Bird House Inn & Gardens

371 Water Street , Excelsior, MN 55331 USA (Show map)


Welcome to our beautiful Victorian Italinate home built in 1858 and fully restored in 1994. We are located off Excelsior Bay on Lake Minnetonka, near some of the best shopping and restaurants in the Twin Cities. Our home over looks historic Water Street and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. This is the perfect spot for celebrating a special weekend or a fun getaway. We also accommodate business travelers looking for an enjoyable stay while away on business.



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  • Guest room3.8
  • Service4.2
  • Value3.2
  • Cleanliness4.0
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Well worth the stay

4.4 on February 14, 2017

The inn is an adorable house with very cozy accommodations. The innkeeper is attentive and does a great job making you feel at home. It is located in a quaint lakeside town with terrific restaurants and local flair. I've stayed here several times and look forward to returning. - Jay

Felt like home

3.6 on September 10, 2013

The Bird House was a safe, comfortable place to stay while I visited a friend in town. Jeanne had my room ready for an earlier check in and showed me where the snacks and drinks were, including a nice Keurig coffee maker available all day. The living room and front patio are nice places to enjoy reading or talking with other guests. Breakfast was wonderful, everything homemade, and served with the best tomatoes ever from their garden. The house is located at the beginning of a wonderful street of shops, restaurants, with lovely Lake Minnetonka at the end. The Bluebird room was small, but clean with a private hall bath that had a big soaking tub but no shower.

A Wonderful Experience!

4.8 on October 02, 2009

My trip to Excelsior this past July was made even more delighful by my stay at this lovely Inn.


2.8 on September 11, 2009

My husband and I went to this b&b had a nice time but I guess did not meet my standards for a b&b. Was decorated a little outdated. Stayed at better ones. Would recommend at maybe a different time or for an older couple.

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Location Type

Small town


Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl.) 25 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Radio, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , Complimentary snacks 24/7, Bicycles including double-bike

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Live theater, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Children recommended in suites that are well separated
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations: Cancellations 14 days prior to reservation date is required for full refund. If less than a 14 day notice of cancellation is given refund will not be given unless room is able to be rebooked.
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Dave & Gretchen Wahlstedt

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

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Full on Weekends, Continental-plus on weekdays

  • Time Served: 9 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Signature Dish

Stuffed French Toast

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