bluffs, prairies and river floodplains.
Drive-in and RV camping is available,
along with a handful of more remote
To the south is Lake City, where the
Pearl of the Lake paddleboat offers
90-minute excursions on Lake Pepin,
some of which are wine and cider cruises
in cooperation with a local winery.
South of Winona is Great River Bluffs
State Park, complete with camping,
hiking and incredible views of the river
valley. Comfortable rooms are available
at several hotels, inns and bed-and-breakfasts in town.
Almost all of the local towns boast
antique stores and gift shops. Driving
through the countryside on a nice day,
it’s common to come across big yard
sales and flea markets full of great finds.
Raising the bar on that tradition, a
four-day weekend in early May features
a “100-Mile Garage Sale” stretching from
Hastings to Winona, with countless
shops and individuals participating.
Overlooking the river in Wabasha is the
National Eagle Center, where wild bald
eagles can be spotted through two-story,
floor-to-ceiling windows, or from the
terraced plaza outside. The center also
offers daily live eagle programs featuring
the bald and golden eagles that reside at
At Lark Toys in Kellogg, kids and
grown-ups can ride a carousel of
whimsical hand-carved animals, from
horses and ostriches to pelicans, moose
and loons. There’s also an antique toy
museum, mini-golf and a wide array of
toys for sale, including old-fashioned
wooden toys handmade by local
Beneath a distinctive 500-foot
limestone outcropping on a bluff
known as Sugar Loaf, Winona is the
largest town along this portion of the
Mississippi. Two universities support a
lively arts scene for the town of less than
Marking its 12th
season this year,
the Great River
the Bard’s works each year from late
June through early August. The festival
also puts on free concerts on the
Winona State University Green in front
of the theater, with food trucks and
other activities, some in conjunction
with the mid-June Steamboat Days
festival in town.
Winona is also home to the
renowned Minnesota Marine Art
Museum, with waterway-themed
masterpieces by Van Gogh, Monet,
Gaugin, Matisse, Picasso and many
more in its permanent collection.
On the homegrown side, the Polish
Cultural Institute and Museum
celebrates the area’s Polish heritage with
historic and cultural artifacts, and the
Winona County History Center features
three floors of exhibits in a historic
building downtown. Don’t miss the view
from the Garvin Heights overlook.
In the winter, there is great cross-country skiing on the Root River and
Harmony-Preston Valley trails and in
most of the region’s state parks, and in
autumn these hardwood bluffs show
some of the most dramatic fall colors in
the entire state.
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LANESBORO Recognized by Smithsonian
Magazine, Foder’s Travel, ArtPlace Magazine and USA
Today Travel as a Top Community to visit in the USA!
HARMONY So much awaits
you in our friendly rural community!
Visit fascinating Niagara Cave,
enjoy an Amish tour and explore
our antiques and unique gift
shops! To help keep you fueled
grab a bite in any of our excellent
restaurants. With so much to offer
let us help you find Harmony in
your life! www.rushfordpetersonvalley.com
RUSHFORD/PETERSON “Take Root” in
this scenic valley, abundant in wildlife
and year-round, outdoor fun.
Bike the Root River State Trail,
hike the bluffs, enjoy river activities,
shop various stores, experience
local restaurants, and stay
awhile— with camping or
PRESTON We have it all! Fishing, biking,
hiking, skiing, canoeing, tubing, snowmobiling, visit
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, or the State
Veterans Cemetery! Now’s the time to “Get Hooked
on Preston!” Start planning your Preston visit today!
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