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The Holiday issue is here! ❄️ In this issue we highlight the magic of the season and how Lake Minnetonka is helping spre...
12/07/2022

The Holiday issue is here! ❄️ In this issue we highlight the magic of the season and how Lake Minnetonka is helping spread holiday cheer. We take a look at those who are "Not Home for the Holidays" and serve the community instead. We check in with our interior design expert Erin as she shares tips for holiday decorating and introduce a new feature to "Spotlight" a local business or person — this month we feature Lakeshore Interiors. Plus, we rounded up some great festive holiday drinks and dessert sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
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Give yourself the gift of more family time by joining our organization of Lifestyle Magazine Owners! Our Publishers’ fam...
12/07/2022

Give yourself the gift of more family time by joining our organization of Lifestyle Magazine Owners! Our Publishers’ families know firsthand how passionate they are about the connections they are creating and the stories they are celebrating about their communities.
Visit the link below to gift yourself with learning more about this exciting opportunity, and have a blessed and Merry Christmas!


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We want to remind you all to nominate someone and help City Lifestyle give away tens of thousands of dollars this holida...
12/06/2022

We want to remind you all to nominate someone and help City Lifestyle give away tens of thousands of dollars this holiday season to dozens of people around the country! City Lifestyle has committed to giving a cumulative total of $300,000 to individuals, children, and families in need this month, and it is YOUR nominations that will help us achieve this.
Whether it is a financial stressor, health need, or impact from the pandemic, we are here to listen to your stories and give back this holiday season.
To submit a nomination, follow on Instagram and fill out the form linked in the bio. The amount given to each recipient will be based on need. Nominations will be taken through December 15th. Thank you for helping us achieve our biggest goal to-date! ✨🙏🏻✨

✈️ If Switzerland is not on your bucket list, put it on there now! Switzerland is awash in beautiful mountains, hiking t...
12/02/2022

✈️ If Switzerland is not on your bucket list, put it on there now! Switzerland is awash in beautiful mountains, hiking trails, the alps, villages and lakes. It truly captures the heart the second the plane lands. Visit and click the link in bio for all the must-haves when traveling

Stunning shot of this week's snowfall on Stubbs Bay, Lake Minnetonka.❄️ Thanks to  for this great photo! We'd love to se...
12/01/2022

Stunning shot of this week's snowfall on Stubbs Bay, Lake Minnetonka.❄️ Thanks to for this great photo!

We'd love to see your photos from around the Lake! Tag us or send a DM to:

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Our writer Jen rounded up 3 nonprofits right in our backyard who are doing incredible work in the community: MATTER, hel...
11/30/2022

Our writer Jen rounded up 3 nonprofits right in our backyard who are doing incredible work in the community: MATTER, helping people launch projects that improve communities, Wings for Widows, a non-profit that steps in at a critical time to assist widows with financial matters, and Hope House, a place that offers both shelter and hope to youth in the southwest metro. Read the full story and learn more about the work they're doing and how you can get involved here: https://citylifestyle.com/minneapolis-mn/articles/local-services/non-profits-in-your-own-backyard

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Last year City Lifestyle gave away an incredible $180,000 to individuals and families around the country, and in 2022 we...
11/29/2022

Last year City Lifestyle gave away an incredible $180,000 to individuals and families around the country, and in 2022 we are committed to giving a total of $300,000 by the end of the year, and we want your nominations!!

We are asking that you help us spread the word on social media and by word of mouth, both in your local communities and amongst your friends and family coast-to-coast; nominate a recipient you truly believe could benefit from our giving campaign at the link in bio.

City Lifestyle wants to be a blessing and encouragement to others as they continue to find ways to serve communities and families throughout the country this year! Visit www.CityLifestyle.com to read our ‘The City Lifestyle Giving Campaign’ editorial feature.

In a bright turquoise house in Hamel, Minnesota, you’ll find Art 2 Heart (A2H), a small gift shop filled with unique, be...
11/28/2022

In a bright turquoise house in Hamel, Minnesota, you’ll find Art 2 Heart (A2H), a small gift shop filled with unique, beautifully handcrafted items made from around the world, from local Minnesotans, and the 51 volunteers at A2H who dedicate their time and talents to bless others through creativity. “That is our main mission at Art 2 Heart,” explains Executive Director Jeanine Viani, “to bless others through creativity.” Read the full story and learn how A2H is using their gift shop and artistic talents to give back: https://citylifestyle.com/minneapolis-mn/articles/shopping/blessing-others-through-creativity

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18|8 men's salon is offering a great deal this holiday season! First-time customers get $10 off the Executive Haircut: 5...
11/27/2022

18|8 men's salon is offering a great deal this holiday season! First-time customers get $10 off the Executive Haircut: 5-minute neck & shoulder massage, haircut, shampoo/conditioner, and hot towel finish. Come in to our Wayzata location and you’ll be turning heads at all your holiday parties.
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We've gathered some great events and experiences that are worth getting bundled up and heading out into the cold this wi...
11/26/2022

We've gathered some great events and experiences that are worth getting bundled up and heading out into the cold this winter! ❄️

1. The Vine Room: The Vine Room hosts tons of fun workshops and wine classes, along with bites & boards curated with local, seasonal ingredients to go perfectly with your wine.

2. Red Bench Bakery: Warm up with delicious baked goods from Red Bench Bakery, serving up classic American and French pastries, breads and sweet treats like their buttery, flaky chocolate croissant.

3. Spasso Wine Bar: The best wine bar in the Twin Cities, Spasso sells its entire wine list! Buy a bottle at their shop for home, or bring it over to the restaurant and enjoy at dinner. 

4. Ice Skating: While you're waiting for the lakes to freeze over, you can still lace up your skates at Minnetonka Ice Arena for date night or family night fun!

5. Holidazzle: A beloved holiday classic, Holidazzle returns November 25 through December 18, featuring great food, shopping, art installations, kids activities, fire pits, photo ops with Santa, and more!
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We have your weekend plans covered! And they're all sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Here's what's going on arou...
11/25/2022

We have your weekend plans covered! And they're all sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Here's what's going on around the Lake.

1. Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt, Nov. 25, 26, & 27: Celebrate the holiday season at Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt festival! Delight your senses with German/Alpine Christmas traditions such as German sausages and potatoes, sweet & savory strudel, KinderCocoa, and “Gluehwein’’ (a warm, sweet spiced wine). Enjoy music, shop vendors for handcrafted goods, and the kids will love KinderWorld and the NorthPole Trolley, live Reindeer, tea parties with Frozen Princesses, parades, and more!

2. Light Up the Lake, Nov. 25: Light Up the Lake this winter with reindeer, letters to Santa, cocoa, treats, music, magical wagon rides on Lake Street, and a candy cane hunt. There will be a tree and town lighting ceremony with the mayor and a parade of lights down Lake Street. Be sure to bring a toy to the Depot to donate to Toys for Tots!

3. Waconia Tree Lighting, Nov. 25: Create some of the best family memories for the holidays at Waconia's Tree Lighting in the Park. Stay toasty sipping hot cocoa by the warm fire and join in caroling with holiday characters. Santa will arrive just in time to light up City Square Park at 6:30pm. New, unopened toys for the Waconia Toy Drive are welcomed.
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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Lake Minnetonka Lifestyle!🦃🍂 We're incredibly grateful to all of you, our readers! ...
11/24/2022

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Lake Minnetonka Lifestyle!🦃🍂 We're incredibly grateful to all of you, our readers! We absolutely love bringing you helpful, interesting, and meaningful stories about the Lake Minnetonka community. And a big thank you to all our partners and those who've shared their stories, making our magazine possible!
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Getting sick can be devastating, not only for your health but for your finances as well. We interviewed Skip Lieser, fou...
11/23/2022

Getting sick can be devastating, not only for your health but for your finances as well. We interviewed Skip Lieser, founder of THEE Alliance Forgiving Medical Debt, who is helping families get out of medical debt and get their lives back. Learn more about this incredible organization that has the rare opportunity to help turn giving into exponential giving and, as a result, grow gratitude in abundance. Read the full story here: https://citylifestyle.com/minneapolis-mn/articles/local-services/thanks-and-giving
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😋 A dessert to be thankful for! Try this yummy Sweet Potato Soufflé this holiday season.   x Vanilla Bean Ice CreamPecan...
11/22/2022

😋 A dessert to be thankful for! Try this yummy Sweet Potato Soufflé this holiday season.
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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Pecan Topping:
1 cup Brown Sugar (light or dark)
1/3 cup All Purpose Flour
1 cup Chopped Pecans
1/3 cup Melted Butter

Sweet Potato Filling:
5 Large Sweet Potatoes
1 cup Sugar
½ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
½ cup melted butter
1 tsp cinnamon

1) In a large bowl, mix the topping ingredients and let chill in the refrigerator or freezer until the butter is solidified and cold.
2) Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 1-inch chunks. Place into a pot of room temperature water and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 15-25 minutes or until fork tender and mashable. Strain the potatoes and allow all the water to drain.
3) While still warm, add the potatoes to a large mixing bowl, and using a hand mixer, combine the potatoes with the remaining filling ingredients until you have a smooth, fluffy consistency.
4) In a 9x13 baking dish, spoon the filling into the bottom and smooth with a rubber spatula in an even layer. Next, sprinkle the chilled topping in an even layer atop the filling.
5) If you are making this dish a day ahead of time or the morning of Thanksgiving, cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake. Once ready, remove the wrap and place in a 375° oven for 25-30 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes, then serve hot with a hefty scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

🥃 Come holiday season, savor the flavor of the Caribbean with Coquito - a traditional drink, made by the batch, that tas...
11/17/2022

🥃 Come holiday season, savor the flavor of the Caribbean with Coquito - a traditional drink, made by the batch, that tastes like sweet, creamy coconut kissed by cinnamon and spices. It is similar to American-style eggnog, but varies in origin of ingredients with each family’s coquito coming out slightly different. Visit and click the link in bio for the recipe!



🥘 Food, food and more food! This delicious holiday recipe was shared from chef Kyndra Decker’s cookbook, “Made with Love...
11/15/2022

🥘 Food, food and more food! This delicious holiday recipe was shared from chef Kyndra Decker’s cookbook, “Made with Love Not Gluten”. x

Grass-Fed Angus Ribeye with Cherry Bordelaise Sauce
-2 grass-fed Angus steaks (Decker prefers ribeye)
-Salt
-Pepper
-Garlic Powder
-Oil
-Butter

Cherry Bordelaise Sauce -
-1 tablespoon butter
-2 cups cherries (pitted & stemmed)
-1 shallot, sliced thinly
-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
-½ cup red wine
-2–3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
-1 tablespoon berry jam (any kind)
-1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
-1 tablespoon honey
-Salt
-Pepper

1. Let steaks rest at room temperature while you prepare the cherry sauce. In a medium saucepan, melt 1–2 tablespoons butter. Add in shallots and cook for 2–3 minutes until they are soft and just start to caramelize.
2. Add in the fresh thyme leaves, 2 cups cherries and ½ cup red wine. Reduce for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Next, add the 2–3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon berry jam, 1 tablespoon Dijon, 1 tablespoon honey. Stir until there are no more clumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and turn to low while you prepare the steaks.
3. Season one side of the steaks with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Season very well! Turn the skillet on high and let it come to temp. In a cast-iron or skillet of your choice, heat 2 tablespoons of avocado oil and about 2 tablespoons butter.
4. Once very hot, add the steaks seasoned-side down. Do not move the steaks once placed on the skillet to avoid disrupting the crusting process. Season the other side thoroughly with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook for 3 minutes. Add more butter, flip and cook for another 2–3 minutes. Tilt the pan and baste the steaks.
5. Using a meat thermometer, cook until the steaks reach 130 degrees F (medium rare). Adjust the cooking time to taste. Remove from pan and let rest for a couple minutes; begin plating. Add cherry sauce over the top and enjoy!

The holidays are almost here, and it's time to enjoy all that Lake Minnetonka has to offer to celebrate this time of yea...
11/14/2022

The holidays are almost here, and it's time to enjoy all that Lake Minnetonka has to offer to celebrate this time of year. From holiday markets and festive lights, to pop up shops and establishments to warm up with a glass of wine, baked good, or a firepit, we have you covered to help get you in the holiday spirit!

1. Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery: Start the holidays off right with wine tasting at picturesque Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery. Each tasting includes at least 5 of their award-winning wines.

2. MN Christmas Market: A favorite annual pop-up holiday market at Union Depot, MN Christmas Market showcases homegrown brands and makers where a percentage of sales goes to Santa's College Fund.

3. Minnetonka Orchard: With decorative lights, holiday hayrides, and warm hot cocoa, Minnetonka Orchard brings the holiday cheer with cheese and wine classes and photos with Santa!

4. Ninetwentyfive: Cozy up at ninetwentyfive for live music every Thursday, great wine and whiskey collection, and when the weather gets cold, dine in their outdoor igloos.

5. Tree Lightings: From a parade of lights down Lake Street to tree lightings in Chaska and Waconia, enjoy the beauty of the season with tree lightings all around town.
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Want to get a head start on your holiday shopping?! Tomorrow head to the Minnetonka Winter Market or the Hopkins Winter ...
11/11/2022

Want to get a head start on your holiday shopping?! Tomorrow head to the Minnetonka Winter Market or the Hopkins Winter Farmers Market for unique local gifts, handcrafted goods, beautiful artwork and plenty of jams, sauces, and seasonings that make great stocking stuffers for the cook or baker in the family!

Hopkins Farmer's Market starts at 9am at the Hopkins Activity Center. The Minnetonka Winter Market starts at 9am at the Minnetonka Community Center.
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🥧 Pie and Thanksgiving are synonymous, and with the holidays coming, we wanted to share some of the best recipes for you...
11/10/2022

🥧 Pie and Thanksgiving are synonymous, and with the holidays coming, we wanted to share some of the best recipes for you to try this season. Visit and click the link in bio for details!



On a trip to Guatemala 20 years ago, Sven Gustafson, founder of Stonewood: Lake Minnetonka Custom Home Builder, met the ...
11/09/2022

On a trip to Guatemala 20 years ago, Sven Gustafson, founder of Stonewood: Lake Minnetonka Custom Home Builder, met the two women who would change his life. He met his wife, Anna, and Betty Merida, a woman who runs a mission in Guatemala City. And it was through his connection with Betty that Sven was able to start a project that would change many lives: the 141 Project. We share the incredible story of how Sven is helping families one home at a time. Read the full story here: https://citylifestyle.com/minneapolis-mn/articles/home-and-design/the-gift-of-home
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🍂 Fall is in the air! We love these amazing nature shots taken by photographer, Anna Petrow.    x
11/08/2022

🍂 Fall is in the air! We love these amazing nature shots taken by photographer, Anna Petrow.

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Since 1930, The Canopy Group has been actively giving back to our communities. Thank you to Lake Minnetonka Lifestyle for recognizing our continued efforts. https://bit.ly/3yX14wC
Check out today's blog featuring Outdoor Sauna Enthusiasts on Lake Minnetonka: https://bit.ly/39TDuqe

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Look who's on the cover of Lake Minnetonka Lifestyle™ magazine!!

Seamlessly blending updates with existing rich millwork and flooring throughout the home for a classic and timeless design, the featured kitchen remodel is a quintessential example of our passion for creating truly unique spaces. We are beyond thrilled and honored for the opportunity to showcase our work, but for us, the true reward comes from seeing the homeowners' reactions. ❤️ As quoted in the article, "The best moments for us are when we see that our clients are thrilled."

To learn more about the project, our clients, and us, check out the full article at https://bit.ly/3hz1r6Q

And last, but certainly not least, a shoutout to our talented partners on this project. Their expertise and valued partnership are such an important part of what we do!

Photography: EmilyJohnPhotography
Cabinetry: Plato Woodwork, Inc.
Appliances: ALL, Inc.
Tile: Touchdown Tile LLC

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ADŌR Homes was lucky enough to be featured in Lake Minnetonka Lifestyle where we shared our thoughts on past, current and future building trends!

Give it a read 📲 https://citylifestyle.com/lakeminnetonka/issues/2021-10
To our friends at Lake Minnetonka Lifestyle Magazine, "Thank You" for shining a light on our team and the quiet work they put into making such a big a difference! We're passionate about the care of our clients and our community!
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Wow, thank you Lake Minnetonka Lifestyle for the cover story on Wai Nani in your July Edition. Founded by Holly Sandeen Evans and now in our 11th season wander the waters and trails out west.

https://citylifestyle.com/minneapolis-mn/articles/sports-and-recreation/beautiful-waters

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is this SUNDAY! Get to know our limited edition bark trio below, and stop in to the shop to get your hands on some today — we can’t wait for you to try!!

🍊ORANGE CREME POP🧡 Rich Belgian white chocolate + crispy rice + candied orange pieces
🍒BLACK FOREST🍫 64% dark Belgian chocolate swirled with sour cherry and topped with sweet cacao nibs + chewy dried cherry
🥜ELVIS🍌 Creamy milk chocolate swirled with marshmallow fluff and topped with chopped peanuts + banana pieces + a hint of sea salt

(📸: EmilyJohnPhotography for Lake Minnetonka Lifestyle Magazine)
Take a look at the Lake Minnetonka Lifestyle feature on Panoway.

“I think [the Panoway Project] tells other communities that people really want to do their part to make the lake and the lakeshore a more vital place where people and nature can coexist, and that Wayzata has proven that with foresight and dedication and community involvement that they can make that happen,” explains Kim Chapman - Applied Ecological.




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