Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Day Trip

Spicer

It's time we stopped sleeping on Spicer, a hiccup of a drive northwest of the Twin Cities. The Kandiyohi County hamlet is home to perhaps the cleanest, clearest waters in the state. It's also where all the panfish are slightly above average. A morning start ensures that you'll arrive on the banks of Green Lake before the sunshine has evaporated the dew from the chokecherries. A 12-mile bike trail encircles Green Lake. At Saulsbury Beach, the hours zoom by building sandcastles, catching rays, and turning summer days into lifelong memories. Nearby Little Crow Country Club's inviting greens beckon with rounds priced under $30. Glacial Ridge Winery offers classes on grape-related topics, including suppertime wine pairing. Before heading home, make a quick stop at one of the many roadside farmers' stands peddling the earth's tastiest vittles.

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