After my weekend staycationing in Minneapolis, I've realized the penthouse life is the life for me. There's nothing like looking out from the twenty-sixth floor and seeing trees that look like buds, a jigsaw of rooftops, and cars as small as pill bugs rolling down the road.
As stellar as the 180° views are, the glitz and glamour of the W Minneapolis' penthouse suite are what made me want to move in. Decked out in art deco, I felt trapped in a time before today, but with a ton of modern flair.
With bold flashes of color across the room to keep things interesting, the clean and simple statement furniture easily stand out. The crystal chandelier lamps and gleaming chrome accessories were one of my favorite touches.
I love finding neat places that are so much about the design. The W transports you to another time and place—where anything can happen—which is exactly the attitude you're looking for on vacation.
Boasting the Living Room bar and ever-popular Manny's Steakhouse as in-house eateries, the W is a hotspot for locals and travelers alike. The Living Room exudes vibrance and spontaneity, which makes for great people watching, and a weird and cozy place to hang out for happy hour and appetizers.
My favorite place to chill is at the top of the tower, the Foshay Observation Deck, which is free admission if you're a guest of the hotel. I've seen both Seattle and New York City from the sky, and as a traveler, I have to say it's a unique and wonderful way to experience a new place. You get a chance to locate your place in the city and figure out which way's north. If you do it toward the end of your trip, you can spot the places you've been or pinpoint where to go for the rest of your afternoon.
All things considered, this staycation fell upon one of the best weekends of my life. It was towards the end of my time as a Minneapolis resident. Standing at the top of such a historical, iconic building looking down at the metropolis that's been my home for four years was as magical as I imagined it would be. Minneapolis is one of those places that welcomes you with the warmest heart, despite the fact that it might be twenty degrees and snowing in the middle of May. It's a force to be reckoned with. It was my force to be reckoned with. And I can't wait to be back.
Thank you so much to the W Minneapolis for hosting me.