February is a time to celebrate the people and things we love. Of course, we can (and should) do that all year round—but it’s nice to have a dedicated day each February that causes us to communicate to our loved ones exactly how much they mean to us.
I got married last May, so this will be my first Valentine’s Day as a married woman. However, I’ve always found Galentine’s Day a bit more fun. (Sorry, dear husband!) It’s less fraught with expectations—and who doesn’t love a night to hang out with your best gal pals while enjoying some fun food and drinks? In this month’s issue, writer Ava Diaz chats with Twin Cities-based blogger Rana Monet to get her tips on hosting a memorable Galentine’s Day gathering. Check out her tips—and some beautiful inspiration photos—on page 20.
Since February is our travel issue, writer Madeline Kopiecki chats with travel blogger Molly Golden about what goes into planning a successful group trip—from booking travel and splitting expenses to managing expectations and a budget everyone in the group is comfortable with. It’s the travel guide I didn’t know I needed, and I’ll definitely use these tips myself as my husband and I plan a trip with his family later this year. Find the story on page 24.
But, of course, we wouldn’t put together an issue of this magazine without having a major focus on local happenings. Flip through these pages and you’ll find a write-up on a new Indian restaurant in town, the inside scoop on the redesigned Evereve flagship store, gift ideas from a local maker and a look behind the curtain at the Edina Dance Team’s newest club.
This issue is jam-packed with local voices, tastes and perspectives. It’s really making me feel the love for Edina this month—and for all of you, our readers! I’m so grateful for all of you who have so warmly and graciously welcomed me into your community since I stepped into this role.