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Embrace the Hygge Trend and Get Cozy in Minneapolis Northwest

As the weather changes, it’s only natural to crave more activities that leave you warm and cozy. Hygge is a Norwegian and Danish term used to describe a mood of coziness, along with feelings of wellness and contentment. From snow sports and spas to latte art and brewery yoga, our Minneapolis Northwest team went in search of all things warm and comfy to get you in the hygge spirit!

Find Bliss

Start your hygge adventure by finding your inner and outer bliss with a massage, facial, body wrap, or nail treatment at The Woodhouse Day Spa. Achieve ultimate relaxation with The Woodhouse Experience — a full day of rejuvenation including an aromatherapy bath, massage, facial, hand treatment and pedicure. Enjoy your services, worry-free, as the spa is protected by MicroShield 360™, an antimicrobial coating system that protects treated areas from germs, bacteria, pathogens, and mold. Also, make an appointment at Face Foundrié in Maple Grove, the newst facial bar in the area with customizable beauty experiences. You'll feel completely refreshed and relaxed after your visit! And enjoy a “Day of Serenity” at Taj Salon & Spa with a facial, massage, manicure and pedicure, shampoo and style, and make-up application.

Lattes and Lazy Days

Nothing says cozy like curling up and enjoying a latte at Daily Dose Café Maple Grove or Daily Dose Brooklyn Park. Choose from unique seasonal flavors like the Peanut Butter Cookie Latte, Honey Lavender Latte, or Pumpkin Spice Latte. All the lattes pair well with the yummy selection of muffins, scones, and biscotti.

For a cup of joe and a side of dough, you’ve got plenty of options! Pick up some coffee and authentic French croissants in nearly every flavor you can imagine at Mi-Sant Banh Mi, from almond and apple to coconut and strawberry cream cheese! For a truly Hygge-style treat, stop by the Swedish Crown Bakery and choose from many Scandinavian treats from sweet cardamom bread to delicate cakes and cookies, turnovers, danishes and much more. While you’re indulging, you could also grab an “as big as your head” Texas Donut at Han’s Bakery, a local favorite since 1973!

Winter Wonders

For a little more adventure, bundle up in your coziest sweater and scarf, and take your excursion outside to enjoy the beauty of winter with a plethora of winter recreation opportunities! Elm Creek Park Reserve is a one-stop shop for cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing, fat biking, snowshoeing, and more. Experience the thrill of tubing or take in the refreshing views and tranquility of the woods as you ride a fat bike. For a very peaceful and unique adventure, we recommend cross-country skiing along the night lit trails. 

If you’ve got a furry friend you’d like to include on your winter adventure, try your hand at skijoring at Eagle Lake Regional Park. This unique blend of cross-country skiing and dogsledding is sure to keep you both active and entertained. If you’re new to the sport, the park often hosts skijoring classes where you can learn the ropes. This is also a great spot for snowshoeing.

Continue the active festivities with ice skating at one of the few ice-skating trails in the country at the Central Park Ice Skating Loop in Maple Grove. The loop is actually a trail with 800 feet of spectacular ice skating (one lap around a hockey rink is only 570 feet).

When you think of winter sports, you probably don’t think of golf, but you can now enjoy golf year-round in Minneapolis Northwest! Topgolf in Brooklyn Center features climate-controlled bays with multiple heaters in each bay, so you can tee off no matter the temperature. This high-tech all-season golf center tracks each ball with a microchip hidden inside, as you try to hit one of the glowing targets. You'll be warm and cozy while still enjoying the fresh air. 

Rustic Shopping

And what’s a weekend adventure without some shopping? Pick up some hygge goodies, like hand-made Minnesota-themed gifts at the comfy shop The Woods. Breathe in the comforting smells of bonfires, fall harvest, apple cider, pine trees, and more in its wide selection of WoodWick Candles. Pick up gourmet baking mixes and cozy soup mixes, among other Minnesota-made gifts and unique home accessories.

Pick up all the materials you need to create your next cuddly scarf, sweater, shawl, and more at Amazing Threads. The store offers the widest selection of yarns in the Midwest and offers a variety of classes, whether you are just getting started knitting or crocheting, or if you have a specific project in mind.


Combine Minnesota nice with the latest trends in home decor and kitchen gadgets and you’ve got GoodThings. The store is known for its quirky and one-of-a-kind gifts with a certain Midwestern flair. You can pick up a humorous gift for that goofy friend, get a practical kitchen gadget for the more serious friend, and pick up some warm home décor while you’re at it – all in one place! For the ultimate holiday shopping experience, head to The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes for its 2nd Annual Plaid Market on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Enjoy live music and local craft beer from OMNI Brewing Co. while you shop 30 Minnesota crafters, showcasing their handmade jewelry, beauty products, home decor, and dog apparel. The makret is also taking place the following weekend, Dec. 4 and 5. 

Comfy Dining

Whatever you’re hungry for, you’ll find a welcoming setting at one of the many enjoyable restaurants in Minneapolis Northwest. A cup of tea will take the chill out of the air and leave you feeling comfy. Whether you’re a tea connoisseur or a newbie, you will delight in the snug and whimsical setting that is The Mad Hatter Restaurant & Tea House. Grab brunch for a truly warm and captivating experience with scrumptious food and superb tea, all surrounded by quirky and elegant décor inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

After all your hygge adventures, kick up your feet and savor the Smoking Gun – a maple old-fashioned that is served enveloped in a cloud of smoke – at Brick & Bourbon in Maple Grove. It’s the closest thing to the comforting aroma of a bonfire! 

If a trip down memory lane is your cup of tea, enjoy homey and delicious classics like Grandma’s Meatloaf, turkey dinner, and homemade chicken pot pie at 50’s Grill. Top off this classic experience with homemade pie, and hand-crafted shakes and malts. Enjoy nostalgia and some of the best burgers in town at Wagner’s Drive-In. This community favorite for more than 35 years is one of the few traditional drive-ins left, open year-round and serving up American favorites like corn dogs, chicken tenders, fries, onion rings, root beer floats and much more.

For more fun ideas to extend your hygge retreat in Minneapolis Northwest, kickstart your holiday shopping with some of our favorite shopping finds.

Let us know what your favorite hygge activities are by commenting on our FacebookTwitter or Instagram pages with the hashtag #WeLoveMNW. You may even be featured on our website!

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