Recently, I got the chance to take the All-New 2017 Mazda CX-5 for a spin. With it’s deeply vivid, Soul Red Crystal Metallic color complementing every curve and angle creating a sense of motion, even at a standstill, I chose to go to “The Gateway to Lake Minnetonka,” Wayzata, Minnesota to see a place that equaled the CX with state-of-the-art technology and all the comfort, style and luxuries a single experience could have, the Hotel Landing. Just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Wayzata’s first hotel in 53 years opened June 2017. Hotel Landing has 92 rooms, 31 condos, has Ninetwentyfive – a two-story restaurant, and a serene Nordic-inspired spa, Läka Spa, inspired by Minnesota’s Nordic Heritage. It combines elements of modern and classical European architecture for an airy, coastal infusion. Located on Lake Street, this luxurious boutique hotel will be a favorite for wedding ceremonies and receptions. It was the perfect backdrop and accompaniment to Mazda’s CX-5. A big thanks to Mazda for their incredible hospitality!
While I typically brunch on the weekends, there is nothing like escaping the typical work day during the winter. Since Sunday is my day to plan out my week, it only makes sense to give you a place to escape this weeks grind. District Fresh Kitchen + Bar, located in the beautiful up-and-coming area called The Promenade of Wayzata, is a new favorite of mine. It is brought to you by Anoush Ansari of Hemisphere Restaurants Partners, the restaurateurs who own Mission American and the Tavern Grill Restaurants in Edina, Blaine and Woodbury.
Filled with healthy, organic food created with sustainably sourced ingredients from farms and suppliers within a 300-mile radius, it’s easy to see why District is a hit. And they are in good company, with CōV just around the corner and6Smith down the street. I like to include mimosas in my brunch lineup, and maybe you do too, or you can try any number of their cocktails made from local distilleries. Or just orange juice, or coffee, whatever. I fell head over heels for the open atmosphere and clean lighting but that is least of the reasons for you to visit.
Getting back to the #mnbucketlist… If you’ve ever driven down Woodland Avenue in Wayzata, you may have noticed a really huge, black, wrought iron sign that reads, ‘Groveland Cemetery’. Or all of the beautiful tulips growing everywhere. Either way, it’s actually a very lovely necropolis amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy road. There is a lot to be admired about this graveyard. One of the really cool facts that I learned was that the Pioneer Museum actually holds quite a few photographs of citizens that were born in the 1870s that were buried here; one in particular Captain Dudley P Chase, a veteran of the Civil War, was honored not too long ago for his efforts. Have ever seen this place?
I know that on the bucket list I include cemeteries and ruins but very rarely do I include churches. I typically don’t bucket list them because I don’t want to sway one way or the other with any kind of church. Plus, to be perfectly honest, I’m Jewish so me going to different churches isn’t something that happens often. Regardless of that, some of these houses of worship have historical significance and they add to the community at-large. Without further delay I give you the Redeemer Church in Wayzata. Off Wayzata Blvd. Of course since this IS Minnesota, this is a Lutheran Church and school. Outside it has an incredibly inviting fountain and garden so I knew I had to stop for that reason alone.
If you’ve ever been through downtown Wayzata, right off of Main Street, you’ll notice that there’s a pier onto Lake Minnetonka. The majority of people assume they are the Minnetonka docks, however it’s actually the Wayzata Public Docks. They are at the intersection of Lake Street and Gary Avenue, right in front of the historic depot. Situated nearby is the Wayzata beach and next to Cool, formerly Sunsets. Top all that off with a great view of the old Wayzata movie theater marquee.
Next up on the #mnbucketlist is CoV in downtown Wayzata. It is the perfect Nantucket meets North Carolina lakeside coastal venue. It’s just off Lake Minnetonka and is already known it’s seafood creations. Since I’m not a fish and crustacean #connoisseur, I had the tempura broccoli with candied red chili glaze and the avocado bruschetta with basil pesto and #heirloom tomatoes, drizzled with malted balsamic… Absolutely impeccable plating and the food, delectable.
If you haven’t noticed the surge in frozen yogurt shops, you are A. Not on the ball or B. Not sugar frenzied. My favorite is the Yogurt Lab. They are all over the place but I like the one off Lake Street in Wayzata, across from CoV on Lake Minnetonka. With crazy flavors that are (in my humble opinion) better than ice cream and a really great design, its worth stopping in – even in the dead of winter! (As I was told very recently, ice cream is better in the winter because it doesn’t melt!)
Are you an Irish pub, hole in the wall, cramped quarters aficionado? Well, McCormicks Pub and Restaurant is right up your alley! With great hospitality and an amazing beer and wine list, how can you possibly go wrong?! They are next to Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata, kitty corner from CoV and have an amazing menu. I highly recommend. And come in the #summer too, spend some time on the patio and people watch.
If you’re in the Wayzata area and are looking for something different, look no further than 6Smith. It’s an artisan, industrial chic Meat and Seafood restaurant with a beautiful rooftop and an unparalleled view of Lake Minnetonka and Wayzata Bay. It’s located right off Lake Street in the Boat Works Building. I highly recommend the char grilled asparagus and the heirloom tomato salad with peaches! Oh, and it’s a great place for special occasions.