Waterfront Weddings

Luxury hotel focuses on special events.

Brides and grooms-to-be have a new locale to set their wedding sights on: the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka. The new Hotel Landing opens its doors this summer, offering luxurious amenities perfect for all aspects of a wedding party.

“The space is really unique. Everything is designed with high design in mind, a little bit of the lake, Cape Cod nautical feel, but subtler,” says Andrea Vierya, director of marketing and sales. “Everything was hand-selected and designed with the traveler and bride in mind.”

The boutique hotel has 92 rooms, including 15 honeymoon suites, along with a lavish ballroom, complete with two balconies, for wedding receptions. With refined features, the Landing offers amenities and spaces for all events surrounding the big day.

From rehearsal dinner to brunch the next morning, Ninetwentyfive, the hotel’s two-story restaurant, serves up modern American dining and scenic lake views. The menu promotes locally sourced fare with chef-created dishes, interesting cocktails and an extensive wine selection. Interested parties can choose from a variety of pre-selected packages or work with the staff to create a tailored selection.

Wedding parties can also prep for the aisle with services at the in-house Nordic spa, Laka. This Scandinavian-style spa will offer a variety of treatments including massages, facials and body treatments to relax and refresh before the big day.
In addition to bringing luxury space and amenities to the area, the Landing re-opens a rich history of travel and hospitality on Lake Minnetonka. Before suburban sprawl, the lake served as a relaxing reprieve for the Twin Cities elite to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the late 1800s to the 1900s, picturesque inns and bed and breakfasts populated the lakeside, says public relations account executive Renee Brown.

“It was kind of this boom time of summer,” she says. “People wanted luxury and wanted to get away from daily life.” In a time before the convenience of highways, city dwellers would plan their summer vacations, taking the train or trolley out to the lake.

When the last hotel, the Gleason House, was demolished in 1964, it marked the end of a chapter of hospitality on Lake Minnetonka. Now, the Landing is starting a new era, all while keeping the past in perspective.

“The Hotel Landing is obviously really modern and new, but it’s still got a little of that style and character from those olden days. We have a really good feeling that people are going to enjoy it,” Brown says.

Although it emphasizes weddings, the hotel is also suited for meetings and events, says catering director Danielle Gomis.

“We have some really nice spaces for both large and small groups. We’re looking at some of the people in the community, doing some corporate events, whether meetings for lunch or dinner, fundraising, Christmas dinners. It’s exciting,” Gomis says.

Whether you’re looking ahead or in the midst of making that dream wedding a reality, Vierya emphasizes the specialty and personalized appeal the Hotel Landing provides. The venue’s space is most suitable for parties of 200 or fewer, she advises.
“With our unique space and appeal, our best conversations tend to be a little bit smaller,” Vierya says. “We only have one wedding at one time, really close attention to detail to create a unique experience for the wedding attendees.”

When wedding season ebbs for the year, the Landing aims to becoming a community staple for events and staff look forward to a full calendar of future weddings and parties.

For those interested in making event or wedding reservations at the Landing hotel and residencies, contact [email protected].