Five Ways to Savor Summer With Colleagues

Five Ways to Savor Summer With Colleagues

From vineyards to boat rides, you'll want to clear your agenda for these summer outings.

On the Links

Wage friendly competition on the 18-hole mini-golf course at Como Park, followed by a round of refreshing Como Libre cocktails and chicken tinga nachos at the Spring Café at the Como Lake Pavilion.;

Down in the Valley

Wend your way down the Mississippi River to Maiden Rock, home of Vino in the Valley, an enchanting outdoor supper club-style experience complete with vino, brick-oven pizza, and pasta, plus show tunes belted out by owner/host Larry Brenner.

On the Big Water

Cruise the bays of Lake Minnetonka on Excelsior’s Lady of the Lake, a historic triple-decker paddlewheel boat; then stroll up Water Street to the Excelsior Brewing Co. for pints of XLCR (get it?) American pale ale.;

In the Vineyard

Convene at Parley Lake Winery in Waconia for a tour of the vineyards and a wine tasting in the historic 1885 barn. Then head over to the Noble Lion in Victoria for perfectly on-point steak au poivre, Belgian frites, and other specialties.;

On the River

Step aboard a spacious pontoon in Stillwater and spend a memorable afternoon on the St. Croix before repairing to the glamorous bar at Pearl and the Thief for Southern-style Sazeracs and oyster shooters.;