November 2011

Holiday Gift Guide 2011 | Lakefront Home

Lake Minnetonka was opened to European settlers by the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, named for a Dakota meeting place, Oiyuwege, one mile north of St. Peter. Minnesota’s first territorial governor, Alexander Ramsey, was eager to open lands to the west to increase the state’s wealth.


One person’s comfort food is another person’s heartburn: Comfort food is emphatically not health food, yet there’s no denying the comforting power of food. As we lament the darker, shorter days, it’s important to remember that there is still pleasure to be had.


Turned off by tanning beds? Tired of one-size-fits-all spray tan booths? If so, set up an appointment with Melanie Richards, owner of the new GLOW Mobile Airbrush Tanning.


“It’s not your traditional lake view,” admits Paul Walser, “but we like it.” He’s speaking of the unique 1910 Wayzata cottage he and his family purchased three years ago, perched on a verdant slope of land above a busy marina, public beach, volleyball courts and a bike trail.



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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for some of the dogs that Amber Johnson photographs, a picture can be absolutely life changing.


Since they were entrepreneurs first, Melvin and Harley Bennett didn’t want to go by the way of the horse and buggy—literally.


For a fresh change of pace from the mall and antique shopping scene, visit the shopper's delight tucked away in a Minnetonka house. Sisters Corrine and LaRae Anderson simply call it their "Artists Boutique."


After a summer of cool treats, make the transition into fall with the perfect appetizer that strikes a fine balance of gourmet flavors: PoshTarts, as made by Carole Garrigos and Keri Sprau.


Cupping, acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine are a few of the modalities that Nikki Vanecek uses to treat her patients at the newly opened Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Clinic in Wayzata.


I credit William Kent Krueger for helping me to get out of one of the worst reading "ruts" of my life. He's helped locally, of course, by the fact that all of his books take place on Minnesota's North Shore—with plenty of regional flavor thrown in to make all of us feel instantly at home


Want to add more oomph to your ‘do? Look no further than the professionals at Sil‘Vie Hair Studio in Wayzata. Owner Sylvia Zderchuk wanted to incorporate a unique angle to her salon, so she became an expert in hair extensions.


If you’ve not visited Long Lake’s Red Rooster bar and restaurant in the last few years, keep a watchful eye out or you may not recognize it upon your return.


“I captured this photo during one of the last sails of the season this past summer. With the waves reflecting off the hull of the boat and the glow of the sun peeking out from behind the sail, I leaned over the side to take this picture right at water level.


Struggling to find the perfect gift? Looking to add some style to your gathering? Take a swing through Gracious Home in Wayzata, the area’s newest home décor store with a flair for the unique. We asked owner Kristi Patterson shares her top five picks for the holidays:



When Paula Warford moved with her family to Wayzata last year, she quickly noticed something missing.