I’ve always been surprised when I drive through the towns surrounding Lake Minnetonka. They seem to have a different feel to them–not suburban, not rural, but like a resort town. I’ve always enjoyed driving these twisting, turning routes because it’s like I went far away without crossing the state line.
I wasn’t entirely surprised, then, when we ventured off Highway 7 into downtown Excelsior, Minnesota. Within a few blocks, we were off the busy road and into a quaint downtown area with unique shops, interesting restaurants, and a main street that leads right up to the lake. People everywhere were walking and biking, with friends, alone, with pets.
It reminded me a lot of a smaller-scale Mackinac Island or Bar Harbor, Maine, with breezes coming off the lake, people wandering in and out of stores, and restaurant patios filled with people enjoying the day.
Banners across the street advertised “Girls’ Nights Out” throughout the summer, which I’m going to recommend to my friends as a nice outing in the future.
I was very pleasantly surprised to find this area. All it took was a turn off the beaten path.
Do you know of any great places that the main roads have passed by? I’d love to hear about them!