Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Beach

Hidden Beach

A lot has been said over the years about the changing "vibe" at Hidden Beach, but it is still the best of the Twin Cities' lakeside hangouts. It may no longer be the hippie bastion it once was, but neither is it your typical neighborhood splashing pond. The beach on Cedar Lake retains a certain counterculture cool. Its regulars are uncommonly friendly and come from all walks of life to beat the sweltering Minnesota heat after a lengthy winter and sloppy spring. Whatever you make of its changing vibe, it's still a sexy beach.

Best Beach (2009) Hidden Beach

BEST BEACH (2010) Hidden Beach

BEST BEACH (2008) Hidden Beach at Cedar Lake

Best Bike Trail Grands Rounds, along the Mississippi River

Best Bowling Alley Bryant-Lake Bowl

Best Boxer Jason Litzau

Best Coach Ron Gardenhire

Best College Athlete Emily Palkert, Concordia University

Best Day Trip Drive around Lake Pepin

Best Golfer Troy Merritt

Best Hike Interstate State Park

Best Ice Skating Lake of the Isles

Best Lynx Player Rebekkah Brunson

Best Outdoors Store Gear West

Best Picnic Spot Boom Island Park

Best Place to Run Mississippi River Road

Best Place to Shoot Pool Grumpy's Bar

Best Place to Walk a Dog Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park

Best Public Golf Course Chaska Town Course

Best Sledding Kenwood Park

Best Swarm Player Ryan Benesch

Best Timberwolves Player Kevin Love

Best Trail Running Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Urban Hike Pike Island, Fort Snelling State Park

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Weekend Getaway North Shore

Best Wild Player Martin Havlat

Best Winter Escape Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como

Best Winter Resort Lutsen Lodge

Best Winter Sport You've Never Tried Skijoring