Explore Southern Minnesota 2013
The Explore Southern Minnesota guide is a custom travel publication produced by Itineraries Inc. for the state of Minnesota. It showcases various cities in Southern Minnesota and is distributed once a year through newspaper inserts, Travel Information Centers and online digital distribution with an ambitious printing of 150,000 pieces. The guide also has an active reader response card program designed to get interested parties more information on the publication’s advertisers.
EXIT 193: Dexter Points of Interest along TRAVEL PLANNING TIPS Mail in the Reader Inquiry Postcard you’ll find in this Guide. Indicate the destinations you are interested in, and they will be notified to send you information. Check out websites for area surprises. Website addresses are in the Guide Directory. Check out the new and innovative digital guide on the web! Go to www.itinerariesmidwest.com to access this guide online. A click on an advertisement takes you directly to their website! Call Convention & Visitors Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce directly. They can answer your questions about attractions, events, dining, and accommodations. Contact Explore Minnesota Tourism at 1-888-868-7476 where a travel counselor will assist you, and even mail information to you. Travel Information Centers are conveniently located and distribute free literature from around the region. TIC staff are trained and ready to assist you while you are on the road. Internet Resources: www.511mn.org Minnesota’s Road Traveler Information Service designed to help travelers access weather-related road conditions, construction and congestion - 24/7. www.exploresouthernminnesota.com Southern Minnesota tourism website. www.exploreminnesota.com Minnesota statewide tourism website. www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks Information about Minnesota State Parks. www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails Information about Minnesota State Trails. www.byways.org/browse/states/MN National Scenic Byways site with map. www.mnmississippiriver.com Minnesota Great River Road National Scenic Byway information. www.accessminnesota.org Assistance and access information for persons with disabilities. www.maicc.org MN American Indian Chamber of Commerce. www.mfea.net Minnesota Festival & Events Association guide to member events. www.mississippirivertrail.org Promotes tourism development in river communities. 115 E Hickory #230 - Mankato, MN 56001 888-975-6766 Minnesota I-90 EXIT 1: Pipestone CVB/CHAMBER 800-336-6125 • Pipestone National Monument open daily, Museum & quarries featuring the stone used to carve peacepipes • Historic Downtown’s Calumet Inn, Pipestone Historical Museum, Rock Island Depot Gift Shop EXIT 12: Luverne CVB/CHAMBER 507-283-4061 • Blue Mounds State Park: bison herd, hiking trails, rock climbing • Prairie Heights Bison, The Palace Theatre, Holy Trinity Church, Carnegie Cultural Center, Hinkley House Museum, Historic Rock County Courthouse, Veteran’s Memorial, Brandenburg Gallery & Heritage Museum, Verne Drive-In Theatre EXITS 42, 43, 45: Worthington CVB/CHAMBER 507-372-2919 • Lake Okabena: parks, swimming beach, concerts • Pioneer Village, Nobles County Art Center & County Museum, Car Races, Historic Dayton House, Grandpa’s Fun Farm, Llama Tique EXIT 73: Jackson CHAMBER 507-847-3867 • Fort Belmont: replica civilian fort, sod house, 1902 Delafield Church, 1873 Lysgard farmhouse, blacksmith shop EXIT 99 & 102: Fairmont CVB 800-657-3280 • Chain of Lakes, 18 parks, fishing, swimming, Fairmont Aquatic Center, Fairmont Opera House, Heritage Acres, Fairmont Raceway • Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway: hardwood forest, limestone bluffs, Root River Valley, Amish crafts & farm tours, bike trails, cave tours, apple orchards, antiques & craft shops • Spring Valley Methodist Church Museum on Laura Ingalls Wilder site • Preston’s Old Jailhouse B&B, Harmony-Preston State Bicycle Trail • Forestville’s Mystery Cave State Park with daily tours during the summer • Lanesboro’s (Minnesota’s B&B Capital) 54-mile-long Root River State Trail • An Amish community surrounding Harmony, Amish farms, Niagara Cave featuring a 60-foot waterfall • Caledonia’s historic Schech’s water powered mill and Beaver Creek Valley State Park EXIT 119: Blue Earth CHAMBER 507-526-2916 • Green Giant Statue Park and Gift Shop, Faribault County Courthouse (National Historic Site), James B. Wakefield House & County Museum EXITS 154, 157, 159: Albert Lea EXIT 209: Rochester CVB 800-634-8277 • Mayo Clinic, Mayowood Mansion, Assisi Heights, Olmstead County Historical Society EXIT 252: Winona CVB 507-373-3938 CVB 800-657-4972 • EXIT 154 | Audubon Nature & Wildlife Preserve: 12-acre Nature Preserve/Sanctuary • EXIT 157 | Albert Lea CVB, Albert Lea Art Center, Family Aquatic Center, Freeborn County Historical Society Museum, Library & Pioneer Village, Story Lady Doll & Toy Museum, Pelican Breeze Excursion Boat • EXIT 159 | Big Island State Park • Julius Wilke Steamboat Center: on site replica of a steamboat in Levee Park on Main Street • Garvin Heights Park, Watkins Museum & Store, Winona County Historical Museum, Polish Cultural Institute, Julia Belle Swain Steamboat EXITS 175, 178B, 180: Austin CVB 800-444-5713 • EXIT 175 | Mower County Historical Museum located at the Mower County Fairgrounds featuring Hormel Museum • EXIT 178B | SPAM Museum • EXIT 180 | Hormel Nature Center EXIT 275: La Crescent • Amish Store offering Amish furniture and apple shops with locally harvested produce • Federal Lock and Dam #7 on the Mississippi River, Dresbach Info Center (a Minnesota Travel Information Center) TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 Mississippi River Valley and Historic Bluff Country 10 Prairie Land 16 Minnesota River Valley 26 Southern Lakes Our Neighbors . . . 34 Travel Planning Map . . . 36 Directory & Map Codes . . . 38 Publisher: This publication is produced by Itineraries, Inc. in partnership with Southern Minnesota Tourism Association. Itineraries, Inc. 56 S 33rd Ave, #234 - St. Cloud, MN 56301 320-259-1082 / 877-832-7267 www.itinerariesinc.com / email@example.com PHOTO CREDITS: Cover photo provided by Whitewater Wines. Other cover images provided by Scenic Valley Winery, Albert Lea CVB, Murray County Tourism, Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism, and Waseca Area Tourism. Other photos provided by Jim Brandenburg, Dickerson’s Resort, Abby Erickson, Fairmont CVB, Faribault Area Chamber/Tourism, Faribault Woolen Mill Co., Kristi Link Fernholz, Greater Mankato CVB, Harmony Area Chamber, Lori Herbst, Indian Island Winery, Jackpot Junction, Lake City Tourism, Lanesboro Area Chamber, LARK Toys, Luverne Area Chamber, MN Historical Society, MN Marine Art Museum, New Ulm CVB, Northfield CVB, Northstar Visitors Guide, Olivia Chamber, Owatonna CVB, SPAM® Museum, Redwood Falls Chamber/Tourism, Rochester CVB, Steve Swan, Tatanka Bluffs Corridor, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Vintage Band Festival, Visit Winona, Waseca Area Visitors Bureau, Western MN Prairie Waters, and Worthington Area Chamber. Mississippi River Valley and Historic Bluff Country A s one of the most breathtaking regions in North America, it’s no wonder the Mississippi River Valley & Historic Bluff Country boast thousands of visitors each year. Eagle spotted skies overlook idyllic villages; massive stalactites and stalagmites stand guard among Minnesota’s only underground caves; brooks and streams babble among towering bluffs. The setting is ripe with fascinating sights, unique attractions, and magnificent adventures. Exploration of this region is made easy by travel along a portion of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, numerous state trails, and a variety of other scenic routes. With over two dozen state parks offering outdoor activities centered in, on, or near the beautiful Root River, a camera is a must-have during your visit. With so many unique B & B’s in the area, it’s easier to stay longer and enjoy the diverse selection of eateries, museums, and specialty shops. © Abby Erickson MINNESOTA MARINE MUSEUM - WINONA CANNON FALLS www.cannonfalls.org Cannon Falls is a scenic riverside community offering a wide variety of opportunities for relaxation and recreation! GRAND MEADOW www.cityofgrandmeadow.com Located on Highway 16 between Rochester and Austin is Grand Meadow. Visit in the summer for the annual Meadow Fest celebration. HISTORIC BLUFF COUNTRY NIAGARA CAVE - HARMONY © Lori Herbst www.bluffcountry.com LAKE CITY The scenery of Historic Bluff Country provides the perfect backdrop for many activities. Brownsville offers amazing beauty and unlimited river recreation. Caledonia is known as the Wild Turkey Capital of Minnesota and is located in the Heart of Quilt Country. Chatfield is home to the Free Music Lending Library—the only library of its kind in the world. Eitzen is where turkey, deer, and pheasant abound. Fountain is home to the Fillmore County Historical Center and known as the Sinkhole Capital of the USA. Harmony is a treasure to discover. Book a tour through Minnesota’s largest Amish community. Tour traditional Amish farms and workshops to discover a bounty of Amish goods. Another gem in Harmony is the Niagara Cave, getting its name from the 60-foot waterfall that flows over the rugged rock. Visit the Hobo Camp located next to the Harmony-Preston Valley Bike Trail and Slim’s Woodshed, where you can see a collection of woodcarvings from all over the world. Antique lovers will enjoy the city’s new Antique Mall with several shops and antique offerings. Harmony also has a new Disc Golf Course with 9 holes—discs are available for rent. Hokah is perched on a limestone knoll surrounded by Mount Tom, Thompson Creek, Lake Como, a natural waterfall and the Root River. Houston boasts one of the best trailheads in the state, featuring the Houston Nature Center and their most popular employee: Alice the Great Horned Owl. La Crescent is the Apple Capital of Minnesota. When you visit, be sure to venture down the Apple Blossom Scenic Drive. Lanesboro offers the Root River Bike Trail, theatre arts, Amish tours, shopping, tours of the local winery, fine dining and 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 23-27 Frozen River Film Festival, Winona State University 800-657-4972 31-Feb 10 WinterFest XI, Rochester 507-282-8629 JANUARY 2 Whalen Candlelight Ski, Whalan 800-944-2670 8 Over the Back Fence - St Mane Theatre, Lanesboro 507-467-2446 FEBRUARY 1-3 International Festival of Owls, Houston 507-896-4668 22 Little Big Town: The Tornado Tour, Rochester 800-422-2199 MARCH 12-13 World Festival, Rochester 507-289-5960 12-14 Ibsen Festival, Lanesboro 800-944-2670 18-20 Mid West Music Fest, Lanesboro 800-657-4972 APRIL 3-5 100 Mile Garage Sale, Winona 800-657-4972 18 Stand Still Parade, Whalan 507-467-2696 17-19 Money Creek Junction Bluegrass Festival, Houston 507-896-4668 24-27 Cannon River Rendezvous, Stanton 763-213-7572 MAY Lanesboro bed & breakfasts. Historic Lanesboro is the “B & B Capital of Minnesota.” LeRoy is located on the Shooting Star Scenic Byway. The town is chock-full of interesting attractions, including the Shooting Star Bike Trail, Lake Louise State Park, a DNR fishing pier, and the Pioneer Prairie Wind Tower Information Kiosk & Lookout. Mabel is home to the historic Mabel House Hotel, built in 1879. Preston: The quaint village of Preston is situated along the Root River, with the Root River State Bike Trail going right through the community. Camp at the Maple Springs Campground located on a century-old farm and nestled among a valley formed by Forestville Creek. Rushford boasts of its “four seasons” setting in the hardwood forest. Visit the Historic Depot & School Museum or 7-9 Pine Island Cheese Festival, Pine Island 507-356-2088 8 RINTek Nanotek Trek, Rushford 507-421-1885 16 Art in the Park, Lanesboro 800-944-2670 26-Aug 4 Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona 507-474-7900 29-30 Olde Tyme Days Art Show & Costume Extravaganza, Mantorville 507-635-5665 29-July 6 Cannon Falls Fair, Cannon Falls 507-263-3548 JUNE 10-14 Winona County Fair, Winona 800-657-4972 20-21 Wine & Art Festival, Cannon Falls 651-492-5512 23-27 Fillmore County Fair, Preston 888-845-2100 JULY 2-4 Buffalo Bill Days, Lanesboro 800-944-2670 17 Pickle It Day, Preston 507-765-2785 23-25 Rochester GreekFest, Rochester 507-282-1529 AUGUST 6-8 67th Annual Watermelon Festival, Kellogg 800-565-4158 7 Taste of the Trail, Houston 507-864-2992 14 Taste of the Trail, Lanesboro 507-864-2992 21 Taste of the Trail, Preston 507-864-2992 26-28 Boats and Bluegrass Festival, Winona 800-657-4972 SEPTEMBER 15-20 Big Muddy River Rendezvous, Winona 800-657-4972 OCTOBER 7 Christmas Lighted Parade, Winona 800-657-4972 8 Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour, Lanesboro 800-944-2670 DECEMBER ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 5 Lake City © Steve Swan Paddleboat on Lake Pepin - Lake City LAKE CITY www.lakecitymn.org enjoy the Creekside Children’s Play Park. Be sure to check out Nanotek Trek, Nano Camp, and Nano Conference June 2013. Find more information on www.rintek.org. Spring Grove: Visit their SWIM Center, artists’ gallery, and playhouse. Celebrate Spring Grove’s Norwegian heritage with Syttende Mai in May. Spring Valley is one of the sites along 6 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historical Highway and is home to the Methodist Church Museum and Washburn-Zittleman House Museum. Spring Valley is considered “the town that agriculture built.” Wykoff:Visit the National Historic District, the limestone gymnasium, and the 1913 brick jail—now a unique bed & breakfast! This beautiful historic river town is located along the shoreline of Lake Pepin, with the Mississippi River running through it. Lake City is the birthplace of waterskiing. Every year the city celebrates its claim to fame with Water Ski Days featuring music, crafts, a carnival, parade, car show, and of course, water ski shows. www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■ KELLOGG www.wabashamn.org Lark Toys Canoeing - Winona Kellogg is a small town with immense beauty and is one of southeastern Minnesota’s hidden treasures. Enjoy horseback riding and camping at Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground or visit Lark Toys, recently named “One of the 10 coolest toy stores in the world!” by Reader’s Digest! Kellogg is also home to Annie B’s Candy Company – an irresistible must-stop! MANTORVILLE www.mantorvilletourism.com fine or casual dining settings, Mantorville invites you to spend the day. Popular attractions include museums and historic sites, shopping & antiquing, family and dog friendly parks, two self-guided walking tours and five city-wide festivals each year. For a complete listing of events check www.mantorvilletourism.com. PETERSON www.petersonmn.org Nestled in the narrow Root River Valley just off scenic Minnesota State Highway 16, is the small community of Peterson. The town is home to the 1877 Peterson Station Museum—a completely restored historic railroad depot that features a large collection of historical items. RED WING www.redwing.org This picturesque city brims with historic charm and natural beauty, all complemented by one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. Spend a quiet day browsing its famous antique and pottery shops, poking through the farmers’ market (summer) or sauntering along the riverfront watching boats cruise through the marina. ROCHESTER www.rochestercvb.org PINE ISLAND http://cc.pineislandmn.com Mantorville’s many historic limestone buildings have placed this quiet town on the National Register of Historic Places. Featuring one of the few dams left on the Zumbro River, the oldest working courthouse in Minnesota, year-round theatre at the Opera House, and several ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com Pine Island possesses some of the most unique historic buildings in the area. The Opera House block of Main Street includes Pine Island City Hall and its trademark clock tower, the Creamery Building and Butter Factory, as well as others. READS LANDING The Read’s Landing floodplain forest is one of the best places to watch bald eagles in the midwest. Mayowood Mansion - Rochester Rochester offers magnificent attractions, restaurants, theatre and entertainment. Witness the earliest innovations in medicine during a tour of the worldfamous Mayo Clinic or walk the halls of the huge Mayowood Mansion. Rochester is also home to the Plummer House—an English Tudor mansion—and the Olmsted County History Center. The city plays 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 7 host to a symphony orchestra, arts center, repertory, civic & children’s theaters and year-round performances by top-name entertainers at the Mayo Civic Center. WELCH - TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO www.ticasino.com WABASHA www.wabashamn.org Visit The National Eagle Center, a world-class interpretive center located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha. Enjoy a warm welcome and stay at the Turning Waters Bed Breakfast & Adventure. Try your luck at over 2,500 slots, 44 blackjack tables and a 550-seat high stakes bingo hall, all in a Caribbean themed casino. Enjoy mouth-watering food in a variety of restaurants, explore the features of two breathtaking hotel towers, plus a 3,000 seat Island Event Center featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment (like Martina McBride and Brooks & Dunn), and a 24-lane Brunswick Bowling Alley! More unique offerings include a marina, 18-hole golf course (Mt. Frontenac), and a 150-passenger cruise ship. WINONA www.visitwinona.com The historic island city of Winona is one of the most beautiful towns along the Great River Road, nestled between limestone river bluffs and the stunning Mississippi River. The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is in a unique building and landscaped with over 60,000 plants. They feature four galleries of world-class art and artifacts including Impressionism Paul Cezanne La Rivière, 1881 and Hudson River School paintings, marine art, folk art, sculptures and traveling exhibits. ZUMBROTA www.ci.zumbrota.mn.us Zumbrota is home to Minnesota’s only remaining functioning covered bridge. Built in 1869 it measures nearly 120 feet long and 15 feet wide. ■ 8 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■ Prairie Land W elcome to the southwestern corner of Minnesota, where wind and water provide energy and fun. The area around Lake Benton—known as Buffalo Ridge—has nearly 2000 wind turbines, giving it the title of “Windpower Capital of the American Midwest.” But that’s not the only way to harvest the wind. Worthington’s Windsurfing Regatta attracts the nation’s best windsurfers to Lake Okabena—the “fastest lake in the nation.” Another surprise in Minnesota’s Prairie Land is the state’s only alkaline wetland, appropriately named Salt Lake. The large variety of birds in this area attracts bird watchers year round. Nature’s wonders are just part of the reason to visit Minnesota’s Prairie Land. Some of the state’s richest history can be explored here. Pipestone National Monument is an area of ethnological, archaeological and historical significance, and should not be missed. Museums, festivals, celebrations, and locally quarried Sioux Quartzite buildings transform Prairie Land into the perfect “Vacation Land.” © Abby Erickson LUVERNE HENDRICKS www.hendricksmn.com Settled along the Minnesota and South Dakota borders, on the shores of Lake Hendricks, is this quiet and wholesome town where visitors are welcome every season of the year. Sundays during the summer enjoy music in the park, or play a round of golf any day on their nine-hole course overlooking Lake Hendricks. IVANHOE www.ivanhoe.govoffice.com Ivanhoe celebrates its Polish heritage every year at Polska Kielbasa Days. A few miles south find the Anderson Honey Farm—a replica of the honeyprocessing house as seen on Little House on the Prairie. HISTORIC DAYTON HOUSE - WORTHINGTON JACKSON © Jim Brandenburg 2010 www.jacksonmn.com TOUCH THE SKY PRAIRIE - LUVERNE Jackson is located along the beautiful Des Moines River at the junction of US Highway 71 & Interstate 90. A community rich in history, Jackson promotes a healthy active lifestyle for all ages, values its youth, celebrates cultural diversity, and nurtures a learning environment. Eight county parks, the Kilen Woods State Park, and dozens of nearby lakes make the area a natural haven for outdoor fun. Jackson County is host to three unique and challenging golf courses for your enjoyment as well as a disc golf course. Fort Belmont is a replica of a civilian fort built in Jackson County in the 1860s. Features include a stockade and log cabin where settlers survived Indian uprisings as well as a sod house, blacksmith shop, 1873 Lysgard farmhouse, 1902 Delafield church, grist mill and museum. The Fort lookout tower was recently relocated to its current location, providing breathtaking views of undisturbed prairie and the Des Moines River Valley. It’s easy to find, just off Interstate 90, exit 73. Several community events are held throughout the year, including the Farm & Home Show, Race Days, Jackson County Fair, Corn Cob Open golf tournament, and a Holiday Fest parade & fireworks. Jackson also hosts the fastest ½-mile dirt track in a five-state area. Jackson Speedway races are held every Saturday night from May to Labor Day. Stay at one of Jackson’s lovely bed & breakfasts, the KOA Kampground, or try any one of their five motel lodging accommodations. Welcome to the community! 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS LAKE BENTON www.lakebentonminnesota.com Located on the Buffalo Ridge and with over 685 wind turbines, Lake Benton is the “Wind Power Capital of the American Midwest.” Learn about the positive benefits of wind power energy at the Heritage & Wind Power Learning Center. Also home to hunting, fishing, camping, water recreation, cross country skiing, hiking, horse trails and beautiful historic sites, Lake Benton is perfect year round. LAKEFIELD www.lakefieldmn.com Found in southwest Minnesota, Lakefield offers visitors a great view from the observation tower at Sandy Point County Park. It is also home to the Jackson County Museum, featuring wetland history and the Jackson County War Memorial. Be sure to visit the community pool & waterslide. LUVERNE www.luvernechamber.com The sights and sounds of the prairie and history come alive in Rock County: The Cornerstone of Minnesota. Luverne, the county seat, offers a wide array of experiences for visitors to enjoy! A few miles north of Luverne, experience the prairie at Blue Mounds State Park. The park is home to a thriving herd of bison, abundant nature trails, camping facilities, bike trails and Sioux quartzite cliffs (perfect for rock-climbers.) Travel a few miles west to experience Touch the Sky Prairie – a Native Northern Tallgrass Prairie Refuge that features 1,000 acres open for public enjoyment and operated in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation. As one of the four communities featured in the Ken Burns’ 2007 WWII documentary, The War, Luverne offers visitors the chance to reconnect with the rich history of that period. Newly renovated exhibit space at the Rock County Courthouse Square features exhibits that build on the story told in the Burns documentary. The Herreid Military Museum features the story of WWI and WWII Rock County soldiers. On Memorial Day 2014, the museum will open additional displays featuring Rock County soldier stories from the Korean War to the present. 12 Winterfest, Worthington 800-279-2919 JANUARY 17 Thuringer Salonquintett, Marshall 507- 532-4484 FEBRUARY 8-9 Home & Living Show, Luverne 888-283-4061 16 Farm & Home Show, Jackson 507-847-3867 MARCH 5-7, 12-14 Opland Singers Spring Festival of Song, Pipestone 877-722-2787 27-28 Sportsmen’s and Car Show, Tracy 507-629-4021 APRIL 3-4 Annual City-wide Spring Rummage Sales, Luverne 888-283-4061 18 Hot Dog Days/Citywide Garage Sales, St. James 507-375-3333 MAY 1 29th Annual Buffalo Days Parade / Arts in the Park, Luverne 888-283-4061 7-9 Windsurfing Regatta, Worthington 800-279-2919 8-9 Riverfest, Windom 507-831-2752 18-23 Railroad Days, St. James 507-375-3333 20-22 Watertower Festival, Pipestone 800-336-6125 JUNE 4 Old Fashioned 4th of July, Worthington 800-279-2919 11-14 Park Days, Madelia 507-642-8822 12-13 International Festival, Worthington 800-279-2919 12-13 Rhythm of the River, Jackson 507-847-2076 12-13,19-20,26-27 Wilder Pageant, Walnut Grove 800-528-7280 17-1 Watonwan County Fair, St. James 507-375-3333 25 Rock County Fair, Luverne 888-283-4061 26-28 Love of the Land Rendezvous, Keepers Pow Wow & Indian Music Festival, Pipestone 507-825-4560 JULY 8-11 Nobles County Fair, Worthington 800-279-2919 14-18 Cottonwood County Fair, Windom 507-831-2752 17 Prairie Day Parade, Slayton 507-836-6902 24 7th Annual Art Rocks (Juried Art Show), Luverne 888-283-4061 30-Sept 2 Box Car Days, Tracy 507-629-4021 AUGUST 14 King Turkey Day, Worthington 800-279-2919 14 King of Trails Market Day, Pipestone 800-336-6125 28 63rd Annual Tri-State Band Festival, Luverne 888-283-4061 SEPTEMBER 26 Halloween at Pioneer Village, Worthington 800-279-2919 OCTOBER 9 6th Annual Holiday Studio Tour, Luverne 888-283-4061 NOVEMBER 6-8 17th Annual WINTERFEST, Luverne 888-283-4061 DECEMBER ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 11 Located on the first floor and lower level of the Rock County Veterans Memorial Building is the famed Brandenburg Gallery. This photographic and sales gallery features over 200 prizewinning images by nature photographer and Luverne native Jim Brandenburg. Experience live theatre or watch the latest movie at the Historic Palace Theatre. Experience Victorian charm at the Hinkly House, home of one of Luverne’s founding families. Enjoy fine art at the Carnegie Cultural Center. Travel through town on the self-guided Historical Homes Tour and Maplewood Cemetery Tour! Enjoy the best things of small-town living with a movie at Verne Drive-In Theatre; get your exercise with a ride or walk on the 6-mile Blue Mound Trail; have fun at one of more than a dozen city parks; or shop your heart out with an excursion to some of Luverne’s unique retail shops! Any time of the day or night…you will find something to do in Luverne. MADELIA www.visitmadelia.com Many adventures await you in Madelia, Minnesota. Begin by canoeing, horseback 12 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota riding, or playing a round of golf. Afterward take a dip in the outdoor pool, slide down a waterslide or watch the latest movie—tickets are still only $5.00! MARSHALL www.visitmarshallmn.com While exploring southwest Minnesota, be sure to discover Marshall. This community is centrally located and serves as the retail, educational and cultural hub of the region. Being located just off 3 major highways makes them a short drive from anywhere. Marshall can also be your base for hunting. Trips for pheasant, turkey, and trophy deer are well rewarded year after year. Visit the quaint antique shops in the area, and later enjoy a meal at one of Marshall’s varied restaurants offering fine dining or a more casual atmosphere— always something for everyone’s liking. MOUNTAIN LAKE www.mountainlakemn.com Mountain Lake is home to Minnesota’s oldest running community celebration: Mountain Lake Pow-wow Festival. Enjoy the unique shops, historical sights, and a variety of ethnic cuisine only found here. Be sure to see the recently upgraded Heritage Village. It features a collection of buildings from the community, such as a Mennonite House with a collection of furniture built by the first settlers in 1874, and the Minnesota Hall of Fame Telephone Museum. MURRAY COUNTY www.murray-countymn.com Travel around Murray County Minnesota. We have unique attractions to offer a variety of travelers! The ordinary can become extraordinary through a camera lens. Capture images of native prairie and wildlife at one of many wildlife areas. Murray County is fast becoming a favorite spot for birdwatchers to see a variety of local nesting birds. Enjoy a swim in one of our many lakes or stroll down to the Currie dam for good fishing or just to see the picturesque views around Lake Shetek. The area is abundant with remnant tall grass prairies, which host many plants and animals that once flourished throughout the Midwest. The blending of cultural and natural resources throughout Southwest Minnesota makes it a remarkable place to visit. www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■ Just north of Currie you can explore the Murray County Lakes Area and visit the largest lake (Shetek) in southwestern Minnesota, which also forms the headwaters of the Des Moines River. The word Shetek is Ojibwe for pelican, a bird that visits Lake Shetek during the summer and fall. Expect great walleye, northern, crappie, and bullhead fishing. Loon Island, a 45-acre bird sanctuary located within Lake Shetek State Park, is accessible on foot via a causeway and includes an interpretive trail. Take a moment to visit the historic End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum in Currie and step back in time to recall the life of our ancestors and life on the “rails.” While you are there you can walk or bike the six-mile loop of the Casey Jones Trail. There are several quaint shopping opportunities and many small town restaurants in Murray County to enjoy great food and a cozy atmosphere. In the county seat of Slayton, guests may visit the modern Slaytonia Beach pool throughout the summer and watch the kids play while enjoying the shade under the many umbrellas. Or take in a round of Frisbee golf at a nearby course. Speaking of golf, there are 3 golf courses in Murray County! This is just a summary of places to visit in Murray County; you’ll be surprised… there is more to explore! PIPESTONE www.pipestoneminnesota.com Welcome to Pipestone: home of the Pipestone National Monument and site of the sacred soft red stone used to fashion ceremonial pipes. Walk the ¾-mile trail to view the pipestone quarries & Winnewissa Falls. Watch demonstrations of pipes and crafts being carved by Native American crafters inside the Interpretive Center. Pipestone features one of Minnesota’s largest historic districts, with twenty Sioux quartzite buildings constructed before 1900. The Pipestone Performing Arts Center, a 300-seat theater, provides entertainment and a yearly Red Hat Extravaganza. Stop at the Pipestone County Museum to see firsthand the wealth of history artfully preserved and displayed. When you visit, ask about our summer Ghost Walks held every Saturday at dusk. Step back into the early 1800s at the Love of the Land Rendezvous held annually the third weekend in July. The Pipestone Pow-wow and Native American Music Concert, held the fourth weekend in July, ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 13 includes Native American music, dancing, arts & crafts, and authentic food. Join us August 11th and 12th for Pipestone Civil War Days. Activities include an authentic Civil War battle and historic life demonstrations. SANBORN www.cityofsanbornmn.org The McCone Sod House in Sanborn, Minnesota shows visitors what life was like during the Laura Ingalls Wilder days. Visit the town in July for the annual Watermelon Days festival. ST. JAMES www.stjameschamberofcommerce.com Explore the variety of opportunities that await you in St. James! Beautiful St. James Lake offers a full-service campground, pier fishing, a “Let’s Go Fishing” program for seniors, a 4-mile paved walking/biking trail, and abundant ice fishing in winter. A public swimming pool is available in the summer months and features a 155-foot waterslide and a wading pool. Spend the day at Memorial Park offering playgrounds, picnic shelters, a skateboard area, band shell, disc golf, tennis courts, softball fields & sand volleyball, or play 18 holes at the Gold Strand Golf Course. Wonderful eateries and unique shopping greet you on Main Street. Community theatre, concerts, plays, a movie theater, and a community club complete the package. Not a camper? That’s ok, because they also have a newly remodeled, always friendly Super 8 Motel! TRACY www.tracymn.com Tracy is known nationwide today for the annual Labor Day weekend Box Car Day Celebration and also boasts plenty of recreational opportunities. TYLER www.tyler.govoffice.com Come celebrate the Danish heritage of Tyler! With country living steeped in Danish traditions, Tyler is home to the Nissemaend (a Danish elf associated with Christmas) and the Aebleskiver (a Danish dessert similar to a pancake, but shaped like a doughnut hole). You’ll find Nissemaends adorning most businesses and several homes throughout the town. Tyler also features over 30 lakes, an 18-hole golf course, historic Danebod Church & Folk School, swimming pool, parks, and over 150 businesses ready to 14 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■ serve you. They are located only 25 minutes from Marshall or Pipestone and an hour and a half from Sioux Falls, SD. WALNUT GROVE www.walnutgrove.org Walnut Grove is known nationwide as the childhood home of prairie pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder. Through her Little House on the Prairie book series, we grew up learning about this area of Minnesota. The plum thickets, big rock, and spring still reside on the homestead while Pa’s bell still hangs in the English Lutheran Church. Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and view letters, photos, clothing & other memorabilia from the original Ingalls family as well as the beloved family on the hit TV series. Time your visit for the popular Wilder Pageant, which includes an outdoor live performance of Laura’s life and a Laura-Nellie Look Alike Contest. Visit Plum Creek’s 205-acre park, or shop for unique souvenirs, antiques, gifts & more! WINDOM www.winwacc.com You’ll be surprised when you explore The Little City That Would! Windom is the county seat of Cottonwood County and ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com provides those traveling along Highways 60 & 71 with easy access to a large variety of unique retail, dining and businesses. Windom connects those searching for the arts, history & recreation at the Business, Arts and Recreation Center (BARC), the site of many concerts and plays throughout the year, the Cottonwood County Historical Museum and Remick Art Gallery, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, numerous parks and a Country Club 9-hole Golf Course. Windom also offers area residents and visitors with many festivities including horse shows staged at Windom Arena throughout the summer, local events hosted at the Community Center year-round, the Riverfest celebration the second full weekend in June and the Cottonwood County Fair in late August. Come see what you will find in Windom! to the Midwest Speed Quest. There are plenty more goings on year-round, too. Among them are the community’s storied King Turkey Day (September), highlighted by the Great Gobbler Gallop turkey race, and the International Festival (July), which offers up a mesmerizing serving of multicultural cuisine and entertainment. For those who enjoy history, Pioneer Village is a spot to recall the life of our ancestors, and the Historic Dayton House gives visitors the chance to tour the Victorian-style home of the Dayton’s department store founder. ■ WORTHINGTON www.worthingtonmnchamber.com Beautiful Lake Okabena is the crown jewel of Worthington, which attracts windsurfers from around the nation to its Windsurfing Regatta in June. The annual Regatta takes place in conjunction with the Unvarnished Music Festival. Lake Okabena – labeled “Fastest Lake in the Nation” – is also home 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 15 Minnesota River Valley T he Minnesota River Valley was carved into the landscape by vast glaciers at the end of the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. A prehistoric river drained the mighty Lake Agassiz leaving this 5-mile-wide valley through which the Minnesota River now flows. It was the Dakota people who named the river, which means “sky-like water” in one interpretation. The state was later named after the river. Drive along Highway 212 between Montevideo and Granite Falls to view the oldest known rocks in the continental United States—dating back 3.8 billion years. The valley is known as the center of Minnesota’s canning industry and remains the country’s largest producer of sweet corn. When visiting the area, take the scenic route along the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway. Discover history, hunting, art, fossils, theatre, entertainment, food, festivals, beer, wine, birding, parks, outdoor activities, shopping, antiques, museums, golfing, camping, gaming, and…whew! The list is endless. Come and relive the stories of the past and appreciate all the valley offers today, then return home with new stories of your own. MAHKATO POW-WOW - MANKATO AUGUST SCHELL BREWERY - NEW ULM CANBY www.canbychamber.com Canby offers fishing, swimming, camping, sightseeing and many more outdoor activities. Step back in history with a visit to the Lund-Hoel House, an 1891 Queen Anne Victorian residence with balconies, stained glass windows, gardens, a carriage house and more. © Kristi Link Fernholz HENDERSON WESTERN MN PRAIRIE WATERS www.hendersonmn.com Henderson is home to the one and only Sauerkraut Days, held the last weekend in June, and featuring the World Champion Sauerkraut eating contest among other festival events. The city is also home to the Sibley County Historical Museum, a century old home that now serves as a museum. MANKATO www.visitgreatermankato.com Come for our great events, stay for Greater Mankato. Mankato is the ideal vacation spot in the Minnesota River Valley. Throughout the year we have several great events to choose from, including our summer events: Vikings Training Camp, Summer Solstice, Hickory Street Ribfest and Arts by the River. Visitors can cheer on the Mankato Moondogs—a collegiate summer team—at Franklin Rogers Ball Park. AUGUST SCHELL BREWERY - NEW ULM Our fall events include the annual Mahkato PowWow at Land of Memories Park. This 3-day event is open to the public. History Fest re-enacts the Civil War. Runners will enjoy hitting the pavement for the Mankato Marathon in October. Winter offers skiing on Mount Kato, Mankato Mavericks hockey, sledding at Sibley Park—to name a few. Be entertained by the Mankato Ballet or many theatre options. Aside from events we are known for our many area wineries, our endless miles of great trails for running, biking or hiking, our Betsy-Tacy heritage and our outdoor activities. Whenever visitors choose to stay in Mankato, fun and entertainment will be waiting for them. MARIETTA www.mariettamn.com Birding enthusiasts flock to Salt Lake every April for Marietta’s spectacular bird-watching opportunities. MORTON - JACKPOT JUNCTION CASINO HOTEL www.jackpotjunction.com Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, an Enterprise of the Lower Sioux Indian Community, offers you 440,000 square feet of live casino action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Located in southwestern 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 12 Swedish History & Folk Tales, St. Peter 507-934-2160 19 Craft Beer Expo, Mankato 800-657-4733 31-Feb 3,6-10 Spring Awakening Play, Mankato 507-389-6661 JANUARY 9 Fasching / Bock Fest, New Ulm 888-463-9856 22 Hairball Concert, Mankato 507-389-3000 FEBRUARY 1-3 Figure Skating & Ice Show, New Ulm 888-463-9856 30 Easter Egg Hunt, Sleepy Eye, 507-794-4731 MARCH 5-6 Home, Yard & Garden Show, Springfield 507-723-3517 19-20 56th Annual MN Inventors Congress Invention & Idea Show, Redwood Falls 800-468-3681 24-27 Plague of Angels, Mankato 507-389-6661 APRIL 4 Mai Fest at Morgan Creek Vineyard, New Ulm 507-947-3547 16-18 Syttende Mai, Hanska 888-463-9856 25 Gifts from the Earth: American Indian Handicrafts, Comfrey 507-628-5591 MAY Riverfront Park concert - Mankato Minnesota, approximately 110 miles from Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Jackpot has 1320 video slot machines, 28 table games that include blackjack, poker and specialty games, and a 375-seat bingo hall, plus pulltabs and lottery. Four food outlets: Dacotah Restaurant, Seasons Buffet, Full Deck Grill, and Wabasha Creek Restaurant, plus four full-service bars. Three entertainment facilities, The Classic Lounge, Dacotah Exposition Center, and the Amphitheater, offer live entertainment. Hotel accommodations include 378 deluxe rooms at the Lower Sioux Lodge and a 70-unit RV park. The 44,825 square foot Convention Center provides childcare, an 18-hole championship golf course at 8-9 Arts by the River, Mankato 507-387-1008 15-16 Solstice, Mankato 507-657-4733 15-16 Milwaukee Road Heritage Center Crafts and Festival 320-269-9563 27-30 Dawson Riverfest, Dawson, 320-769-2981 28-30 Riverside Days, Springfield 507-866-8990 28-30 Sauerkraut Days, Henderson 507-248-3234 JUNE oldest family-owned brewery in the country, specializing in brewing Germanstyle lagers and uniquely crafted beers, with 18 different brews! Visit the brewery for a tour. The grounds offer floral gardens, roaming peacocks, and barrel after barrel of the finest beers imaginable. Monuments like the Glockenspiel and Hermann the German will delight and entertain you. Festivals like Bavarian 4 Patriotic 4th of July, New Ulm 888-463-9856 4 4th of July Fireworks, Sleepy Eye 507-794-4731 19-21 Bavarian Blast, New Ulm 888-463-9856 26-30 Corn Capital Days, Olivia 320-523-1350 JULY 3 Annual Morton Open Golf Tournament, Morton 507-697-6912 11 Czech Heritage Festival, Bechyn 320-826-2451 16-17 52nd Annual Buttered Corn Days, Sleep Eye 507-794-4731 AUGUST 14 Scarecrow Festival, Morton 507-697-6912 20-22 Mahkato Pow Wow, Mankato 800-657-4733 SEPTEMBER 4, 5, 11,12 Oktoberfest, New Ulm 888-463-9856 5 Grape Stomp, Morgan Creek Vineyards, New Ulm 507-947-3547 10-13 History Fest at McGowan’s Farm, Mankato 507-388-3361 OCTOBER 29 Parade of Lights, New Ulm 888-463-9856 29-Dec 31 Kiwanis Holiday Lights, Mankato 507-385-9129 NOVEMBER 5 Mistletoe Madness, Morton 507-697-6912 13-14 Nativity Pageant, Springfield, 507-866-8990 DECEMBER Dacotah Ridge Golf Club - Morton Dacotah Ridge Golf Club, plus a gift shop and transportation services. NEW ULM www.newulm.com This “City of Charm and Tradition” is located in the Minnesota River Valley. New Ulm is recognized for its strong German heritage – evident in the many festivals, monuments, architecture and traditions. Food and drink figure strongly into local traditions, and along with several fine-dining options, Schell’s Brewery is a must-see. It is the second ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 17 Climb to the top of Hermann Monument and enjoy a 15-mile panorama of the Minnesota River Valley. Blast in July and Oktoberfest in October are widely popular, but keep in mind there is a festival nearly every month! History lovers will enjoy the iPod tours and the Walking Tour brochure that gets you up close and personal with history. You must see the stunning new exhibit on the U.S.Dakota War of 1862 at the Brown County Museum and the fantastic 1873 murals of scenes from Germany at historic Turner 18 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com â– Hall. The Specialty Shops offer a wide variety of unique gifts for all and families will enjoy Flandrau State Park with their outdoor pool, 7-mile paved bike path, and environmentally themed mini-golf course at Putting Green. Other worthwhile visits include: the Wanda Gag House, Governor John Lind’s home, and the MN Music Hall of Fame. Morgan Creek Vineyards offers entertainment, as well as award-winning wines and mini-pizzas. The Minnesota and Cottonwood Rivers offer fishing, canoeing and recreational boating. Their valleys lend a natural beauty not found elsewhere on the prairie. Visit our historic Saint Aloysius Catholic Church, which recently finished a $1.4 million restoration and has been referred to as “the Jewel of the Prairie” by Jason Davis, On the Road Again. ORTONVILLE / BIG STONE CITY www.bigstonelake.com The sister cities of Ortonville, Minnesota and Big Stone City, South Dakota welcome you to their prairie oasis. The Big Stone Lake Area is a haven for sportsmen, hunters, birders, outdoor enthusiasts and tourists. Ortonville and Big Stone City are proud to host many different festivals and events including world class Fishing Tournaments, Horse Trail Rides, Historic Boat Tours and the annual Corn Fest. Filled with camping and cabin sites such as Schmidt’s Landing, Big Stone Lake is an outdoor enthusiasts best friend. The 12,610-acre Big Stone Lake is ideal for water sports and fishing. Birding and hiking are some entertaining activities at the local Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. Play a round of golf on Ortonville’s “Million Dollar” golf course, OLIVIA www.oliviachamber.org Olivia is located 90 miles west of the Twin Cities. Its claim to fame is its title as the Corn Capital of the World. This area has the highest concentration of seed research and processing companies of any place on the globe. Its reputation has brought visitors from 53 foreign nations and all 50 states to Renville County to study agriculture. The Corn Monument features the largest ear of corn in Minnesota and most visitors stop to have their picture taken with the colorful statue. Take a stroll around town and visit the renovated Renville County Courthouse. Renville County Courthouse Built in 1902, it is architecturally significant as one of Minnesota’s finest Victorian monumental buildings. Bring the family to the annual Corn Capital Days and Sweet Corn Feed, held the last weekend in July. Join in all the fun with musical entertainment, kiddie parade, mini-triathlon, kid’s pedal pull, Tatanka Bluffs Art Show, crazy days, a fly-in breakfast, air show and the grand parade. Play a round at the public golf course, go bowling, pause and relax in their seven beautiful parks. Enjoy unique dining at Max’s Grill attached to the Sheep Shedde Inn; offering clean, comfortable rooms, located on west Highway 212. ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 19 © Kate Grabosky Alexander Ramsey Park - Redwood Falls and spend some time at the Big Stone County Historical Museum, home to many historical treasures of the past. REDWOOD FALLS www.redwoodfalls.org Redwood and Renville counties are comprised of 26 communities with unique identities. Together they are called Tatanka Bluffs and provide a unique recreation destination full of natural and cultural history. The Redwood Falls area is located along the Minnesota River and is home to Alexander Ramsey Park—the largest municipal park in the state. Stop by to enjoy picturesque Ramsey Falls, termed as the “Little Yellowstone of Minnesota.” Camp, hike, or visit the animals at the zoo, including buffalo, elk, deer, prairie dogs, and numerous species of upland game and waterfowl, this is all on the same 217-acre park property. The 18-hole championship golf course, strung in and around the park, is known for both its beauty and island hole. On a hot summer day, drop by the outdoor Family Aquatic Center for a refreshing ride down the waterslides. Summer is also a perfect time to visit the Redwood County Historical Museum, displaying 30 rooms of area history as well as the Gilfillan Farm Estate in Morgan, Minnesota—a beautiful farm rich with culture and history. May through October visit Fieldstone Vineyards for some Minnesota wine made from Minnesota grapes and fruit. Each year families make an annual trip to Holmberg Orchard in Vesta, Minnesota. Daily activities include juicy apple samples, build-your-own scarecrows and wagon rides throughout the farm. Help stir apple butter cooked over an open fire and hunt for that perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Settle in for a peaceful night’s sleep and warm hospitality at the Redwood Lodge, where you can gather around the marble fireplace or relax in the whirlpool. SLEEPY EYE www.sleepyeye-mn.com Chow down at a gigantic FREE corn feast at Buttered Corn Days in August, or visit in September for a huge flea market and craft show at the Great Grassroots Gathering. The infamous Linus Statue is a must-see for young and old alike. Sleepy Eye is rich in history, rich in tradition, and rich in pride. Come see for yourself! SPRINGFIELD www.springfieldmnchamber.org Located on Highway 14 (the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Highway), and nestled along the scenic Cottonwood River, is a growing vibrant community with a solid base that includes a strong city government, a variety of businesses and advanced education. The Rothenburg Campground— adjacent to the Riverside Park complex— offers full hook-ups, WIFI, a swimming 20 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■ pool and waterslide. Don’t miss Kartin’ in the Park for Go-Kart rentals on weekends, or their 18-hole Disc Golf course connected to a 3-mile paved hiking/biking trail. Historic downtown Springfield offers a variety of businesses within two blocks of the park. The Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham offers 30 rooms, an indoor pool and spa. The Springfield Area Community Center (neighboring the park) offers a variety of spaces and services. ST PETER www.stpeterchamber.org At the heart of the picturesque Minnesota River Valley stands St. Peter’s Pearly Gates, an attraction unlike any other. See the Linnaeus Arboretum on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, providing “an environment to educate the mind and revive the spirit.” Check out the E. St. Julien Cox House, an architectural marvel built in 1871, and don’t miss the Arts Center— an active hub of arts in the St. Peter area. Enjoy a free 1919 rootbeer at the soda fountain, part of the Drugstore & Pharmacy Museum. Enjoy various recreational activities, excellent restaurants, cozy accommodations, and a vibrant business district—all in St. Peter! WATSON Lac Qui Parle State Park is located in Watson. The “lake that speaks” is a dominant feature of this park. Geese, bald eagles, and deer are common sights. The Annual Wild Goose Chase 30K Race & 30K Relay is held here as well. WESTERN MINNESOTA PRAIRIE WATERS www.prairiewaters.com Kick back, relax and enjoy the serene prairie, lazy rivers, and the rich ethnic & cultural heritage of West Central 22 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota Minnesota. It’s life in the slow lane at its best. Breathtaking sunsets, long walks among the wildflowers, bird watching, peaceful surroundings and an abundance of wildlife all accompany a visit to one of these four counties known as the Prairie Waters. An area abounding in beauty, heritage and nature welcoming visitors with open arms, an area where the coffee is always on and the door is always open. It is home to many outstanding artists, unique shops, and locally grown produce to help fill your shopping bags. The Minnesota River and other waterways serve as a recreational magnet for outdoor enthusiasts—hunters, fishermen, birders and paddlers. With history around every corner, it’s a great vacation spot for those who want to linger and take time to get to know the people and places. You’ll be surprised at what you find. Once you visit, you won’t want to leave. Appleton: Appleton is the only city in America with streets named for its hometown war veterans. There are many activities in and around Appleton, including a 9-hole golf course located on the river, a community trail, groomed snowmobile trails, newly renovated campground and canoe access to the Pomme de Terre River, and a municipal pool. Benson: Benson offers one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in Western Minnesota, unlimited hunting and outdoor recreation, and unique shopping opportunities. Dawson: Experience the rich Scandinavian heritage of Dawson. Officially known as “Gnometown USA,” the city features gnome statues scattered throughout the community. Their recreational facilities include a 9-hole golf course, an outdoor swimming pool and a riverside walking/biking trail along the Lac qui Parle River. Granite Falls: Explore this scenic river Pomme de Terre River community nestled in the Minnesota River Valley. Rich in Native American culture, historic & scenic riches abound. See the World’s Oldest Rock formed by Glacial River Warren nearly 4 billion years ago. Explore local giant bison hunting grounds and dig-site discoveries at the County Museum. Camp in tepees at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park or bring your tent or RV to the many campsites along the rivers. Take advantage of extensive bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, biking and some of the best fishing spots along the shores of public parks. Visit quaint retail shops, the historic Andrew Volstead home, the newly restored K.K. Berge Building & Art Gallery, and view pelicans and the waterfall while crossing the historic Roebling Footbridge—all on Main Street Granite Falls. Have fun at special events such as Western Fest Rodeo, Upper Sioux Wacipi (Pow-wow), and Meander Art Crawl, to name a few. Prairie’s Edge Casino and Prairie View RV Park is located three miles south of Granite Falls on Highway 23 and offers everything you need for the ideal getaway. Guests are invited to relax and enjoy one of the 160 luxurious hotel rooms and suites. Immerse yourself in the tranquil pool area featuring an indoor pool, wading pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness center. They also provide in-room high-speed wireless internet access. If it’s exhilarating gaming action you crave, you’re in luck! They offer 24-hour gaming action with over 900 of the newest and hottest video slots including video roulette and electronic bingo. They also have 10 blackjack tables, a non-smoking poker room and huge nonsmoking slot area. Taste delicious cuisine at the Meadows Buffet or relax and enjoy yourself at Firefly Bar & Grille, featuring grilled steaks, fresh seafood and cocktails. The events and convention center hosts big name entertainment and offers 1,000-plus concert seating. www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■ â– www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 23 Prairie View RV Park and Prairie’s Edge Convenience Store are located adjacent to the hotel and casino offering a nonsmoking casino area as well as all the lastminute items you may need. We know you will enjoy your stay! Hanley Falls: Look back to an era when neighbors worked together at the Minnesota Machinery Museum. This beautiful six-acre site is home to five huge buildings housing farming implements such as tools, tractors and gas engines in mint condition. Marvel at the fully operational vintage automobiles or come in August for the summertime threshing show. We’re one of Minnesota’s premier agricultural museums! Lac qui Parle County is deploying Fiber-to-the-Premise broadband service to every residence and business in Lac qui Parle County. This network will make LqP County one of the leading technology counties in the state. Quality of life and premier technology access – what a great combination! Contact the Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority to find out more about us and the opportunities available for you! Contact Pam Lehmann at 320-598-7976 or firstname.lastname@example.org and visit online at 24 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota www.lqpeda.com. Madison: A huge cod statue named Lou T. Fisk greets visitors to Madison, Minnesota—the Lutefisk Capital of the United States. It’s also the birthplace of renowned poet and best-selling artist Robert Bly. The Lac qui Parle County Historical Center features several pieces from Bly’s youth, as well as Native American artifacts and the popular Ethel Melum Doll Collection. Milan: Milan is a leading center of Scandinavian culture and ethnic arts. The Milan Village Art School features classes in several folk art forms led by local artists. Montevideo: Whether you enjoy learning about their historic pioneer background, finding pleasure in the activities of the lazy Minnesota River or prefer their unique shops and restaurants, there is something for everyone in Montevideo. Known as the City of Parks, the area boasts 12 parks covering more than 115 acres—three of which can be found along the picturesque Chippewa River. Historic Chippewa City is a turn-of-the-century village hosting 24 buildings replicating the 1800s, complete with a town square, boardwalk, and a Historic Chippewa City centrally located bandstand/gazebo. Just outside Montevideo is the Olaf Swensson Farm Museum—a 17-acre farmstead complete with timber-frame barn, gristmill remains and hand-cut granite monuments. The 22-room farmhouse rests on a foundation of local granite. WHEATON www.cityofwheaton.com Home of the World’s Largest Mallard is Wheaton, Minnesota—famous for Duck Days, a yearly festival with crazy days specials, a tractor pull, and historical demonstrations. Walleye fishing is also prevalent. In fact, spring walleye season opens two weeks earlier than the state fishing opener. Wheaton is centrally located where North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota meet. Come see for yourself! ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■ Southern Lakes P lenty of surprises await you in the Southern Lakes Region—where the landscape transitions from big woods to vast prairie. Begin with the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail—a 39-mile multi-use paved biking, walking, and snowmobiling trail. It was originally a railroad line connecting Faribault and Mankato and was then abandoned in the 1970s when it was turned over to the state. Now the trail has been developed to offer year-round activities as it stretches through three of the state’s most scenic counties. Discover woodlands, rolling hills, grassy prairies, and sparkling lakes as you explore Minnesota’s Southern Lakes area. Four state parks—Sakatah Lake, Nerstrand Big Woods, Rice Lake and Big Island— entice visitors four seasons of the year. Come for such adventures as fishing, boating, swimming, bird watching, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and so much more. Plenty of the best resorts, campgrounds, historic sites and eateries are waiting to serve you. You’ll be surprised by the natural splendors around every corner. With so much to see and do, be sure to bring a camera and plan to stay just a little bit longer. © Greg Abel SPAM MUSEUM - AUSTIN © Griff Wigley FARIBAULT WINTER WALK - NORTHFIELD ALBERT LEA www.albertleatourism.org AUSTIN Albert Lea, also known as The Land Between the Lakes, is nestled between Fountain & Albert Lea Lakes. Shopping enthusiasts love our unique specialty gift and antique shops in Historic Downtown Albert Lea. With over 40 parks in Albert Lea, breathtaking wildlife & beauty along the Blazing Star Bike Trail (linking to Myre Big Island State Park), and Bayside Ski Shows held weekly, there is something for everyone! The Freeborn County Historical Museum & Village is home to Marion Ross and Eddie Cochran memorabilia. Enjoy a scenic tour aboard the Pelican Breeze II Cruise Boat on beautiful Albert Lea Lake, or tour MinneSOYta Nice Candle & Soap Factory. You won’t want to miss a play or musical performance at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center or a show at the Albert Lea Art Center. Annual festivals include the Land Between the Lakes Triathlon, Eddie Cochran Weekend, 4th of July Parade, carnival, car show, fireworks, April Sorensen Memorial Half Marathon, BIB Barbeque, downtown festivals, Freeborn County Fair and the Big Island Rendezvous. www.austincvb.com Also known as SPAM® Town USA, Austin is home to the world-famous SPAM® Museum. Plenty of new and exciting opportunities await you at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, Historic Paramount Theatre, Greibroks Mini-History Farm, The Hormel Institute, Hormel Historic Home and so much more! The Hormel Historic Home includes a banquet hall, Peace Garden, dining room and library— great for group gatherings! The Greibroks Mini-History Farm features over 700 model tractors, trucks, cars, farm machinery, steam engines, airplanes and other toys throughout a unique 40-room farmhouse. Schedule your tour during your visit to Austin, MN! BLUE EARTH www. blueearthchamber.com The city of Blue Earth gets its name from the Blue Earth River encompassing the town. The river was given the Indian name “mah-ko-tah,” meaning blue earth, for the greenish blue clay found high in its banks. Some of the only samples of “mah-ko-tah” can be found in the chemistry department of Minnesota State 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 5 Dance Party, Austin 507-437-4563 12-13 Southern MN Pond Hockey Championship, Fairmont 800-657-3280 27 Wedding Showcase, Austin 507-437-4563 27 5th Annual Ice Fishing Classic, Albert Lea 877-730-3144 JANUARY 1-10 Paint the Town Pink, Austin 507-437-4563 1-23 Sleigh & Cutter Festival, Waseca 507-461-3727 3-Mar 15 History Center: Smithsonian Exhibit, Owatonna 507-451-1420 15-17 “Irish Tales: The bones That Came to Visit,” Austin 507-434-0934 16 Metropolitan Opera HD Live: Rigoletto – Verdi, Albert Lea 800-345-8414 Pelican Breeze II Cruise Boat - Albert Lea University and on display at the Blue Earth County Historical Society. Blue Earth is home to Minnesota’s first stained glass window—on display at the historic Episcopal Church—and is also the birthplace of the Chocolate Dream. But let’s not forget the towering Jolly Green Giant overlooking the town. This 55-foot statue attracts over 20,000 visitors each year. Purchase Green Giant collectibles at the Giant Museum downtown. Festivals in Blue Earth include Giant Days, the Woodcarvers & Quilt Expo, and the Holiday Sampler on the Town. © Northstar Visitors Guide FEBRUARY 14-16 North American Farm & Power Show, Owatonna 800-423-6466 22-24 Home & Vacation Show, Austin 507-373-9600 23-24 D&S Trophies Farm Toy Show, Fairmont 800-657-3280 MARCH 6 Taste of Heritage, Albert Lea 800-345-8414 13-14 Minnesota Alpaca Expo, Owatonna 651-583-2915 17 Jose Cole Circus, Owatonna 800-423-6466 26 Little Texas, Austin 507-434-0934 APRIL 2 Citywide Garage Sale, Fairmont 800-657-3280 3-4 Crossroads of Desturction Demolition Derby, Albert Lea 800-345-8414 4 Springtime on the Farm at Farmamerica, Waseca 507-461-3727 17-18 Minnesota in May State BBQ Competition, Faribault 800-658-2354 31-Jun 2 10th Annual Flea Market, Austin 507-433-1868 31-Jun 2 Smokin’ In Steele (BBQ), Owatonna 507-451-5554 MAY 1,8,15,22,29 Riverwalk Market Fair, Northfield 507-645-5604 (Saturdays thru Oct) 7-9 Eddie Cochran Weekend, Albert Lea 800-345-8414 12-15 Faribault Heritage Celebration, Faribault 800-658-2354 15 Interlaken Heritage Days, Fairmont 800-657-3280 JUNE 3-4 Freedom Fest, Austin 507-437-4563 3-7 4th of July Celebrations, Albert Lea 800-345-8414 4 33rd Annual Music Festival, Fairmont 507-235-5547 16-21 Rice County Fair, Faribault 800-658-2354 24-28 Owatonna 5 Days of Fun, Owatonna 800-423-6466 30-Aug 4 Freeborn County Fair, Albert Lea 507-373-6965 31-Aug 10 “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT,” Austin 507-433-0595 JULY 1-4 Vintage Band Music Festival, Northfield 507-645-7554 6-11 129th Annual Mower County Free Fair, Austin 507-437-4563 10 Blue Collar BBQ & Arts Fest, Faribault 800-658-2354 12-18 Martin County Fair, Fairmont 507-235-9576 13-18 Steele County Free Fair, Owatonna 800-423-6466 23-24 Big Island State BBQ Championship, Albert Lea 800-658-2526 AUGUST 4-8 Defeat of Jesse James Days, Northfield 800-658-2548 13-14 Faribault Airfest & Balloon Rally, Faribault 800-658-2354 14 Fountain Lake Power Boat Drag Races, Albert Lea 800-345-8414 SEPTEMBER 3-6 27th Annual Big Island Rendezvous & Festival, Albert Lea 507-552-1248 19-20 Studio Artour of So Central MN, Northfield, Faribault, Cannon Falls 800-658-2548 26 Farmamerica’s All Hallows Eve, Waseca 507-461-3727 OCTOBER 29 Dec 15 3rd Annual “Festival of Lights,” Austin 507-437-4563 NOVEMBER 1 A Christmas Gathering, Albert Lea 800-345-8414 12 Winter Walk, Northfield, 800-658-2548 DECEMBER ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 27 © Greg Abel Fairmont Indian Island Winery - Janesville ELLENDALE www.ellendalemn.com Ellendale is located just 15 minutes south of Owatonna; offering country style living in a friendly, quiet community. Their lovely flower garden and mural depicts the city’s earlier years. or snowmobiling. A mile and a half east is the Okaman Elk Farm and Petting Zoo, featuring elk, miniature donkeys, pygmy goats, alpacas and a free petting zoo. Stop by historic Klondike Hill—the highest point in three counties—for a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. ELYSIAN 28 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota www.elysianmn.com FAIRMONT Elysian is at the center of the 39mile-long Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail—ideal for biking, hiking, skating The City of Lakes awaits your arrival. With five lakes and open prairies, www.visitfairmontmn.com www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■ Fairmont offers a little something for everyone, no matter what season! Beat the winter blues by ice fishing, cross-country skiing, or snowmobiling. Spend the summer months boating, water skiing, traveling the lakes, taking in the view, or simply basking in the sun—and don’t forget your fishing pole! Several year-round walking/biking trails offer many activities. With almost twenty parks in the area, there’s a lot of open space to relax and enjoy. Whether you’re here for a few hours or several days, there are many Faribault community activities to enjoy. Spend the day shopping or play golf at one of their two beautiful local courses. Swim at the Aquatic Park or watch a breathtaking sunset over the lake. The Fairmont Opera House, Fairmont Film Society, and the Red Rock Center for the arts are always offering something to stimulate your need for culture and art. Travel back in time at their numerous historical sites, including the Pioneer Museum. Enjoy the beauty and history Fairmont has to offer! ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com FARIBAULT www.visitfaribault.com Located just 35 minutes south of the Twin Cities metro area on Interstate 35 is Faribault, Minnesota—a city of great experiences! It serves as the perfect year-round backdrop for a refreshing vacation or family outing. Do you love the outdoors? Faribault has 10 area lakes and two rivers, perfect for fishing, boating or canoeing. Don’t forget their cozy resorts for a peaceful night’s sleep. Need a replenishing walk? Faribault boasts 10 miles of paved trails and is at the hub of the 39-mile-long Sakatah State Trail. Your outdoor excursion is not complete without a trip to the 750-acre River Bend Nature Center. Faribault is one-of-a-kind. It is home to the world famous Tilt-a-Whirl and also to the Cathedral of our Merciful Saviour— the first cathedral in Minnesota. Faribault Dairy makes some of the best blue cheese 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 29 Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Lake camping - Faribault in the world—America’s first cave-aged blue cheese. This area is rich with historic sites as well. Aside from Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Faribault has the most buildings in Minnesota on the National Register of Historic Places. Faribault has a great tradition of festivals and events. Two of the top festivals in southern Minnesota can be found here in September: the Tree Frog Music Festival and the Faribault Airfest & Balloon Rally. The recipe for fun is simple in Faribault! LE SUEUR www.lesueurchamber.org Follow the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway to Le Sueur—the “Valley of the Jolly Green Giant.” Here you will find the Le Sueur Museum with the Green Giant Interpretive Room. Visit the W.W. Mayo House where costumed history interpreters explore the life and time period of Dr. William Worrall Mayo and his family. Hand-built by the “little doctor” in 1859, the home is the birthplace of Dr. William James Mayo. The father-son team founded the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1903. MADISON LAKE www.madisonlake.govoffice2.com Madison Lake abounds with area parks including three city parks, four lake parks, plus campgrounds. The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail passes along the northern region of Madison Lake, offering beautiful views of Ballantyne Lake, Madison Lake, and Duck Lake. MEDFORD www.medfordminnesota.com Halfway between Faribault and Owatonna lies Medford—a point of attraction for shopping and tourism. The Medford Outlet Center offers quality shopping and exceptional prices at over 45 premium stores. The Medford Straight River Park and the Medford Swimming Pool are popular attractions during the warmer months. MONTGOMERY www.montgomerymn.org Welcome to Montgomery—the Kolacky Capital of the World! The town has been trumpeting the praises of this traditional Czech fruit-filled pastry at its Kolacky Days celebration in July since 1929. Try a kolacky any time of the year at Franke’s Bakery. Be sure to include a visit to Big Honza’s Museum of Unnatural History—it’s a hoot! 30 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■ MORRISTOWN www.morristownmn.com © Lisa M. Graffl Come celebrate Morristown’s annual Dam Days the first weekend after Memorial Day. Visit the Old Morristown Watermill and view the mill’s watergate as it is opened to power the 140-year-old grinding mill. Don’t miss the bargains at the All City Garage Sale the first weekend in August 2013. NEW PRAGUE music and the instruments of past eras. Performances take place in many outdoor locations all around Northfield. Also browse art galleries and boutiques or indulge your taste buds at any of their charming hometown restaurants. OWATONNA www.visitowatonna.org Owatonna is located just one hour south of the Twin Cities on Interstate 35. It is home to Cabela’s—Minnesota’s second- Northfield Riverfront www.ci.new-prague.mn.us New Prague is a Czech community complemented by unique shops, ethnic restaurants, historic places of interest and small town charm. Dožínky® (doe-shink’-key), a Czech Harvest Festival patterned after the “Old Country” original, is held on the third Saturday of September each year. NORTHFIELD www.visitingnorthfield.com History buffs know Northfield as the town that stopped Jesse James from robbing the local bank. The CVB offers a fun, self-guided tour called the Outlaw Trail, which includes historic buildings, campsites, country roads and a few little towns along the way. It is also one of the first towns in Minnesota to offer podcast tours. The history tours travel through several buildings that are architecturally significant, as well as outdoor community spaces downtown. Download the podcasts onto your own device or check out an iPod for free at the Northfield Historical Society. This lovely river town is known as one of Minnesota’s ideal destinations for art, outdoor concerts, recitals, plays and festivals. Thousands of visitors come to Northfield each December to experience the famous St. Olaf Christmas Festival. In Vintage Band Festival - Northfield August, people flock to enjoy The Vintage Band Music Festival, an exciting 4-day international music event, celebrating the ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 31 Lake Kohlmeier - Owatonna Waseca largest tourist attraction. This mega-store features retail, plus museum-quality animal displays in their natural habitats. Owatonna offers great group tour opportunities! Explore the Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum, home to more than 10,000 orphans from 1886 to 1945, or the Steele County Historical Society’s Village of Yesteryear and History Center, or the Reptile & 32 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota Amphibian Discovery Zoo, one of the world’s largest reptile displays and the place for a fun family adventure! Fans of architecture can visit the Louis Sullivan-designed bank in downtown Owatonna and Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House located on the grounds of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center. Stop by the third week in August and enjoy the Steele County Free Fair— Minnesota’s largest free county fair that has been named one of the top events in North America! With more than 700 acres of parkland and 24 parks in Owatonna, it is a center for people who enjoy outdoor recreation. The very popular Kaplan’s Woods Parkway offers 225 acres for hiking, biking, inline skating, and cross-country skiing—plus Lake Kohlmeier’s beach and www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■ Louis Sullivan-designed Bank - Owatonna fishing docks. With more than 550 lodging rooms, Owatonna offers accommodations for every type of traveler, as well as a variety of restaurants and unique shops for all tastes and occasions. WASECA contemporary designs. The shopkeepers pride themselves on offering an irresistible mix of decorating and entertaining ideas to match the seasons, along with timeless art, retro themes and simple classics to match your style. Each shop hosts special events throughout the year including flea markets, sidewalk sales, design seminars, and holiday open houses for more wonderful ideas and bargains galore! Be sure to allow time for a coffee break, ice cream stop, leisurely lunch, or a stroll around the lakes. A Purple Hat Hiatus, Girlfriend Getaway, or Sister Weekend is easily accommodated at one of Waseca’s many motels and Bed & Breakfasts. Always in Season…Shopping in Waseca. Just a 50-minute drive south of Minneapolis. www.discoverwaseca.com Simple, fresh, fun…it’s what you’ll experience when you shop Waseca, Minnesota—nestled around two lakes with glimpses of grand old homes, tree-lined streets and historic storefronts. You’ll find over 20 shops with an array of everything from antiques and home furnishings to accessories and ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com WATERVILLE www.watervillemn.com Waterville is a warm and friendly community. Conveniently nestled between lakes Tetonka and Sakatah, it is a wonderful destination for world-class fishing and other water-related activities. They’re also on the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. ■ 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 33 We look UP to our neighbors… long the way, the Willmar Lakes Area is your grand entrance to Minnesota’s south. From relaxation to adventure, the area offers something for everyone. Explore numerous lakes, parks, golf courses, trails, theatre, galleries, dining and shopping. The choices are endless. A Dickerson’s Resort SPICER DICKERSON’S RESORT www.dickersonsresort.com A mere 100 miles west of Minneapolis/ Saint Paul, but steeped in the traditions of hospitality from a much slower time, you can relax in ideal style. Pack your suitcases and bring the entire family to stay at Dickerson’s Resort on Lake Florida near Spicer, where family reigns supreme and memories are lasting. It’s no surprise that owners Bob and Connie Dickerson tend to every detail when it comes to guests of one of their 13 beachfront cottages. Walk along the sandy shoreline, or dive in with an armload of toys. Bring your own boat or play carefree on one of the Dickersons’ paddleboats, hydro bikes, kayaks, canoes, fun bugs or bicycles. Indulge your sweet tooth with a plate of home-baked chocolate chip cookies and Sunday morning doughnuts. Monday night is pizza picnic time. You may not be at all surprised at the 34 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota wonderful memories you can create in this picturesque region of Minnesota, especially if you are an angler. But there are plenty of surprises for you. Explore the area and the communities of Spicer, New London, Atwater & Willmar; all have great shops, restaurants, theater, wineries, playgrounds, tennis courts and bike trails. Take on a 30-foot indoor climbing wall at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Their site encompasses 500 acres, and provides outstanding environmental education & outdoor experiences to all ages. WILLMAR LAKES AREA www.willmarlakesarea.com It’s not that far away, so don your walking shoes for a day in Willmar, considered one of the most livable small cities in the United States. Not too small, Willmar gets big points for the pioneer and Native American artifacts, Great Northern steam locomotive, pioneer family house and needlecraft and quilting pieces on display at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. Schwanke’s Museum rolls out a classic lineup of tractors, cars and fire trucks and Glacial Ridge Winery in New London offers tours and tastings year round. A variety of art galleries offer unique pieces for you to view and explore, or take in a performance at The Barn Theater and the Willmar Education & Arts Center. Seeing is believing at the famous J & L Bison Ranch, where groups of 6 or more may enjoy a “Home on the Range” tour. Spend less time driving and more time relaxing when you play, bike, swim, or snowmobile in the Willmar Lakes area. There are more than 100 lakes providing popular activities, such as Little Crow Ski Team performances throughout the summer or a Green Lake Houseboat cruise. For more recreational opportunities try the 22-mile Glacial Lakes Trail and Sibley State Park. Rain or shine, indoors or out, there’s always something fun waiting just for you. ■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■■■■ 36 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■■■■ MAP KEY Scenic Byways/Historic Highways Apple Blossom See Directory for Advertiser Key on Pages 38-39. Mississippi River Valley & Historic Bluff Country (Page 4-9) Prairie Land (Page 10-15) Minnesota River Valley (Page 16-25) Southern Lakes (Page 26-33) Our Neighbors (Pg.34-35) # Short byway highlights apple orchards along Mississippi River valley bluffs. Glacial Ridge Trail 220-mile route through rolling hills and past hundreds of lakes created by glaciation. Bed & Breakfasts (Pg.9 & 38) Great River Road AmericInn Properties 1 2 3 4 Faribault Owatonna Albert Lea Jackson 5 Marshall 6 St. Peter 7 Worthington State Historic Sites A B C D E F G H Lac qui Parle Mission 320-269-7636 Birch Coulee Battlefield 507-697-6321 Fort Ridgely 507-426-7888 Harkin Store 507-354-8666 Jeffers Petroglyphs 507-628-5591 Mayo House 507-665-3250 Historic Forestville 507-765-2785 Lower Sioux Agency 507-697-6321 # Wineries/Vineyards 1 2 3 4 5 6 Four Daughters Garvin Heights Vineyards Indian Island Winery Morgan Creek Vineyards Scenic Valley Winery Whitewater Wines A portion of the national scenic byway following the Mississippi River. Historic Bluff Country 88-mile national scenic byway through Minnesota’s “driftless” area. King of Trails Historic US Hwy 75 runs from Winnipeg, Canada to Galveston, Texas. Big Stone Lake 320-839-3663 Lac qui Parle 320-734-4450 Camden 507-865-4530 Lake Shetek 507-763-3256 Spilt Rock Creek 507-348-7908 Blue Mounds 507-283-1307 Kilen Woods 507-831-2900 x221 Upper Sioux Agency 320-564-4777 Fort Ridgely 507-426-7840 Monson Lake 320-366-3797 Sibley 320-354-2055 Glacial Lakes 320-239-2860 Flandrau 507-233-9800 Minneopa 507-389-5464 MN Valley Rec Area 952-492-6400 Sakatah Lake 507-362-4438 Nerstrand Big Woods 507-333-4840 Rice Lake 507-455-5871 Big Island 507-379-3403 Lake Louise 507-352-5111 Forestville/Mystery Cave 507-937-3251 Carley 507-932-3007 Whitewater 507-932-3007 Frontenac 651-345-3401 John A. Latsch 507-634-6849 Great River Bluffs 507-643-6849 Beaver Creek Valley 507-724-2107 Minnesota River Valley 287-mile national scenic byway highlights wildlife and early Minnesota history. Mississippi River Trail This friendly trail connects communities to the river through multi-use pathways. Shooting Star Short route highlights wildflowers & remnants of Minnesota’s native prairie. ■■■■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com State Parks/Recreation Areas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Travel Information Centers • Albert Lea TIC 507-448-3311 • Beaver Creek TIC 605-757-6599 • Bigstone Cty Historical Society Museum, Ortonville 320-839-3359 • Chippewa Cty Historical Society, Montevideo 320-269-7636 • Dresbach TIC 507-895-2005 • Harmony Area Promotion Association 507-886-2469 • Historic Bluff Country IC 800-428-2030 • LaCrescent Chamber 507-895-2800 • Lanesboro Area Chamber 507-467-2696 • Luverne C of C 507-283-4061 • MN Machinery Museum 507-768-3522 • New Ulm Chamber 507-233-4300 • Nicollet Cty Historical Society, St. Peter 507-934-2160 • Pipestone Chamber & VB 507-825-3316 • Preston Area Tourism 507-765-2100 • Red Wing VCB 651-385-5934 • Redwood Area Chamber 507-637-2828 • Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber 651-565-4158 • Willmar CVB 320-235-3552 • Winona CVB 507-452-0735 • Worthington TIC (May-Oct) 507-376-3352 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 37 DIRECTORY & MAP CODES PAGE 4 PAGE 10 PAGE 16 PAGE 26 # Mississippi River Valley & Historic Bluff Country Minnesota River Valley Prairie Land Southern Lakes # # Locate properties on Map, Pg 36-37 The advertisers & participants in this directory are only a sampling of the many destinations and attractions in Southern Minnesota. Travelers Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-532-5721 ACCOMMODATIONS 1425 E College Drive - Marshall / www.travelerslodge.biz 90 rooms, lounge & entertainment adjacent, free wifi, extended stay available, pets welcome. American Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-835-4300 1313 Hwy 13 North - Waseca / www.wasecaamericanmotel.com AmericInn Hotel & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-334-9464 1 1801 Lavender Drive - Faribault AmericInn Hotel & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-455-2047 2 245 Florence Avenue - Owatonna AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-373-4324 3 811 Plaza Street - Albert Lea 7 136 Bridge Avenue - Wabasha / www.turningwatersbandb.com 8 August Schell Brewing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-354-5528 CAMPGROUNDS & RV PARKS PO Box 128 - New Ulm / www.schellsbrewery.com 5 Blue Mounds State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-283-1307 Bluffscape Amish Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-467-3070 1410 161st St - Luverne / www.dnr.state.mn.us / 85 campsites, 40 with electricity, 16 miles of hiking trails, bike trail, beach, prairie setting. 102 East Beacon Street - Lanesboro / www.bluffscape.com AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-847-2444 11 End-O-Line Railroad Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-763-3708 4 PO Box 47 - Jackson W.W. Smith Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-794-5661 101 Linden Street SW - Sleepy Eye / www.wwsmithinn.com ATTRACTIONS 5 Turning Waters Bed, Breakfast & Adventure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .651-564-1568 Crystal Springs RV Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-684-2406 440 N. Mill Street - Currie / www.endoline.com 15649 SW 35th Ave - Ellendale / www.crystalspringsrvresort.com AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-537-9424 10 Holmberg Orchard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-762-3131 12 Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel . . . . . . . . .800-WIN-CASH 5 1406 E Lyon Street - Marshall 12697 325th Street - Vesta / www.holmbergorchard.com 39375 County Hwy 34 - Morton / www.jackpotjunction.com AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-376-4500 7 1475 Darling Drive - Worthington 9 63604 170th Avenue - Kellogg / www.larktoys.com With over 20,000 sq. ft. to explore, we’re one of the largest family owned & operated specialty toy stores in the country. AmericInn Motel & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-931-6554 6 700 N Minnesota Avenue - St. Peter Comfort Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-283-9488 LARK Toys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-767-3387 13 Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort . . . . . . . . . . .866-293-2121 12 Machinery Museum . . . . . . . .507-768-3522 Comfort Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-283-4461 11 Minnesota’s PO Box 70 - Hanley Falls / www.mnmachinerymuseum.com 1511 E College Drive - Marshall / www.comfortinn.com 50 rooms, 100% non-smoking, pool, business center, laundry, free wifi, pets welcome! This museum features 5 large buildings recapturing a century of stories about farm life. Marine Art Museum . . . . . . . . .866-940-6626 Cozy Rest Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-537-3070 10 Minnesota 800 Riverview Drive - Winona / www.minnesotamarineart.org 116 S Kniss Avenue - Luverne / Family-owned, clean, pet-friendly, wifi, 17-room motel; located close to downtown on Hwy 75. Experience one of the best collections of “art inspired by water” in the United States. Delux Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-532-4441 Niagara Cave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-837-6606 516 E Main Street - Marshall / www.deluxmotelmarshallmn.com 28 rooms, truck parking, free wifi, dogs welcome. 2 Dickerson’s Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-354-4272 2 Redwood Area Community Center . . . . . .507-644-2333 Root River Antique Historical Power Association Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-254-0622 Hillcrest Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-283-2363 2 Mabel House Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-493-5768 11 150 St. John Drive - Owatonna / www.microtel.com Ramada Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-532-3221 1500 E. College Drive - Marshall / www.ramada.com 100 rooms, 2 suites, pool, complete convention facilities, free wifi and free hot breakfast. BED & BREAKFASTS Redwood Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-644-5700 1 Sheep Shedde Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-523-5000 2425 W Lincoln Avenue - Olivia / www.sheepsheddeinn.com Sunrise Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-283-2347 114 Sunshine Avenue - Luverne / www.sunrisem.com Nine-room motel, all non-smoking, pets allowed, quite peaceful location, special rates available. Super 8 Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-283-9541 1202 ½ S Kniss Avenue - Luverne / www.super8.com 36-room motel off I-90 and Hwy 75; wifi, free breakfast, ample parking, friendly staff. Super 8 Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-537-1461 1106 E Main Street - Marshall / www.super8.com 50 rooms, suites with Jacuzzi, meeting room, free wifi. 38 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota April’s Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-329-5065 2 Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . .507-532-2457 2 Carriage House Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . .507-452-8256 420 Main Street - Winona / www.chbb.com 4 Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-583-4472 138 Hwy 218 - Blooming Prairie / www.bloomingprairie.com Blooming Prairie is home of the best “Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration.” Come & enjoy! 3 1 23234 Grosbeak Road - Lanesboro / www.sacredclayfarmbandb.com 6 Rose Pedaler Log Cabin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-434-0500 16931 Hwy 56 - Rose Creek / www.rosepedaler.com Caledonia Area Convention & Tourism Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .email@example.com 231 E Main St, PO Box 425 - Caledonia / www.visitcaledonia.com Heart of Quilt Country and Wild Turkey Capital. Hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and barn quilt tours. 2 City of Peterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-875-2222 PO Box 94 - Peterson / www.petersonmn.org Home to the 1877 Peterson Station Museum & lovely inns. Camp, canoe, bike, hunt, bird & more! 1 City of Redwood Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-637-5755 333 S Washington St - Redwood Falls / www.ci.redwood-falls.mn.us Experience quality shopping and recreational and leisure activities in Redwood Falls! 4 Fairmont CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-657-3280 PO Box 976 - Fairmont / www.visitfairmontmn.com Fairmont the “City of Lakes” awaits your arrival! Enjoy great lodging, history and outdoor recreation. Fenelon Place Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . . .507-234-5705 The Inn at Sacred Clay Farm . . . . . . . . . . .507-467-9600 Blue Earth Chamber & CVB . . . . . . . . . . . .507-526-2916 113 South Nicollet Street - Blue Earth / www.blueearthchamber.com Come see our 55-foot Jolly Green Giant Statue. 215 N Mott St - Janesville / www.minnesotabedandbreakfasts.org 5 Austin CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-444-5713 104 11th Avenue NW, Suite D - Austin / www.austincvb.com Austin is home to the SPAM® Museum, Hormel Institute, great hotels, and so much more! 305 North 5th Street - Marshall / www.arborinnbb.com 5 suites with separate entrance, sitting room & fireplace 3 Albert Lea CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-345-8414 102 W Clark Street - Albert Lea / www.albertleatourism.org “The Land Between the Lakes” offers boating, the Pelican Breeze Cruise Boat, fishing, bike trails, and so much more! 222 Central Avenue - Kenneth / www.aprilsbandb.com Modern comfort meets historic charm at April’s! Special rates and arrangements available. 1382 E Bridge Street - Redwood Falls / www.redwoodlodge.com 6 CHAMBERS/CVBS 1 Spring Grove SWIM Center . . . . . . . . . . .507-498-SWIM 600 Maple Drive - Spring Grove / www.springgrovemn.com Featuring zero depth entry, splash and play for youngsters, flumes and drop slides. Groups welcome. Treasure Island Resort & Casino . . . . . . . .800-222-7077 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road - Welch / www.ticasino.com Where having fun is always a sure bet! SPAM® Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-LUV-SPAM 1101 Main Street North - Austin / www.spam.com This 16,500 sq. ft. facility features sophisticated exhibits and displays pertaining to the history of Hormel foods and its various products. 20 2nd Avenue SW - Rochester / www.kahler.com 1 12 Sod House on the Prairie . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-723-5138 1701 4th Street NW - Austin / www.hiaustin.com Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort . . . . . . . . . . .866-293-2121 5616 Prairie’s Edge Ln - Granite Falls / www.prairiesedgecasino.com Located three miles south of Granite Falls on Highway 23, offering guests everything they will need for an ideal getaway. 12598 Magnolia Avenue - Sanborn / www.sodhouse.org Enjoy a Laura Ingalls adventure as you walk through a prairie to explore a dugout and soddy. Holiday Inn & Conference Center . . . . . . .507-433-1000 Microtel Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-446-0228 13 78715 255th Street - Spring Valley / www.rootrivershow.org 210 W Virginia Street - Luverne / www.hillcrestmotel.com Located on Hwy 75; stay and relax in this clean, locally-owned, quiet, wifi, 16-room motel. Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel . . . . . . . . .800-WIN-CASH 39375 Cty Hwy 24 - Morton / www.jackpotjunction.com 1,200 Vegas-style slot machines and table games, deluxe accommodations, 378-room hotel, RV park, restaurants & lounge. 901 Cook Street - Redwood Falls www.redwoodareacommunitycenter.com 908 S Kniss Avenue - Luverne / www.grandstayluverne.com Opening spring 2013, 51-room (12-suite) hotel; non-smoking, pet-friendly, pool, free breakfast and wifi. 117 S Main Street - Mabel / www.mabelhousehotel.com Peterson Station Museum & Visitor Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-875-2415 228 Mill Street - Peterson / www.petersonmn.org/museum GrandStay® Hotel & Suites of Luverne . .507-449-4949 Kahler Grand Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-285-2722 CASINOS 12 PO Box 444 - Harmony / www.niagaracave.com 13194 2nd Street NE - Spicer / www.dickersonsresort.com A Minnesota vacation resort for families. Treasure Island Resort & Casino . . . . . . . .800-222-7077 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road - Welch / www.ticasino.com Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum . . . . . . . . . .877-945-2872 330 Eighth Street - Walnut Grove / www.walnutgrove.org The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum has eight buildings to visit. Wilder Pageant three weekends in July. 801 S Kniss Avenue - Luverne / www.comfortinn.com 44 comfortable rooms; indoor pool and hot tub, free continental breakfast, clean, no pets please. 5616 Prairie’s Edge Ln - Granite Falls / www.prairiesedgecasino.com 12 5 Faribault Area Chamber & Tourism . . . . . .800-658-2354 530 Wilson Avenue - Faribault / www.visitfaribault.com Blankets, blue cheese & beautiful lakes—just part of the experience that awaits you in Faribault! www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com ■■■■ CHAMBERS/CVBS 2 continued Greater Mankato CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-657-4733 1 Civic Center Plaza, Ste #200 - Mankato www.visitgreatermankato.com Come for our great events – stay for Greater Mankato. Home of several wineries, miles and miles of great trails, Minnesota Vikings Training Camp, Betsy-Tacy & outdoor winter fun. 3 1 1 Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce . . .800-247-6466 15th 2nd Street NW, PO Box 141 - Harmony www.exploreharmony.com Experience “Harmony” by visiting this small, active, and unique town in southeastern Minnesota. 3 13 8 PO Box 489 - Rushford / www.bluffcountry.com Antiques, wine, local arts & crafts, 5 scenic byways, and over 60 miles of paved trails. The ultimate place for fun and recreation! Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce . . .507-864-3338 Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce . . . .507-847-3867 Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority . . . . . . .320-598-7976 Lake City Tourism Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . .877-525-3248 PO Box 338 - Rushford / www.rushfordchamber.com 8 7 7 Le Sueur Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . .507-665-2501 500 N. Main Street - Le Sueur / www.lesueurchamber.org 8 1 8 4 317 W Main Street, PO Box 325 - Marshall www.visitmarshallmn.com “Your overnight stop in Southwest MN.” Great lodging & restaurants and home to Southwest MN State University and Schwan Food Co. 4 Montevideo Area CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-269-5527 301 N 1st St, Suite 100 - Montevideo / www.montechamber.com City of Parks, Hunting, Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Golfing, Biking, Shopping, Historical Sites, Sweetland and more! Morton Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . .507-697-6912 221 West 2nd Street - Morton / www.mortonmn.com 5 5 10 New Ulm CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888-463-9856 6 6 117 8th Avenue SE - Pipestone / www.pipestoneminnesota.com Wide variety of festivals, Indian culture, historic district, & wind towers. 7 Preston Area Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888-845-2100 PO Box 657 - Preston / www.prestonmntourism.com Minnesota’s Trout Capital, Home of the National Trout Center, Root River & Harmony-Preston State Bike Trails, Historic Forestville, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. ■■■■ www.ExploreSouthernMinnesota.com PAGEANT/THEATER Wilder Pageant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888-859-3102 PO Box 313 - Walnut Grove / www.walnutgrove.org RESORTS 14 Dickerson’s Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-354-4272 13194 2nd Street NE - Spicer / www.dickersonsresort.com A Minnesota vacation resort for families. Winjum's Shady Acres Resort & Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-334-6661 17759 W 177th Street - Faribault / www.winjumsshadyacres.com SHOPPING The Gutentag Haus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-233-4287 127 N Minnesota Street - New Ulm / www.gutentaghaus.com 10 Medford Outlet Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-455-4111 1-35 at Exit 48 - Medford / www.preferredoutlets.com Windom Area CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-794-6366 303 9th Street - Windom / www.winwacc.com Visit the little city that would! Enjoy our unique shops, dining, parks, history, arts & culture! WINERIES & VINEYARDS Worthington Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . .800-279-2919 1 3 N Cass Avenue - Springfield www.springfieldchambermn.com 1035 W Central Street - Springfield www.springfieldchambermn.com 3 4 Tommy’s Central Street Steak House . . . .507-723-9191 8 W Central Street - Springfield www.springfieldchambermn.com Morgan Creek Vineyards & Winery . . . . .507-947-3547 23707 478th Avenue - New Ulm www.morgancreekvineyards.com Visit Minnesota's only underground winery, tasting room, and gift shop. Wood fired oven tapas and music! 5 Scenic Valley Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-467-2958 101 Coffee Street - Lanesboro / www.scenicvalleywinery.com Our country fresh wines are special blends made from local fruits and vegetables. Stumpy’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-864-7156 122 West Jessie Street - Rushford / www.stumpys.net Indian Island Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-234-6222 18018 631st Avenue - Janesville / www.indianislandwinery.com The 2011 MN Governor’s Cup winner and the 2010 Best Red Wine winner in the International Cold Climate Wine Competition. 2425 West Lincoln Avenue - Olivia / www.maxsgrillonline.com 404 N Washington Avenue - Springfield www.springfieldchambermn.com Garvin Heights Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-474-9463 2255 Garvin Heights Road - Winona / www.ghvwine.com See why we call it “Minnesota’s Most Scenic Winery!” Max’s Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-523-2833 Outlaws Bar & Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-723-4669 Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery . . . . .507-346-7300 78757 State Hwy 16 - Spring Valley www.fourdaughtersvineyard.com Close to the city, yet far away. Let us teach you about wine, from grape to barrel. Hot Stuff Pizza Buffet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-723-5555 6 Cedar Valley Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-467-9000 905 Bench Street - Whalan / www.cedarvalleyresort.com 2 Willmar Lakes Area CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-845-8747 The Garage/Springfield Bowling . . . . . . . .507-723-6000 Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce . .800-423-6466 Pipestone Area Chamber & CVB . . . . . . . .800-336-6125 13070 10th Street NW - Watson / www.watsonhunting.com 2 Olivia Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . .877-375-CORN 320 Hoffman Drive - Owatonna / www.visitowatonna.org Home to Cabela’s, Village of Yesteryear, Louis Sullivan-designed bank, Orphanage Museum and the RAD zoo. Watson Hunting Camp & Bar Lodging & Guiding Service . . . . . . . . . . . . .952-484-8717 DINING 909 West DePue, Box 37 - Olivia / www.oliviachamber.org Visit “The Corn Capital of the Midwest” and the World’s Largest Corn Monument. 7 HUNTING/FISHING Western Minnesota Prairie Waters CVB . . .866-866-5432 Northfield CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-658-2548 PO Box 198 - Northfield / www.visitingnorthfield.com Visiting Northfield, an artsy historic rivertown, means unique experiences, whatever the reason or season. 226 N Washington Street - New Ulm / www.wandagaghouse.org Waseca Area Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . .888-9WASECA 1121 Third Avenue - Worthington www.worthingtonmnchamber.com Visitors will find a variety of lodging accommodations, restaurants, service stations, shops and attractions of interest. 1 N Minnesota Street, Box 862 - New Ulm / www.newulm.com The “City of Charm & Tradition,” with history, festivals, German heritage & attractions – exceptional dining, shopping, lodging, and recreation. 6 Tyler Area Community Club . . . . . . . . . . . .507-247-3430 2104 Hwy 12 East - Willmar / www.willmarlakesarea.com In beautiful Kandiyohi County where the lakes begin! Bike, swim, snowmobile, fish & relax! 9 Wanda Gag House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-359-2632 Tatanka Bluffs Corridor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-637-2828 323 W Schlieman Avenue - Appleton www.prairiewaters.com Explore the prairies, canoe routes, ethnic & culture heritage, festivals and recreational opportunities. 1 Redwood County Historical Society . . . . .507-641-3329 342 S Mill Street - Redwood Falls www.redwoodcountyhistoricalsociety.com 111 North State Street - Waseca / www.wasecachamber.com Discover Waseca and experience a city full of opportunity and fun. 9 Historic Gilfillan Farm Estate . . . . . . . . . . .507-249-3633 28269 State Hwy 67 - Morgan www.redwoodcountyhistoricalsociety.com St. Peter Tourism & Visitors Bureau . . . . .800-473-3404 160 Johnson Street - Winona / www.visitwinona.com 9 Murray County Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-836-1147 2848 Broadway Avenue - Slayton / www.murray-countymn.com Come and see for yourself the acres of opportunity in Murray County! 1031 Bridge Avenue - Albert Lea / www.fchm.us 14 5 Visit Winona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-657-4972 Mantorville Chamber of Commerce . . . . . .866-313-8687 Marshall CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-537-1865 Freeborn County Historical Society . . . . . .507-373-8003 St. James Area Chamber of Commerce . . .866-375-2480 106 E Hwy - Tyler Country living steeped in Danish tradition, Tyler is home to the Nissemaend & Aebleskivers. 127 W Main Street - Madelia / www.visitmadelia.com Box 44 - Mantorville / www.mantorvilletourism.com Mantorville – Historic town with museums, shops, casual & fine dining, parks & trails. HERITAGE SITES 2848 Broadway Avenue - Slayton / www.travelsw.org Visit southwest Minnesota and enjoy golfing, shopping, camping, historic sites, scenic vistas, events, fishing & more. Luverne Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . . . . . .888-283-4061 Vintage Band Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .612-308-6857 Northfield / www.vintagebandfestival.org / August 1-4, 2013 1 Travel Southwest Minnesota . . . . . . . . . . .800-279-2919 Madelia Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . . . . . .888-941-7283 6 6 33 South Cass Avenue, PO Box 134 - Springfield www.springfieldmnchamber.org Enjoy our swimming pool with waterslide, Go-Karts, Disc Golf, Golf, Paved Trails & Camping! 200 S Mill Street - Redwood Falls / www.tatankabluffs.com Lincoln County Promotion & Tourism . . . .507-368-9577 213 E Luverne Street - Luverne / www.luvernechamber.com Located with the Brandenburg Gallery, Herreid Military Museum, Heritage Gallery, Veterans Memorial and Kahler Terrace. PO Box 134 - Springfield / www.springfieldmn.org June 28-30, 2013 101 S Front Street - St. Peter / www.stpeterchamber.org Visit beautiful historic St. Peter for unique shops, museums, Gustavus Adolphus College and more! 106 S Center, PO Box 205 - Lake Benton / www.co.lincoln.mn.us Worth going out of the way. 3 Riverside Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-866-8990 Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce . .866-866-8990 514 2nd Avenue South, PO Box 346 - St. James www.stjameschamberofcommerce.com Pier fishing, bike & walking trail, an outdoor pool w/ waterslide, 18-hole golf course, theater and more! Minnesota Inventors Congress . . . . . . . . .507-627-2344 PO Box 71 - Redwood Falls www.minnesotainventorscongress.org Southern Minnesota Lakes Region . . . . . .800-507-7787 PO Box 95 - Elysian / www.mnlakesregion.com Home of the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. Cities include: Elysian, Madison Lake, Morristown, and Waterville. Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce . .800-944-2670 100 Milwaukee Rod, PO Box 348 - Lanesboro www.lanesboro.com The Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota! Quaint townsite, Root River Bike Trail, and rich artistic experiences. 2 Rochester CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-634-8277 Corn Capital Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .877-375-CORN July 24-28, 2013 - Olivia 1 Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-657-7070 Historic Bluff Country CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-864-2992 PO Box 155 - Lake City / www.lakecitymn.org A historic river town located along the shoreline of Lake Pepin. 5 6 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Ste 200 - Rochester www.visitrochestermn.com 600 6th Street - Madison / www.lqpeda.com Contact Pam Lehmann anytime to start or expand a business in Lac qui Parle County! 4 FESTIVALS/EVENTS 420 Levee Street - Red Wing / www.redwing.org Nestled in the Mississippi River Valley with historic charm and natural beauty, all complimented by one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. Check out the NEW Red Wing Brewery! 200 South Mill Street - Redwood Falls / www.redwoodfalls.org We offer a wide variety of seasonal attractions, historic sites, plenty of shopping and fine restaurants. 82 West Ashley Street - Jackson / www.jacksonmn.com Jackson Speedway Racing, Historical Fort Belmont, Kilen Woods State Park, Interstate Bike Trail & Camping. 3 Red Wing Visitors & Convention Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-498-3444 6 Whitewater Wines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-722-0050 10832 Fischer Hill Drive - Plainview / www.whitewaterwines.com Making great wine is our priority, and creating an experience of “Olde Worlde” charm is our goal. 2013 Explore Southern Minnesota 39