Minnesota is known as the ‘land of lakes’ and Lake Minnetonka is the grandaddy of Twin Cities lakes, with 140 miles of meandering lakeshore. Nestled on the south shore of Lake Minnetonka is the charming, historic village of Excelsior, the first city to incorporate on Lake Minnetonka.
Founded in the 1850’s as a vacation community, this western suburban community still retains its relaxed lake resort feel… with unique shops and boutiques, dining spots on Water Street, the main street that extends right to the Port of Excelsior docks.
The word “excelsior” means “ever upward, and is the motto of the state of New York. It isn’t surprising to learn that Excelsior was founded by colonists from New York, and not only because of its name. It feels like a neighborhood pulled from straight from the East Coast with a Minnesota twist. It has a unique blend of old and new, including big historic homes and small cottages reflecting its beginnings as a resort destination. It has a unique feel that sets it apart from other suburban communities.
People living here enjoy a spacious green area along the lakefront with concerts and festivals, walking and biking trails, gorgeous views of the lake, playgrounds, swimming beaches and boat docks. Walkability is a big plus in this community that is only 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis… also accessible through Metro Transit.