White Bear Lake
With a polar bear as its mascot, it’s no surprise that White Bear Lake makes the most of winter. Bundle up for holiday shopping, photos with Santa, and carriage rides down historic Main Street.
Sunbear Spa & SalonNip in for a manicure, stay for a Red Flower Body Ritual treatment, or plan to spend the entire day here, blissed out. A visit to White Bear Lake is not complete without indulging in one of the Twin Cities’ best day spas. This chic retreat was recently revamped to create more rooms for treatments, relaxation, and group events (ask about their bridal parties). The medical spa offerings are another recent addition, and they include Botox, Restylane, and photo facials. 2207 Third St., 651-426-5884, www.sunbearspa.com
TrulyTruly owners Sherrie Chapin and Samantha Hagel do their homework. They scour urban craft fairs and artisan websites to uncover independent designers, and scoop up handmade, often one-of-a-kind, creations. The store’s inventory changes daily with the arrival of a new piece of jewelry (Chapin’s line is the best-seller), baby bib, handbag, or sushi set, all direct from the creator. You’ll be amazed that so many things of beauty and style can be found under one roof. 2175 Fourth St., 651-426-8414, www.trulyonline.com
You can’t miss the back door or the front door (both are painted in sugary-sweet pastels) and you won’t want to miss the intoxicating scents wafting through them: chocolate, caramel, butter. It’s no wonder locals flock here for orange-and-black treats (the White Bear Lake school colors), retro Slo Pokes and Charleston Chews, and the freshest, most addictive Chicago Mix popcorn we’ve had outside the Windy City. 4746 Washington Square, 651-762-8200, www.backdoorcandystore.com
Photo by Alli JagodaBackdoor Candy Store
Photo by Alli Jagoda