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Best of Summer Guide 2012

One hundred and five ways to do summer with a splash in the Twin Cities.

Best of Summer Guide 2012

White Bear Lake


For an all-day escape, head 20 minutes out of the Cities to one of the biggest lakes aroaund. Boats and beach await, and so does a remarkably walkable city with a charming downtown.

» FOOD

ON THE LAKE


Acqua Restaurant and Bar
In addition to the rustic Italian menu, there’s a daily three-course tasting menu at this upscale lakeside place. 4453 Lake Ave. S., 651-407-7317

Admiral D's
White Bear’s waterside dock party. The patio is jammed with burgers, bands, and beers on weekends. 4424 Lake Ave., 651-330-3101

CG Hooks Eatery
Grab some Memphis-style BBQ for the boat or snag some ice cream before heading home. 4441 Lake Ave. S., 651-493-6763

DOWNTOWN


Cup and Cone
The nucleus of shopping in downtown White Bear Lake for nearly 40 years brims with gifts, stationery, jewelry, women’s apparel, and Minnesota-themed items. 2184 4th St., 651-426-8006

Washington Square Bar & Grill
There’s scratch cooking going on in this modern restaurant and bar that serves breakfast options such as skillets and burritos past midnight on weekends. 4736 Washington Sq., 651-407-7162

Ursula’s Wine Bar & Cafe
Using local sources, Ursula’s cooks modern, seasonal food that pairs well with the great wine list. It also offers wine classes and wine dinners. 2125 4th St., 651-429-9600

Chez Arnaud
In this little Parisian patisserie you’ll find brioche, croissants, macaroons, even quiche and salade Nicoise. 4735 Hwy. 61, 651-653-5658

» FUN


Rent a Boat
At Tally’s Dockside on White Bear Lake, rent a pontoon, fishing boat, kayak, or canoe. Load up on snacks, beverages, and bait at the marina store and head out for some of the best fishing in the metro. 4441 Lake Ave. S., 651-429-2633, talleysdockside.com

Manitou Days
(June 14–July 4) This community celebrates summer with Manitou Days, a three-week festival that ends on July 4 with fireworks and a dance party on the beach. In the meantime, build sandcastles, compete in the fishing tournament, catch the lighted-boat parade, and, yes, search for a medallion.

Imagine Art Kids Summer Camp
Every week of the summer, White Bear Center for the Arts’ summer camp offers art classes for kids of all ages. Classes in everything from cartooning and splatter art to printmaking and Chinese brush painting will bring out your child’s inner Picasso. 2228 4th St., White Bear Lake, 651-407-0597

» SHOPS

ON THE LAKE


Sail La Vie
This company recycles sails, turning them into everything from boat totes to patio umbrellas. Stop in at the store at company headquarters on the lakeshore. 4495 Lake Ave. S., 651-251-5494

DOWNTOWN


Goodthings
The nucleus of shopping in downtown White Bear Lake for nearly 40 years brims with gifts, stationery, jewelry, women’s apparel, and Minnesota-themed items. 2184 4th St., 651-426-8006

Tri Fitness
Run! Bike! Swim! White Bear Lake has everything triathletes need, including this shop. It sells all the gear and offers support to triathletes at all levels. 2193 4th St., 651-426-1919

The Nest
Show your love for the lake by going green. The Nest is a local gift store specializing in organic, fair trade, and environmentally friendly goods—from candles to cleaning products and clothes. 4742 Washington Sq., 651-653-7630


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