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Best Winter Escape

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como

As winter drags on and the herbs on your kitchen's window ledge wither under the cold, gray skies, there's no better way to lift the mood than a trip to a flower garden. The Sunken Gardens at Como Zoo will refresh and restore your senses. Suddenly, you'll believe that spring isn't just a figment of your imagination—it really will come again. The master floral designers at Como bombard the place with breathtaking combinations of pink, yellow, red, and purple flowers—azaleas, cyclamen, veltheimia, and amaryillis. If a winter trip to the Caribbean isn't on the agenda, the conservatory's tropical room is the next best thing—the rich smell of dirt and leafy palms and the chirping sounds of rainforest birds positively transport you to another world.

Best Place to Warm Up (2014) Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Best Place to Stay Warm in Winter (2009) Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como

BEST PLACE TO WASTE AN AFTERNOON (2010) Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

BEST PLACE TO WANDER INDOORS (2008) Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Best Place to People-Watch (2019) Como Park Conservatory

Best Beach Hidden Beach

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 Resort Lutsen Lodge

Best Winter Sport You've Never Tried Skijoring