As we near the end of our journey with baby on board, we finally took some time for a little babymoon! Time, money and planning got away from us so we decided to do things stay-cation style. On an "almost spring" weekend, we bummed around Minneapolis and hunkered down at Alma Hotel and Cafe.
This petite, boutique destination is historic and chic. The small collection of rooms sits above the lively, buzzing cafe; the muted sounds of guests dining and chatting downstairs can be heard from upstairs and had a soothing lull to it. A quiet, cozy, industrial space set in the urban district of Northeast Minneapolis - tucked away in these historical brick walls, you'd think you were in a B&B in Europe!
These rooms are quaint and darling - and perfect for a quiet weekend with the two of us. Designed with a mix of natural materials and local goods, the whole experience felt very custom and global. Design here is simple and on point - how darling are all these accents?! The bathroom is flooded with some yummy, locally made spa goodies too for a little extra relaxation.
We opted for dinner at the cafe rather than the restaurant - the cafe and restaurant share a kitchen and the menus are very similar minus the fact that the restaurant offers a pre-fixed menu which I wouldn't have been able to fully take advantage (wine pairings and pregnancy no nos unfortunately...). Although the restaurant is a sight for sore eyes, I love the casual vibe of the cafe. The cocktails menu, courtesy of Bittercube and integrated coffee shop and open concept kitchen make for an intimate dining experience full of options! The food was awesome - I ordered the salmon and Colton had the quail with onion potato pancakes, both stellar!
After dinner we stumbled to our room and snuggled in over a game of cribbage. The lull of street sounds and the crisp white sheets made for a great night's sleep - and waking up to an assorted basket of homemade pastries and coffee, heavenly! We have intentions of heading back to test out the breakfast menu at the cafe but the pastries and coffee speak for themselves.
Looking for a quiet weekend at home or a unique experience to recommend to your out of town friends to show off Minneapolis? This might be the ticket... A great every day staple to the city but also a unique destination for visitors - this was a perfect weekend getaway for our last "hoorah" before baby. Now, only if we can coax this baby to come out and join us - we're ready for you!