Downtown in Bloomington

Start right in Bloomington, with a visit to Bloomington Center for the Arts. Here you’ll find two galleries to explore, both of which showcase the work of professional local and regional artists in a variety of media, styles and genres. The larger of the two, the Inez Greenberg Gallery, hosts group shows, while the Atrium Gallery features smaller exhibits, often by solo artists. For lunch grab a bite to eat on the patios or indoors at the happening Lucky’s 13 Pub or Cowboy Jack’s, or try Ciao Bella for a little more upscale ambiance, either indoors or on their intimate patio. If time permits and you are able to plan ahead, schedule a few hours of pampering at Snips Spa Salon—arguably the best in Bloomington for facials, massages and manis/pedis, in addition to its full range of hair styling services—located about two miles down the road from the Center for the Arts due west on 98th Street. Come experience the Midwest’s newest luxury destination. Once you’ve had your fill of artwork and lunch, head back to your hotel and get ready for a night of entertainment. Take the short drive to Chanhassen for dinner and a show at the theatre that shares the town’s name, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. This is the largest dinner theater in the nation, as well as one of the most consistently accomplished. Across its stages you’ll see shows ranging from high-energy takes on Broadway musicals to classics, plus a comedy cabaret every Friday and Saturday night and a regularly scheduled concert series. After the show, walk across the street to Axel’s for a cocktail before returning to your hotel for the night.