My best trip of 2017 was to Minneapolis in July to visit my daughter and her fiancé. We had beautiful weather and spent lots of time outdoors (when we weren’t doing wedding prep stuff!). One of the highlights was a visit to Lyndale Park Rose Garden (shown in this photo), near Lake Harriet. Being an avid flower gardener, this was a real treat. The roses weren’t at their June peak, but they were still blooming beautifully. An outdoor concert at the Lake Harriet bandshell and ice cream at Sebastian Joe’s (their chocolate-raspberry is the best!) made for a perfect, relaxing mid-July afternoon. Another highlight of the trip was an afternoon in St. Cloud, where I was impressed by the revitalization of their downtown area. We had a wonderful lunch at The Pickled Loon, after which we did some shopping at a new shop called The Copper Pony. Both are definitely worth checking out if ever you find yourself in St. Cloud!