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Indulge in an Overnight Delight

By Telly Scotchmeyer

So you really need a getaway but you can't afford a vacation? Terrible week at work, but the kids have a birthday party on Sunday, and you can't take the whole weekend off? Consider a local escape -- one night at a nice hotel in town can be a great way to rejuvenate without excessive time or expense.

Find a place in town that fits your budget. Have the kids stay over with friends, or pay a babysitter to spend the night. Pack a small bag with toiletries for the night, and you're off. Twenty minutes later you're laying in a king-sized bed, watching movies and ordering room service. Somehow when you're in a hotel you don't have the same responsibility. Even a modest establishment can feel luxurious after a stressful week of work.

The key is to relax. Shower, wear comfortable clothes, and create a nice atmosphere. Remember, you can afford to indulge. Even if you order that extra dessert, or have a massage in your room, or sneak something from the minibar, you're still likely to be saving over an out-of-town getaway.

Local getaways break up the routine; they place you in a new environment, which can be very effective in reducing stress. After a long week, a little goes a long way. Couples say that once they're in their room, everything changes; conversation flows, humor emerges, and a carefree sense of fun and adventure replace the well-rehearsed patterns of the workaday week.

In the morning, if you're up at 7, force yourself to linger. Have a nice breakfast. Read USA Today. Do things you wouldn't normally do at home. And when it's time to check out, you're just minutes away from a rested return to the life you left behind.

It may feel strange, or indulgent at first, but once you're there you'll be transported to a place of rest. Try it. You'll be amazed how restorative one night one mile away from home can be.

Here are some suggestions for memorable Minnesota overnight getaways:

Graves 601 Hotel
601 First Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 677-1100
Located in the heart of Block E, you can enjoy plenty of local "action," as well as the hotel's chic rooms, a hip restaurant and a hot dance club.

Rivertown Inn Bed & Breakfast
306 W Olive St
Stillwater, MN
(651) 430-2955
This grand three-story mansion built 1882 offers a glimpse of the grand style of the Victorian era: gasolier light fixtures, hand-woven Oriental rugs, a mahogany grand piano and gothic European furnishings. Each of the nine guest rooms and suites offer a double whirlpool and fireplace.

St. James Hotel
406 Main St
Red Wing, MN
(651) 388-2846
The hotel, established in 1875, has 61 authentically appointed rooms that are named after one of the riverboats that frequently passed through town. No two rooms are alike, but they are all decorated with intricately carved beds, wooden shutters, balloon lampshades, patterned carpets and subdued wallpapers. The Port of Red Wing restaurant downstairs serves New American favorites.

The Chambers Hotel
901 Hennepin Ave.
Mpls., MN
(612) 767-6900
Take a trip to NYC without getting on a plane. Upon entering this hotel, which is packed full of unique artwork and architecture, you feel like you are not in Minnesota anymore. Sister to New York's famed Chambers hotel, this Minneapolis boutique hotel features 60 modern guest rooms equipped with flat screen t.v.s, heated floors, pillow-top mattresses and feather beds. If you want to see and be seen, make sure to dine in their restaurant or have a drink in their people-packed bar.

Birdwing Spa
21398 575th Avenue
Litchfield, MN
(320) 693-6064

You can relax and be pampered at their full service spa, which offers mud massages, vitamin C facials, rose body wraps and sea spa pedicures, and dozens of other decadent services. You can also explore the 300 pristine woodland acres laced with ponds, fountains, hammocks and 2 1/2 miles of private lakeshore.

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