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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 1 - 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


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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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.


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Historic Bed And Breakfast - Bird House Inn At Excelsior Bay, Lake Minnetonka
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Very comfortable for a large family.

  • 5 of 5

We all absolutely loved staying at The Bird House in Excelsior! The rooms and beds were all very comfortable and Dave is the greatest host. We enjoyed riding the bikes and all the amenities in the kitchen and dining area. We hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we hope to have you back! Glad the property worked out for your family gathering!
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Great location- wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We had 10 college friends that reunite every two years - now over 40 years. This was a perfect setting for us to gather, relax, and enjoy Excelsior. The porches and dining area were particularly inviting. Dave was incredibly flexible and accommodating

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for Gal Gathering

  • 5 of 5

Eleven of us celebrated our birthdays from Tuesday to Friday. We graduated from high school in 1958; five were from out-of-state, others from areas in the Twin Cities, southern MN and central MN. We had the whole house to ourselves and used it all. The kitchen space is a little tight but the refrigerator/freezer held all of our needs. The dining room was terrific for our meals together. We chose to bring our own food and prepared light suppers. Enjoyed the fresh flowers provided on the table, special beverage frig, available snacks, wine. The living room provided a great room for conversation and happy hours. We also enjoyed movie night in the Pheasant Room. Everyone said their beds were comfy. Loved the close proximity to restaurants, grocery stores, shops, and nice evening walks to the Bay. Dave and Gretchen were always available to answer questions and are a wonderful pleasant couple. Definitely recommend the Birdhouse Inn.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great having you guys here - and thanks for cleaning up so well! Thanks for the great detail here and glad you were able to use so many of the amenities we have to offer here!
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Redmond WA

Army buddies and wives reunion

  • 4 of 5

Very nice ,out side is in need of some refreshing, other than that it was a great location and perfect for a 5 couples reunion, Thanks Dave

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks and glad you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure meeting you and your group! Currently it is the foundation getting refreshed, then more on the outside. Always a work in progress, but thanks for the feedback - helps us know where to focus next!
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Dave Wahlstedt
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

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 Excelsior

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.


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 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.52%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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