Dog friendly Excelsior was my destination recently. It was my Saturday to hang out with Mom and Gramma to do some shopping and looking around in a fun town. Excelsior was the choice of the day, and it was a gorgeous day out too! I had heard Excelsior was dog friendly, but I wanted to test it out for myself.
On the way to Excelsior, we stopped off at the Old Log Theater to check out a couple of cute old buildings. The Old Log is the oldest professional theater in Minnesota opening in 1940, and possibly the oldest in the entire country.
It sure looked old, but it was decorated up real nicely. It sounds like this building is only used for prop storage these days.
This old cabin building is where they have some type of workshop. It’s really rustic.
Next it was on to Excelsior. The main street was jam packed with people because the weather was so nice out. Almost every store had a water bowl outside for us dogs which is a nice touch. I don’t drink from them no matter how thirsty I am which Mom finds funny but also a good thing. This antique store had some cool old nautical things.
Food is always fun to find if you ask me! How about some mini donuts? There were many cute little restaurants along the main street with outdoor seating. It appeared for the most part they were dog friendly as well. There were so many people and so much traffic, we couldn’t get too many photographs.
If you are into biking, they offer some fun bike tours, and they have bicycle rentals. I haven’t been able to master riding a bike yet, so I passed on that activity.
My very favorite place the entire day was the Lake Effect store which was dog friendly! They not only loved having me shop in their store, they had the best merchandise around town! Everything was nautical themed, specific to Lake Minnetonka or Minnesota mainly which was so fun. They even had a dog section! The products we liked the most were the custom made mini wood boats crafted into children’s wagons, rockers, and even dog dishes! Mom couldn’t buy anything as she was overwhelmed, but I think we will be going back to that store! You can have a better look at their store and merchandise on their Lake Effect Facebook page.
Of course, a visit to dog friendly Excelsior wouldn’t be complete without going down to the lake. It was super busy with all the boaters, cruise boats, and paddle boarders, but I managed to dip a paw in and the water is real! If you are ever in the Twin Cities, Excelsior is definitely a fun place to check out!
On a side note, My GBGV Life was chosen as one of the Top 20 Pet Bloggers of 2016 by Holiday Lettings, which is a Trip Advisor company. We are super surprised and excited! Many of our blogging friends are also on the list! I’m always thrilled to be recognized, but being born in the UK, and having a UK company recommend me, makes it all the more special! I know my dog parents will be so very proud as they are still in England. Thank you, and big GBGV hugs to Trip Advisor and Holiday Lettings!