If you’re looking for a perfect weekend getaway destination that’s easy to get to and easy to get around, you’ll find it in Edina, Minnesota. Located just outside of Minneapolis, Edina is inviting, upscale and boasts an abundance of unique retail as well as notable dining and entertainment. Visitors fall in love with Edina’s laid-back charm despite its retail prowess. Edina is the kind of place where you unwind at an upscale spa, tee off at a local golf course or catch a cool game of bocce ball with your friends, and you never have to worry about finding parking. Here is a quick guide on the best way to spend a quick, two-day weekend or midweek escape in Edina, Minnesota.

Morning, Day 1

Good Earth, Edina, MN

Good Earth, Edina, MN

Start your day with something local and delicious at Good Earth inside Edina’s Galleria shopping center. You’ll need something to give you enough energy for a day of shopping, so order a smoothie or organic stir-fry omelet. After breakfast, take a trip through the Galleria, where you’ll find high-end shops like Kate Spade, L’Occitane, David Yurman and Louis Vuitton alongside big-name home stores like Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.

Afternoon, Day 1

50th and France

50th and France

In addition to Galleria as a shopping destination, you’ll want to thoroughly check out Edina’s downtown, affectionately referred to as 50th & France. The retail area centered at the intersection at West 50th Street and France Avenue features brick-front buildings and sidewalk dining. It’s the most talked-about area in Edina for both retailers and shoppers. Start with lunch at one of the district’s local restaurants such as Edina Grill, which is an upscale version of a classic diner with plates like fish and chips and pesto pasta. It also serves an impressive selection of made-from-scratch pastries, waffles and cakes. A number of salons, spas and boutiques also call 50th & France home. It’s easy to spend an hour or six exploring the district, hopping in and out of the shops on a sunny afternoon.

Evening, Day 1

Centennial Lakes Park

Centennial Lakes Park

Before the day gets too far away from you, take the 12-minute drive from 50th & France to Centennial Lakes Park, a central park area with a variety of things to do on the park’s central pod or sprawling lawn and trails. You can rent paddle boats by the lake, join a game of croquet or lawn bowling, or catch a movie in the park or outdoor concert. As the sun sets, take a five-minute walk north to Pinstripes—a combination bowling alley and restaurant—for a fun game of bowling or bocce ball. Opt for the outdoor, second-floor patio at Pinstripes if the weather’s nice to enjoy a pizza and a glass wine or two while looking out at Edina’s city lights. Accommodations for the night will lead you to one of two places: the Westin Edina Galleria upscale hotel or the Marriott Residence Inn Minneapolis Edina, which is an all-suite hotel great for families.

Morning, Day 2

Braemar-Golf-Course

Braemar-Golf-Course

Start your day at Makers Cafe for a large cup of freshly brewed coffee and a pastry treat before a morning of golf. Only eight minutes away from the cafe, Braemar Golf Course is a favorite destination in Edina; it earned recognition for being one of the most women-friendly courses in the region by Women’s Golf Magazine, though it’s a great course for men, too. Braemar has 27 holes of serene regulation fairways as well as executive courses.

Afternoon, Day 2

Southdale Center

Southdale Center

After golf, head 10 minutes east to Southdale Center—the nation’s first enclosed, air conditioned mall. While you could stop and eat at the food court, it’s best to walk straight into Macy’s Lakeshore Grill for croissant sandwiches or BLT burgers. Southdale Center also houses a Cheescake Factory, Rojo Mexican Grill and PF Chang’s. You can spend some time browsing through familiar stores like Banana Republic, H&M, Madewell and Macy’s. If you need some major entertainment, a new Dave and Busters just opened.

Edina Art Fair

Edina Art Fair

The best way to wrap up a trip to Edina is by exploring the local arts, particularly at the Edina Art Center located in beautiful Rosland Park. There, you’ll see the works of the many talented artists in the region in various mediums including photography, paintings and sculptures. You can go on a self-guided tour or plan ahead and sign up for a class to make your very own piece of art. Edina has a robust public art program with pieces on display all over the city and is also home to two major art fairs during the year. The Edina Art Fair, which takes place the first weekend in June, and the Fall into the Arts Festival, which happens the second weekend in September. Close your visit with a quick bite and a cocktail at Tavern on France, just five minutes from the art center.

For more ideas on how to spend your time during a trip to Edina just outside Minneapolis, download a copy of the 2015 Explore Edina Destination Guide.