I know a group of sisters who used to host twice-yearly garage sales to fund an annual holiday shopping weekend at Tysons Corner in Northern Virginia. The loot was lovely, from dainty floral dishware to fuzzy sweaters. Whatever profits they made, they split for Christmas presents, food and a few nights at a Holiday Inn.
While it may be too late for garage sales (unless you live in a warm climate), anyone within driving distance of the Mall of America before the holidays should consider making a weekend out of it at this Minnesota vacation home. Even better, go early in the week to beat the crowds.
With all those bags, you’re going to need the space.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom Victorian home in Cathedral Hill is less than 15 minutes away from the commercial behemoth, but also near the shops on Grand Avenue. If you’re planning on toting the kids, the owners have thought of your needs: A high chair for the baby, a trampoline for the older kids and several toys.
The circa-1884 rental looks like a dollhouse (Any space with a clawfoot bathtub is thumbs up in my book.), a vacation home that retains its charm despite being in a young, vibrant part of town. It’s old-school meets new-school.
For six lucky shoppers, the home provides sorely needed R&R after a long day fighting other consumers for those last True Religion jeans in a size 28.
Because we all know how stressful gift buying can be. Why not combine the trip with a mini vacation?