Advice from a Travel Advisor: Plan Ahead

The Old Course at St. Andrews, the oldest golf course in the world

In early March, I sat down with a delightful couple who shared their dream of a golf vacation in Scotland for a 50th birthday extravaganza this September. I explained, that most 2019 golf vacations are already locked but that I love a challenge. My resourcefulness paid off but they only achieved half their of dream for twice the price due to such late planning. The lesson is that if you wish to secure Scottish tee times for 2020, travel experts need to get your requests in this month.

Why it’s important to make those plans:


A Hunger for Travel

Food writer Terri Peterson in Edina Magazine

Curiosity makes the food and travel writer. Edina resident Terri Peterson Smith loves exploring new cuisines and culture. Interminable passion leads her to destinations worldwide but great finds are close to home too. This award-winning author’s latest book, Unique Eats and Eateries of the Twin Cities, covers 89 restaurants within Minneapolis and St. Paul, along with one suburban honorable mention (Robbinsdale-based Travail Kitchen and Amusements.) Some of the restaurants featured are nationally renowned, while others are lesser known, yet worthy finds.

French Teachers Can Make the Best Tour Guides

Mayor Jim Hovland has been at the helm of city government in Edina since 2005. Meanwhile, his wife LaRae Ellingson Hovland has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a French teacher in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district. She started there in 1981, the same year as fellow French teacher Linda Albertson. Since then, the two have led dozens of trips to France. These educational trips were initially only for their high school French language students. More recently, the two began to co-lead separate adult trips to France for friends and friends of friends.



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