See and Be Seen
Where to take a meeting, broker a deal, lunch with the girls, and find Mr. Right
You have a full day of fabulousness ahead of you!
Life Time Fitness, Minnetonka
A who’s who of cosmetic surgeons, CEOs, and attorneys. Even Tiger Woods was seen on the machines hours before playing Hazeltine.
The highest echelons of volunteerism vie for tables with C-level execs from the big firms on the western end of Lake Street.
Dunn Bros, Excelsior
On this side of the lake, it’s where business gets done. After 3 pm, wine by the glass makes planning grade school parties that much more fun.
Lakewinds Natural Foods, Minnetonka
Enlightened eco-types shop for probiotics, kombucha, antioxidants, and other foodaceuticals du jour.
Caribou at the Bookcase, Wayzata
The sockless loafer set, Tour de France wannabes, cardigan-sporting book clubbers, and a passel of Jack Russells own this corner of town.
Poolside at The Lafayette Club, Minnetonka Beach
Stay-at-home moms with nannies, personal trainers, and a wardrobe of bikinis, plus the next generation of teen country clubbers practicing the airs and graces of their grandparents.
Volnay Bistro, Wayzata
A little bit of Paris, with flavorful food and a dazzling array of expensive tarts of all ages and genders.
• The Official Preppy Handbook
Bridge at Woodhill, Wayzata
was first published 30 years ago, but the rules still apply.
There’s something about the parking lot that brings out the worst in neighbors. Inside the store, it’s “lovely to see you,” but outside, it’s every Lexus owner for herself. Recent Denny Hecker sightings only add to the frivolity.
Live music nights can be raucous, but with wood-fired pizza, wine at retail prices, and Deephaven’s premier divorcees, does it matter?
Locals tend to avoid it on summer weekends, preferring weekday happy hours for good apps, an attractive crowd, and a fine view of Wayzata Bay.
Lord Fletcher’s, Spring Park
The spot for tanned and lithe wharf rats and Tonka Toys (and the sugar daddies who support them) since before the days of SPF. Good burgers, wings, and onion rings are served by sweet things in Nair-worthy short shorts.
A hallowed spot for singles, swingers, and merrymakers, plus flotsam and jetsam from Big Island. The former site of Stone-wings and T. Butcherblock offers good food and drink, plus a rousing bar scene all year ’round.
Bayside Grille, Excelsior
The former Mai Tai, with great live music on weekend evenings and a fun crowd of locals and outsiders lured by the Key West vibe and a breathtaking view of the sunset.
The Narrows, Navarre
This is slumming, Lake Minnetonka-style, with tricked-out, Harley-riding millionaires in leather pants drinking Miller Lite, eating dirty pork stew, and listening to Lamont Cranston live.