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Bird House Inn at Excelsior Bay
Lake Minnetonka’s Historic Bed and Breakfast
371 Water Street, Excelsior, MN 55331 952.474.0196 innkeeper@hwuarylcd.com

Attractions

Excelsior and Lake Minnetonka are gems that have so much to offer it’s hard to know where to begin! Four season fun awaits from the moment you step out our front door. Boat excursions, fishing expeditions, sailing, sandy beaches, bike, ski, and walking trails, regional parks galore, funky boutique shopping, leaf peeping, trolley rides, ice fishing, great restaurants, dinner theaters, bars, live music and a lovely arboretum are just a few of the many attractions and adventures available to our visitors. So keep reading to:

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PLAY:

Boating
  • – Historic tour on a historic boat, 952-474-2115
  • – Various public cruises available, 952-474-2502
  • – Narrated tours Tues, Thur, Sun, 952-929-1209
  • – Groups can peddle a paddle boat while you drink and see the sights
  •  – Speed boats, pontoons and fishing boats, 952-401-3880
  • – Jet-skis, 952-474-0366
  • Sail Away Sailing School – Owner-operated 2-hour sailing lessons, 612-871-8101
  • – Kayaks and paddleboards – 952-220-0102
  • – Stand-Up-Paddleboard yoga (yes, real yoga) and tours, 612-991-6727
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  • Fishing Guides –
  • Great fishing for walleye, bass, northern pike, etc.
  • Excel Boat Club
  • Pike Dreams
  • Lake Minnetonka Guides
  • Bull’s Guide Service
  • Swede’s Guide Service
Golf Courses
  • Stonebrook – 15 miles, 7 day advance on-line res, 952-496-3171
  • Dahlgreen – 15 miles, 6 day advance res, 952-448-7463
  • Willingers – 45 miles, 9 day advance res, 952-440-7000
  • Chaska – 8 miles, 4-day advance res, 952-443-3748
  • Baker National – 6 miles, 5-day advance on-line res, 763-473-0800
  • Deer Run – 8 miles, 5-day advance on-line res, 952-443-2351
  • Bluff Creek – 8 miles, 952-445-5685
  • Island View – 12 miles, 952-442-6116

Biking
– Endless trails 1/2 block from the inn!  Two bikes available or bring your own.
 – Call ahead to get a pedicab ride or tour of the area – 612-338-1128

MORE WAYS TO PLAY:
  • Two clean, sandy public beaches
  • Tennis/Basketball – Outdoor public courts, good condition, one basketball, two tennis
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowmobiling – Cruise the lake (Bay Rentals 952-474-0366), or drive to northern trails
  • Excelsior Special Events – A calendar of events is put out by the

Savor:

A short walk down to the lake:
  • , 952-401-7902. Cafe and coffeehouse by day, live music listening room by night – and right across the street!
  • , 952-746-2232. Super-yummy baked goods – also soups and light fare
  • , 952-474-7837. Very popular new micro-brewery with tours Sat 12-2 and tap room open Thur-Sat.
  • 952-908-9650. Irish bar, large menu, friendly servers! Spacious restaurant, reservations available, but not always needed so just call ahead.
  • , 952-474-1720. Award-winning sushi served by Yumi herself, now in a new expanded location.
  • 952-474-2661. A sweet “ladies who lunch” type place. Homemade soups and desserts.
  • , Seasonal and very popular ice-cream shop – the line goes down the block on a warm summer day!
  • 952-300-8495. Inspired by Mexican street tacos, but with an imaginative twist. Lobster, walleye, marinated pork are some of the favorites. Lively bar and a great tequila selection. No reservations.
  • , 952-401-8004. Coffee shop with live music Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00.
  • , 952-474-0937. The quintessential small-town bar – with good food and a view of the lake.
  • , 952-474-1313. Serving famous local Sebastian Joe’s ice cream, and renting kayaks and paddleboards
A bit longer walk through town:
  • 952-470-1800. Lakeside hot spot, great boat and people-watching. Indoor and outdoor dining and bars. Reservations suggested.
  • 952-474-1113. Another lakeside hot spot, and a popular wedding venue. Indoor and outdoor dining and bars. No reservations, but you can call ahead.
  • , 952-470-0035. Rich and delicious homemade frozen custard – flavors change daily. Also has a lunch menu. Seasonal.
A short drive:
  • 952-405-2700. East Coast style pizza, salads, subs and pasta. They deliver!
  • 952-401-0066. Casual American dining. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • 952-471-8513. A Lake Minnetonka tradition. Reservations recommended.
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Experience

  • – This wonderful old-timey movie theater has several screens and tasty popcorn – just two blocks down by the lake.
  • – Live performances at this legendary professional theater.
  • – This is the nation’s largest professional dinner theater! A short drive from the inn.
  • – If you love gardens and nature, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is not to be missed! There are hiking trails, a gift shop and restaurant as well.
Other fun experiences in and around Excelsior
  • – A short walk to their studio for serious yoga.
  • – Serious massage either in your room or at their office.  Mention the Bird House Inn for $10 discount.
  • – Spa and salon – hair, skin, massage, and more. Pamper yourself!
  • – Every Thursday, May-September all the way up and down the block
  • – Ride a restored historic streetcar.
  • – A working farm within the Three Rivers Parks district. Lots of fun for families.