Welcome to Orono
A tranquil place that blends contemporary life with verdant outdoor spaces
Orono is a traditional lakeside neighborhood located west of Minneapolis and Wayzata. This quiet town is conveniently close to the sought-after amenities of larger cities, making it a popular destination for families and professionals. This mature community offers a small-town feel and is an excellent spot for those who enjoy outdoor recreation and wish to live in private homes located along peaceful, well-established residential neighborhoods. Its top-rated schools, large, spacious lots, averaging 2.5 acres, and low-key atmosphere, make it a great place to settle down and raise a family. Orono is home to numerous neighborhoods, each boasting its own unique charm and character. Single-family homes, upscale residences, and private lots are all available, making it easy to find a home or piece of land that suits the needs of every homebuyer.
What to Love
- Small town feel with big city amenities
- Located on the northern border of Lake Minnetonka
- Proximity to bustling metropolitan cities like Minneapolis
- Zoned inside the top-performing Orono School District
- Close to downtown Wayzata
Residents of Orono are ecstatic about living in one of Minnesota’s most beautiful areas. Locals are given abundant opportunities to explore nature and its surroundings while maintaining close proximity to bustling dining and shopping destinations, including those of Wayzata and Minneapolis.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Orono has plenty of choices when it comes to finding unique restaurants serving flavorful fare. Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge
is a very popular option located right on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Whether arriving by boat, or by land, this spacious locale houses two venues: an upscale steakhouse and a casual, relaxed eatery. Both feature fresh, seasonal meals created with only the best ingredients.
A new addition to lake dining is The Lake Room
in nearby Wayzata. This lakefront restaurant features upscale dining like no other. With a delightful ambiance and delectable cuisine, this restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic date night or celebrate a special occasion. While there, be sure to pair your meal with a glass of vino from the establishment’s expertly selected wine list.
Another great selection for lakefront dining is Birch’s on the Lake Brewhouse and Supperclub
. This expansive venue, located on the shores of Long Lake, features a wonderful range of ale paired perfectly with a vast selection of delicious entrees.
Enjoy casual dining and dishes inspired by classic Asian entrees at Asian Bistro
. Here you’ll enjoy high-quality wok entrees custom-made for you. With its live music, craft beers, and the best happy hour in the area, The Narrows Saloon
is the premier spot to eat, drink, and socialize, near Orono.
An outdoor lifestyle means staying healthy, and FiTonka Nutrition
takes that to the next level. With healthy custom-made teas and shakes to fuel your day-to-day activities, FiTonka is an ideal way to start the week off right.
Things to Do
Orono boasts a variety of ways for residents to explore the natural world and enjoy their community’s scenic environment. Perhaps one of the most popular trails in the area, the Luce Line Regional Trail
is over 60 miles long and provides a wide array of recreational activities, from walking and hiking, to horseback riding and even skiing and snowmobiling. Another beloved local trail is the Dakota Rail Regional Trail
, a walking path stretching over 25 miles through various towns and filled with beautiful views of Lake Minnetonka.
Locals embrace nature in quiet contemplation at Noerenberg Memorial Gardens
, a formal garden sanctuary on the shores of Crystal Bay. Seasonal foliage covers its luscious green ground, making it a great spot to relax or host an important event.
During the summer, locals cool down at Friends of Summit Beach Park
for a fun day of swimming, canoeing, and picnicking. With mature trees and plenty of shade covering the area, the park makes for a lovely day filled with picnics, reading books, and more.
The Orono Public Golf Course
is located near the northern shores of Lake Minnetonka and is an ideal place for any level of golfer to enjoy a round with like-minded individuals. This 9-hole course is open during warmer months for golfing. In the winter, the area becomes a hub for holiday festivities, including sledding, a tree-lighting ceremony, and chances to meet Santa.
Orono Public Schools
serve the community of Orono. Esteemed schools include: