Taste of Two Towns Tour

Duration: 6 hours

Location: Excelsior and Wayzata

Adults 21+/Alc. Bevs. (4)


Over 21 only

13+ N/A -Soft Drinks only


Ages 13-20

Youth 4-12


Ages 4-12 - kid tastings

Tot 24 months - 3 yrs.


Tot Tote w/snacks, etc.

Infant - 23 mos & younger


No food/bev prov.

Adults intending to enjoy alcoholic beverages must have valid id card or driver's license with them.

It is not recommended to bring children under the age of 13 because of tour length, unless parent/guardian is confident that child can handle it

This palate-pleasing adventure takes you to explore the absolute best of Lake Minnetonka - the towns of Excelsior and Wayzata.

  • Experience the two oldest and most diverse towns on Lake Minnetonka. Both Excelsior and Wayzata are noteworthy foodie destinations.
  • Take in the views and history of the Lake on the Steamboat Minnehaha as she sails from Excelsior to Wayzata and back again.
  • Your local guide will share information about each town's individual histories, uniqueness and the secret gems to explore.
  • Enjoy tasting soul-satisfying food and drinks at six iconic eateries where you'll receive VIP treatment from the moment you arrive.
  • Relax and mingle with the other guests on the tour. We keep it small to ensure that everyone has a personal and quality experience.

Be sure to bring your valid ID card if you wish to be served alcohol on this tour.

Be sure to charge your phone up and/or bring your camera for photographs!

Tour will operate rain or shine. We will provide umbrellas if they are needed.

If you need to call us on the day of the tour, 612-965-7043.

What to Expect

Your tour guide will meet you inside the Excelsior Chamber of Commerce office at 312 Water Street at 8:50-9:00AM.  We will be walking during most of the tour, however, we will be sailing on the Steamboat Minnehaha between Excelsior and Wayzata and back.

This is a full-day (6-1/2 hour) tour which will take place in the towns of Excelsior and Wayzata.  We limit our tours to 12 people so that our groups are small and everyone can hear and stay together easily – plus, we don’t take over the restaurants!  We will be visiting 5 unique and wonderful eateries on this tour where you’ll enjoy a specially prepared tasting paired with a beverage (2-3 stops will have adult beverages).  In addition, we always add in a extra surprise stop or two that isn’t on the itinerary that you are given at the start of the tour.

In between tasting stops, your local guide will share bits of history, trivia and point out things of interest along the way.  Be sure to bring your camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and anything you might need throughout the day.

There may a brief period of time for some shopping in Wayzata, however, you will definitely have time at the end of the tour to shop in Excelsior.  The tour will conclude in Excelsior at 3:30pm.

Your local guide will take you for VIP seated food tastings at six of these inviting establishments in Excelsior and Wayzata.

318 Cafe

Serves simple-but-tasty soups, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods, along with a nice selection of coffee drinks, wine, and beer. There's patio seating and live music many evenings


Gavin Kaysen’s French bakery and bistro serves handcrafted breads and pastries from its counter-serve cafe alongside an elegant dinner menu of french classics and seafood platters.


Coalition Restaurant is the creation of Chef Eli Wollenzien and combines an inspired menu with a casually sophisticated setting in a historic downtown main street building.

D'Amico's and Sons

D'Amico & Sons offers flavorful and fresh Italian pasta, pizza from the wood-burning oven, grill entrees, gourmet salads and antipasti, sandwiches, seafood, soup, desserts.

The Dough Room

From warm small plates like grilled romaine to the classic margarita pizza and savory raviolo, Chef Alex Dayton creates dishes to satisfy every palette.

L'More Chocolat

Welcome to Paris - in Wayzata, that is! The shop with the antique pink door is home to our local chocolatier. She and her team create amazing chocolate delicacies.


Chefs create innovative and imaginative menu items that include a diverse array of seasonally-driven appetizers, small plates, and entrees. Truly a feast for the eyes and palette.

Olive's Fresh Pizza & Wine Bar

A table service pizza restaurant located in the heart of downtown Excelsior. Our pizzas are made from homemade dough rolled into a thin crust and baked in our wood-fired oven.

Red Bench Bakery

A family owned bakery/cafe on Water St. specializing in classic American and French pastries, breads and other sweet treats, as well as artisan sandwiches.

Red Sauce Rebellion

A more approachable take on Italian, satisfying to the head and the heart. You don’t have to think too hard about what a dish might be.

Sakana Asian Bistro

With probably the best view of Wayzata Bay, Sakana provides a relaxing setting. With three Asian cuisines on the menu, the chefs create incredibly tasty and beautiful dishes.

Six Smith

Anchoring the west end of Lake Street, 6 Smith, owned by restaurateur, Randy Stanley, delivers. Delicious meats, great bar, the best lake view in Wayzata with a contemporary flair

The Suburban

The Suburban is a craft sports bar in downtown Excelsior specializing in scratch-made burgers, pizza, hot dogs, and a large selection of craft beer.

Wayzata Bar & Grill

The "Muni", as locals call it, has been around for over 100 years in one location then another. The food is delicious and the vibe is local and fun!

Wuollet's Bakery

Wuollet Bakery is an award-winning family business since 1944. Products made daily include, danish/donuts, muffins/pastries, breads, cakes, cookies/bars, sandwiches and soups.

Wine Republic

Taste and explore global organic wines in their charming tasting room

The Rebel Room

Excelsior's only current "speakeasy" club features live music on Thursday evenings along with a robust Happy Hour drink and food menu

Benedict's Morning Heroes

The first of two of Chef/Owner, Mike Rakun's, lively breakfast spots, his menu features innovative takes on classics.

Lick's Ice Cream Shoppe

You'll know you've arrived when you see the long line out the door! Lick's is a fixture in Excelsior's downtown landscape. Delicious ice cream with new flavors every month.

Where to Meet

Free parking is available in several lots and on the Water Street. Once parked, you will want to walk to the intersection of 3rd and Water Street and then proceed another 1/2 block past 3rd until you see the Regional Trail Sign. The Mill building is on your right side. This is where the Excelsior Chamber of Commerce is. Enter the building and meet your guide in the office by no later than 8:50am.

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