Community Event This Weekend: Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon

Looking for something to do this weekend?  What about run 13.1 miles along the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka?  Too long for your liking? There is also a relay run and a kids run to meet every runner and non runner’s needs!  The Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon is not to be missed! This race is one of the premier half marathons in the state of Minnesota. I ran it last year and will be running it again this year. I think one of the greatest aspects of the race, besides it being on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, is the wide variety of runners. There are the very serious and fast runners all the way down to the walkers so it's very easy to step into the race and not feel out of place. There are

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Ice Melt Theory


If you’re anything like me, a couple nice days like we just had and I’m all in for summer.  Snow is gone, the sun feels lovely and warm, and the grass is trying to turn green so my brain is heading to one spot only. My brain is saying: Do not pass go, do not collect $200- head straight to summer and skip everything else.  I’m ready to break out the flip flops, patio furniture, lazy afternoons on the boat and grilling every single night. Except, there is one nagging thing that the sun and warm temps don’t seem to be taking care of quick enough- the ice on the lake.


A big part of our summer hinges on that lake melting.  And I, foolishly, was expecting the ice to

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When the Weather Gives You Lemons….

As we are still digging ourselves out of the 15 inches of snow from this past weekend, I find myself thinking of that old adage “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  Except, we are adults and we don’t need to be drinking lemonade. You know what we need to be drinking? Champagne. It’s bubbly, delicious, and helps me forget that this winter won’t end.  So, my new motto is “when the weather gives you lemons in the form of the snowiest April on record and snow that doesn’t seem to be melting fast enough- drink champagne.” Pretty catchy, right?

I want to introduce you to one of my favorite champagnes.  You may be wondering what this has to do with real estate or why you’re finding it on a real

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Cold dawn

Spring… where art thou?

As I looked out my window today, I saw four snowmobiles zoom by on the frozen lake, two ice fishermen drive their ATVs by and snowflakes gently falling from the sky.  Normally, I’d be happy to see this scene. People enjoying the outdoors, a fresh blanket of snow to cover all the brown grass, and the quiet peace that always comes with fresh snow.  Except there is one problem…. It's APRIL!

You know what I want to see in April?  No snow, buds on the trees, an open lake, and the warmth of the sun on your face as you're sitting on your patio still mosquito free!  Well… that’s not this year. It feels like we are in perpetual winter here. I keep on asking myself- will it ever end?

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Community Spotlight: McCormick’s Pub & Restaurant

This week, we are highlighting McCormick’s Pub & Restaurant in downtown Wayzata.  This is a family favorite of ours and is a go-to restaurant year round for us.

Owners Tim McCormick and Michael Simpson wanted to create a unique dining experience with ties to their ancestral connections to Ireland including the Irish tradition of warm hospitality.  And they succeded with a cozy Irish pub and an adjoining fancier dining room. This is nice because you can make it an everyday casual spot and sit on the Pub side or if you’re looking for a fancier dinner out, you can sit on the dining room side and not feel out of place dressed up for a night out.  McCormick’s location couldn’t be

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Sophia’s Law


In October of 2015, an Edina family lost their seven year old daughter, Sophia, to carbon monoxide poisoning.  It was one of those beautiful October days, warm and sunny, and the family decided to take their boat out for one of the last rides of the season.  Unknown to them, an animal had chewed through one of the exhaust pipes and the enclosed cabin on their boat was slowly filling up with carbon monoxide.  Their daughter was in the cabin of the boat and was exposed to the unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. Sophia was found unresponsive and was taken to HCMC where she ultimately died of carbon monoxide poisoning. More information on the incident can be found here.

Sophia’s parents sprung into action to save other

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Thinking of selling this Spring?  Surprisingly, a little bit of elbow grease and thoughtful preparation can dramatically increase interest in your home and help get top dollar. Technically your home’s first showing is online so everything you can do to primp and prep your home for pictures is a plus. Think of it a little bit by like internet dating- you want your home to stand out in the ocean of  listings and inspire buyers to engage with you based on what they are seeing online.  Here are some very basic helpful tips to guide you.


Early Bird Gets the Worm
Get your home prepared and listed before everyone else! Inventory is incredibly low during the end of winter and early spring so why compete against all the new spring listings when you

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What’s more “Bold North” then golfing on a frozen lake in the middle of winter? Thousands of golfers come out to celebrate our “chilly” season with an entire weekend packed with truly Minnesotan activities. In its 34th year, the Chilly Open has been raising money for the Chamber of Commerce and supporting many initiative for the organization. You can go to www.wayzatachamber.com to see what the Chamber has supported and contributed to over the years. This year’s theme, in celebration of the Super Bowl, is Minnesota Made.  
Schedule of Wayzata Chilly Open
Cinema & Skates February 9th 6 PM - 9 PM FREE non ticketed event Ice skating, featured movie on the big screen in the heated 19th hole tent (6 Smith Parking Lot), hot cocoa and…
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