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The Other Games in Town

No Super Bowl tickets? There are many ways to entertain clients this month.

The Other Games in Town
The return of Zach Parise should make the Minnesota Wild a hot ticket in February.

February has traditionally been a tricky month for luring out-of-town clients to the Twin Cities, but this one is a remarkable exception. In signature Scandinavian style, we’re proud to present a smorgasbord of memorable local events for super-fans of all stripes. While Super Bowl LII is the undisputed pièce de résistance of this year’s winter entertainment buffet, the spirit can be found everywhere, from ice rinks and cabin shows to outdoor golf tournaments and stylish pop-up urban saunas.

Minnesota Wild | Like the vast, much-vaunted single malt scotch list at the St. Paul Grill (stpaulgrill.com), the nearby Xcel Energy Center offers a tasty selection of Minnesota Wild home games for die-hard hockey fans. The month of February features eight match-ups against: the new Vegas Golden Knights, Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues. February 2-27, Xcel Energy Center, xcelenergycenter

Little Box Sauna | To give your clients a truly immersive Twin Cities experience, book a session—private or public, no nudity allowed—in the Little Box Sauna, an enchanting urban reinvention of the traditionally woodsy Scandinavian custom. Situated by Esker Grove’s patio at the Walker Art Center, with magical views of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the sparkling downtown skyline, Little Box Sauna was designed and constructed with a team of local design professionals and students from the University of Minnesota. February 8-March 4, walkerart.org

Wayzata Chilly Open | Clients with a passion for golf and a Caddyshack-style sense of humor will be delighted by an invitation to play in the annual Wayzata Chilly Open tournament. Outfit your guests with winter boots, hand-warmers and hockey sticks and spend a memorable afternoon swatting tennis balls around three nine-hole courses carved into the tundra. Warm up with bowls of the spicy end-products of the fiercely competitive chili cook-off, then head across Lake Street for a round of Irish coffees at McCormick’s (mccormicks.pub). February 9-10, Wayzata, wayzatachillyopen.com

The Lake Home and Cabin Show | Give your out-of-town clients an insider’s perspective on Minnesota’s legendary cabin culture with a spin around the 14th annual Lake Home and Cabin Show. Soak up the distinctive Up North version of hygge as you mingle with Minnesotans from all over the state and discover the latest trends (and steadfast anti-trends) in lakefront real estate, cabin design and construction for luxe lakefront living. February 23-25, Minneapolis Convention Center, lakehomeandcabinshow.comMelinda Nelson

More Super Fun and Festivities

1) Saint Paul Winter Carnival, January 25-February 10, St. Paul, wintercarnival.com

2) City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, January 27-28 and February 3-4, Minneapolis, loppet.org

3) United Way Ice Fishing Tournament, February 10, Mille Lacs, business.millelacs.com

4) Winter Beer Dabbler, February 24, St. Paul, beerdabbler.com

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