
of enclosed and heated skywalks connecting virtually all major lodgings, restaurants,
offices, retail outlets and sports arenas in the cities.
The Twin Cities are sited so that to stay in one is to enjoy the other.
The shores of the scenic St. Croix River are close enough for cruises and day visits,
while the big area draw is the ever-popular Mall of the Americas.
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A Twin Cities Shopping and Spa Getaway: by Mary Mihaly.
Shopping - that transcendental, irresistible, often-exasperating escape
- just might be America's all-time favourite diversion. That's in spite of lines that
never move, bags that rip, other people's whining kids, and clerks who can't be bothered.
But in Minneapolis/St. Paul,
they've figured out how to eliminate the aggravation: When the going gets tough, the tough
goes to a spa. And then they shop some more.
The Twin Cities, You Bet: by Leon Schwarzbaum.
Although St. Paul is the Minnesota
state capital, Minneapolis dominates the skyline, cultural life and entertainment scene of
these cities, separated by the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. And it's to Minneapolis that thousands of visitors go for a
year-round series of festivals and public events.
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