Just 30 minutes West from downtown Minneapolis, Victoria is an easy drive. This sweet town is filled with scenic views and great restaurant options. Read on to learn how to best spend one day in Victoria.
A Cute Town Rich in History
A few weeks ago, my husband and I drove to Victoria for a Sunday afternoon.Named after the St. Victoria Church, which was built in 1857, this quaint little town has a lot to offer.
Parking is a Breeze
There are parking lots for customers going in to the shops. And there is plenty of free street parking. We parked right in the center of town without any problem.
Victoria is adjacent to Steiger Lake and the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail. The trail is a paved path that stretches for 15 miles beginning at the Carver Park Reserve in Waconia and running straight through to Hopkins.
Shops, Boutiques and Cute Sitting Areas
There are so many cute stores that run along the downtown area. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 everything was closed when we visited, but we did some window shopping. There are women’s clothing stores, boutiques, a florist and an antique shop.
There is also this great big seating area, pictured below. I imagine there must be special events and concerts in the park, and when we were there people were relaxing, eating and just enjoying the sunshine.
Grab Takeout for a Picnic, or Stop by the Brewery
There are tons of options for food and drink! We grabbed take out at School of the Wise. We prepaid with a credit card online. And when we arrived, our food was all set outside along with a big bottle of hand sanitizer and dog treats. We brought the food back home to eat. We each had a sandwich and shared a side caesar salad and a pretzel appetizer with cheese sauce. It was delicious!
Victoria is a Great Town
Victoria is a super cute, clean-upscale town just outside Minneapolis. We hope to come back and bike along the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail so we can see more than we were able to see on foot.