Health & Wellness

1. Intimidated by the heavy boat and yacht traffic on Lake Minnetonka during the summer? Try out the three-hour Fall Colors Kayak Tour at Gale Woods Farm. “It’s quiet and beautiful away from the summer rush,” says recreation specialist Michael Gottchalk.

Going to the spa or salon for a massage or a facial doesn’t just make you look good—it makes you feel good. And that’s what Pat Scherven, Laura Alwan, Karen Majewski and Roger Bolz all have in common: They’re all in the business of making people feel good about themselves.

Minnesotans pride themselves on never letting the weather get the best of them, so this month, relish in the date night (or day) possibilities available only during the frigid months of the year.

Mike Kratochwill’s interest in kiteboarding—or kiting—began in childhood, long before he was ever exposed to the thrill of flying one. “I read a book when I was young about a kid that took off with a kite, and I remember it being just this grand adventure,” he reminisces.

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When Chicago girl Amie Carlson fell in love and got engaged to a Minnesota man, her father had only one request for the wedding. “My dad said that if we are going to have the wedding in Minnesota, he really wanted to have it on a lake,” says Carlson.

For the first time in a decade, the Minnetonka Yacht Club will host one of the region’s most prestigious regattas.

In early 2010, spring was approaching, and Parker Johnson—along with his mother, Jennifer Smith—was brainstorming in Wayzata. Spring sports season was starting, but Johnson didn’t feel any of sports at his school, Benilde-St. Margaret’s (BSM), were quite the right fit.

Minnesota is widely known to be the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and there are probably just as many reasons why we love our amply shore-lined home, ranging from relaxing pleasure cruises to adrenaline-inducing waterskiing.

Looking for a little tan with your trim? This summer, al fresco services are back at Lili in Minnetonka.

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