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Guidebook for Mound

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Guidebook for Mound

Food Scene
Good farm to table place, who's menu changes with the seasons. It is in a renovated train depot, with some cool bike accents (it is on the bike trail). We recommend brunch or dinner. Walking distance from the cabin. Pricing is very reasonable and they have a nice selection of local beers. They close early on Sundays.
Dakota Junction
2281 Commerce Boulevard
Good farm to table place, who's menu changes with the seasons. It is in a renovated train depot, with some cool bike accents (it is on the bike trail). We recommend brunch or dinner. Walking distance from the cabin. Pricing is very reasonable and they have a nice selection of local beers. They close early on Sundays.
Huge scoops of ice cream, good selection. The Lost Lake Creamery backs up to a nice open park, so you can run off the dessert!
Lost Lake Creamery
5575 Shoreline Dr
Huge scoops of ice cream, good selection. The Lost Lake Creamery backs up to a nice open park, so you can run off the dessert!
Super regional coffee chain owned by the good folks at Pete's coffee (which have improved the joe). Good for that morning fix.
Caribou Coffee
5401 Shoreline Dr
Super regional coffee chain owned by the good folks at Pete's coffee (which have improved the joe). Good for that morning fix.
It's an upscale dive bar with great food (consider the category) and live blues music. Great tap selection, try the Dirty Pork Stew, great stuff. Brunch is good, but lunch is better. It's a drive or a bike sort of trip, ~2 miles from the cabin.
8
locals recommend
The Narrows Saloon
3380 Shoreline Drive
8
locals recommend
It's an upscale dive bar with great food (consider the category) and live blues music. Great tap selection, try the Dirty Pork Stew, great stuff. Brunch is good, but lunch is better. It's a drive or a bike sort of trip, ~2 miles from the cabin.
Did you grow up in the 1950's? Neither did I but this place oozes it. Thursdays are classic car night, when they tend to get ~50 of those lovely machines. This is a burger and malt sort of place. Real good burgers (try the California Burger) and real good malts. Not for the calorie counters. About a mile away from the cabin, right on the bike trail.
Minnetonka Drive In
4658 Shoreline Dr
Did you grow up in the 1950's? Neither did I but this place oozes it. Thursdays are classic car night, when they tend to get ~50 of those lovely machines. This is a burger and malt sort of place. Real good burgers (try the California Burger) and real good malts. Not for the calorie counters. About a mile away from the cabin, right on the bike trail.
Do you like to people watch? If so this is the place. Large complex on the lake. Beer selection is marginal, food is marginal (except the walleye sandwich, that is lovely), but this is the west Minnetonka scene! Great selection of boats rolling through, good dock seating for working on that tan and the kids can feed the exceptionally large carp that hang out near the slips their extra fries. Fun for sure if you're in the mood for some lakeside adventure.
14
locals recommend
Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge
3746 Sunset Drive
14
locals recommend
Do you like to people watch? If so this is the place. Large complex on the lake. Beer selection is marginal, food is marginal (except the walleye sandwich, that is lovely), but this is the west Minnetonka scene! Great selection of boats rolling through, good dock seating for working on that tan and the kids can feed the exceptionally large carp that hang out near the slips their extra fries. Fun for sure if you're in the mood for some lakeside adventure.
Solid ribs joint. Beer selection is forgettable, take out highly recommended as the service is not good. Also have homemade pies, which is odd, but small town nice.
Tonka Grill & BBQ
4016 Shoreline Dr
Solid ribs joint. Beer selection is forgettable, take out highly recommended as the service is not good. Also have homemade pies, which is odd, but small town nice.
Drinks & Nightlife
If you need a sports fix, they probably have it. Tends to be a younger crowd. Nice patio outside with fire pits. Good selection of craft beers. Pizza is eh, calzones are much better.
Carbone's Pizzeria Bar & Grill
2155 Commerce Blvd
If you need a sports fix, they probably have it. Tends to be a younger crowd. Nice patio outside with fire pits. Good selection of craft beers. Pizza is eh, calzones are much better.
This is a straight up, old school American Legion. Like, the members built it by hand Legion (and added an addition). Cheap drinks, pull tabs (it is a type of charitable gambling, sort of like slot machines, but cardboard and manual) and Pat, an awesome barkeep. If you ask nicely, he will let you plug in your iPad/Phone, etc to play better music than the jukebox. Great for people watching and a friendly crowd.
American Legion
2333 Wilshire Blvd
This is a straight up, old school American Legion. Like, the members built it by hand Legion (and added an addition). Cheap drinks, pull tabs (it is a type of charitable gambling, sort of like slot machines, but cardboard and manual) and Pat, an awesome barkeep. If you ask nicely, he will let you plug in your iPad/Phone, etc to play better music than the jukebox. Great for people watching and a friendly crowd.
Entertainment & Activities
You are on a lake. If you are from out of town, you may not have brought your boat with you. No problem. Rockvam rents these sorts of things. You can tie it up to our dock.
Rockvam Boat Yards Inc
4068 Sunset Drive
You are on a lake. If you are from out of town, you may not have brought your boat with you. No problem. Rockvam rents these sorts of things. You can tie it up to our dock.
If you want to paddle board this is the closest place to pick one up. Our bay is pretty calm, so it is a good spot if you are into paddle boarding. They have other rentals and an on-water gas station if you need fuel.
Metro Lakes Marina & Rentals LLC.
4850 Edgewater Dr
If you want to paddle board this is the closest place to pick one up. Our bay is pretty calm, so it is a good spot if you are into paddle boarding. They have other rentals and an on-water gas station if you need fuel.
Everything Else
If you brought a boat, this is the easiest place to launch it! There is also a nice sandy beach, open space for soccer/frisbee/etc and playground equipment for the kids.
Surfside Park
If you brought a boat, this is the easiest place to launch it! There is also a nice sandy beach, open space for soccer/frisbee/etc and playground equipment for the kids.
Parks & Nature
It is a nice sandy beach that is roped off and there is a fishing pier there as well. I personally think the fishing is better off of our dock. Carbone's will deliver to the beach!
Centerview Lane
It is a nice sandy beach that is roped off and there is a fishing pier there as well. I personally think the fishing is better off of our dock. Carbone's will deliver to the beach!
Big Island is a pretty neat place. On the NW side, it is a party. On the SE side, it is a family friendly place with hiking trails and the remnants of an old amusement park. The south island has several cabins (and a couple on the north island), with a cool channel in between.
Big Island Regional Park - Allen Wildlife Refuge
740 Big Island
Big Island is a pretty neat place. On the NW side, it is a party. On the SE side, it is a family friendly place with hiking trails and the remnants of an old amusement park. The south island has several cabins (and a couple on the north island), with a cool channel in between.
This is one of the coolest spots on the lake, an island just SW of Big Island that has ~6 structures on it, privately owned in the middle of the Lower Lake.
Gale Island
This is one of the coolest spots on the lake, an island just SW of Big Island that has ~6 structures on it, privately owned in the middle of the Lower Lake.
The west side of Lake Minnetonka is the quieter side. Wauwatosa island or "boy scout island" as we call it, is in the middle of the upper south lake and a great place to anchor, enjoy the sun and swim. There is a rope swing on the south side of the island that gets put up everyday (and taken down by the DNR every night) and then put up again! We have never been on the island, but hear it is a good place to hike.
Wawatosa Island
The west side of Lake Minnetonka is the quieter side. Wauwatosa island or "boy scout island" as we call it, is in the middle of the upper south lake and a great place to anchor, enjoy the sun and swim. There is a rope swing on the south side of the island that gets put up everyday (and taken down by the DNR every night) and then put up again! We have never been on the island, but hear it is a good place to hike.
Great place to anchor the boat. The NE side of this bay is a camp, so there is little development and it feels like you are up in the Northwoods, but without the ice cold water.
North Arm
Great place to anchor the boat. The NE side of this bay is a camp, so there is little development and it feels like you are up in the Northwoods, but without the ice cold water.
Essentials
Best option for wine, spirits and beer in the local area. Prices are ok, not great, but the craft beer selection is quite good.
Harbor Wine & Spirits
2135 Commerce Blvd
Best option for wine, spirits and beer in the local area. Prices are ok, not great, but the craft beer selection is quite good.
Mound is a small town and this is a small town grocery store. In other words, if you are looking for a relatively obscure ingredient I would recommend going elsewhere. If you are looking for essentials, such as milk, eggs, etc, this is fine and close by.
Jubilee Foods
2131 Commerce Blvd
Mound is a small town and this is a small town grocery store. In other words, if you are looking for a relatively obscure ingredient I would recommend going elsewhere. If you are looking for essentials, such as milk, eggs, etc, this is fine and close by.
The best option for groceries on the west side of the lake. Prices are higher than Jubilee, but the selection (particularly meat and seafood) are much better. Need that odd thing to make the recipe sing? This is the place.
Lunds & Byerlys Navarre
3333 Shoreline Dr
The best option for groceries on the west side of the lake. Prices are higher than Jubilee, but the selection (particularly meat and seafood) are much better. Need that odd thing to make the recipe sing? This is the place.
Got bait? This is a good place to stop for it. Suckers, minnows, crawfish, wax worms, leeches, nightcrawlers, they have it all. Also have rods, reels and assorted fishing gear. Right by the Lunds grocery store.
DH Custom Rods & Tackle South
3467 Shoreline Dr
Got bait? This is a good place to stop for it. Suckers, minnows, crawfish, wax worms, leeches, nightcrawlers, they have it all. Also have rods, reels and assorted fishing gear. Right by the Lunds grocery store.