Photos courtesy of The Westin Edina Galleria
Need a place to chill out? With a cup of hot chocolate? Surrounded by balsam and other seasonal decor? While listening to music? Then put your phone on airplane mode, and venture to alpine wonderland at The Westin Edina Galleria. The hotel’s Swiss-style Winter Village is open to all through Feb. 26.
Step into the lobby lounge and bar and find yourself in a Swiss-inspired streetscape and chalet escape. Stylized gondolas are accessorized with cozy throws. Enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday and a seasonal, shareable menu complemented by festive drinks. Down the hallway, the courtyard has been reimagined as a series of classic European storefronts. This immersive adventure doesn’t require reservations.
The winter activities don’t stop there. The Aprés Ski includes a fully-enclosed, heated cabin, as well as outdoor fire pits for enjoying mulled wine, whiskey neat, or hot aromatic tea. Also happening Thursday through Saturday, the outdoor bar features a live DJ mixing up spirited favorites for listening or dancing. Enjoy afternoon tea surrounded by exquisite decor, a Swiss fondue dinner—choose from cheese, chocolate, or raclette—or a five-course dinner with wine pairings by local chefs.
Take note of sumptuous pillows and throws, woodsy decor, glistening tree decorations, rustic lighting, lovely tableware, and ornate detailing for next year’s celebrations at home or work. And enjoy the season with an abundance of comfort.