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

Lake Minnetonka

Sure, you could spend hours on I-94, bumper to bumper between boats, trucks, and minivans, but it's so much easier to head out to Lake Minnetonka. There you'll find all the pleasures of Up North plus a see-and-be-seen social scene.



Minnetonka Drive-In
Now that the Dakota Trail is so popular, this burger and fried chicken shack that makes its own root beer is also known as the Minnetonka Bike-In. Especially on Thursdays when classic cars own the parking lot. 4658 Shoreline Dr., Spring Park, 952-471-9383

The Narrows
It may be the only biker bar near the lake, so park your hog and stop in for some dirty pork stew or a Bucksnort burger dripping with secret sauce while you listen to Lamont Cranston tear up the stage. 3380 Shoreline Dr., Navarre, 952-471-3352


Jake O'Connor's Public House
Sometimes it's nice NOT to be on the water with all the boat traffic and tanorexics. Sometimes what you need on a summer night is a street side table at the respectable local pub where a glass of Guinness or whiskey completes the day. 200 Water St., Excelsior, 952-908-9650

Licks Unlimited
The only right thing to do after a movie (with real butter popcorn) is get in line at nearby Licks. Seven years bad luck if you walk by without a cone of one of the 30 ice cream flavors. 31 Water St., Excelsior, 952-474-4791

Patisserie Margo
As you stroll the shops of Water Street, it's wise to plot your ending at Margo, where you can plop down with your bags, refresh with a strong cup of coffee, and snack on fine European pastries and baked goods. 284 Water St., Excelsior, 952-746-2232

You're not going for fine dining, you're going for the most rocking patio-bar scene on the south shore. Vikings, local celebs, the well-heeled, and the tipsy mingle to make it all fun. 685 Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior, 952-470-1800


The new pub in town is small but invitingly Irish. Take in a Guinness with a burger or some oysters. 331 Broadway Ave. S., Wayzata, 952-767-2417

This local steak house has created the hottest patio on Lake Street by rerouting the sidewalk. Happy hours here are lively; dinner is quieter. 635 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-404-1100


Girls Night Out
Lace up your espadrilles and join the fabulous women (and stylish men) who flock to Water Street every Thursday night for shopping, dining, and other festivities. Excelsior

Excel Boat Club
For the ultimate in relaxation, rent a pontoon and allow one of the club’s well-mannered captains to squire you and your entourage around the lake in deluxe Minnetonka style. 141 Minnetonka Blvd., Excelsior, 952-401-3880

Tommy’s Tonka Trolley
Though this trolley is not meant for passengers, owner Tom Drummond offers fun for your Sunday morning. Rent a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard, and reward your efforts with a scoop of Sebastian Joe’s. 379 Lake St., Excelsior, 952-220-0101

Lord Fletcher’s
King of the Lake since 1968. On Monday evenings, head to the Lord Fletcher’s patio for Malibu-worthy beach volleyball, live music, and $4 hamburgers. 3746 Sunset Dr., Spring Park, 952-471-8513



Bungalow Beachwear
Find the latest swimsuits, cover-ups, flip-flops, and accessories for the whole family. 229 Water St., 952-474-4537

Brightwater Clothing & Gear
The place to go for active lifestyle apparel that’s as stylish as it is functional. 256 Water St., 952-474-0256

Que Sera
Get interior inspiration. Its new location at the lake has a more rustic/contemporary look. 244 Water St., 952-924-6390


Maha! Inspired Activewear
This shop specializes in “studio to street” fashion for active living. 631 E. Lake St., 952-873-7001

Frost & Budd
Beyond the blooms and benches out front, this cozy spot offers gifts and d├ęcor for home and garden. 339 Barry Ave. S., 952-473-1442

Sun & Ski Clothing Outfitters
Get dressed for the boat or beach. You’ll find a deep selection of performance and fashion swimwear and accessories for the whole family. 701 E. Lake St., 952-873-7282


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