Lake Minnetonka, the behemoth lake of affluence, wealth, and status found in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, is comprised of 125 miles of shoreline, making it one of the biggest lakes in the state. It’s also home to some insanely huge and beautiful mansions, picturesque gardens, bays, and inlets, and even a Lake Minnetonka Museum in Excelsior. And along the southeast shoreline found in the small communities of Deephaven and Woodland, there are two massive stone arches, which date back to the early 1900′s, when Lake Minnetonka was home to luxurious “estates” of the wealthy upper class.
Tucked away on a triangular corner just south of the skyscrapers and high-rises of downtown Minneapolis is the iconic landmark, the Band Box Diner. Rich with history and Art Deco flair, this quaint little dining car is as nostalgic as it is emblematic, similar to its unofficial counterpart Mickey’s Dining Car over in the Twin City of St. Paul. It’s a classic local haunt, one that harkens back a simper era of mom-and-pop diners and American muscle cars.
Not long ago I wrote about 5 Minnesota Towns You’re Pronouncing Wrong. That article really seemed to have made the rounds because it received a lot of comments from readers mentioning other towns in Minnesota often pronounced wrong. So naturally, a follow-up was in order. This week, we break down 5 more towns that tourists and out-of-towners are likely pronouncing wrong. Enjoy!
Minnesota is a state with some great museums. There are state-of-the-art ones like the highly-touted Minneapolis Institute of Art; the Weisman Art Museum; and the Minnesota History Museum. Then there are the quirky ones, such as the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, Ed’s Museum in Wykoff, the SPAM Museum, and even a Museum of Questionable Medical Devices. And like many great off-the-beaten-path attractions, the Minnesota Military Museum seems to fly under the radar. It’s another hidden gem, right in the middle of Minnesota. Literally.
One of the last remaining craftsmen to keep this tradition alive, Ray Boessel Jr. makes birch-bark canoes in the same fashion that the voyaguers, settlers, fur-traders and Natives made hundreds of years ago. He does this in a barn at Hafeman Boat Works near the Big Fork River just outside of Bigfork, MN. And it’s amazing.