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BEST GOLF DAY

The Jewel Golf Club

Taking a drive with your honey or a day trip with your crew is always sweeter when the journey complements the destination. A 75-minute drive to Lake City offers the best of both. When the bluff terrain replaces the city clamor, you're well on your way to the "birthplace of waterskiing." Lake Pepin offers myriad options for fishing, boating, hiking, and gaming. For the golfer, Hale Irwin's the Jewel Golf Club presents one of the most unusual and diverse courses in the state. If you can afford the $86 greens fee (with cart), the juice is unquestionably worth the squeeze on this varied track. Some holes offer a links-course vibe, while others have the feel of a northern Minnesota fairway. When your round, hike, fishing, or skiing is concluded, the Dining at the Jewel restaurant is an earnest culinary experience of appetizers, sandwiches, steaks, and fish. If you finish early or start late, the Chickadee Cottage is a great breakfast and lunch spot.

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BEST BOWLING ALLEY Park Tavern

BEST COACH Kurt Rambis

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE Eric Decker, Gopher wide receiver

BEST LYNX PLAYER Seimone Augustus

BEST PICNIC SPOT Meeker Island historic site

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BEST SWARM PLAYER Callum Crawford

BEST TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER Kevin Love

BEST TWINS PLAYER Joe Mauer

BEST URBAN HIKE Swede Hollow Park, St. Paul

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER Brett Favre

BEST WILD PLAYER Mikko Koivu

BEST WINTER RESORT Lutsen

BEST YOGA CorePower Yoga