Among locals, Forest Lake's nickname is "As good as it sounds," and that says a lot, considering that Forest Lake sits along one of the 100 largest -- and most beautiful -- lakes in Minnesota. With a population of 19,132, this former timber town has cold winters, but beautiful summers in the low 80s. The birthplace of Log Cabin Syrup, Forest Lake is also a haven for winter sports enthusiasts; and in 2013, 18 world records were broken here in snowmobiling.
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Walk on the wild side! Forest Lake is home to the Wildlife Science Center, which has the largest population of captive wolves in the U.S. Another wildlife habitat is the Lampre Pass Wildlife Management Area, located just two miles from downtown.
Scenic dining rooms! With its magnificent vistas, Forest Lake is a great place for an outdoor meal. Check out the elegant lobster mac and cheese at Acqua Restaurant, which was included in OpenTables Top 100 list of scenic view restaurants in 2013. There's also Vannelli's By the Lake, a lakefront restaurant serving classic Italian cuisine.
Fantastic parks! Lakeside Park, a locals' favorite, has a beach, three picnic areas, lovely lake trails and an access ramp for boaters. Another favorite is nearby Beltz Park, which has an outdoor skating rink and courts for tennis, basketball and sand volleyball.
Rising home values! Home values in Forest Lake have risen by 9.3 percent this past year, with median house sale prices at around $243,435, which is surprisingly affordable for a lake resort town. The elegant South Shore Drive area has houses for sale at a wide variety of prices, with listings from under $150,000 to more than $600,000. Likewise, the North Shore Drive area has a number of lovely late-century and contemporary homes at prices listed from around $229,000 up to $483,900.
Affordable rentals! Looking for rent to own properties or monthly rentals? Forest Lake has a good selection of affordable rental houses. Check out the neighborhood around 7th Street, where spacious three-bedrooms can list for under $1,300. If you prefer townhouse living, check out the area around 207th Street, where elegant townhouses list for less than $1,200.
Eclectic shopping! Forest Lake isn't just for outdoor recreation; it's also a great place for a bit of indoor recreation in the way of shopping. For one-of-a-kind items, check out 7th Avenue Antique Mall, which offers a wide range of dealers selling vintage collectibles. For unique gifts and toiletries, be sure to visit Poplar Hill Dairy Goat Farm, which specializes in goat milk soap.
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