Health & Wellness

new Commons pavilion

Excelsior Commons has long been the epicenter of lakeside events, including community festivals, more concerts than one can count and other special celebrations. If you’ve been to the area lately, you’ve undoubtedly noticed something new.

Dog playing in dog park

With many Minnesotans sticking closer to home during the pandemic, folks have been looking for inspired ways to use their newfound time. For some, that meant welcoming pets into their homes.

Scuba Diving to Clear Lake Weeds

Few of us like the creeping sensation of a surprise encounter with lake weeds while swimming. Tom Suerth, founder of Waterfront Restoration, knows this firsthand from growing up on Long Lake.

Pet dog on a road trip.

Pet-friendly travel is on the rise, and, thankfully, it’s becoming easier and easier. While we have not flown with our dog, we did bring her on a 24-plus hour road trip. It’s very feasible with a little extra planning.

Dog waiting to play in a tidy home

Pets bring endless joy, comfort and love. I have two rescued greyhounds that are 11 years old and retired from racing. Taking my furry friends on daily walks keeps me active.

Enjoy nature while forest bathing

No, you’re not submerged in water, and yes, you keep your clothes on. Forest bathing or shinrin-yoku via Japan is among the latest experiences that guide participants on an immersive, meditative and therapeutic forest walk, connec

Tree blossom in the spring

March often finds Minnesotans fleeing their homes to somewhere warmer.

Mollie Krengel takes a reflective pause while at The Joshua Tree House in Tucson, Ariz.

It’s only fitting in this month’s home issue to chat a bit about vacationing in a rental home, such as VRBO or Airbnb. While hotel amenities are appreciated, we’ve had fantastic experiences staying in a rental when traveling with kids or on a romantic weekend getaway.

golfing with hockey sticks on ice

A little snow and ice won’t stop Minnesotans from getting together, but, it goes without saying, something else might.

Hotel Landing exterior

Well, my family and I were supposed to travel last March to Washington, D.C., but, you know—COVID. Being the optimist that I am (ahem), I figured Florida for Easter that April would be nice, but, you know …

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