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  • Writer's pictureSarah McKee

In Minnesota, Hygge Will Always Be On Trend

Cozy fireplace with stacked fire wood
Cozy up to the fireplace and embrace the season.

The Scandinavian concept of hygge was a trending topic a few years ago, sparking a flurry of blogs and articles encouraging readers to light up a cardamom-scented candle to melt their winter worries away. Here in Minnesota, we know that the philosophy is far more than a fad; it's a lifestyle. January is the coldest month of the year in this great state and we understand the importance of bringing comfort, warmth, and connection into our lives and homes this time of year.

Find some top tips on cultivating these cozy vibes in your home here and check out my top 5 favorite local Minneapolis recommendations winter activities to fully enjoy the local hygge lifestyle.

1) Find Zen at the Hewing's Thermaculture Thursdays

The Hewing rooftop is a hygge haven boasting a sauna, hot tub, lounge, and stunning cityscape views. Tickets are available each Thursday for a guided sauna meditation followed by a hot tub soak and socializing. Tickets sell out quickly so keep your eye on the Hewing's event calendar here or book yourself a little staycation to take advantage of these cozy amenities anytime.

2) Experience Candlelit Magic During the Luminary Loppet on Lake of the Isles

This annual winter celebration lights up a winding trail through the frozen Lake of the Isles. Enjoy a warm beverage and take in the unique ice features and installations as you walk, snowshoe, or ski your way to the REI Luminary Party outdoor concert. Tickets for this one night only event are available on the Loppet Foundation website here.

3) Enjoy a Fireside Cocktail at PS Steak Lounge

Nothing delivers cozy vibes quite like a roaring fire, and the beautiful lounge at PS Steak, just off Loring Park, offers an atmosphere that can't be beat. Of course, they have incredible steak but don't sleep on the lamb burgers, steak tartar, seared foie gras, and flaming baked Alaska. The residents at 510 Groveland are lucky to have this gem just downstairs!

4) Experience Fire & Ice at Freehouse

Cedar and Stone Nordic Saunas, Minnesota Ice, and Freehouse have teamed up to make use of the bar's North Loop patio during these cold months with two custom-built saunas. For $149 per person, your group of 4 can enjoy a 75-minute sauna experience, with access to both a traditional wood-heated sauna and an ice sauna. A sauna concierge will guide the group through the experience, serve water or hot tea, provide essential oils, and replenish the firewood. Book your experience here and prepare to be inspired to add a custom sauna of your own!

5) Heat Up In The Kitchen with Cooks of Crocus Hill

Learn a new seasonal recipe and sharpen your culinary skills at one of the many classes offered at Cooks of Crocus Hill. While you are there, don't miss out on the opportunity to grab some incredible pastries from Bellacoure Bakery, the resident bakery and bistro run by James Beard-nominated pastry chef Diane Yang. Book a class at their North Loop location here.


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