With a population of 20 people, Marty is located about an hour northwest of the Twin Cities. The town boasts a church, a school, a town ball field and Pearl Lake Lodge.
Pearl Lake Lodge originally opened in the 1920s. The back patio was finished in 2018.
Owner Tom “Rudy” Ruether’s personality is definitely visible on the patio, which has an array of items. To get to the patio, you will go through the “wow door,” because as Rudy tells me, once you walk through it, all you’ll want to say is “wow”.
You can take a photo on a bronzed motorcycle. There’s also an Elvis statue and a British telephone booth.
There’s a story behind why the stoplight is upside down (I won’t ruin it for you, go ahead and ask when you’re there).
Rudy says that all of his great ideas are stolen from other places.
The patio seats 180 people (there’s also a patio out front which seats about 50).
The patio has a music stage, with tunes every Sunday, along with Wednesdays and most Saturdays.
Pearl Lake Lodge, an Irish pub, is home to one heck of a St. Patrick’s celebration and parade.
The festivities draw 8,000 people.
Rudy calls the parade “the parade so nice you’ll see it twice” because it circles around the town. It has 110 floats, nearly 1000 participants and takes 2.5 hours to complete.
Every Wednesday, Pearl Lake Lodge has ‘Bologna Day’, where you can get a bologna lunch.
They’re also known for Taco Tuesday and their chicken wings.
I fell in love with their “buy a friend a drink” board, where you can pay it forward to others who stop by.
Moscow On The Hill has one of the most hidden restaurant patios in Minnesota.
The now-Russian restaurant originally started as a French restaurant and was opened by an orthodontist and neurologist in 1994. They had no restaurant experience. They switched to Russian food a couple years later.
The patio at Moscow On The Hill cannot be seen from the street, meaning you have to know its there.
The patio seats 120 people and the restaurant’s full menu is served outside.
The founder’s son, Eugene, tells me that if you want to avoid a wait for a table on the patio, stop by for lunch — they serve lunch 7 days a week.
Moscow On The Hill has more than 300 vodkas available, including 19 that are infused in-house.
Of the house-infused vodkas, horseradish vodka is the most popular (put it in a bloody Mary!)
You can get a flight with 6 house-infused vodkas for $20.