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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 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: Minnesota’s Road Traveler Information Service designed to help travelers access weather-related road conditions, construction and congestion - 24/7. Southern Minnesota tourism website. Minnesota statewide tourism website. Information about Minnesota State Parks. Information about Minnesota State Trails. National Scenic Byways site with map. Minnesota Great River Road National Scenic Byway information. Assistance and access information for persons with disabilities. MN American Indian Chamber of Commerce. Minnesota Festival & Events Association guide to member events. Promotes tourism development in river communities.

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4 Prairie Land

10 Minnesota River Valley

20 Southern Lakes

28 Mississippi River Valley and Historic Bluff Country 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 /

PHOTO CREDITS: Cover photo provided by Christy Riley, End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum – Currie, MN. Other cover images provided by City of Zumbrota, National Eagle Center, New Ulm CVB, Owatonna Area Chamber & Tourism, Skye’s the Limit Photography, SPAM® Museum, Other photos provided by Albert Lea CVB, Ron Bolduan, Jim Brandenburg, Bridge Chamber Music Festival, Dickerson’s Resort, Abby Erickson, Fairmont CVB, Faribault Area Chamber/Tourism, Faribault Woolen Mill Co., Kristi Link Fernholz, Harmony Area Chamber, Lori Herbst, Indian Island Winery, Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, Lac qui Parle EDA, Lake City Tourism, Lanesboro Area Chamber, Luverne Area Chamber, MN DNR, MN Historical Society, MN Machinery Museum, MN Marine Art Museum, Montevideo CVB, New Ulm CVB, Northfield CVB, Olivia Chamber, Owatonna CVB, Pipestone Area Chamber & CVB, Peggi Redalen, Red Wing Visitor & Convention Bureau, Redwood Falls Chamber/Tourism, Rochester CVB, Rushford Peterson Valley, Skye’s the Limit Photography, SPAM® Museum, Paul Stafford, Steve Swan, Tatanka Bluffs Corridor, Doug Tisue, Amber Torgerud Photography, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Visit Winona, Waseca Area Visitors Bureau, Western MN Prairie Waters, and Worthington Area Chamber.

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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.”

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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 SPOONER CLASSICS - WORTHINGTON

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. JACKSON

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 ROCK ISLAND DEPOT - PIPESTONE

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!

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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

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

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.

18-19 Winterfest, Worthington 800-279-2919


8 Luverne Music Boosters Winter Carnival, Luverne 507-283-4061


15 Farm & Home Show, Jackson 507-847-3867 21-23 & 28-30 Willy Wonka/Green Earth Players, Luverne 507-283-8294


12 Prairie Women’s Expo, Tracy 507-629-4021 25-27, May 2-4 Opland Singers Spring Festival of Song, Pipestone 877-722-2787


2-3 Luverne City-wide Rummage Sale, Luverne 888-283-4061 24 & Saturdays through August Pipestone Ghost Walks, Pipestone 507-825-2563


7 30th Annual Buffalo Day/Arts in the Park, Luverne 888-283-4061 11-15 Windsurfing Regatta & Unvarnished Music Fest, Worthington 800-279-2919 19-22, 26-29 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, Pipestone 877-722-2787 26-28 Watertower Festival, Pipestone 800-336-6125 26-29 Town & Country Days Celebration, Jackson 507-847-3867


4 Old Fashioned 4th of July, Worthington 507-376-3125 11-12 International Festival, Worthington 800-279-2919 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 Wilder Pageant, Walnut Grove 888-859-3102 17 51st Annual Hot Dog Nite/Wiener Dog Races, Luverne 888-283-4061 22-26 Jackson County Fair, Jackson 507-847-3440 24-26 Rock County Fair, Luverne 888-283-4061 25-27 Love of the Land Rendezvous/Pow Wow, Pipestone 507-825-4560


7-10 Nobles County Fair, Worthington 507-372-2919 9-10 Civil War Days, Pipestone 866-747-3687 17 Touch the Sky with Jim Brandenburg, Luverne 800-283-4061


12-13 King Turkey Day, Worthington 800-279-2919 12-14 Fort Belmont Rendezvous, Jackson 507-847-3867 20 Luverne’s Harvest Jam, Luverne 800-283-4061


25 Halloween at Pioneer Village, Worthington 507-376-3125


8 7th Annual Holiday Studio Tour, Luverne 800-283-4061


4-5 Christmas at Pioneer Village, Worthington 507-376-4431 5-6 18th Annual Winterfest, Luverne 888-283-4061


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 ■

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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

Many adventures await you in Madelia, Minnesota. Begin by canoeing, horseback riding, or playing a round of golf. Afterward take a dip in the outdoor pool, slide down a waterslide or watch the latest movie.

the area, and later enjoy a meal at one of Marshall’s varied restaurants. MOUNTAIN LAKE

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


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


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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. 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. ■

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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

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, includes Native American music, dancing, arts & crafts, and authentic food. Join us August 9-10 for Pipestone Civil War Days. Activities include an authentic Civil War battle and historic life demonstrations. SANBORN

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

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. Wonderful eateries and unique shopping ■

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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

Tracy is known nationwide today for the annual Labor Day weekend Box Car Day Celebration and also boasts plenty of recreational opportunities. TYLER

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. The Tyler area features over 30 lakes, an 18-hole golf course, historic Danebod Church & Folk School, swimming pool, parks, and over 150 businesses ready to serve you. They are located only 25 minutes from Marshall or Pipestone and an hour and a half from Sioux Falls, SD. WALNUT GROVE

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


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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

You’ll be surprised when you explore The Little City That Would! Windom is the county seat of Cottonwood County and 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! WORTHINGTON

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 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. ■

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Minnesota River Valley


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. DAKOTAH - MORTON AUGUST SCHELLRIDGE BREWERY - NEW ULM


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. HENDERSON


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

Come for our great events, stay for Greater Mankato. Mankato is the ideal vacation spot in the Minnesota River Valley. MARIETTA

Birding enthusiasts flock to Salt Lake every April for Marietta’s spectacular bird-watching opportunities. MN MACHINERY MUSEUM - HANLEY FALLS


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 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 Dacotah Ridge Golf Club, plus a gift shop and transportation services.

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2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Ole and Lena Days, Granite Falls 320-564-4039 31-Feb 9 Winterfest, St Peter 800-473-3404


22 The Tombstone Trio Brewery Party, North Mankato 507-386-2337


1 Fasching/Bock Fest, New Ulm 507-354-8850 25 40th Annual Jazz Festival, Lamberton 507-752-7361


4-5 Home, Yard & Garden Show, Springfield 507-723-3517 20 Savor Minnesota Morgan Creek Vineyards, New Ulm 507-947-3547


4 Maifest - Morgan Creek Vineyards, New Ulm 507-947-3547


13 Redwood Falls Community Parade, Redwood Falls 507-637-2828 13-15 37th Annual Lower Sioux Wacipi, Morton 507-637-2828 14 Ambassador Blues, St Peter 507-934-3400 14-15 Milwaukee Road Heritage Ctr. Crafts & Festival, Montevideo 320-269-9563 20-22 150th Sesquicentennial Anniversary, Redwood Falls 507-637-2828 26-29 Dawson Riverfest, Dawson 320-769-2981 27-29 Sauerkraut Days, Henderson 507-248-3234 27-29 Riverside Days, Springfield 507-723-3508


Popcorn Wagon - New Ulm


18-20 Bavarian Blast, New Ulm 888-463-9856 23-27 Redwood County Fair, Redwood Falls 507-637-2828 24-27 Corn Capital Days, Olivia 320-523-1350

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 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 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



5-7 Farmfest 2014, Morgan 507-637-2828 6-10 Brown County Free Fair, New Ulm 507-354-2223 15-16 53rd Annual Buttered Corn Days, Sleepy Eye 800-290-0588 16 Hummingbird Hurrah, Henderson 507-723-3508 29-30 River Blast, New Ulm 507-354-1336


Bockfest - New Ulm

27 Fall Festival, Redwood Falls 507-637-2828


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 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.

3-4, 10-11 Oktoberfest, New Ulm 888-463-9856 5 Annual Great Grape Stomp/Morgan Creek Vineyards, New Ulm 507-947-3547


21 Christmas by Candlelight, Redwood Falls 507-637-2828 28 Parade of Lights, New Ulm 888-463-9856 30-Dec 1 Holiday Open House/Morgan Creek Vineyards, New Ulm 507-947-3547


6 Christmas in the Village, Montevideo 320-269-7636 12-13 Nativity Pageant, Springfield 507-723-3508



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

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Saint Aloysius Catholic Church- Olivia

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


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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. 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.

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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. REDWOOD FALLS

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


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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! Redwood Falls agriculture

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


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SPRINGFIELD Morgan, Minnesota—a beautiful farm rich with culture and history. 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.

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 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. ■

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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. Walk the trails where the village of Traverse des Sioux once stood along the river, and visit the Nicollet County Historical Society and Treaty Site History Center 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

Kick back, relax and enjoy the serene prairie, lazy rivers, and the rich ethnic & cultural heritage of West Central 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


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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 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 OHV Appleton Area Recreation Park

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 offers one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in Western Minnesota, unlimited hunting and outdoor recreation, and unique shopping opportunities. 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. Explore the scenic river community of Granite Falls 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 ■

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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


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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 non-smoking 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. Prairie View RV Park and Prairie’s Edge Convenience Store are located adjacent to the hotel and casino offering a non-smoking casino area as well as all the last-minute items you may need. We know you will enjoy your stay! Hanley Falls: Look back to an era when neighbors worked together at Minnesota’s 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 and visit online at 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 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. 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 ■

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Montevideo Historic Chippewa Village

1800s, complete with a town square, boardwalk, and a 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

Home of the World’s Largest Mallard is Wheaton, Minnesota—famous for Duck


River paddlers - Granite Falls

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! ■

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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.




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. 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 events include: Wind Down Wednesdays, Eddie Cochran Weekend, 4th of July Parade, carnival, car show, fireworks, April Sorensen Memorial Half Marathon, BIB Barbeque, downtown’s Celebrate Albert Lea festivals, Freeborn County Fair and the Big Island Rendezvous.


Also known as SPAM™ Town USA, Austin is home to the world-famous SPAM™ Museum. When the first blue and yellow cans came off the production line in 1937, the world was forever changed. This revolutionary new product became a war hero, a pop culture icon and an American institution. Referred to by some meat historians as The Guggenham, Porkopolis, or M.O.M.A. (Museum Of Meat-Themed Awesomeness), this family fun-packed museum tastefully presents SPAM™-filled history, tickles you pink with SPAM™ trivia, the SPAM™ Game Show quiz, Monty Python tribute and more. Stock up at the SPAM™ store on priceless collectibles on your way out. Admission is free! BLUE EARTH www.

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

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2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 10-12 Southern MN Pond Hockey Championship, Fairmont 800-657-3280 26 Annual Ice Fishing Classic, Albert Lea 800-345-8414


1-23 Sleigh & Cutter Festival, Waseca 507-461-3727 8 Met Opera HD Live: Rusalka, Albert Lea 507-377-4371 15 The Big Freeze, Albert Lea 800-345-8414


2 Lightwire Theater, Fairmont 507-238-4900 13-15 North American Farm & Power Show, Owatonna 800-423-6466 21 Jose Cole Circus, Owatonna 800-423-6466 28-30, Apr 3-5 The Fox on the Fairway, Faribault 507-332-7372


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Bayside Ski Show - 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.

1 Citywide Garage Sale, Fairmont 507-235-8585 1-3, 8-10 Lend Me a Tenor, Albert Lea 507-377-4371 3 5th Annual Big Hats & Big Hearts Auction and Kentucky Derby Party, Fairbault 507-332-7372 3 Springtime on the Farm at Farmamerica, Waseca 507-835-2052



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.

7,14,21,28 (Saturdays thru Oct) Riverwalk Market Fair, Northfield 800-658-2548 12-14 Recycled Art Sale, Faribault 507-332-7372 13-14 Interlaken Heritage Days, Fairmont 507-235-8585 13-14 Eddie Cochran Wknd, Albert Lea 800-345-8414 21 Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival, Owatonna 507-451-3103


4 34th Annual Music Festival, Fairmont 507-235-5547 4 4th of July Celebration & Car Show, Albert Lea 507-373-2316 15-20 Rice County Fair, Faribault 507-332-2470 16-20 Waseca County Free Fair, Waseca 507-835-8958 29-Aug 3 Freeborn County Fair, Albert Lea 507-373-6965


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3-7 Defeat of Jesse James Days, Northfield 800-658-2548 13 Celebrate Albert Lea/UMPBA Power Boat Races, Albert Lea 800-345-8414 13-14 FarmAmerica Fall Fair, Waseca 507-835-2052 20 Marching Classic Celebration, Waseca 507-835-3260 27 Culturfest, Owatonna 800-423-6466


2-4 Harvest Fest, Owatonna 507-451-7970 4-5 28th Annual Big Island Rendezvous and Festival, Albert Lea 800-658-2526 10,11,17,18 Haunted Corn Maze & Mill - Farmamerica, Waseca 507-835-2052 19 Heritage Acres Fall Festival, Fairmont 507-235-8585


21 Glows Parade, Fairmont 507-235-5547


6-7 Sights & Sounds of Christmas Housewalk, Waseca 507-835-3260 6-7 Model Train Show, Albert Lea 800-345-8414 7 A Christmas Gathering, Albert Lea 800-345-8414



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Elysian is at the center of the 39mile-long Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail—ideal for biking, hiking, skating 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


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counties—for a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. FAIRMONT

The City of Lakes awaits your arrival. With five lakes and open prairies, 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 ■

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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 yearround 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 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! FARIBAULT

Located just 35 minutes south of the Twin Cities metro area on Interstate 35 is


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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 in the world—America’s first cave-aged blue cheese. This area is rich with historic sites as well. Aside from Minneapolis

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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! Faribault Airfest & Balloon Rally


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

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

Halfway between Faribault and Owatonna lies Medford—a point of attraction for shopping and tourism. The Medford Outlet Center offers quality shopping and


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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

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! MORRISTOWN

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.

Parker Quartet - Northfield Events

outdoor concerts, recitals, plays and festivals. Thousands of visitors come to Northfield each December to experience the famous St. Olaf Christmas Festival. In August, people flock to enjoy The Vintage Band Music Festival, an exciting 4-day international music event, celebrating the 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.

Art Fair- Northfield


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

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,


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Louis Sullivan-designed bank - Owatonna


Owatonna is located just one hour south of the Twin Cities on Interstate 35. It is home to Cabela’s—Minnesota’s secondlargest 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 & 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

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Sleigh and Cutter Parade - Waseca

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 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.



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 contemporary designs. The shopkeepers ■

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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. WATERVILLE

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. ■


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Mississippi River Valley and Historic Bluff Country


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. NATIONAL EAGLE CENTER - WABASHA


Brownsville is perched on the magnificent Mississippi and offers scenic beauty and some of the best fishing anywhere. CALEDONIA


Located on Highway 16 between Rochester and Austin is Grand Meadow. Visit in the summer for the annual Meadow Fest celebration.

Caledonia is known as the Wild Turkey Capital of Minnesota and is located in the Heart of Quilt Country.

Cannon Falls is a scenic riverside community offering a wide variety of opportunities for relaxation and recreation!


Chatfield is home to the Free Music Lending Library – the only library of its kind in the world. EITZEN

Where turkey, deer and pheasant abound.


Hokah is perched on a limestone knoll surrounded by Mount Tom, Thompson Creek, Lake Como, a natural waterfall, and the Root River.



KELLOGG 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!

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2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 22-26 Frozen River Film Festival, Winona State University 800-657-4972 30-Feb 9 WinterFest XI, Rochester 507-282-8629


1 Whalan Candlelight Ski, Whalan & Lanesboro 507-467-2696 7-8 Winona Winter Carnival, Winona 507-457-8258


1-30 (all wknds in March) Soar with the Eagles, Wabasha 877-332-4537 7 -9 Int’l Festival of Owls, Houston 507-896-4668 29 Taste of Wabasha, Wabasha 877-332-4537


11-13 Ibsen Festival, Lanesboro 800-657-7025 18-Jun 29 The Floating World: Ukiyo-e Prints from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Winona 866-940-6626


15-18 Bluff Country Gathering Concert, Lanesboro 507-498-5452 17 Stand-Still Parade, Whalan 507-944-2670


4- Aug 13 Winona Municipal Band Concerts (Wed’s June thru Aug) 507-452-0735 7 Rhubarb Festival, Lanesboro 507-467-2696 7 Tour de Pepin, Lake City 800-369-4123 13-15 Gammel Dag Fest, Peterson 507-864-2992 15 Art in the Park, Lanesboro 507-467-2446 25-Aug 3 Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona 507-474-7900 27-29 Water Ski Days Festival, Lake City 800-369-4123


Lake City


La Crescent is the Apple Capital of Minnesota. When you visit, be sure to venture down the Apple Blossom Scenic Drive. LAKE CITY

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.

the Zumbro River, the oldest working courthouse in Minnesota, year-round theatre at the Opera House, and several 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 PINE ISLAND


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.


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.

The Reads Landing floodplain forest is one of the best places to watch bald eagles in the midwest.

9-13 Winona County Fair, Winona 507-932-3074 11-13 Treasure Island Pow Wow, Welch 800-554-5473 14-20 Rushford Days, Rushford 507-864-3338 21-27 Olmsted County Fair, Rochester 507-282-9862


1-3 River City Days, Red Wing 800-498-3444 1-3 Buffalo Bill Days, Lanesboro 507-467-3722


5-7 68th Annual Watermelon Festival, Kellogg 800-565-4158 6 Taste of the Root River Trail, Preston 507-765-2153 6-7 49th annual Marigold Days, Mantorville 507-635-3551 13 Taste of the Root River Trail, Rushford 507-864-2992 20 Taste of the Root River Trail, Peterson 507-864-2992


4 Johnny Appleseed Festival, Lake City 800-369-4123 11-12 Fall Festival of the Arts, Red Wing 800-498-3444 14-19 Big Muddy River Rendezvous, Winona 800-657-4972


15 Tundra Swan Watch, Winona 800-657-4972 22 Winona Art Walk, Winona 800-657-4972 28 Holiday Stroll, Red Wing 800-498-3444


7 Christmas Inn Tour, Lanesboro 800-944-2670 13 Christmas in Peterson 507-864-2992 13 Parade of Lights, Rushford 507-864-3338



Mabel is home to the historic Mabel House Hotel, built in 1879. MANTORVILLE

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Take to the outdoors by walking along the Mississippi, golf, hike, or climb Barn Bluff for great vistas of the town and river. Bring your bikes to enjoy stunning scenery along the 19.7-mile Cannon Valley Trail. Explore the Historic Pottery District, and visit the NEW Pottery Museum, Red Wing Brewery, and other great shops, restaurants, and wineries.

Follow the Root River Trail and discover the beauty of these 9 communities. 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 fun Disc Golf Course with 9 holes (disc rental available). 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.


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 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.


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Amish Country - Harmony

Lanesboro offers the Root River Bike Trail, theatre arts, Amish tours, shopping, tours of the local winery, fine dining and bed & breakfasts. Historic Lanesboro is the “B&B Capital of Minnesota.” 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. 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 nestled among a valley formed by Forestville Creek. Located near the once sacred ground of seven converging Indian trails, the City of Rushford stretches out amid limestone, hardwood and prairie bluffs. Walking trails and scenic overlooks reveal exceptional panoramic views of the Root River, Root River Bike Trail and Rush Creek below. Nestled in a lush river valley, Rushford offers an array of

awesome outdoor experiences every season of the year. History rich, the community displays the Depot Museum & Visitor’s Center and village, and Minnesota’s oldest two-story railroad station on its original site. Rushford is a full-service community providing opportunity to existing and new business and modern technology, excellent public education and health care. There is a diversity of restaurants and choices of lodging facilities and camping. Long ago, massive glacial ice dams gave way to release vast volumes of water. The flood of water from these

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lakes defined the awesome beauty of Rushford Peterson Valley, a distinctive natural habitat. Achingly beautiful and environmentally fragile, it provides habitat for 43% of the state’s plant and animal species listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern. Bypassed by the last glacier, it has been described as, “a fragment of the past, a small piece of what once was.” The Rushford Peterson Valley is comprised of three communities: Rushford, Rushford Village, and Peterson;

all with unique identities offering country style living and a friendly, healthy pace to life. Enjoy birding, biking, rollerblading, walking, hiking, camping, canoeing, tubing, fishing, swimming, hunting, horseback riding, snowmobiling and more! You’re invited to TAKE ROOT. Located just four and a half miles east of Lanesboro, Whalan has ammenities for bikers as they continue their journey. Whalan is also noted for its famous Stand Still Parade which is held annually the third Saturday in May. WABASHA

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. WELCH - TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO

Try your luck at over 2,500 slots, 44 blackjack tables and a 550-seat high


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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.

Treasure Island Resort & Casino



Visit the National Historic District, the limestone gymnasium and the 1913 brick jail – now a unique bed & breakfast!

Zumbrota is home to Minnesota’s only remaining functioning covered bridge. Built in 1869 it measures nearly 120 feet long and 15 feet wide. ■


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 and Hudson River School paintings, marine art, folk art, sculptures and traveling exhibits.


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We look UP to our neighbors…

Glacial Lakes Trail - Willmar

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 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


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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

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. ■ ■

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Scenic Byways/Historic Highways

Apple Blossom See Directory for Advertiser Key on Pages 38-39.

Prairie Land (Page 4-9) Minnesota River Valley (Page 10-19) Southern Lakes (Page 20-27) Mississippi River Valley & Historic Bluff Country (Page 28-33) Our Neighbors (Page 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 (Page 31 & 38)

Great River Road AmericInn Properties 1 2 3 4

Owatonna St. Peter Jackson Lake City

5 Red Wing 6 Winona 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 Vineyard 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.

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.


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

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

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 • Springfield Chamber & CVB 507-723-3508 • Visit Winona 507-452-0735 • Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber 651-565-4158 • Willmar CVB 320-235-3552 • Worthington TIC (May-Oct) 507-376-3352

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Prairie Land

Minnesota River Valley

Southern Lakes

Mississippi River Valley & Historic Bluff Country



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.

Bluffscape Amish Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-467-3070


102 East Beacon Street - Lanesboro /

American Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-835-4300 1 245 Florence Avenue - Owatonna

440 N Mill Street - Currie /


Blue Mounds State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-283-1307

12697 325th Street - Vesta /

1410 161st Street - Luverne /

3 110 Belmont Street - Jackson


AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-457-0249


Rothenburg Campground . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-723-3517

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum . . . . . . . . . .507-859-2358

Minnesota’s Machinery Museum . . . . . . . .507-768-3522 PO Box 70 - Hanley Falls / This museum features 5 large buildings recapturing a century of stories about farm life.

6 60 Riverview Drive - Winona

AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-376-4500

7 1475 Darling Drive - Worthington

15649 SW 35th Ave - Ellendale / South Cass Avenue - Springfield / WiFi, 41 sites, 17 full hookups, 1 block from downtown, adjacent to Riverside Park, 2 pools, waterslide.

330 Eighth Street - Walnut Grove / The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum has eight buildings to visit. Wilder Pageant three weekends in July.

AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .651-385-9060

5 1819 Old West Main Street - Red Wing

Crystal Springs RV Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-398-3297

63604 170th Avenue - Kellogg / With over 20,000 sq. ft. to explore, we’re one of the largest family owned & operated specialty toy stores in the country.

AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-847-2444 AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .651-345-5611


Country Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-214-0300 201 28th Avenue SE - Willmar /


Family-owned, clean, pet-friendly, WiFi, 17-room motel, located close to Downtown on Highway 75.

Days Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-433-8600

800 Riverview Drive - Winona / Experience one of the best collections of “art inspired by water” in the United States. Ansel Adams October 17 - January,11 2015.


50 Pembroke Avenue - Wabasha / Experience the thrill of meeting live eagles up close and viewing wild eagles over the Mississippi River.


PO Box 444 - Harmony / One of the most fascinating & unique geological attractions in the United States. NEW 18-hole mini-golf course is now open!

Dickerson’s Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-354-4272 13194 2nd Street NE - Spicer / A Minnesota vacation resort for families.

GrandStay® Hotel & Suites of Luverne . .507-449-4949


908 S Kniss Avenue - Luverne / Comfortable standard and suite rooms, pool, free breakfast, free WiFi, located right off I-90.

Redwood Area Community Center . . . . . .507-644-2333 901 Cook Street - Redwood Falls

210 W Virginia Street - Luverne / Free WiFi, flat screen TVs, reasonable rates, clean rooms, quiet setting, locally owned & operated.

Root River Antique Historical Power Association Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-254-0622

1701 4th Street NW - Austin /


20 2nd Avenue SW - Rochester /

Mabel House Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-493-5768 117 S Main Street - Mabel /


502 E Rock Street - Springfield / 30 rooms, indoor pool, hot tub, WiFi, free continental breakfast – no pets, please.

Redwood Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-644-5700 1382 E Bridge Street - Redwood Falls /


2425 W Lincoln Avenue - Olivia / 114 Sunshine Avenue - Luverne / Nine-room motel, all non-smoking, pets allowed, quiet & peaceful location, special rates available.

Super 8 Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-283-9541 1201 ½ S Kniss Avenue - Luverne / 36-room motel off I-90 and Hwy 75; WiFi, free breakfast, ample parking, friendly staff.


August Schell Brewing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-354-5528 1860 Schell Road - New Ulm /


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Blooming Prairie Chamber of Commerce .507-583-4472


April’s Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-329-5065

Blue Earth Chamber & CVB . . . . . . . . . . . .507-526-2916 113 South Nicollet Street - Blue Earth / Come see our 55-foot Jolly Green Giant Statue.

SPAM® Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-LUV-SPAM 1

Caledonia Area Convention & Tourism Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 E Main St, PO Box 425 - Caledonia / Heart of Quilt Country and Wild Turkey Capital. Hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and barn quilt tours.


City of Peterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-875-2222 PO Box 67 - Peterson / Home to the 1877 Peterson Station Museum & lovely inns. Camp, canoe, bike, hunt, bird & more!


Austin CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-444-5713 104 11th Avenue NW, Suite D - Austin / SPAM™ Museum, Historic Paramount Theatre, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, ArtWorks, Rydjor Bike Museum, SPAM™Town Belle, and nearly 400 hotel accommodations. 138 Highway Ave S - Blooming Prairie / Blooming Prairie is home of the best “Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration.” Come & enjoy!

600 Maple Drive - Spring Grove / Featuring zero depth entry, splash and play for youngsters, flumes and drop slides. Groups welcome.

Sheep Shedde Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-523-5000 Sunrise Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-283-2347


Spring Grove SWIM Center . . . . . . . . . . .507-498-SWIM

Quality Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-283-9488

Albert Lea CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-345-8414 102 W Clark Street - Albert Lea / “The Land Between the Lakes” offers boating, the Pelican Breeze Cruise Boat, fishing, bike trails, and so much more!

Sod House on the Prairie . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-723-5138

1101 Main Street North - Austin / This 16,500 sq. ft. facility features sophisticated exhibits and displays pertaining to the history of Hormel foods and its various products.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham . . . . .507-723-8200

801 S Kniss Avenue - Luverne / 44 comfortable rooms, indoor pool and hot tub, free continental breakfast – no pets, please.


78715 255th Street - Spring Valley / 12598 Magnolia Avenue - Sanborn / Enjoy a Laura Ingalls adventure as you walk through a prairie to explore a dugout and soddy.

Kahler Grand Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-285-2722

Treasure Island Resort & Casino . . . . . . . .800-222-7077 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road - Welch / Where having fun is always a sure bet!

228 Mill Street - Peterson /

Hillcrest Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-588-3763

Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center . . .507-433-1000


Peterson Station Museum & Visitor Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-875-2415

Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort . . . . . . . . . . .866-293-2121 5616 Prairie’s Edge Ln - Granite Falls / Located three miles south of Granite Falls on Highway 23, offering guests everything they will need for an ideal getaway.

Niagara Cave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-837-6606

700 16th Avenue NW - Austin /

Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel . . . . . . . . .800-WIN-CASH 39375 Cty Hwy 24 - Morton / 1,200 Vegas-style slot machines and table games, deluxe accommodations, 378-room hotel, RV park, restaurants & lounge.

Minnesota Marine Art Museum . . . . . . . . .866-940-6626

Cozy Rest Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-283-4461 11 National Eagle Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .651-565-4989 116 S Kniss Avenue - Luverne


101 Linden Street SW - Sleepy Eye /


Holmberg Orchard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-762-3131

AmericInn Hotel & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-931-6554 10 LARK Toys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-767-3387 2 700 N Minnesota Avenue - St. Peter

4 1615 N Lakeshore Drive - Lake City

W.W. Smith Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-794-5661

End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum . . . .507-763-3708

1313 Hwy 13 North - Waseca /

AmericInn Hotel & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-455-1142



222 Central Avenue - Kenneth / Modern comfort meets historic charm at April’s! Special rates and arrangements available.

City of Redwood Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-637-5755 333 S Washington St - Redwood Falls / Experience quality shopping and recreational and leisure activities in Redwood Falls!

City of Rushford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-864-2444


Arbor Inn Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . .507-532-2457 305 N 5th Street - Marshall / 5 suites with separate entrance, sitting room & fireplace

PO Box 430 - Rushford / “City of parks, trees, and trails!”


Carriage House Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . .507-452-8256

City of Wykoff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-352-4011



217 Gold Street North - Wykoff /

420 Main Street - Winona /

Fenelon Place Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . . .507-234-5705


5 Rose Pedaler Log Cabin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-438-3621 16931 Hwy 56 - Rose Creek /


Turning Waters Bed, Breakfast & Adventure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .651-564-1568 136 Bridge Avenue - Wabasha /

Fairmont CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-657-3280 PO Box 976 - Fairmont / Fairmont the “City of Lakes” awaits your arrival! Enjoy great lodging, history and outdoor recreation.

215 N Mott St - Janesville /


Faribault Area Chamber & Tourism . . . . . .800-658-2354 530 Wilson Avenue - Faribault / Blankets, blue cheese & beautiful lakes—just part of the experience that awaits you in Faribault! ■■■■

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Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce . . .800-247-6466 15 2nd Street NW - Harmony / Experience “Harmony” by visiting this small, active, and unique town in southeastern Minnesota.


Historic Bluff Country CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-864-2992 PO Box 489 - Rushford / Antiques, wine, local arts & crafts, 5 scenic byways, and over 60 miles of paved trails. The ultimate place for fun and recreation!


Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority . . . . . . .320-598-7976 600 6th Street - Madison / Contact Pam Lehmann anytime to start or expand a business in Lac qui Parle County!










Travel Southwest Minnesota . . . . . . . . . . .800-279-2919


Marshall CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-537-1865

Visit Winona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-657-4972 160 Johnson Street - Winona / Spectacular beauty, remarkable arts & culture, outdoor adventure. Find out why everyone loves Winona.

Montevideo Area CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-269-5527 9



1 N Minnesota Street, Box 862 - New Ulm / The “City of Charm & Tradition,” with history, festivals, German heritage & attractions – exceptional dining, shopping, lodging, and recreation.


Northfield Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . . .800-658-2548 205 3rd Street West, Suite A - Northfield Visiting Northfield, an artsy historic rivertown, means unique experiences, whatever the reason or season.





320 Hoffman Drive - Owatonna Home to Cabela’s, Village of Yesteryear, Louis Sullivan-designed bank, Orphanage Museum and the RAD zoo.


Pipestone Chamber & CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-336-6125 117 8th Avenue SE - Pipestone Home of the Pipestone National Monument. Events: Civil War Days, Pow-wow, and Ghost Walks.



Red Wing Visitor & Convention Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-498-3444 420 Levee Street - Red Wing / Home of the Red Wing Shoe, Red Wing Pottery, and World’s Largest Boot. Come watch stoneware being made, visit the new Pottery Museum and The Shoe Store & Museum.



Max’s Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-523-2833 2425 West Lincoln Avenue - Olivia

Wilder Pageant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888-859-3102 PO Box 313 - Walnut Grove /


Cedar Valley Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-467-9000 905 Bench Street - Whalan /


Dickerson’s Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-354-4272 13194 2nd Street NE - Spicer / A Minnesota vacation resort for families.

Winjum's Shady Acres Resort . . . . . . . . . .866-334-6661 17759 W 177th Street - Faribault / Eight modern cabins on shoreline of Roberds Lake. Swim beach, tavern, restaurant, fishing, pontoons, activities.

SHOPPING The Gutentag Haus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-233-4287 127 N Minnesota Street - New Ulm /


Medford Outlet Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-455-4111 6750 W Frontage Rd #315 - Medford


Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery . . . . .507-346-7300 78757 State Hwy 16 - Spring Valley Close to the city, yet far away. Let us teach you about wine, from grape to barrel.


Garvin Heights Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-474-9463


Indian Island Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-234-6222


2255 Garvin Heights Road - Winona / See why we call it “Minnesota’s Most Scenic Winery!” 18018 631st Avenue - Janesville / This family-operated winery produces cold hardy grapes for award-winning wines!

Morgan Creek Vineyards & Winery . . . . .507-947-3547 23707 478th Avenue - New Ulm Visit Minnesota's only underground winery, tasting room, and gift shop. Wood fired oven tapas and music!


3 North Cass Avenue - Springfield


Wanda Gag House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-359-2632 226 N Washington Street - New Ulm /

The Garage/Springfield Bowling . . . . . . . .507-723-6000 6

Scenic Valley Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-467-2958 101 Coffee Street - Lanesboro / Our country fresh wines are special blends made from local fruits and vegetables.

Whitewater Wines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-534-1262 10832 Fischer Hill Drive - Plainview / Making great wine is our priority, and creating an experience of “Olde Worlde” charm is our goal.

Tommy’s Central Street Steak House . . . .507-723-9191

Preston Area Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888-845-2100 PO Box 657 - Preston / Minnesota’s Trout Capital, Home of the National Trout Center, Root River & Harmony-Preston State Bike Trails, Historic Forestville, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park.


Worthington Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . .800-279-2919 1121 Third Avenue - Worthington Visitors will find a variety of lodging accommodations, restaurants, service stations, shops and attractions of interest.

Redwood County Historical Society . . . . .507-641-3329 342 S Mill Street - Redwood Falls

Windom Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . . . . .800-794-6366 303 9th Street - Windom / Visit the little city that would! Enjoy our unique shops, dining, parks, history, arts & culture!

Olivia Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . .877-375-CORN

Owatonna Area Chamber & Tourism . . . .800-423-6466

2480 29th Street - Slayton /


Willmar Lakes Area CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-845-8747 2104 Hwy 12 East - Willmar / In beautiful Kandiyohi County where the lakes begin! Bike, swim, snowmobile, fish & relax!

909 West DePue, Box 37 - Olivia / Visit “The Corn Capital of the Midwest” and the World’s Largest Corn Monument.


Western Minnesota Prairie Waters CVB . . .866-866-5432 323 West Schlieman Avenue - Appleton Explore the prairies, canoe routes, ethnic & culture heritage, festivals and recreational opportunities.

Murray County Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-836-1147 New Ulm CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888-463-9856

Murray County Historical Museum . . . . .507-836-6533

112 North State Street - Waseca / Discover Waseca and experience a city full of opportunity and fun.

221 West 2nd Street - Morton / 2848 Broadway Avenue - Slayton / Come and see for yourself the acres of opportunity in Murray County!

Waseca Area Tourism & Visitors Bureau . .888-9WASECA

Historic Gilfillan Farm Estate . . . . . . . . . . .507-249-3633 28269 State Hwy 67 - Morgan

Tyler Area Community Club . . . . . . . . . . . .507-247-3905 PO Box 182 - Tyler Country living steeped in Danish tradition, Tyler is home to the Nissemaend & Aebleskivers.

Morton Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . .507-697-6912


2848 Broadway Avenue - Slayton Visit southwest Minnesota and enjoy golfing, shopping, camping, historic sites, scenic vistas, events, fishing & more.

317 W Main Street - Marshall /


Tatanka Bluffs Corridor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-637-2828

PO Box 44 - Mantorville / Mantorville – Historic town with museums, shops, casual & fine dining, parks & trails.

301 North 1st Street, Suite 100 - Montevideo City of Parks, Hunting, Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Golfing, Biking, Shopping, Historical Sites, Sweetland and more!

21899 County 118 - Preston / “History Where it Happened!” Costumed interpreters reveal daily life in 1899 Forestville.

200 S Mill Street - Redwood Falls /

127 W Main Street - Madelia / Craving small town experience? Pack up & head to Madelia – just 2 hours south of Minneapolis!


St. Peter Tourism & Visitors Bureau . . . . .800-473-3404 101 South Front Street - St. Peter Visit beautiful historic St. Peter for unique shops, museums, Gustavus Adolphus College and more!

Luverne Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . . . . . .888-283-4061

Mantorville Area Chamber of Commerce .866-313-8687

Historic Forestville – MNHS . . . . . . . . . . .507-765-2785

St. James Area Chamber of Commerce . . .888-859-0813 516 1st Avenue South - St. James Pier fishing, bike & walking trail, an outdoor pool w/ waterslide, 18-hole golf course, theater and more!

Madelia Area Chamber of Commerce . . .888-941-7283


Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce . .866-866-8990 33 South Cass Avenue, PO Box 134 - Springfield Enjoy our swimming pool with waterslide, Go-Karts, Disc Golf, Golf, Paved Trails & Camping!

500 N Main Street - Le Sueur / 213 East Luverne Street - Luverne Located with the Brandenburg Gallery, Herreid Military Museum, Heritage Gallery, Veterans Memorial and Kahler Terrace.

1031 Bridge Avenue - Albert Lea /

PO Box 95 - Elysian / Home of the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. Cities include: Elysian, Madison Lake, Morristown, and Waterville.

Le Sueur Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . .507-665-2501 2

Freeborn County Historical Society . . . . . .507-373-8003

Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce . . .507-864-3338 Southern Minnesota Lakes Region . . . . . .800-507-7787

Chippewa County Historical Society . . . . .320-269-7636 Box 303 - Montevideo /

Rochester CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-634-8277

PO Box 338 - Rushford / Rushford’s historical trails await you!

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce . .800-944-2670 100 Milwaukee Road - Lanesboro / The Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota! Quaint townsite, Root River Bike Trail, and rich artistic experiences.


30 Civic Center Drive SE, Ste 200 - Rochester

Lake City Tourism Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . .877-525-3248 PO Box 155 - Lake City / A historic river town located along the shoreline of Lake Pepin.

Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-657-7070 200 South Mill Street - Redwood Falls / We offer a wide variety of seasonal attractions, historic sites, plenty of shopping and fine restaurants.

Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce . . . .507-847-3867 114 3rd Street - Jackson / Jackson Speedway Racing, Historical Fort Belmont, Kilen Woods State Park, Interstate Bike Trail & Camping.



8 West Central Street - Springfield

ExpoCulinaria - Rushford


Corn Capital Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .877-375-CORN July 23-27, 2014 - Olivia


Vintage Band Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .612-308-6857

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Northfield / VBF one-day festival fundraiser August 2, 2014.

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