With a passion for boating the waters of Lake Minnetoka to take in views of the region's natural beauty and lush green landscapes, Wayzata Bay Charters' owners charter their 60-foot lake cruiser to make the experience accessible to all. The owners decked out their two-level cruiser—which can host up to 60 people—with a full bar, two satellite TVs, satellite radio, a 2,000-watt sound system, and enough helium balloons to keep both the boat and the party afloat. Believing a jaunt on the lake makes for an ideal event whatever the occasion, they've designed packages specifically for weddings and bachelorette parties, and they still offer public cruises to assure everyone has a chance to take to the water.
The certified technicians at Victory Auto Service & Glass dish out oil changes and winter auto checkups with award-winning ethics and a reputation for excellent hospitality. As customers watch from cozy waiting areas, car bellies are drained of old oil and stale Mellow Yellow seeping through dashboard heating vents. Then, 5 quarts of standard motor oil quenches parched engines (synthetic oil is available at an extra cost). Meanwhile, the hazards of winter roads get minimized with the 50-point Peace of Mind inspection. In about 20 minutes, important vehicle vitals are checked, including exhaust systems, tire pressure, and dashboard lights. Inspections comb most major automotive functions—including break lines, shocks, and all fluids—determining each element as passing, in need of future attention, in need of immediate attention, or in need of a hug. Victory Auto Service & Glass covers all of its new parts and labor with a two-year, 24,000-mile warranty.
This Motor Trend Certified car dealership operates under the auspices of friendly salespeople and expert mechanics. Selling new and used vehicles from Ford and Lincoln, the auto stop also ensures motors run properly and paint jobs gleam by enlisting a certified service department and body shop to fix and maintain rides. Apple's mechanics perform services of all kinds, from routine oil changes to more extensive collision repair to filling glove compartments with properly folded maps.
Recipient of the American Public Transit Association's Gold Award for Safety in 2011, SouthWest Transit whisks passengers to their destinations Monday–Friday. Aboard one of the fleet's 60 black and copper buses, riders can relax peacefully while cutting down on greenhouse-gas emissions and loud honks at rude construction cones. Three Park and Ride lots—including lots in Chaska, Chanhassen, and Eden Prairie—allow commuters to drop cars off securely and ride the rest of the way. A handy online Trip Planner helps with finding the ideal itinerary for traveling to work, school, or the library's hidden underground movie theater, though all available routes can be found on SouthWest Transit's schedule.