Untainted Inc.


I have to tell you about this place I just found! I have completely fallen in love with Untainted Inc., a luxury boutique that specializes in all-natural and organic skin care and luxury spa products. The little shop is hidden in a historic building off Water Street in Excelsior and is filled with dozens of […]

January 15, 2017



CLOSED BUT YOU CAN SHOP ONLINE! If “Minnesota cool meets coastal casual” street fashion is your thing, I have a place thats right up your alley. Located in a renovated garage in Excelsior’s modern neighborhood boutique, Buck + Fir. It’s in a loft-like space with an entrance in the parking lot behind Water Street, tucked […]

January 5, 2017

Coalition Restaurant

Food & Drink

Since I’ve been on a bit of a brunch kick, I have another outta-the-park spot to share with you. Coalition Restaurant in Excelsior, on the same block as my favorite antique store Leipold’s, where Boots the cat lives and a stones throw from Lake Minnetonka. Located on one of the most picturesque main streets in […]

December 14, 2016

The Country Look-In Antiques


Today’s #mnbucketlist addition is a personal favorite of mine because I’ve been able to get some really random Minnesota history filled trinkets. Off Water street in downtown Excelsior, just a block from Mr. Jimmy’s Bench, sits The Country Look-In Antiques. A boutique-like, rustic, historic rummage sale if there ever was one. Floor to ceiling, they […]

April 12, 2016

Leipolds Gifts and Novelty

Antiques, Retail

Leipolds Gifts and Novelty in Excelsior opened in 1971 and is an homage to Minnesota nostalgia. That’s not an overstatement either. This place is completely packed, from carpet to ceiling with old rosters, books, ‘on Lake Minnetonka’ décor, prairie and church group cookbooks, toys, Christmas ornaments, pottery, puzzles, unusual greeting cards, hunting and fishing garb […]

September 18, 2015

Adele’s Frozen Custard

Food & Drink

Adele’s Frozen Custard is a huge summer staple (it is for me, at least) off Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior. It’s a house-turned restaurant with a drive-through ice cream parlor. They are famous for their big waffle cones and 80 different kinds of custard. So much so that they even have a ‘custard calendar’, no joke, […]

June 29, 2015

Golden Rule Collective


Take a moment, close your eyes and imagine, if you will, a summer day filled with homemade lemonade,pear honey and warm sunshine. This is exactly how you feel walking into the Golden Rule Collective… And they just so happened to have had their grand opening yesterday. An inviting watercolor motif with a seaside retreat feel […]

May 31, 2015

Mr. Jimmy Bench

Historical & Museum, Music

Today’s #MNbucketlist addition is one of my personal favorites. The bench, so aptly named for a local celebrity in Excelsior. Here’s a little fun musical history you might not know. The roving town ambassador, known as Mr. Jimmy had attended a Rolling Stones concert in 1964 at the now gone Danceland Ballroom at the Excelsior […]

May 30, 2015

318 Cafe

Food & Drink

If you are looking for a new hangout (in the Excelsior area), I would suggest trying the 318 Cafe (three eighteen cafe) if you haven’t already. It’s fun, trendy, have great live music and they are kitty corner from Excelsior Brewing.

April 14, 2014

Excelsior Brewing Co.

Food & Drink

Started the day with a drink (see last post) and ended the day with a drink! Gotta love hanging out in a random garage, drinking moonshine. Lol, don’t worry, it’s just a Big Island Blonde from the Excelsior Brewery.

April 9, 2014


Food & Drink

If you are in need of a new breakfast joint, I highly recommend Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room. Not only because they make a great mimosa but because they also do awesome doughnut french toast with sprinkles and chocolate syrup!

April 4, 2014


Food & Drink

Late night pizza run… (a little history on Tino…) Raised in Canada, Lettieri began his pro career with the Minnesota Kicks in 1977 and played there until 1981. He went on to play the Vancouver Whitecaps in ’82 and ’83 and the Minnesota Strikers in ’84. He was named NASL North American Player of the Year […]

October 20, 2013

Camp Tanadoona

Parks & Geology

(from website) Camp Fire was formed in 1910 by Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick and his wife, Charlotte Vetter Gulick. At its founding, Camp Fire was the first non-sectarian organization for girls in the United States. The goal of Camp Fire was to provide opportunities for development of the “whole” girl. While Camp Fire has changed and […]

September 2, 2013