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BEST BEACH

Hidden Beach

The word is out, and has been for some time. Hidden Beach, once a counterculture oasis where one could smoke/toke/joke the day away, barely lives up to its name anymore. But so what? The not-so-eponymous, secluded waterfront on Cedar Lake's northeast side, more than any other lakeshore in the Twin Cities, functions exactly as a beach should: a place to chill, both literally and figuratively. Here you'll find fewer shirtless, muscle-bound Frisbee-fanatics than you will, say, drum circles and bookworms. The demographics have changed a bit in recent years—these days, young families seem to outnumber the aging hippies. But the vibe remains. Thank god the vibe remains.

Best Beach (2011) Hidden Beach

Best Beach (2009) Hidden Beach

BEST BEACH (2008) Hidden Beach at Cedar Lake

BEST BIKE TRAIL Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

BEST BOWLING ALLEY Park Tavern

BEST COACH Kurt Rambis

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE Eric Decker, Gopher wide receiver

BEST GOLF DAY The Jewel Golf Club

BEST LYNX PLAYER Seimone Augustus

BEST PICNIC SPOT Meeker Island historic site

BEST PLACE TO DRINK BEFORE A TWINS GAME Cuzzy's

BEST PLACE TO ICE SKATE Lake of the Isles

BEST PLACE TO RUN Cedar Lake, Minneapolis

BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL Shooters

BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE Hidden Greens Golf Course

BEST PUBLIC NINE-HOLE GOLF COURSE Fort Snelling Golf Course

BEST SLEDDING Town and Country Club

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