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Guidebook for Minnetonka

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Guidebook for Minnetonka

Food Scene
This has been one of my favorite restaurants since opening in the 90s. Situated on Excelsior Bay in the cozy town of Excelsior, on a wharf, this bustling American joint offers gluten-free options, tap beers & martinis.
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Maynards
685 Excelsior Boulevard
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This has been one of my favorite restaurants since opening in the 90s. Situated on Excelsior Bay in the cozy town of Excelsior, on a wharf, this bustling American joint offers gluten-free options, tap beers & martinis.
One of the most beautiful restaurants on Lake Minnetonka. Affordable menu, great happy hour, and breathtaking views.
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COV Wayzata
700 Lake Street East
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One of the most beautiful restaurants on Lake Minnetonka. Affordable menu, great happy hour, and breathtaking views.
Only a mile away, this restaurant has excellent American Fare, great happy hour prices, complete with their own Wine Shop.
Spasso
17523 Minnetonka Boulevard
Only a mile away, this restaurant has excellent American Fare, great happy hour prices, complete with their own Wine Shop.
Bustling restaurant features classic Greek cuisine in a contemporary venue with patio seating.
Christos Greek Restaurant Minnetonka
15600 MN-7
Bustling restaurant features classic Greek cuisine in a contemporary venue with patio seating.
Wonderful bakery in the heart of downtown Excelsior. Outdoor seating in the summer months. Early morning is the best time to visit as their goods are nice and fresh!
Patisserie Margo
284 Water Street
Wonderful bakery in the heart of downtown Excelsior. Outdoor seating in the summer months. Early morning is the best time to visit as their goods are nice and fresh!
Locally owned cafe offers wonderful breakfast and lunch items. Cozy atmosphere and great prices.
Beanhaven Cafe
18154 Minnetonka Blvd
Locally owned cafe offers wonderful breakfast and lunch items. Cozy atmosphere and great prices.
Mod cafe serving local & organic American eats & fair-trade coffee. Wine and beer offered.
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People's Organic
12934 Minnetonka Boulevard
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Mod cafe serving local & organic American eats & fair-trade coffee. Wine and beer offered.
Set in a former gas station, this hip, modern eatery features innovative pizza, pasta & draft brews.
Station Pizzeria
13008 Minnetonka Blvd
Set in a former gas station, this hip, modern eatery features innovative pizza, pasta & draft brews.
Slick modern grill house with a diverse wine list, serving wood-fired steaks, seafood & sandwiches.
Redstone
12241 Wayzata Blvd
Slick modern grill house with a diverse wine list, serving wood-fired steaks, seafood & sandwiches.
Outlet of a barbecue chain serving wood-smoked meats & sides in an American West-themed space.
Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que
14601 MN-7
Outlet of a barbecue chain serving wood-smoked meats & sides in an American West-themed space.
Sushi, teriyaki & noodles served in a space with dark-wood decor & an eat-at sushi bar. Another quaint restaurant in the heart of small-town Excelsior.
Yumi's Sushi Bar
217 Water Street
Sushi, teriyaki & noodles served in a space with dark-wood decor & an eat-at sushi bar. Another quaint restaurant in the heart of small-town Excelsior.
Breakfast, weekend brunch & American grill fare in comfy neighborhood digs, plus daily happy hour. And hey, my daughter is the bartender!
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Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room
5635 Manitou Road
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Breakfast, weekend brunch & American grill fare in comfy neighborhood digs, plus daily happy hour. And hey, my daughter is the bartender!
Contemporary, airy space offering upscale New American fare & cocktails, plus a pre-theater menu. Set inside the historic Old Log Theater.
Cast & Cru Restaurant
Contemporary, airy space offering upscale New American fare & cocktails, plus a pre-theater menu. Set inside the historic Old Log Theater.
Entertainment & Activities
Anything from swimming to kayaking, canoeing, wind surfing, fishing, ice fishing, skating, cross-country skiing and more can be done on and around this wonderful lake.
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ミネトンカ湖
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Anything from swimming to kayaking, canoeing, wind surfing, fishing, ice fishing, skating, cross-country skiing and more can be done on and around this wonderful lake.
Great rides! Only 20 minutes away.
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Valleyfair
1 Valley Fair Dr
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Great rides! Only 20 minutes away.
Minneapolis is hosting the Super Bowl in February 2018. Our home is a mere 25 minutes away. Multiple metro rides available to and from stadium near home.
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U.S. バンク・スタジアム
900 S 5th St
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Minneapolis is hosting the Super Bowl in February 2018. Our home is a mere 25 minutes away. Multiple metro rides available to and from stadium near home.
Skiing & snowboarding spot offering 9 runs of varying difficulty plus a terrain park & chalet. Winter sports enthusiasts love Hyland Hills Ski Area. Located within Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington, Hyland Hills is the place for downhill skiing and snowboarding in the Twin Cities metro area. The terrain park is full of progressive and innovative features and known for some of the best snowmaking and grooming in the Midwest. If you've never hit the slopes or want to freshen up your skills, Three Rivers also offers lessons through the SnowSports Academy.
Hyland Hills Ski Area
8800 Chalet Rd
Skiing & snowboarding spot offering 9 runs of varying difficulty plus a terrain park & chalet. Winter sports enthusiasts love Hyland Hills Ski Area. Located within Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington, Hyland Hills is the place for downhill skiing and snowboarding in the Twin Cities metro area. The terrain park is full of progressive and innovative features and known for some of the best snowmaking and grooming in the Midwest. If you've never hit the slopes or want to freshen up your skills, Three Rivers also offers lessons through the SnowSports Academy.
Long-standing, 600-seat venue featuring a variety of plays, plus an on-site bar & restaurant. Situated alongside the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail (LRT) easily accessed from this location.
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Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
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Long-standing, 600-seat venue featuring a variety of plays, plus an on-site bar & restaurant. Situated alongside the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail (LRT) easily accessed from this location.
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is nestled on the shores of scenic Lake Minnetonka. A perfect spot for a family outing, the park offers a large, nautical-themed play area and a chlorinated, sandy-bottom swimming pond. You'll also find picnic spots, a 3-hole disc golf practice area, a fishing pier, biking and hiking trails, and a boat launch and access point.
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
4610 County Rd 44
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is nestled on the shores of scenic Lake Minnetonka. A perfect spot for a family outing, the park offers a large, nautical-themed play area and a chlorinated, sandy-bottom swimming pond. You'll also find picnic spots, a 3-hole disc golf practice area, a fishing pier, biking and hiking trails, and a boat launch and access point.
Parks & Nature
Natural area offers 1,137 acres of scenic display gardens, trees, nature trails & sculptures. My absolute favorite location for walking and strolling through lush, elegant, wild gardens. Adult classes, weddings, garden tours, kids classes, activities, and more are offered throughout the year.
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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
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Natural area offers 1,137 acres of scenic display gardens, trees, nature trails & sculptures. My absolute favorite location for walking and strolling through lush, elegant, wild gardens. Adult classes, weddings, garden tours, kids classes, activities, and more are offered throughout the year.
Huge parkland area hosting the Lowry Nature Center with dozens of scenic biking and hiking trails, and picnic areas. In the winter months, dozens of miles of Cross-Country Ski trails are groomed for daily use. Rentals available on the premises.
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Carver Park Reserve
7025 Victoria Dr
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Huge parkland area hosting the Lowry Nature Center with dozens of scenic biking and hiking trails, and picnic areas. In the winter months, dozens of miles of Cross-Country Ski trails are groomed for daily use. Rentals available on the premises.
The Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail stretches 15 miles between Hopkins and Carver Park Reserve, offering scenic views of Lake Minnetonka along the way. This aggregate trail passes through the communities of Minnetonka, Deephaven, Greenwood, Excelsior, Shorewood, and Victoria. For more ambitious trail users, pack a tent and enjoy an evening under the stars while camping at Carver Park Reserve. No car required! (This trail can be accessed by path via our neighborhood.)
Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail
The Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail stretches 15 miles between Hopkins and Carver Park Reserve, offering scenic views of Lake Minnetonka along the way. This aggregate trail passes through the communities of Minnetonka, Deephaven, Greenwood, Excelsior, Shorewood, and Victoria. For more ambitious trail users, pack a tent and enjoy an evening under the stars while camping at Carver Park Reserve. No car required! (This trail can be accessed by path via our neighborhood.)
Lowry Nature Center, the first public nature center built in the Twin Cities, is a beautiful, prairie-style building nestled in the middle of Carver Park Reserve. View seasonal interpretive displays, visit live animals, observe birds in the wildlife viewing area, or relax near the fireplace or on the deck.
Lowry Nature Center
7025 Victoria Dr
Lowry Nature Center, the first public nature center built in the Twin Cities, is a beautiful, prairie-style building nestled in the middle of Carver Park Reserve. View seasonal interpretive displays, visit live animals, observe birds in the wildlife viewing area, or relax near the fireplace or on the deck.
Outdoor fun on a real working farm. Located on picturesque Whaletail Lake in Minnetrista, Gale Woods Farm features a unique educational opportunity where visitors of all ages gain an understanding of agriculture, food production and land stewardship. Explore the park on your own, arrange a field trip, or attend a public event. You can also buy fresh food and yarn, have a picnic by the lake or host a celebration. In addition to programs and summer camps for aspiring farmhands, you'll find a variety of skill-based classes including fiber arts, cooking and gardening.
Gale Woods Farm
7210 County Rd 110 W
Outdoor fun on a real working farm. Located on picturesque Whaletail Lake in Minnetrista, Gale Woods Farm features a unique educational opportunity where visitors of all ages gain an understanding of agriculture, food production and land stewardship. Explore the park on your own, arrange a field trip, or attend a public event. You can also buy fresh food and yarn, have a picnic by the lake or host a celebration. In addition to programs and summer camps for aspiring farmhands, you'll find a variety of skill-based classes including fiber arts, cooking and gardening.
Noerenberg Memorial Gardens is known for its tranquility and spectacular beauty. Situated along the shore of Crystal Bay on Lake Minnetonka, Noerenberg is widely regarded as one of the finest formal gardens in Minnesota. Among its blend of perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and vines, the garden features ornamental shade trees and a stand of conifers, an extensive daylily collection, and "Northern Lights" azaleas. The garden is open for tours and is an idyllic location for weddings. To schedule a wedding, tour or photography shoot, please call Reservations at 763.559.6700.
Noerenberg Memorial Gardens
2854-2992 N Shore Dr
Noerenberg Memorial Gardens is known for its tranquility and spectacular beauty. Situated along the shore of Crystal Bay on Lake Minnetonka, Noerenberg is widely regarded as one of the finest formal gardens in Minnesota. Among its blend of perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and vines, the garden features ornamental shade trees and a stand of conifers, an extensive daylily collection, and "Northern Lights" azaleas. The garden is open for tours and is an idyllic location for weddings. To schedule a wedding, tour or photography shoot, please call Reservations at 763.559.6700.
Breathtaking falls of Minnehaha Creek just before it joins with the mighty Mississippi.
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Minnehaha Falls
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Breathtaking falls of Minnehaha Creek just before it joins with the mighty Mississippi.
Arts & Culture
Quaint, local house can show travelers what life around Lake Minnetonka was like at the turn of the 20th century.
Burwell Park
13301 McGinty Rd E
Quaint, local house can show travelers what life around Lake Minnetonka was like at the turn of the 20th century.
Beautiful exhibits by both local and international artists. Fascinating Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit on permanent loan.
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Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Avenue South
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Beautiful exhibits by both local and international artists. Fascinating Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit on permanent loan.
Small town museum offers tourists an in-depth look into Excelsior's past. Local curator has a deep reservoir of knowledge.
Museum of Lake Minnetonka
37 Water Street
Small town museum offers tourists an in-depth look into Excelsior's past. Local curator has a deep reservoir of knowledge.
With a mission of visual arts education, exhibits and outreach, the Minnetonka Center for the Arts strives to make art making and art exhibits accessible for all members of our community.
Minnetonka Center For the Arts
2240 N Shore Dr
With a mission of visual arts education, exhibits and outreach, the Minnetonka Center for the Arts strives to make art making and art exhibits accessible for all members of our community.
Shopping
Excelsior has shops of all kinds. Antique lovers will appreciate the numerous shops, and foodies will discover multiple restaurants. The Excelsior Brewery is in the heart of downtown, selling its infamous IPAs and more. Local music is found on every corner in the summer months.
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Excelsior
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Excelsior has shops of all kinds. Antique lovers will appreciate the numerous shops, and foodies will discover multiple restaurants. The Excelsior Brewery is in the heart of downtown, selling its infamous IPAs and more. Local music is found on every corner in the summer months.
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Ridgedale Center
12401 Wayzata Boulevard
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Largest Indoor Mall in North America. Tourists from all over the world come to visit this incredible shopping, entertainment space. Only 20 minutes away by freeway.
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Mall Of America - Bloomington
Lindau Lane & Ikea Way
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Largest Indoor Mall in North America. Tourists from all over the world come to visit this incredible shopping, entertainment space. Only 20 minutes away by freeway.
Dozens of fine shops and a large movie theater. Kohls, Von Maur, and JC Penney are the anchor stores in this mall.
Eden Prairie Center
Dozens of fine shops and a large movie theater. Kohls, Von Maur, and JC Penney are the anchor stores in this mall.
The quaint, elegant town of Wayzata on the shores of Lake Minnetonka boasts dozens of fine shops and restaurants.
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Wayzata
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The quaint, elegant town of Wayzata on the shores of Lake Minnetonka boasts dozens of fine shops and restaurants.
Essentials
If you like supporting local farmers and choose organic goods, our local co-op is only 1 mile away.
Lakewinds Food Co-op Minnetonka MN
17501 Minnetonka Boulevard
If you like supporting local farmers and choose organic goods, our local co-op is only 1 mile away.
Tonka Bottle Shop is our local liquor store which offers great prices on domestic and international brews. Fine wine collections, and only 1 mile away.
Tonka Bottle Shop
17616 Minnetonka Blvd
Tonka Bottle Shop is our local liquor store which offers great prices on domestic and international brews. Fine wine collections, and only 1 mile away.
Drinks & Nightlife
Local brewery hosts local bands and beer. Favorite beer is Excelsior Bay Blonde Pale Ale.
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Excelsior Brewing Company
421 3rd Street
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Local brewery hosts local bands and beer. Favorite beer is Excelsior Bay Blonde Pale Ale.
Our beautiful city hosts a multitude of nightclubs, cafes, restaurants, shopping, and more. 20 minutes by freeway.
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Minneapolis
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Our beautiful city hosts a multitude of nightclubs, cafes, restaurants, shopping, and more. 20 minutes by freeway.