Looking for a new holiday tradition? Take the opportunity to explore new shopping venues and unique boutiques with a shopping excursion. This can be done as a family, or as a ladies weekend getaway.
Several shopping centers and hotels are encouraging this tradition with special lodging (shop and stay) packages. These packages might include complimentary meals, store coupons/discounts, shuttles to and from the mall, and many other amenities.
Christmas Shopping Along the Magnificent Mile in Downtown Chicago
Downtown Chicago offers both a scenic and enjoyable shopping opportunity. Along the infamous Magnificent Mile, one can explore a number of unique shops and boutiques, as well as department stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Because it is such a popular holiday shopping spot, many hotels are offering special shopping packages. The Marriott Downtown is one of these hotels. This package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, a $50 gift card and additional dining/shopping discounts.
Christmas Shopping in the Suburbs of Detroit
The suburbs of Detroit provide a number of opportunities for a fantastic shopping excursion. One is that of the Somerset Collection in Detroit’s more upscale suburb of Troy. With stores such as Louis Vitton and Tiffany & Company, this shopping center offers a more elegant and posh shopping experience. The nearby four diamond Townsend Hotel is offering a special lodging package for those shopping at the Somerset. This package includes overnight accommodations, a lunch credit and a gift card for the Somerset Collection.
Located in the Detroit suburb of Novi, the Twelve Oaks Mall provides a more diverse shopping experience. With a variety of stores, one is sure to find a gift for everyone on their holiday list. Some of the stores include Build a Bear Workshop, the Coach Store, Lord & Taylor and Payless. The Hotel Baronette (a boutique style hotel near the mall) offers an ideal package for a ladies holiday shopping getaway. This package includes overnight accommodations for two, numerous mall discounts and the option of two massages, pedicures or manicures.
Christmas Shopping at the Mall of America
Minneapolis is the perfect place for a family shopping vacation. The internationally known Mall of America houses over five hundred stores and restaurants, along with an indoor amusement park, aquarium and movie theater. During the holidays the mall will also host a number of special events and activities such as a music festival. The Homewood Suites (a part of the Hilton family) is just minutes from the mall. This hotel is offering a holiday package that includes overnight accommodations, a mall coupon booklet and a complimentary shuttle. This hotel is also ideal for families as each room comes standard with a refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher, as well as separate living and sleeping quarters.
Other Christmas shopping vacation ideas include the Birch Run Outlet Mall in Michigan (the Holiday Inn Express), Gurnee Mills in Illinois (the Residence Inn) and the Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis (the Hilton Garden Inn).