If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, consider biking along one of the many trails in Victoria, MN. My husband and I started our trek near the Charlson Thun Community Bandstand and took the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail that ends in Hopkins more than 15 miles away.
As this was my first bike ride of the summer, I wasn’t up to going all the way to Hopkins, so we did some local cruising around Carver Park Reserve and stopped at the Stieger Lake Access area to enjoy the view. Folks were fishing off the pier and some creative fishermen even ordered a pizza delivered to the boat access parking lot nearby. Roulette’s accommodated their parking lot delivery so they didn’t have to leave their fishing spot just for dinner!
Seeing pizza made me hungry so we explored a few different trails before heading back to Victoria for our own meal at the School of the Wise.
We arrived during Happy Hour (3 – 6 pm) when you can enjoy $2 off the pizza and platters, and $1 off beer, wine and cocktails. I opted for the Margherita Flatbread, a perfect summer ensemble of fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes with a roasted garlic-oil base. It was finished with a heavenly balsamic reduction that added just the right flavor contrast and visual appeal.
While the flatbread would have been enough, I didn’t want to leave without having my favorite indulgence – the Berry Pot Pie. I’ve scheduled meetings here before just to enjoy this particular dessert – baked chocolate custard with a dark cookie crust topped with strawberries and whipped cream – the ultimate finish to a great day.
Full and happy, but not quite ready to go home, however, we headed back to the bandstand to listen to the “Tuxedo Band” playing live music, sponsored by the Victoria Library. We found a spot to sit and enjoyed a variety of musical selections from the Beatles to Elvis to Johnnie Cash and the Rolling Stones before heading home.
A memorable day, scenic views, delicious food and fun music at a beautiful venue ─ who could ask for more? And all available just a short drive from home!
PS: If you are on a family outing, consider stopping at The Social Ice Cream Parlor for a classic cone, sundae, malt or shake – a refreshing reward after biking or a long hike on the local trails (The Social also serves hot dogs and nachos if you want to make it a meal).