Welcome to Minnetonka Beach
A historic lakeside community nestled on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.
The Village of Minnetonka Beach is a private, walkable community with less than 1,000 residents. Lake Minnetonka is one of the smallest integrated cities in Minnesota and features a schoolhouse built in 1909 that serves as City Hall and Post Office today. This 296-acre boot-shaped peninsula on Lake Minnetonka is primarily residential, except for a few businesses like the Lafayette Club and St. Martin’s Church. Since the city is surrounded on three sides by the lake, most residents have private or public lake access, which is perfect for those who enjoy lake life. The city has an intimate atmosphere and maintains open spaces and parklands for residents.
The city is relatively small, more of an enclave than a neighborhood, with roughly 250 residences ranging from pre-war homes to newer, custom-built houses. The blending of charming cottages and grand family homes gives the area a classic New England feeling.
What to Love
The Lafayette Club
An exclusive community
Residents of Minnetonka Beach love the feeling of living in the “village.” This luxurious town offers gorgeous scenery, open spaces and parkland, sandy swimming stretches, and the Lafayette Club. The Club is a reminder of the area’s earlier resort years, and the golf course and clubhouse offer stunning views of Crystal Bay.
Lake Minnetonka serves as Minnesota’s version of the Hamptons, with an abundance of exclusive communities, high-end restaurants, bars, and designer boutiques. Minnetonka Beach is just one of many communities that have come together to create a stunning area that is highly desired.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Minnetonka Beach is primarily residential, with the only businesses in the community being the Lafayette Club and St. Martin’s Church. The Lafayette Club
is a century-old club located on the shores of Lake Minnetonka that offers a prestigious community for members. They offer members the choice of enjoying the private dining room, the 1882 Bar, and even poolside dining. The club also provides various special events throughout the year, like lakeside barbecues, date nights, seafood boils, and more.
Residents of Minnetonka Beach can head north or south along the lake toward nearby communities for a vast selection of high-end shopping and dining.
A short drive west takes you to Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge
. This has been a local favorite since 1968 and offers a lovely place to take in the amazing views of Lake Minnetonka. It features indoor and outdoor dining, including boat slips for those needing a break from the lake. Their chef-driven menu features items like Culver Farm’s duck breast, blackened scallops, and Paella.
North in Wayzata, you’ll find 6Smith
. This seafood restaurant sits along Lake Minnetonka and offers patrons stunning views. It features an artisan-inspired menu that is bold, fresh, and modern. Those looking for quality fine dining with exceptional service will find this is the perfect spot.
in Minnetonka is another excellent fine dining option, especially if you’re a fan of Italian. Their menu celebrates fresh food and takes influence from Italy and the Mediterranean. Everything is locally sourced when possible and offers a balance of traditional favorites and seasonal items.
Just south across Lower Lake is the town of Excelsior, whose many fine qualities include several top-tier restaurants. Try Red Sauce Rebellion
for Italian in a casual atmosphere or Coalition Restaurant
for New American favorites in a swanky setting.
Things to Do
Residents in Minnetonka Beach will find great things to do, whether enjoying life on the lake, celebrating at one of the many community events, or enjoying ample outdoor recreation. The Lafayette Club
is a coveted local spot that offers its members an assortment of amenities and features. There’s a 1925 Spanish-style clubhouse that offers fine and casual dining spots, fitness centers, and a members’ lounge. A nine-hole golf course offers gorgeous lake views, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, boat docks, and more. Special events are held throughout the year for members, including family nights, a Halloween party, and a fireworks display at the end of summer.
The Dakota Rail Trail
is a paved trail that offers stunning views of the lake and runs roughly 28 miles. Half Moon Park
is the perfect spot for a day with the family. It is one of the community's open spaces and provides the village with a gathering spot and playground.
is another lovely outdoor space for residents to enjoy. The nature park features more than 150 acres along Purgatory Creek and offers paved trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, and more.
Residents of Minnetonka Beach attend the Orono Public School District
, which has an elementary, intermediate, middle, and high school. Students may attend: