If you are looking for somewhere to explore try Red Wing, Minnesota. It is only a 1 hour drive from the Twin Cities. You drive through some beautiful farm country and end up on the banks of the Mississippi River. Take a lunch and eat at Baypoint Park or tour the many antique stores or the Red Wing Pottery showroom. One of the things I like to do is stroll down the residential streets and enjoy the town’s numerous historic homes. They have great parks for hiking or for the kids to play. This year the town is celebrating 150 years of being incorportad so be sure to visit the city this summer for special events.