The Insider's Guide to Lake Minnetonka

Everything you wanted to know but didn't want to ask.

Melinda Jacobs
Melinda Jacobs enjoys the lake with her English Bulldog Walter, daughter Madeline, and husband Howard Grodnick

Lake Minnetonka and its Hampton Cousins

Rick and Maggie Trenary on Lake Minnetonka

As connoisseurs and chroniclers of the good life, we’re amused by the similarities between Lake Minnetonka and her fancier, more fabulous Hamptons cousins on the eastern edge of Long Island.

Wayzata = East Hampton

Two picturesque towns with more flash, more boldfaced names, and more fashionable retailers than their low-key neighbors.

Deephaven = Bridgehampton

Both of these idyllic villages feel like Ralph Lauren ads come to life, with beautiful people and their even more beautiful houses.

Maplewood = Southampton

Two quiet enclaves that feel like summer colonies, with dowagers, bankers, and attorneys tucked safely behind tall green hedges.

Excelsior = Sag Harbor

The former whaling village of Sag Harbor feels a lot like Excelsior, with a funky downtown scene, movie theater, bookstore, and sushi bar.

Orono = Sagaponack

Like its Lake Minnetonka cousin, Sagaponack is a lush, rural paradise with stunning water views and acres of unobstructed wealth.

Big Island = Shelter Island

Just minutes from the mainland, these two tiny islands offer a blissful escape from everyday life.

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