#8 Southwest - Lake Minnetonka / 3BR-1ba / Sleeps 6 to 10 to 12 / Beach Cabin


Description - Amenities - Attractions - Activities - Shops and Services - Transportation 

Let's play, "If I stay here, how far am I from...?" :-)


Downtown Minneapolis zip code 55402? 22.5 mi, 33 mins

Downtown St. Paul zip code 55101? 32.4 mi, 41 mins

Como Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul zip code 55103? 31.2 mi, 44 mins

University of Minnesota (Main Campus Mpls.) zip code 55455?  24.8 mi, 35 mins

Mall of America Bloomington zip code 55425?  30.3 mi, 42 mins

MSP International Airport, Bloomington zip code 55450?  31.6 Mi, 45 mins 

Valleyfair Amusement Park, Shakopee MN zip code 55379?  21.5 mi, 41 mins

Heart of Uptown / Lakes in Minneapolis?, zip code 55408? 23.2 mi, 36 mins 

Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley? zip code 55124? 38.6 mi, 52 mins

Minnesota State Fair Grounds in Falcon Heights? zip code 55108 28.3 mi, 40 mins

Renaissance Festival in Shakopee? zip code 55379?  21.5 mi, 41 mins 

Blaine National Biking / Soccer Ctr.'s? zip code 55449? 41.7 mi, 54 mins

Lord Fletchers on the Lake / Spring Park? zip code 55384? 2.1 mi, 4 mins


You can play too!  Just use zip code 55364 as your starting point!

It will be a little off, because the center of the zip code is not at the space.
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Room type:Entire home/apt
Bed Types:

One (1) King Size Adjustable Sleep Number Beds
Two (2) Queen Size Adjustable Sleep Number Beds
Two (2) Twin Size
Adjustable Sleep Number Beds

Two (2) Klik-Klak Microfiber Convertible Sofas
Two (2) Twin Inflatable Bed
Accommodates: 8 to 10 to 12
Bedrooms: One main floor and two loft bedrooms upstairs

Daily Rates--

Last minute / low occupancy / special rates from $149 per night

Weekday / week-plus / long term rates from $325 per night

Weekend / holiday / high season weeks from $471 per night
Monthly?  One night?  We can upgrade another guest to get you your space!

Call to clarify, we answer the phone 9-9 everyday. 


Extra guests: $5 / night after 6 guests
Departure Cleaning Fee: $105

Security Deposit: From $300
(Optional Weekly Light Housekeeping / Linens Change - $140)
Regular Check In: 4:00 pm -- Check Out: 10:00 am
Rates subject to change based on Season, Holidays, Special Events 


Compare to:

Two, Three or More Hotel Rooms with No Beach, Deck, BBQ, or Fishing Dock!  Also, we are the lowest rate space with this many beds at Lake Minnetonka.



Free Buses in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Campus Connector (note:pdf download) offers free service between the St. Paul, East Bank and West Bank campuses of the University of Minnesota.   Designed for students, but they don’t check student ID. Does not go through Downtown Minneapolis.

Take a Free Ride on select Nicollet Mall buses (Nicollet Mall stretches from one end of downtown Minneapolis to the other.) Seeing a lot of things downtown? Park at an end of this route for less money! Goes very close to Convention Center.


Bicycle Rental comes in many flavors…

https://www.niceridemn.org/bike_rental_shops/ tells you where to rent for your whole stay.

https://www.niceridemn.org/ is an interesting alternative. For $6 per day, you get access to a bike rental system centered on downtown Minneapolis. NOTE! There is a per trip charge for a trip of over 30 minutes! However you could hop skip and jump all over downtown with these bikes, for the daily or monthly fee.   Take the Express Bus downtown in the morning and you can get all over! NOTICE: The express bus is the only bus to the West area, so plan carefully! You could get a bike downtown go from one site to another downtown, the museums and Lakes in Minneapolis, and some parts of St. Paul. With trips of under 30 minutes, there is no per trip charge, so it would just be the daily fee of $6.


HOURCAR is the smart way to drive.

HOURCAR offers 32 cars in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Find out where your nearest HOURCAR lives, and sign up to drive today. (This HOURCAR location is near the route of the Express Bus in downtown Minneapolis.)

Loring Hyatt

1330 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis, MN

Cars here:
#9 - Red Toyota Prius (Daily Rates do not apply)
#11 - Light Blue Toyota Prius (Daily Rates apply)


Car Rental: All major brands are available at the airport, downtown, and some in the neighborhood. 


Bus / Light Rail / Commuter Rail

Metrotransit.org has all the bus and public transportation information. Here is information about bus routes that have stops within a few blocks of this space. Remember the trip planner on the website can direct you to easy transfers to all over the city.


Route 675 EXPRESS Limited Commuter Morning and Afternoon Hours


Major Destinations

Downtown Minneapolis

     Marquette Avenue Stop B

     2nd Avenue Stop H

St. Louis Park

     Louisiana Avenue Transit Center

Golden Valley

     General Mills Boulevard Park and Ride


     Plymouth Road Park and Ride

     Ridgedale Shopping Center


Spring Park

Mound Transit Center

Route 675 EXPRESS Limited Commuter Morning and Afternoon Hours

Major Destinations

Downtown Minneapolis

     Marquette Avenue Stop B

     2nd Avenue Stop H


     Plymouth Road Park & Ride


     Navarre Shopping Center Park & Ride

Mound Transit Center

INTERESTING FACT for sports fans: This lake place is 33 mins / 21.29 miles from the sports venues in Downtown Minneapolis! 


INTERESTING FACT for shopping fans: This lake place is 40 mins / 28.08 miles from Mall of America and MOA Waterpark, in Bloomington next to MSP Airport! 


And it is nice to be able to walk to the grocery store and coffee house, on the same morning you heard a loon cry and saw a bald eagle fly overhead.   


This cottage we call -The Beach House- has history, but location is its' exceptional feature.


The Beach House is a completely separate house, not townhouse or condo, and can sleep fourteen or more.


Two in the King Sleep Number Beds in a Loft bedroom.  Two in the Queen Sleep Number bed in the other loft bedroom,  and Two in the Queen Sleep Number bed in the first floor bedroom.


Then up to four in two full size innerspring mattress futon sofas, and two in two single size "klik-klak" microfiber sofas.  We also supply air beds.  And you can always pitch a tent in the yard!


The unit has a full kitchen including four burner stove with large oven, full size refrigerator, all the appliances, and all needed pots, pans, plates, utensils, etc.


Full remodeled bath has custom tile and exhaust fan, etc.  Note however that there is only one bath.  Although some people count the public portable biffy at the beach as our additional half bath! :-)


In addition, we have an outdoor shower for washing up when returning from the beach.  It is heated with a loooong black garden hose!  Be careful, it goes from too hot to too chilly pretty quick!  But it is great to cool off on a hot day. :-)


The unit is arranged with loft bedrooms upstairs, enclosed bedroom with french doors on the main floor, large living and dining areas, and a sleeping porch. 


Seating for 10 for dining inside or more outside on the giant 12 by 20 deck.


Charcoal grill just off the deck.


There is a Summer tent for enjoying the outside without insects. 


The best feature of this property is of course the lake. Unlike some lake homes that do not have a sand beach, this "beach house", which does not directly touch lakeshore, has access to a very lightly used very large public beach, just a few steps away. 


Right next to the beach is a Department of Natural Resources Fishing Pier.  You don't need a boat to catch your limit!  It's a great fishing spot, or for  'Sitting on the Dock of the Bay', as the popular song goes.


Without paying for lakeshore, you can enjoy all aspects of the lake as our family has for many years! 


One very nice aspect of our property-- if you are the early riser, you can take your cup of coffee / fishing pole down to the beach and enjoy the sunrise... and if you are enjoying the end of the day, the sunset is visible from the same spot!


Most of the time you have to choose one or the other at a lake place! :-( Here you have both! :-) 


Built during the heyday of Lake Minnetonka, in the late 1800s, our beach house is in walking distance to the shops of a small town- Mound. We like the rustic charm and uneven century old wood floors. We hope you will too. 


Locally, a long converted railroad line is a walk/hike/bike trail. (You can ride to the next county if you want!) 


We supply some recreational equipment. 


Multiple places to rent boats are very close, including speed boats, fishing boats, pontoon boats, and jet skis. 


Amenities List-


Yes - Need more space?  We have other units too, nearby we have two units in the same building that can sleep up to 24!


Yes - Individually Controlled Air Conditioning and Heating
Yes - Washer not shared with other units.
Yes - Dryer not shared with other units.
Yes - Linens Provided, laundered without perfumes
No - Garage, however parking space is always available in driveway or directly in front of entrance door
Yes - Parking for RV or Trailer in an off-street area (arrange in advance).
No - Gas or Wood Fireplace. 
No - Elevator.  Not needed.  Exterior private entrance, one step to inside your space.  

Yes - King Size Bed (1).  Dual Chamber Sleep Number Bed

Yes - Queen Size Beds (2).  Dual Chamber Sleep Number Beds
Yes - Full Size Beds (2).  Comfy Inner Spring Convertible Mattress Sofa
Yes - Full Size Beds (2).  Klik Klak sofas
Yes - Twin Size Beds (2).  Inflatable with supplied pump.
Available - Crib, subject to prior reservation.
Yes - HDTV, 50 inch
Yes - Cable TV, Approximately 100+ channels with movie channels

Yes - DVR, record your shows while you are out and about. 
Yes - DVD Player
Yes - DVD Movies (limited selection) 
No - Video Games and Console
No - Musical Library (however Cable TV has video music stations)
No - Jetted Tub
Yes - Shower (With removable head) 
Yes - Exhaust fan in bath, on timer
Yes - Radio / Stereo

Yes - Full Kitchen 
Yes - Cooking Utensils (Full set of pots and pans, knives, spatulas, etc.)
Yes - Eating Utensils (Full set of plates, glasses, cups, silverware, etc.)
Yes - Spices (set of 16 plus your salt and pepper)
Yes - Dishwasher
No - Disposal
Yes - Coffeemaker and Coffee!
Yes - Toaster
Yes - Microwave
No- Quesadilla/Panini Maker 
Yes - Stove with oven and four burners
Yes - Exhaust fan at kitchen.       
Yes - Refrigerator with true freezer compartment and ice cube trays
Yes - Catering through local restaurants, and of course many restaurants deliver 
Yes - Barbecue Grill.  Charcoal AND Gas!  Shared with two other units.
Yes - Deck. 
Yes - Deck Seating
Yes - Firepit 
Yes - Gazebo Tent for protection from Minnesota's State Bird, the Mosquito!
Yes - Lake Minnetonka.  Three minute walk to large and uncrowded (sometimes empty!) swimming beach.  Three minute walk to Dept. of Natural Resources fishing pier.  Three minute walk to private fishing dock with bench.  Private dock available for boat docking, inquire. 
Yes - Parks.  City skateboard park two blocks away.  Many other parks.  Extensive converted railway trail system for hike/bike/walk/dog exercise starts two blocks from your door!
No - View.  Although the garden outside your door is very colorful in summer!
Yes - Internet Available.  No charge, but must be arranged.  Wifi Broadband.
Yes - Pets allowed.  Inquire on details, deposit, pet rent.  We also have other spaces where pets are allowed.
Yes - Handicapped or Wheelchair Accessible.  Ramp available for access to unit.  Ramp available for access to pontoon boat docked at private dock.  Fishing dock has lowered rails for wheelchair bound fishing.  Note there are no barriers within the unit.  However the unit is NOT ADA compliant. 
Yes - Kids allowed. 
Yes - Minimum age limit for renters.  In general we do NOT rent to vacationing students or singles under the age of 22 unless accompanied by parent or guardian.
Yes - NON-smoking.  Minnesota is the original clean indoor air state.  Smoking on patios, or in gazebo.

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Scott and Jenna Short Stay

offers spaces for you from

Minneapolis to the Lakes in Minnesota


612-701-0900 or 612-759-1022

E-mail: sjshortstay@gmail.com


Current Specials (All subject to change without notice, do not apply to previously booked stays, holiday dates, etc.):


#A LAST MINUTE DEAL - Lake Minnetonka #39 is available for discount stays between some reservations.  Call for info!


#B SPECIAL PACKAGE - Special Delivery, ask for flowers and gift basket ready in your space for any romantic vacation stay!

#C LAST MINUTE DEAL -  3BR 1 ba Units, Unlimited Stay at $99 per night.  Limited Availability. (Between Existing Reservations, ask about which spaces can qualify.)


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