Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Coach

Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings

It's hard to argue with success, and during a particularly down time in local professional sports, Frazier's steady hand won the day. Without major changes from a team that won three games in 2011, the Vikings overachieved last season, reaching the playoffs and offering some thrills along the way. Sure, you can put a lot of that on Adrian Peterson's broad shoulders, but Peterson was only one piece of the puzzle. The Vikings had to make do with a shaky quarterback, suspect secondary, and a fan base tired of losing. The season had an up-and-down rhythm — nothing is ever easy for the Vikings — but Frazier kept his cool throughout, never panicking as the season rolled on. Maybe it didn't end the way fans wanted it to (though it was clear that the quarterback situation was actually worse than we thought), but 2012 was a success all around, and Frazier's style has rubbed off on the team. Now, if the team could just lock up the coach in a long-term deal.

Best Vikings Player (2013) Adrian Peterson

Best Vikings Player (2012) Jared Allen

Best Vikings Player (2011) Adrian Peterson

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER (2010) Brett Favre

Best Weekend Getaway The Jeffers Petroglyphs

Best College Athlete Trevor Mbakwe

Best Park Fort Snelling State Park

Best Bike Trail West River Parkway

Best Bike Ride Freedom From Pants Ride

Best Bike Shop Penn Cycle

Best Public Golf Course Rush Creek Golf Club

Best Hike Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Best Run The Downtown YMCA track

Best Road Race (Running) Get Lucky 7K and Half Marathon

Best Race City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

Best Day Trip Winona

Best Sledding Powderhorn Park

Best Ice Skating Wells Fargo WinterSkate

Best Picnic Spot Minnehaha Falls

Best Dog Park Battle Creek Regional Dog Park

Best Apple Orchard Apple Jack Orchards

Best Gym YWCA of Minneapolis

Best Personal Training Studio APEX Personal Training

Best Outdoors Store Vertical Endeavors

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Timberwolves Player Ricky Rubio

Best Lynx Player Seimone Augustus

Best Wild Player Zach Parise