The Minneapolis Marriott Southwest is Your Guide to Minnetonka

As one of the top hotels in Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest is the perfect choice for your next visit to beautiful Minnetonka. While perhaps most famous as the home to Lake Minnetonka – and the endless recreation that surrounds it, this vibrant city offers even more than great boating, lush parks and miles of scenic trails. With a prime location in Opus II Business Park and convenient highway access, guests traveling on business will enjoy easy access to corporate headquarters for major companies including UnitedHealth Group, Cargill, Vital Images, Boston Scientific, G&K Services, and Digital River. Additionally, those traveling for business or leisure can enjoy the fantastic shopping, festivals, performing arts and other unique attractions that make Minnetonka such a beloved destination.

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Cultural Highlights in Minnetonka
Visitors seeking a little retail therapy will find major department stores and national chains like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Coach, Gap, and more in Ridgedale Center, while those seeking more one-of-a-kind gifts, toys, Minnesota exclusives and more have to pay a visit to The General Store of Minnetonka. Additional unique options include The Landing Shop, which features handmade items crafted by local residents.

Theater fans should purchase tickets to an upcoming show at the famous Stages Theater Company, and history buffs will appreciate a visit to the historic Charles H Burwell House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized for its Carpenter Gothic/Stick style architecture. Tours are offered during the summer, with the Burwell Festival taking place every year on the forth Saturday in June. During December, a Holiday Open House and other events are also a big draw. Every summer, guests also flock to nearby Hopkins for their annual Raspberry Festival, which includes a parade, fireworks, music, games and so much more.

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Lake Minnetonka Highlights
If you are in the mood to get outside and enjoy the city’s natural beauty, Lake Minnetonka is the perfect place to start. Head down to Wayzata Beach for a day of swimming and sunbathing with the whole family. Other activities you’ll find by the Lake include public docks for boating, wakeboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and fishing, as well as an array lakeside dining and shopping destinations.

Those who prefer to stay on dry land will love the 20-mile Dakota Rail Trail, which offer breathtaking views the Lake and the rolling hills beyond. This trail is great for walkers, but also welcomes bicycling, skating and is accessible for wheelchair use.

Other popular recreational areas around our Minnetonka hotel include:

  • The Bennett Family Park (Home to Minnetonka Baseball (MBA), Minnetonka Girls Softball (MGSA), and the Miracle League)
  • The Minnehaha Creek – where you can canoe 22 miles through wetlands, woodlands, and urban neighborhoods from Lake Minnetonka to Minnehaha Falls.
  • Shady Oak Beach – an 85-acre recreational area with a sandy beach shoreline and spring-fed waters, ideal for swimming, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Sandy volleyball, fishing and other activities are also available.
  • Gray’s Bay Marina – a popular public launch site for boats.