June 2015 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the June issue check out the Taste of Minnesota, find out how to pick up tickets for the 2016 Ryder Cup and get the scoop on a Victoria ice cream shop.

This photo earned second place in the People & Families category of our annual photo contest. We’ll accept photos for this year’s contest starting July 31 at southwestmetro mag.com.


The days are getting longer and the temperatures are rising. It’s time for lunch on the patio, dinners by the lake and menus rich with the season’s best variety. With fresh fruits and vegetables, salads take on creative twists with bold flavor combinations.


The Chaska Community Center’s Carnival on March 6 featured free games, prizes, snacks and a jumper.


The Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce’s annual Home, Landscape and Lifestyle Expo was held March 7 at Chanhassen High School.


Get ready for fireworks— literal and figurative.


Eden Prairie is lush with historic sites, including the J.R. Cummins homestead, the Smith-Douglas-More house, and the Riley-Jacques Farmstead. At one time, those sites made their debuts, perhaps marking a “first” in some way, shape or form.


Area parks and recreation spaces offer a full menu of activities for children and families. From indoor to outdoor. From low to high energy. From the athletic to the creative, there is a cornucopia of options.


The Kerbers will present several readings and book signings this summer around Minnesota, including at the North Star Bicycle Festival starting on June 19. Visit majortyaloronline.com for more information.


If you think golf is a quiet sport with low-key fans, you haven’t witnessed the Ryder Cup.


Bruce Reimer was out of options. The man who used to run marathons now could barely walk a quarter of a mile without getting tired. He had to take frequent rest breaks when completing the most routine of tasks.


Victoria’s Brandon Wallis has a knack for creating places to gather. For the past 10 years, the owner of The School of the Wise has brought people together over cups of coffee, pints of beer and delicious meals in downtown Victoria.


Many different country clubs claim to be the inventor of this easy-to-drink summer cocktail.  We have taken a hand-me-down version of the Somerset Country Club bootleg recipe and amped it up with premium gin for a refreshing summer treat.


Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
Recommended by Laura Carlson


The new Valleyfair Soak City Waterpark features six crazy new slides. One of these new additions—Breakers Pipeline—includes four tube slides that enclose riders in a capsule 65 feet high and then let the floor fall out from underneath them, sending them on a splash-filled journey.


When Rick and Laurie Drill-Mellum of Waconia decided they needed a bigger barn quilt, they ended up with a 7 foot tall and 28 foot wide mural from local artist Kathy Strahota.


Avoid a long road trip by taking a convenient camping vacation near home. Lake Auburn Campground at the Carver Park Reserve in Victoria and Baylor Regional Park in Norwood Young America are both perfect staycation spots.


Cool down your drink this summer with alternative chilling devices from Chaska-based Sip Dark.


From a vineyard to a summer camp, find a handful of untraditional wedding venues.

Sovereign Estate Winery