Photo courtesy The Anchor Coffee House
As the winner of the Best MN Town, White Bear Lake, located just north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, is known for its lakeside location, history, charming downtown, and community feel. Experience this for yourself by visiting these five places in White Bear Lake.
Known for its coal-fired and Chicago deep-dish pizza, locals and visitors swear by Pizzeria Pezzo which opened in 2015. Pick from small plates (coal fired artichoke dip? Yes, please!), salads (my coworker swears by the Sicilian with toasted pine nuts, parmesan, prosciutto, and a sweet mustard basil vinaigrette), and of course, the selection of mouthwatering pizzas. Sit on the patio in the summer or snag a seat by the bar, and don’t forget to order a glass of wine while you’re at it (stop in on Wednesday for half-off bottles of wine).
The Anchor Coffee House
A true hidden gem, The Anchor Coffee House in downtown White Bear Lake serves up beautifully crafted espresso beverages, simple cups of hot coffee, and baked goods that will make your day go from good to even better. Take your coffee to go (did you know you can get growlers of their nitro cold brew, too?) or pick a cozy corner to visit with friends or read your favorite book.
Pine Tree Apple Orchard
It may no longer be apple orchard season but Pine Tree Apple Orchard’s homemade pies and other apple products in its salesroom make for the perfect holiday contribution or housewarming gift. (Make sure to check for seasonal hours on the website before visiting!)
The Farmer’s Daughter
The Farmer’s Daughter is a go-to spot in White Bear Lake for handmade gifts and décor for every season (but Christmas is a great time visit!). Make sure to stop by the food section for samples of dips, jellies, and even a few beverages, and take your time browsing through the handcrafted items made by local and national artisans—you’re sure to find something you love for your home or for a loved one.
Acqua Restaurant & Bar
Perfect for a date night and beautiful located on the western shore of White Bear Lake, Acqua Restaurant & Bar offers an upscale dining experience with an Italian-driven menu akin to anything you could expect from downtown Minneapolis, but with a lakeside view.