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Right in our backyard
July 11, 2011
by Jenni Sebora

My son was intrigued by a bookstore that he had walked past in the historic Excelsior Water Street area.

He had been kayaking with his friend and his friend’s family on Lake Minnetonka.

They rented kayaks on the shore by Water Street. They had a wonderful time kayaking, aside from the fact that they tipped their kayak and ended up in the water, but recovered their positions quickly.

On this trip, they took a walk down Water Street, which is filled with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and other attractions. On this walk, they passed Excelsior Bay Books, a quaint bookstore, not to mention an ice cream shop and a candy shop.

A few days later, on the Fourth of July weekend my son, his friend, and I took our own little trip to downtown Excelsior.

There were a lot of people enjoying the shops, a flea market, and dining outside in one of the fine restaurants. Children and adults were sitting on benches outside the ice cream shop, enjoying the savories of summer, ice cream cones, sundaes, and malts.

Of course, we spent quite a bit of time in the bookstore, which I enjoyed just as much as my son and his friend.

We had fun touring the shops and walking down by the shore of beautiful Lake Minnetonka. We ended our little trip with a bite to eat on Water Street.

In fact, in August, on our wedding anniversary, my husband and I plan on dining at Biella’s restaurant, which is also on Water Street. It has gotten rave reviews for its friendly service and great food.

The area also boasts the Old Log Theater, which is a wonderful place to catch a theater experience. I have been there several times for their children’s plays, as well as anniversary entertainment and dinner for my husband and me.

Lake Minnetonka may be one of the area’s greatest assets. You can rent canoes and kayaks, and take a cruise on one of the cruise ships on Lake Minnetonka.

It was a wonderful afternoon, spent just a short ride away. It reminded me of all of the wonderful attractions and entertainment that Minnesota has to offer.

Many communities offer music in the park. How about a visit to the caves near Spring Valley and Preston, or a trip to the Amish communities near Harmony and Lanesboro? The North Shore also provides a beautiful backdrop for lots of entertainment and sightseeing.

There’s a lot to do and see right in our backyard. Remember, the main thing is sharing the experience with your family.