POSTED Tuesday, December 3

You may have heard a little something about our annual Best of Lake Minnetonka Reader's Survey (if you haven't, which rock have you been hiding out under, exactly?). We've been talking about it for weeks, voting has been taking place for more than a month and I know you've been on the edge of your seat to find out just which lucky lake-area places and people garnered enough support to snag a spot on our finalists' list.

POSTED Wednesday, November 27

Lake Minnetonka Magazine is hiring a web-based writer, content manager and social media specialist for a six-month term as the primary shepherd of our title on the web. This intern-level position is perfect for university students or recent graduates in the fields of journalism, media, writing, marketing and more. This position reports to web editor Alex Gaterud; read the job description below.

POSTED Tuesday, November 19

I'm sure you've heard: We're in the middle of selecting the finalists for the 2014 Best of Lake Minnetonka Reader's Choice Survey. Voting ends tomorrow, so your favorite lake-area shops need your help now!

Voting is easy: Fill out our online survey (and send it to your friends!) to enter the best Lake Minnetonka people, places and things.

POSTED Wednesday, November 13

Welcome to the new Lake Minnetonka Magazine website! We are thrilled to unveil this radical makeover after nearly a year of dreaming, planning, coding and tweaking. We hope you enjoy the new look as much as we do.

During the process of coming up with this design, we came up with a few words that describe our monthly magazine. Engaging. Catchy. Open. Clean. Forward.

POSTED Tuesday, November 12

Anyone familiar with the lake area knows that we have an incredible number of unique shops, services, people and businesses—and that they're often some of the best in the state. The landscapers, the salons, the interior designers, the parks. We've got it all. And we all have our favorites.

POSTED Tuesday, November 5

In case you haven't noticed, we have a shiny new website! It's something we've been working on for a while, something that materialized because we want to make it as easy as possible for you to get the information and stories you want.

The facelift is more than just visual. Yes, we added some white space and lightened the color scheme a bit, but we've also reorganized the content. We wanted to make it easier to navigate but don't worry! All your favorites are still around and you can still find each issue's content on the site.

POSTED Tuesday, September 24
Cottagewood General Store

Anyone who lives in the lake area knows what a local treasure the Cottagewood General Store is. Quaint, charming, inviting—the neighborhood store really nails the homey feeling of community. Experience that homey feeling while getting a taste of Europe this weekend. The General Store brings authentic German cuisine, festival music and Bavarian games to Minnesota with its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 28 from 5:30—9:30 p.m. In the Cottagewood Biergarten, taste the concoctions from local brewery Excelsior Brewing (or a pint of 1919 Root Beer for the little ones).

POSTED Tuesday, September 17
Howling For Growlers

Sick of hearing about dogs yet? Well, apparently the lake community is on the same page as I am because this fall has been all about the events for the pooches. This weekend is no different: Two great lake-area businesses are partnering to raise funds for the Top Dog Foundation, a local organization that rescues and finds homes for older dogs who seem un-adoptable because of age or health. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Excelsior Brewing Company and Top Dog Country Club come together to bring you a beer and fun-filled “Yappy Hour” with their Howlin’ for Growlers event.

POSTED Tuesday, September 10

If you know me, you know I’m an animal-lover, and you know I’m partial to dogs. The mere site of a puppy will distract me from the most serious conversation. A heart-to-heart catch-up walk around the lake with me is really more like a one-sided conversation, as refrains of “Ooh, look at his little tail!” and “She’s soooo cute and fluffy!” spill from my mouth. And, while I’m not a dog mama myself (yet), I still keep my ears open for any and all lake-area events that center on pooches.

POSTED Wednesday, September 4

As we put away our white pants and grab our lined notebooks and number 2 pencils, it’s easy to think that the fun of summer is all in the past. Thankfully, the City of Wayzata begs to differ. This weekend, September 6, 7 and 8, the Wayzata Chamber and Presbyterian Homes present the 39th-annual James J. Hill Days. The festival brings together the lake communities to celebrate the city, have some great food and experience some fun activities together. The festival this year brings more excitement than usual.