Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

If you’re looking for something to do while you wait for the snow, I suggested going to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Don’t worry, you can stay inside the whole time! I wrote about this place last spring but I wanted to bring it up again because it’s perfect for all seasons. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum that operates with the U of M. It’s a big enclosure that is home to trees, cedar trails, waterfalls, ponds, bridges, wildlife and gardens BUT they also have exhibits, have a gift and garden store, a terrarium and are home of the Arboretum Café. Their current exhibit is the Arboretum’s “Making Spirits Bright: Land Of Gingerbread” that runs through January 3rd. During this time you can see the a 20-ft. Poinsettia Tree (since it was just National Poinsettia Day), live holiday music, pictures with Santa (even a breakfast this Saturday), live evergreen trees decorated in natural ornaments and Gingerbread Houses on display created by local bakeries. This Saturday, they even have a Traditional Gingerbread House Workshop where you can learn to make them. Finally, the Arboretum has adult art classes and you can become a member of the Arboretum Photographers Society (APS) in a place that has become a bit of a photographers paradise.

Chaska River City Days

11781824_1014347768605597_4196365722706339286_nIf you’re in the #SouthwestMetro and you’re in need of something to do today, let me invite you and your family to the #ChaskaRiverCityDays. It’s happening in the beautiful #citypark right, just off Hwy 41. I’m here #volunteering with the #BeyondtheYellowRibbon, servicing #military servicemen and their families, so stop on by as it’s an all day event (and weekend). Live #music, #fair food, local authors, food shelves, a blood drive, the humane societies, even local city and state representatives. There’s even a #pancake breakfast tomorrow!

McKnight Lake

McKnight Lake Watch the sun rise and set often, put lots of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and count the stars, never buy a coffee table you couldn’t put your feet on, never pass up a chance to do something on your bucket list. Don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones. #mnbucketlist