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Winter Staycation Lakeside

Where to stay and play for a fantastic vacation close to home

Enjoy the beauty and cozy vibes with a getaway lakeside this winter. From charming accommodations to igloo dining and dog sledding, there has never been a better time to embrace the Bold North. 

Where to Stay

Chic and sophisticated places to hang near the lake, with the ultimate goal of relaxation and rejuvenation, are sure to make your staycation a memorable one. 

Suites on the Water

Hotel Excelsior seriously brings the charm and is conveniently a few blocks off Lake Minnetonka in downtown Excelsior on Water Street. Relax with your friends or family in the hotel’s Banker's Suite, which can accommodate up to six guests. The suite features a full kitchen, luxurious bathrooms, and cozy bedrooms. The perfect place to stay for a week away, a bachelorette/bachelor party, or just for a long weekend. Cook up a homecooked meal together, or order takeout from tasty local spots nearby and settle in with your favorite movie. Plus, this winter season the Banker's Suite will be decked out for the holidays with a beautifully lit tree, perfect for creating those magical memories. Visit to make your reservation. 

Lakeside Retreat

A Nordic-inspired getaway, The Hotel Landing in Downtown Wayzata takes relaxation and rejuvenation to a whole new level. This premier boutique hotel boasts gorgeous rooms, fine dining, and a spa. Indulge in a massage or facial at the Laka Spa, which emphasizes earth-friendly ingredients, before grabbing a bite to eat at ninetwentyfive hotel restaurant. Enjoy the calm serenity of winter by dining in one of the restaurant’s igloos. Visit for more information and reservations. 

Where to Play

Winter activities include everything from enjoying the snow and chill to cozying up with a cup of coffee or dining under the stars. 

Dine Outside

Who says you can’t enjoy dinner outside in the winter?! Pop into the ninetwentyfive restaurant at The Hotel Landing for an Instagram-worthy dining experience. The igloo wine pairing experience is the most popular and something not to miss. Diners can expect a five-course tasting menu paired with delicious Copper Cane wines. Each igloo holds 2-6 guests. Embrace the best of Minnesota winter from the comfort of your own igloo! Visit for restaurant reservations. 

Fuel Your Day

Grab a favorite cup of coffee, smoothie, breakfast, or pastry at The Lobby Coffee and Leisure in downtown Excelsior right on Water Street. Open since 2022, The Lobby has already made a name for itself as a must-visit place in the area. The goodies and coffee in this refreshed and brightly lit historic space are sure to be a welcome treat on a cold winter day. Visit to view their menu and check out their Instagram for the seasonal drinks you can’t miss.

Dog Derby

Mark your calendars. The Lake Minnetonka Klondike Dog Derby is happening February 2-3. This popular event is a destination and draws in people from all over Minnesota and beyond. The dog sledding event features not only cute winter pups but food trucks, racing, music, and more. While this is a free, family-friendly event, donations are encouraged and help cover the costs of the race, and proceeds go back to a few non-profits, including Adopt a Husky MN and ICA Food Shelf. Visit for a full schedule of events and more information.

You don't have to go far to have an incredible getaway. This winter, explore your own backyard and enjoy the magic Lake Minnetonka offers during this snowy season.