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Historic Bed And Breakfast - Bird House Inn At Excelsior Bay, Lake Minnetonka

Bedrooms 7
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

7 bed, 5 bath, sleeps 14

We are a full-service historic bed and breakfast, but we have the entire building listed here at rates reflecting a self-service option that gives you exclusive use of the entire facility - inside and out! If your group is smaller or if we have one or more rooms already booked, we can negotiate a special rate for just a portion of the facility - with or without breakfast.

We are located in the heart of small town Excelsior, which is located on the south shore of Lake Minnetonka, just 20 miles from downtown Minneapolis and MSP international airport. In the short three-block walk to the lake, you will pass a dozen great restaurants, great shopping, antiques, a movie theater, a brew pub, a library and bookstore, ice cream, and more! Live theater, the University of Minnesota arboretum, Prince's Paisley Park Studio, more restaurants and shops are available nearby as well.

We have seven bedrooms each with their own HDTV/DVD, five bathrooms (two with jacuzzi tubs), four gas fireplaces, kitchen, dining room, living room and library. There is a quiet deck and BBQ in back, and a large open porch and patio overlooking historic and vibrant Water St in front. There is plenty of off-street parking, wi-fi, games, books, DVDs, full kitchen, etc.

For much more information about the inn and surrounding area, check us out on the internet - we can't include a URL here, but we're easy to find!

More Details

Dave Wahlstedt
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2017

About Dave Wahlstedt

Husband and father of two - we all live on-site in the upstairs apartment of the adjacent garage building. Full-time innkeeper and part-time gardener, handyman and community volunteer.

Dave Wahlstedt purchased this house in 2002

Why Dave Wahlstedt chose Lake Minnetonka

Because it's such a great old house and Excelsior is such a wonderful place to live - even if it's just for a few days!

What makes this house unique

Great front porch, historic charm and access to so many wonderful businesses make this a special place to live and to visit.


Excelsior House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Garden Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Meadowlark Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Turtledove Bath - toilet , jetted tub , Hand-held shower head in tub
    Bluebird Bath - toilet , jetted tub , No shower
    Cardinal Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bluebird, Garden and Cardinal rooms share their baths easily with the Hummingbird and Pheasant rooms (which do not have their own baths).
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Garden Room - 1 queen
    Meadowlark Room - 1 king
    Turtledove Room - 1 queen
    Bluebird Room - 1 queen
    Cardinal Room - 1 king
    Pheasant Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen size - with extra mattress to make it comfy!
    Hummingbird Room - 2 twin/ single , (trundle bed)
  • Extra mattresses available at additional charge. Talk to us about details of which rooms they fit in. See our website at the link provided below for more details of each room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Though we are a Bed & Breakfast, please note that the pricing given here does not include breakfast or housekeeping. If you would like either of those included, let us know and we'll discuss your specific needs and quote that for you as well.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:



Lord Fletcher's
Excelsior Dock Cinema
"Great old-school theater just a short walk down the street from our inn"
Yumi's Sushi Bar
"Great sushi just a short walk down the street from our inn."
Museum of Lake Minnetonka
"Some cool *very* local history including pictures of our historic house."
Adele's Frozen Custard
"Super-yummy frozen custard!"
Jake O'Connor's Public House
"Authentic Irish pub (really - our Scottish and Irish guests were skeptical, but came back im..."
Lago Tacos
"Wonderful fresh mexican food just a short walk from the Bird House Inn"
"Great light fare and frequent live music just across the street from the Bird House Inn"
Old Log Theater
"Highly regarded, owner-operated live theater near the Bird House Inn."
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Jake O'Connors, Haskell's, Excelsior Brewery
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 7
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Highland Hills
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Excelsior Commons, Lake Minnetonka
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Excelsior House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 26 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Dec 24 2017 - Dec 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
May 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.28%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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