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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!

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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Call Convention & Visitors Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce directly. They can answer your questions about attractions, events, dining, and accommodations.


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12 Mississippi River Valley and Historic Bluff Country

16 Prairie Land

24 Minnesota River Valley Our Neighbors . . . 34 Travel Planning Map . . . 36 Directory & Map Codes . . . 38

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PHOTO CREDITS: Cover photo provided by Albert Lea CVB – Courtesy of Gary Webber. Other cover images by Lanesboro CVB (Root River Trail), Pipestone Chamber of Commerce (Civil War Days), Granite Falls CVB (West Fest). Other photos: Greg Abel, Albert Lea CVB, Austin CVB, Big Island Rendezvous, Blue Mounds State Park, Ron Bolduan, Brandenburg Gallery, Jim Brandenburg, Brown County Historical Society, Judy Dickerson, End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum, Abby Erickson, Explore MN, Fairmont CVB, Faribault Area Chamber & Tourism, Mary Farrell, Fort Belmont, Joan Gavin, Greater Mankato CVB, Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce, Historic Bluff Country, Historic Chippewa City, Houston Nature Center, Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, Jackson Area Chamber, Kristi Kiesler, La Crescent Chamber of Commerce, Luverne Area Chamber & CVB, Madelia Chamber/CVB – Younger Brothers Capture, Mantorville Tourism, MN Marine Art Museum, Murray County, New Ulm CVB, Northfield CVB, Olivia Area Chamber of Commerce, Owatonna Area Chamber, Bill Pauling, Pelican Breeze II Cruise Boat, Pipestone CVB, Prairie’s Edge Casino & Resort, Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism, Renville County, Sean Solheim, SPAM® Museum, St. James Chamber of Commerce, St. Peter Chamber & Tourism, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Village of Yesteryear, Visit Winona, Waseca Tourism, Western MN Prairie Waters, Wilder Pageant, Willmar Lakes CVB, Windom CVB, Worthington Area CVB

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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.

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Albert Lea, also known as The Land Between the Lakes, is nestled between Fountain & Albert Lea Lakes. Shopping enthusiasts love our unique specialty gift and antique shops in Historic Downtown Albert Lea. With over 40 parks in Albert Lea, breathtaking wildlife & beauty along the Blazing Star Bike Trail (linking to Myre Big Island State Park), and Bayside Ski Shows held weekly, there is something for everyone! The Freeborn County Historical Museum & Village is home to Marion Ross and Eddie Cochran memorabilia. Enjoy a scenic tour aboard the Pelican Breeze II Cruise Boat on beautiful Albert Lea Lake, or tour MinneSOYta Nice Candle & Soap Factory.

You won’t want to miss a play or musical performance at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center or a show at the Albert Lea Art Center. Annual festivals include the Land Between the Lakes Triathlon, Eddie Cochran Weekend, 4th of July Parade, carnival, car show, fireworks, April Sorensen Memorial Half Marathon, BIB Barbeque, downtown festivals, Freeborn County Fair and the Big Island Rendezvous. AUSTIN

SPAM® Museum

Also known as SPAM® Town USA, Austin is home to the world-famous SPAM® Museum. Plenty of new and exciting opportunities await you at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, Historic Paramount Theatre, Greibroks Mini-History Farm,

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2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 14-15 Southern MN Pond Hockey Championship, Fairmont 800-657-3280 29 Ice Classic & Ice Auger Race Ice Fishing Tournament, Albert Lea 507-402-7487 29 Austin Wedding Showcase, Austin 507-433-4243


8-11 62nd Annual Waseca Sleigh & Cutter Festival, Waseca 507-461-3727


2-4 Annual “Stampin’, Scrappin’ Retreat”, Austin 507-433-1000 17-18 KBEW Better Living Show, Blue Earth 507-526-2916 28 Jose Cole Circus, Owatonna 800-423-6466


21 Fountain Lake 5K Run/Tiger Trot, Albert Lea 507-373-2316 21 Spring City-wide Garage Sales, Blue Earth 507-526-2916 27-29 Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Swap Meet, Le Sueur 507-934-5841


5 Annual Austin City-wide Rummage Sale, Austin 507-437-4563 7 Springtime on the Farm at Farmamerica, Waseca 888-9WASECA 26-27 Rice County Steam & Gas Engines Inc Show, Northfield 800-658-2548



The Hormel Institute, Gerard Mansion, Hormel Historic Home and so much more! The Hormel Historic Home includes a banquet hall, Peace Garden, dining room and library—great for group gatherings! The Greibroks Mini-History Farm features over 700 model tractors, trucks, cars, farm machinery, steam engines, airplanes and other toys throughout a unique 40-room farmhouse. Schedule your tour during your visit to Austin, MN!


Ellendale is located just 15 minutes south of Owatonna; offering country style living

8-9 Interlaken Heritage Days, Fairmont 800-657-3280 9-11 Eddie Cochran Wknd, Albert Lea 507-373-2316 16 Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival, Owatonna 800-423-6466 30 Chautauqua, Waseca 888-9WASECA


3-4 Fourth of July Freedom Fest, Austin 507-437-4563 4th of July Celebration, Albert Lea 800-345-8414 4 32nd Annual Music Festival, Fairmont 507-235-5547 7-8 SCSH Chuckwagon Supper and Extravaganza, Owatonna 507-451-1420 13-14 Giant Days, Blue Earth 507-526-2916 13-15 Welcome Summer Festival, Fairmont 800-657-3280 27-29 Kolacky Days – Czech Festival, Montgomery 507-364-5577


7-12 128th Annual Mower County Fair, Austin 507-437-4563 12 Heritage Acres Threshing Bee, Fairmont 800-657-3280 13-19 Martin County Fair, Fairmont 800-657-3280 14-19 Steele Country Free Fair, Owatonna 507-451-5305



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 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. ■


5-9 Defeat of Jesse James Days, Northfield 800-658-2548 8-9 Farmamerica Fall Fair, Waseca 888-9WASECA 15 28th Annual Dozinky Festival, New Prague 952-758-4360 22 Annual Fall Harvest Celebration, Austin 507-437-6082


6-7 26th Annual Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea 800-345-8414


10 Scarfing of Giant, Blue Earth 507-526-2916 23-December 31 Festival of Trees, Albert Lea 800-345-8414 29-December 2 St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Northfield 800-658-2548 30-December 1 Christmas in the Village, Owatonna 507-451-1420


1-31 Lennberg’s Teddy Bear Home, Austin 507-437-4563 3 Christmas on the Farm at Farmamerica, Waseca 888-9WASECA 7-8 Christmas in the Country, Austin 507-437-6082


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in a friendly, quiet community. Their lovely flower garden and mural depicts the city’s earlier years. ELYSIAN

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 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 summer months boating, water skiing, traveling the lakes, taking in the view,


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Located just 35 minutes south of the Twin Cities metro area on Interstate 35 is Faribault, Minnesota—a city of great experiences! It serves as the perfect


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 RIver Bend Trail - Faribault

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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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!

and the Faribault Airfest & Balloon Rally. The recipe for fun is simple in Faribault! LE SUEUR

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

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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 exceptional prices at over 45 premium stores. The Medford Straight River Park and the Medford Swimming Pool are popular attractions during the warmer months.


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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 2012.

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 © Griff Wigley

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.


New Prague is a Czech community complemented by unique shops, ethnic

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the first towns in Minnesota to offer podcast tours. The history tours travel through several buildings that are architecturally significant, as well as outdoor community spaces downtown. Download the podcasts onto your own device or check out an iPod for free at the Northfield Historical Society. This lovely river town is known as one of Minnesota’s ideal destinations for art, outdoor concerts, recitals, plays and festivals. Thousands of visitors come to Northfield each December to experience the famous St. Olaf Christmas Festival. Browse the art galleries and boutiques for one-of-a-kind crafts, or indulge your taste buds at any of the charming hometown restaurants sprinkled throughout the community.

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home to over 10,000 orphans from 1886 to 1945—or the Steele County Historical Society’s Village of Yesteryear and their new 2012 History Center. For fans of prairie school and modern architecture, visit the Louis Sullivandesigned bank in downtown Owatonna and Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House located on the grounds of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center. Stop by the third week in August and


Owatonna is located just 1 hour south of the Twin Cities on Interstate 35. It is home to Cabela’s—Minnesota’s second-largest tourist attraction. Recently renovated in 2011, this 150,000 square foot mega-store features retail plus museum-quality animal displays in their natural habitats. Owatonna offers great group tour opportunities at the Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum— MN State Public Orphanage Museum - Owantonna


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visit the Steele County Free Fair. It’s Minnesota’s largest FREE county fair and has been named one of the top events in North America! With over 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 over 550 lodging rooms, Owatonna offers accommodations for every type of traveler as well as a variety of restaurants for all tastes and occasions. WASECA

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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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.

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

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


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


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The scenery of Historic Bluff Country provides the perfect backdrop for many activities. Brownsville offers amazing beauty and unlimited river recreation. Caledonia is known as the Wild Turkey Capital of Minnesota and is located in the Heart of Quilt Country. Chatfield is home to the Free Music Lending Library—the only library of its kind in the world. Eitzen is where turkey, deer, and pheasant abound. Fountain is home to the Fillmore County Historical Center and known as the Sinkhole Capital of the USA.

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

2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 25-29 Frozen River Film Festival, Winona State University 800-657-4972


2-12 WinterFest X, Rochester 507-282-8629 4 Whalan Candlelight Ski, Whalen 800-944-2670


2-4 International Festival of Owls, Houston 507-896-4668 3 Moscow Nights/Riverside Concerts, Rochester 507-328-2222


13-15 Ibsen Festival, Lanesboro 800-944-2670 13-14 Rochester World Festival, Rochester 507-289-5960


4-6 100-Mile Garage Sale, Winona 800-657-4972 18-20 Preston Trout Days, Preston 888-845-2100 19 Stand-Still Parade, Lanesboro 800-944-2670 25-28 Cannon River Rendezvous, Stanton 763-213-7572

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2 Rhubarb Festival, Lanesboro 800-944-2670 13-17 Winona Steamboat Days, Winona 800-657-4972 23-24 Old Tyme Days, Mantorville 866-313-8687 23-24 Meadowfest Civil War Days, Grand Meadow 507-437-6082 20-Aug 5 Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona 507- 474-7900 25-29 Plein Air Art Festival, Red Wing 651-388-7569


shops and antique offerings. Harmony also has a new Disc Golf Course with 9 holes—discs are available for rent. Hokah is perched on a limestone knoll surrounded by Mount Tom, Thompson Creek, Lake Como, a natural waterfall and the Root River. Houston boasts one of the best trailheads in the state, featuring the Houston Nature Center and their most popular employee: Alice the Great Horned Owl. La Crescent is the Apple Capital of Minnesota. When you visit, be sure

to venture down the Apple Blossom Scenic Drive. Lanesboro offers the Root River Bike Trail, theatre arts, Amish tours, shopping, tours of the local winery, fine dining and bed & breakfasts. Historic Lanesboro is the “B & B Capital of Minnesota.” LeRoy is located on the Shooting Star Scenic Byway. The town is chock-full of interesting attractions, including the Shooting Star Bike Trail, Lake Louise State Park, a DNR fishing pier, and the Pioneer Prairie Wind Tower Information Kiosk & Lookout.

3-4 4th of July Celebration, Harmony 877-251-0606 11-15 Winona County Fair, Winona 800-657-4972 17-21 Fillmore County Fair, Preston 888-845-2100 21-22 Cannon Falls Wine and Art Festival, Cannon Falls 651-492-5512


3-5 Buffalo Bill Days, Lanesboro 800-944-2670 3-5 River City Days, Red Wing 651-301-9700 15-19 Houston County Fair, Caledonia 507-725-3397 24-26 Dobie Days, a Salute to Veterans, Harmony 800-445-6481


15 Taste of the Trail w/ Preston & Fountain, Harmony 877-251-0606 22-23 Zumbro Bend Rendezvous, Mantorville 507-635-5508


4-Jan 2013 The Photography of Jim Brandenburg, Winona 866-940-6626 6 Johnny Appleseed Festival, Lake City 800-369-4123 6 Fall Foliage, Harmony 877-251-0606 20 Warrior Waddle, Winona 651-688-9143


17-18 Holiday Fest, Harmony 877-866-2469


1 Olde Fashioned Christmas, Mantorville 866-313-8687 1 Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Expo, Preston 888-845-2100



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Treasure Island Resort & Casino - Red Wing

Mabel is home to the historic Mabel House Hotel, built in 1879. Preston: The quaint village of Preston is situated along the Root River, with the Root River State Bike Trail going right through the community. Camp at the Maple Springs Campground located on a century-old farm and nestled among a valley formed by Forestville Creek. Rushford boasts of its “four seasons” setting in the hardwood forest. Visit the Historic Depot & School Museum or enjoy the Creekside Children’s Play Park. Be sure to check out Nanotek Trek, Nano Camp, and Nano Conference June 2012. Find more information on Spring Grove: Visit their SWIM Center, artists’ gallery, and playhouse. Celebrate Spring Grove’s Norwegian heritage with Syttende Mai in May. Spring Valley is one of the sites along the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historical Highway and is home to the Methodist Church Museum and Washburn-Zittleman House Museum. Spring Valley is considered “the town that agriculture built.”

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

concrete statuary producer and retailer. Kellogg is also home to Annie B’s Candy Company—an irresistible must-stop!



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. 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 host a reunion at Kellogg’s city park. Visit SVJ Creative Designs, Minnesota’s largest

Mantorville’s many historic limestone buildings have placed this quiet town on the National Register of Historic Places. Featuring one of the few dams left on the Zumbro River, the oldest working courthouse in Minnesota, year-round theatre at the Opera House, and several 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 PETERSON

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.


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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. RED WING

This picturesque city brims with historic charm and natural beauty, all complemented by one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. Spend a quiet day browsing its famous antique and pottery shops, poking through the farmers’ market (summer) or sauntering along the riverfront watching boats cruise through the marina.

18-hole golf course (Mt. Frontenac), and a 150-passenger cruise ship. WINONA

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. ZUMBROTA

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


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. WELCH - TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO

Try your luck at over 2,500 slots, 44 blackjack tables and a 550-seat high stakes bingo hall, all in a Caribbean themed casino. Enjoy mouth-watering food in a variety of restaurants, explore the features of two breathtaking hotel towers, plus a 3,000 seat Island Event Center featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment (like Martina McBride and Brooks & Dunn), and a 24-lane Brunswick Bowling Alley! More unique offerings include a marina, ■

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Prairie Land


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.

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.


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.


Grist Mill at Fort Belmont


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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

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

2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 14 Winterfest, Worthington 800-279-2919


12 Freeze Your Caboose Run & Walk, St. James 507-375-3333 18 Casino Extravaganza, Madelia 507-642-8822


10 Home & Living Show, Luverne 888-283-4061 17 Farm & Home Show, Jackson 507-847-3867


7 Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt, Tyler 507-247-5556 21 Manfred – Scribe of Siouxland 100th Birthday Extravaganza, Luverne 888-283-4061


4-5 Citywide Spring Rummage Sale, Luverne 888-283-4061 11-12 Tidy Up Tyler Days/All City Rummage Sale, Tyler 507-247-5556 19 Hot Dog Days, City-wide Garage Sales, St. James 507-375-3333


1 Buffalo Days Cruise-In, Luverne 888-283-4061 2 28th Annual Buffalo Days Parade & Arts in the Park, Luverne 888-283-4061 8-10 Windsurfing Regatta & Unvarnished Music Festival, Worthington 800-279-2919 18-24 St. James Rail Road Days, St. James 507-375-3333 21-23 Watertower Festival, Pipestone 507-825-3316 15-17 Fulda Wood Duck Festival, Fulda 507-836-1147


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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!

6-8 4th of July Extravaganza, Currie 507-836-1147 6-8 125th Annual Days of ’87, Slayton 507-836-1147 12-15 Park Days, Madelia 507-642-8822 12 50th Annual Hot Dog Nite & Wiener Dog Races, Luverne 888-283-4061 14-15 Murray County Draft Horse Show, Slayton 507-836-1147 20-22 Love of the Land Rendezvous, Pipestone 507-825-3316 27 Connecting the Circle of Music Native American Indian Concert, Pipestone 507-825-3316 28-29 Pow Wow, Pipestone 507-825-3316 28-29 Aebleskiver Days, Tyler 507-247-5556 30-31 Watermelon Days, Sanborn 507-648-3510


1-4 Pipestone County Fair, Pipestone 507-825-3316 1-4 Lyon County Fair, Marshall 507-537-1865 16-19 Sounds of Summer, Marshall 507-537-1865 17-19 Steam & Gas Engine Show, Butterfield 507-956-3981 9-12 Nobles County Fair, Worthington 800-279-2919 11-12 Civil War Days, Pipestone 507-825-3316 15-18 Murray County Fair, Slayton 507-836-1147 25 6th Annual Art Rocks, Luverne 888-283-4061


7-8 Autumn Boutique Festival, Slayton 507-836-1147 8 Highway 75 Market Day, Pipestone 507-825-3316 8-9 Fort Belmont Rendezvous, Jackson 507-847-3867 14-15 King Turkey Day, Worthington 800-279-2919 15 Younger Brothers Capture, Madelia 507-642-8822 29 62nd annual Tri-State Band Festival, Luverne 888-283-4061


12-14 – Pheasant Fest, Madelia 507-642-8822


10 5th Annual Holiday Studio Tour, Luverne 888-283-4061 16-17 Razzle Dazzle, Madelia 507-642-8822 30-Dec 2 16th Annual Winterfest, Luverne 888-283-4061


1 Holiday Fest Celebration & Fireworks, Jackson 507-847-3867 1 Old Fashioned Danish Christmas, Tyler 507-247-5556 7-9 St. James Winter Carnival, St. James 507-375-3333



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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.

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 and waterslide. ■

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MADELIA Younger Brothers Capture

Blue Mounds State Park

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The 2011 ESM guide (pg 26) incorrectly credited the above photo; credit should have gone to Sean Solheim.

The sights and sounds of prairie and history come alive in Luverne, Minnesota. Located in the corner of the state, Rock County, this thriving community features a wide variety of experiences. A few miles north of Luverne are the prairies of Blue Mounds State Park, home to a thriving herd of bison, abundant nature trails, camping facilities, and Sioux quartzite cliffs that are perfect for rock-climbing. Go on a “bison-buggy” ride at Prairie Heights Bison and view these fascinating creatures up close. A few miles to the west is the Touch the Sky Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, offering visitors 800 acres of native prairie operated in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation. The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of author Frederick Manfred. Known as the “Scribe of Siouxland,” Manfred’s literary works told the stories of people living their lives on the Plains. To celebrate and honor his life and legacy, the community of Luverne is banding together to create a year long celebration through writing contests & workshops, oral presentations, banquets, photography, art exhibits and video presentations. Don’t miss these unique opportunities to explore the history of the Plains. Experience live theatre or watch the latest movie at the Palace Theatre. The Verne Drive-In Theatre is a great place to enjoy the movies on a wonderful summer night. Any time of the day you will find something to do in Luverne, Minnesota. ■

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—tickets are still only $5.00!

drive from anywhere. Marshall can also be your base for hunting. Trips for pheasant, turkey, and trophy deer are well rewarded year after year. Visit the quaint antique shops in the area, and later enjoy a meal at one of Marshall’s varied restaurants offering fine dining or a more casual atmosphere—always something for everyone’s liking.



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

Mountain Lake is home to Minnesota’s oldest running community celebration: Mountain Lake Pow-wow Festival. Enjoy the unique shops, historical sights, and a variety of ethnic cuisine only

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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

Murray County is deep in the southwest corner of Minnesota. Take advantage of

their many natural resources and beautiful prairie vistas. Whether you are looking to relax by the lakeshore or immerse yourself in history, Murray County welcomes you. The area offers something for everyone: hunting, fishing, camping, golf, shopping, dining, museums, and several festivals & events scheduled throughout the year. Plan your visit around the Murray County Fair held in August. Visit Murray County on June 9th, 2012 for National Get Outdoors Day. A variety of parks will host events and

activities—many will offer free admission! Avoca: The lakeshore of Lime Lake wraps around the north and west side of Avoca. There is a county park with a picnic shelter, horseshoe pits and several campsites. Don’t miss the tennis court, half pipe skate area, volleyball court, and playground equipment at the Memorial Ball Park. Chandler is located in the scenic Chanarambie Valley. Because of Minnesota’s rough glacial periods thousands of years ago, Chandler is characterized by its unique land formations. North of Chandler is the famous Buffalo Ridge. The tip of the ridge is over 1,900 feet above sea level—one of the highest points in the state. Currie is home to the End-O-Line Railroad Park & Museum where they recently added a rehabilitated caboose. Enjoy the scenic 6-mile loop of the Casey Jones State Trail for hiking, biking, horseback riding, inline skating and snowmobiling. Currie is the place to be this 4th of July for a spectacular fireworks show. Dovray features a history of settlers who came to the area from Dovre, Gudbrandsdalen in Norway. Today, the Norwegian traditions continue in this quaint town. Fulda features an authentic Civil War cannon and historic train depot. The city encompasses the north shore of beautiful Seven Mile Lake, a 177-acre recreational lake. Fulda is the “Home of the Wood Duck” due to the large number of wood ducks migrating through the area. Come for the annual Wood Duck Festival in June. Hadley is located on the shores of Summit Lake and is home to the Hadley Buttermakers baseball team. Iona: Visit the Lundblad Prairie, a native prairie on the edge of Badger Lake, and imagine how the early pioneers must have seen this land. Lake Wilson: Like so many other pleasant towns in Southwest Minnesota, agriculture remains the largest industry in the area. Slayton: The county seat of Murray County is a bustling town with quaint shopping and dining experiences. The city is home to several beautiful parks and the only zero-depth entry pool in the area at Slaytona Beach West. PIPESTONE

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Ceremonial pipe - Pipestone

the sacred soft red stone used to fashion ceremonial pipes. Walk the ¾-mile trail to view the pipestone quarries and 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 11th and 12th 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

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campground, pier fishing, a “Let’s Go Fishing” program for seniors, a 4-mile paved walking/biking trail, and abundant ice fishing in winter. A public swimming pool is available in the summer months and features a 155-foot waterslide and a wading pool. Spend the day at Memorial Park offering playgrounds, picnic shelters, a skateboard area, band shell, disc golf, tennis courts, softball fields and sand volleyball, or play 18 holes at the Gold Strand Golf Course. Wonderful eateries and unique shopping greet you on Main Street. Community theatre, concerts, plays, a movie theater, and a community club complete the package. Not a camper? That’s ok, because they also have a newly remodeled, always friendly Super 8 Motel!

to serve you. They are located only 25 minutes from Marshall or Pipestone and an hour and a half from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 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


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. Tyler also features over 30 lakes, an 18-hole golf course, historic Danebod Church & Folk School, swimming pool, parks, and over 150 businesses ready 2012 Explore Southern Minnesota


learning about this area of Minnesota. The plum thickets, big rock, and spring still reside on the homestead while Pa’s bell still hangs in the English Lutheran Church. Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and view letters, photos, clothing and 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 205acre park, or shop for unique souvenirs, antiques, gifts and more! WINDOM

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County. It connects visitors traveling along Highways 60 & 71 with easy access to a large variety of retail and service businesses. One of Windom’s most popular attractions is the Business, Arts & Recreation Center (BARC), offering concerts and plays throughout the year. You are also invited to visit the Cottonwood County Historical Museum, Remick Art Gallery, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, or one of the city’s numerous parks. Windom connects area residents and visitors with many festivities including horse shows staged at the Windom Arena throughout the summer, the Riverfest celebration the second full weekend in June, and the Cottonwood County Fair in late August.

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


Beautiful Lake Okabena is the crown jewel of Worthington, which attracts windsurfers from around the nation to its Windsurfing Regatta each June. The annual Regatta takes place in conjunction with the Unvarnished Music Festival. Lake Okabena – labeled “Fastest Lake in

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Minnesota River Valley


© Abby Erickson

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.


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.

Our fall events include the annual Mahkato PowWow at Land of Memories Park. The year 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the Dakota Conflict. History Fest re-enacts the Civil War. Runners will enjoy hitting the pavement for the Mankato Marathon in October. Winter offers skiing on Mount Kato, Mankato Mavericks hockey, sledding at Sibley Park


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.



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Come for our great events, stay for Greater Mankato. Mankato is the ideal vacation spot in the Minnesota River Valley. Throughout the year we have several great events to choose from, including our summer events: Vikings Training Camp, Summer Solstice, Hickory Street Ribfest and Arts by the River. Visitors can cheer on the Mankato Moondogs—a collegiate summer team—at Franklin Rogers Ball Park.

and the 2012 Hummingbird Big Bobber ice fishing contest on Lake Washington—to name a few. Be entertained by the Mankato Ballet or many theatre options. Aside from events we are known for our many area

2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 28-29 34th Annual Farm & Antique Toy Show, Mankato 507-524-3275


6 Sportsman’s Club Ice Fishing Contest, Sleepy Eye 507-794-4731 18 Fasching & Bock Fest, New Ulm 888-463-9856


9-11 Farm Show, New Ulm 888-463-9856 17-18 19th Annual Sports and Leisure Show, Ortonville 800-568-5722


7 Easter Egg Hunt, Sleep Eye 507-794-4731 21 Spring Garden Party, Morton 800-657-7070


15 8th Annual Senior Expo, Mankato 507-389-3000 26 Touch the Past: American Indian Handicrafts, Comfrey 507-628-5591


9-10 Blue Angels Air Show, Mankato 800-657-4733 22-24 Sauerkraut Days, Henderson 507-248-3234 22-24 Riverside Days, Springfield 507-723-3508 28-July 1 Riverfest, Dawson 320-769-2981


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wineries, our endless miles of great trails for running, biking or hiking, our BetsyTacy heritage and our outdoor activities. Whenever visitors choose to stay in Mankato, fun and entertainment will be waiting for them. MARIETTA

Birding enthusiasts flock to Salt Lake every April for Marietta’s spectacular bird-watching opportunities. MORTON - JACKPOT JUNCTION CASINO HOTEL

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.

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

4 4th of July Fireworks, Sleepy Eye 507-794-4731 8 Lac qui Parle Mission Sunday, Montevideo 320-269-7636 20-22 Bavarian Blast, New Ulm 888-463-9856 30-31 Watermelon Days, Sanborn 800-657-7070


2-5 Ribfest at Riverfront Park, Mankato 507-389-3000 3-5 Birch Coulee Days, Morton 507-697-6912 4-5 Pioneer Power Threshing Show, Granite Falls 507-768-3522 8-12 Brown County Free Fair, New Ulm 888-463-9856 12 Czech Heritage Festival, Bechyn 320-826-2451 17-18 51st Annual Buttered Corn Days Celebration & Parade, Sleepy Eye 507-794-4731


8 Horse Power Event, Montevideo 320-269-7636 8 Scarecrow Festival, Morton 507-697-6912 21-23 Mahkato Annual Pow Wow, Mankato 952-496-6120


5-6, 12-13 Oktoberfest, New Ulm 888-463-9856 7 Mankato River Ramble, Mankato 507-720-2039 11-13 History Fest on McGowan’s Farm, Mankato 507-388-2506


16 Beneath the Village Wreath, Morton 507-697-6912 23 Parade of Lights, New Ulm 888-463-9856 26 Kick Off to the Holidays, Sleepy Eye 507-794-4731


1 Christmas in the Village, Montevideo 320-269-7636 6 Mistletoe Madness, Morton 507-697-6912 7-8 Nativity Pageant, Springfield 866-723-8990


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Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel - Morton


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Octoberfest - New Ulm

Brown County Museum - New Ulm


Schell’s Brewery tour


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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 in addition to 14 uniquely crafted beers. Visit the brewery grounds and see deer, roaming peacocks and barrel after barrel of the finest beers imaginable. Monuments like the Glockenspiel and Herman the German will delight and ■

this significant event in New Ulm’s history. Watch for a week-long series of events in August with details at www.browncountydakotawarcommemora OLIVIA Bavarian Blast

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 new iPod videos of New Ulm’s historic past, and the Walking Tour brochure that gets you up close and personal with history. 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 trail, and the environmentally themed mini-golf course. The year 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. The Brown County Museum will have a newly installed display to explain


Renville County Courthouse

Olivia is located 90 miles west of the Twin Cities. Its claim to fame is its title as the Corn Capital of the World. This area has the highest concentration of seed research and processing companies of any place on the globe. Its reputation has brought visitors from 53 foreign nations and all 50 states to Renville County to

study agriculture. The Corn Monument features the largest ear of corn in Minnesota and most visitors stop to have their picture taken with the colorful statue. Take a stroll around town and visit the renovated Renville County Courthouse. Built in 1902, it is architecturally significant as one of Minnesota’s finest Victorian monumental buildings. Bring the family to the annual Corn Capital Days and Sweet Corn Feed, held the last weekend in July. Join in all the fun with musical entertainment, kiddie parade, mini-triathlon, kid’s pedal pull, Tatanka Bluffs Art Show, crazy days, a fly-in breakfast and air show and the grand parade. Play a round at the public golf course, go bowling and 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. Forgot an item at home or want to pick up your copy of Olivia Chamberopoly? Stop in to Page Snyder Drug for anything you might need.

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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. Ortonville and Big Stone City are proud to host many different festivals and events including world class Fishing Tournaments, Horse Trail Rides, Historic Boat Tours and the annual Corn Fest. Filled with camping and cabin sites such as Schmidt’s Landing, Big Stone Lake is an outdoor enthusiasts best friend. The 12,610-acre Big Stone Lake is ideal for water sports and fishing. Birding and hiking are some entertaining activities at the local Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge. Play a round of golf on Ortonville’s “Million Dollar” golf course, and spend some time at the Big Stone County Historical Museum, home to many historical treasures of the past. REDWOOD FALLS

Ramsey Falls

Redwood & Renville counties are comprised of 26 communities with unique identities. Together they are called Tatanka Bluffs and provide a unique recreation destination full of natural and cultural history. The Redwood Falls area is located along the Minnesota River and is home to Alexander Ramsey Park—the largest municipal park in the state. Stop by to enjoy picturesque Ramsey Falls, termed as the “Little Yellowstone of Minnesota.” Camp, hike, or visit the animals at the zoo, including buffalo,


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St. Peter’s Pearly Gates - St Peter

Alexander Ramsey Park - Redwood Falls

elk, deer, prairie dogs, and numerous species of upland game and waterfowl, this is all on the same 217-acre park property. The 18-hole championship golf course, strung in and around the park, is known for both its beauty and island hole. On a hot summer day, drop by the outdoor Family Aquatic Center for a refreshing ride down the waterslides. Summer is also a perfect time to visit

the Redwood County Historical Museum, displaying 30 rooms of area history as well as the Gilfillan Farm Estate in Morgan, Minnesota—a beautiful farm rich with culture and history. May through October visit Fieldstone Vineyards for some Minnesota wine made from Minnesota grapes and fruit. If you’d like to try a micro brew beer, then treat yourself to a visit to The

Brauhaus in Lucan, Minnesota—known for serving the “Brau Brothers 3” micro beer, homemade soups and prime rib, plus unique specials every weekend! 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 Valley Lodge, where you can gather around the marble fireplace or relax in the whirlpool. SLEEPY EYE

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


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is a must-see for young and old alike. Sleepy Eye is rich in history, rich in tradition, and rich in pride. Come see for yourself! SPRINGFIELD

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 © Bill Pauling

Cottonwood River

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 14-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 offers 30 rooms, an indoor pool and spa. The Springfield Area Community Center (neighboring the park) offers a variety of spaces and services. ST PETER

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 enthusiasts—hunters, fishermen, birders and paddlers. With history around every corner, it’s a great vacation spot for those

who want to linger and take time to get to know the people and places. You’ll be surprised at what you find. Once you visit, you won’t want to leave. Appleton: Appleton is the only city in America with streets named for its hometown war veterans. There are many activities in and around Appleton, including a 9-hole golf course located on the river, a community trail, groomed snowmobile trails, newly renovated campground and canoe access to the Pomme de Terre River, and a municipal pool. Benson: Benson offers one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in Western Minnesota, unlimited hunting and outdoor recreation, and unique shopping opportunities. Dawson: Experience the rich Scandinavian heritage of Dawson. Officially known as “Gnometown USA,” the city features gnome statues scattered throughout the community. Their recreational facilities include a 9-hole golf course, an outdoor swimming pool and a riverside walking/biking trail along the Lac qui Parle River. Granite Falls: Explore this scenic river community nestled in the Minnesota River Valley. Rich in Native American culture, historic & scenic riches abound. See the World’s Oldest Rock formed by Glacial River Warren nearly 4 billion years ago. Explore local giant bison hunting grounds and dig-site discoveries at the County Museum. Camp in tepees at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park or bring your tent or RV to the many campsites along the rivers. Take advantage of extensive bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, biking and some of the best fishing spots along the shores of public parks. Visit quaint retail shops, the historic Andrew Volstead home, the newly restored K.K. Berge Building & Art Gallery, and view

At the heart of the picturesque Minnesota River Valley stands St. Peter’s Pearly Gates, an attraction unlike any other. See the Linnaeus Arboretum on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, providing “an environment to educate the mind and revive the spirit.” Check out the E. St. Julien Cox House, an architectural marvel built in 1871, and don’t miss the Arts Center— an active hub of arts in the St. Peter area. Enjoy a free 1919 rootbeer at the soda fountain, part of the Drugstore & Pharmacy Museum. Enjoy various recreational activities, excellent restaurants, cozy


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pelicans and the waterfall while crossing the historic Roebling Footbridge—all on Main Street Granite Falls. Have fun at special events such as Western Fest

Rodeo, Upper Sioux Wacipi (Pow-wow), and Meander Art Crawl, to name a few. Prairie’s Edge Casino 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


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and enjoy one of the 160 luxurious hotel rooms and suites. Immerse yourself in the tranquil pool area featuring an indoor pool, wading pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness center. They also provide in-room high-speed wireless Painting at the Minnesota Machinery Museum internet access. If it’s exhilarating gaming action you Hanley Falls: Look back to an era crave, you’re in luck! They offer 24-hour when neighbors worked together at the gaming action with over 900 of the Minnesota Machinery Museum. This newest and hottest video slots including beautiful six-acre site is home to five huge video roulette and electronic bingo. buildings housing farming implements They also have 10 blackjack tables, a such as tools, tractors and gas engines non-smoking poker room and huge nonin mint condition. Marvel at the fully smoking slot area. operational vintage automobiles or come Taste delicious cuisine at the Meadows in August for the summertime threshing Buffet or relax and enjoy yourself at show. We’re one of Minnesota’s premier Firefly Bar & Grille, featuring grilled agricultural museums! steaks, fresh seafood and cocktails. The Lac qui Parle County is deploying events and convention center hosts big Fiber-to-the-Premise broadband service name entertainment and offers 1,000-plus to every residence and business in Lac concert seating. qui Parle County. This network will The Prairie’s Edge Convenience Store make LqP County one of the leading is located adjacent to the hotel and casino technology counties in the state. Quality offering a non-smoking casino area as well of life and premier technology access – as all the last-minute items you may need. what a great combination! Contact the Lac We know you will enjoy your stay! 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 Madison: A huge cod statue named Lou T. Fisk greets visitors to Madison, Minnesota—the Lutefisk Capital of the United States. It’s also the birthplace of renowned poet and best-selling artist Robert Bly. The Lac qui Parle County Historical Center features several pieces from Bly’s youth, as well as Native American artifacts and the popular Ethel Melum Doll Collection. Milan: Milan is a leading center of Scandinavian culture and ethnic arts. The Milan Village Art School features classes in several folk art forms led by local artists. Montevideo: Whether you enjoy learning about their historic pioneer background, finding pleasure in the activities of the lazy Minnesota River or prefer their unique shops and restaurants, there is something for everyone in Montevideo. Known as the City of Parks, the area boasts 12 parks covering more than 115 acres—three of which can be


Historic Chippewa City

found along the picturesque Chippewa River. Historic Chippewa City is a turn-of-the-century village hosting 24 buildings replicating the 1800s, complete with a town square, boardwalk, and a 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.


Home of the World’s Largest Mallard is Wheaton, Minnesota—famous for Duck Days, a yearly festival with crazy days specials, a tractor pull, and historical demonstrations. Walleye fishing is also prevalent. In fact, spring walleye season opens two weeks earlier than the state fishing opener. Wheaton is centrally located where North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota meet. Come see for yourself! ■

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We look UP to our neighbors…


long the way, the Willmar Lakes Area is your grand entrance to Minnesota’s south. From relaxation to adventure, the area offers something for everyone. Explore numerous lakes, parks, golf courses, trails, theatre, galleries, dining and shopping. The choices are endless. Willmar


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


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pizza picnic time. You may not be at all surprised at the 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 and outdoor experiences to all ages. WILLMAR

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. Willmar’s Mikkelson Boat Collection showcases Falls Flyer Classic Speedboats, while Schwanke’s Museum rolls out a classic lineup of tractors, cars and fire trucks. Take in performances at The Barn Theater and the Willmar Education and Arts Center. Also, stock up on the “world’s best lefse” from House of Jacobs before your “Home on the Range” tour at J & L Bison Ranch. 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 recreational opportunities, 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.

Southern Lakes (Page 4-11) Mississippi River Valley & Historic Bluff Country (Page 12-15) Prairie Land (Page 16-23) Minnesota River Valley (Page 24-33) Our Neighbors (Pg.34-35) AmericInn Properties 1 2 3 4

Jackson Marshall St. Peter Worthington


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

State Historic Sites

# Wineries/Vineyards 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Fieldstone Vineyards Garvin Heights Vineyards Glacial Ridge Winery Indian Island Winery Morgan Creek Vineyards Scenic Valley Winery Whitewater Wines

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.

Great River Road A portion of the national scenic byway following the Mississippi River.

Historic Bluff Country 88-mile national scenic byway through Minnesota’s “driftless” area.

King of Trails Historic US Hwy 75 runs from Winnipeg, Canada to Galveston, Texas.

Big Stone Lake 320-839-3663 Lac qui Parle 320-734-4450 Camden 507-865-4530 Lake Shetek 507-763-3256 Spilt Rock Creek 507-348-7908 Blue Mounds 507-283-1307 Kilen Woods 507-831-2900 x221 Upper Sioux Agency 320-564-4777 Fort Ridgely 507-426-7840 Monson Lake 320-366-3797 Sibley 320-354-2055 Glacial Lakes 320-239-2860 Flandrau 507-233-9800 Minneopa 507-389-5464 MN Valley Rec Area 952-492-6400 Sakatah Lake 507-362-4438 Nerstrand Big Woods 507-333-4840 Rice Lake 507-455-5871 Big Island 507-379-3403 Lake Louise 507-352-5111 Forestville/Mystery Cave 507-937-3251 Carley 507-932-3007 Whitewater 507-932-3007 Frontenac 651-345-3401 John A. Latsch 507-634-6849 Great River Bluffs 507-643-6849 Beaver Creek Valley 507-724-2107

Minnesota River Valley 287-mile national scenic byway highlights wildlife and early Minnesota history.

Mississippi River Trail This friendly trail connects communities to the river through multi-use pathways.

Shooting Star Short route highlights wildflowers & remnants of Minnesota’s native prairie.


State Parks/Recreation Areas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

Travel Information Centers • Albert Lea TIC 507-448-3311 • Beaver Creek TIC 605-757-6599 • Bigstone Cty Historical Society Museum, Ortonville 320-839-3359 • Chippewa Cty Historical Society, Montevideo 320-269-7636 • Dresbach TIC 507-895-2005 • Harmony Area Promotion Association 507-886-2469 • Historic Bluff Country IC 800-428-2030 • LaCrescent Chamber 507-895-2800 • Lanesboro Area Chamber 507-467-2696 • Luverne C of C 507-283-4061 • MN Machinery Museum 507-768-3522 • New Ulm Chamber 507-233-4300 • Nicollet Cty Historical Society, St. Peter 507-934-2160 • Pipestone Chamber & VB 507-825-3316 • Preston Area Tourism 507-765-2100 • Red Wing VCB 651-385-5934 • Redwood Area Chamber 507-637-2828 • Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber 651-565-4158 • Willmar CVB 320-235-3552 • Winona CVB 507-452-0735 • Worthington TIC (May-Oct) 507-376-3352

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Directory & Map Codes PAGE 4





Southern Lakes

Mississippi River Valley & Historic Bluff Country

Prairie Land


Locate properties on Map, Pg 36-37

Minnesota River Valley

The advertisers & participants in this directory are only a sampling of the many destinations and attractions in Southern Minnesota.

ACCOMMODATIONS AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-847-2444

1 110 Belmont Lane, PO Box 47 - Jackson



1 August Schell Brewing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-354-5528


PO Box 128 - New Ulm /

AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-537-9424


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


2 1406 E Lyon Street - Marshall

4 1475 Darling Drive - Worthington


Best Budget Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-451-0776



Budget Host Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-283-4678 745 State Avenue - Owatonna /


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

Mississippi Explorer Cruises . . . . . . . . . . .877-647-7397 Riverside Park - La Crosse, WI /

Comfort Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-283-9488 801 S Kniss Avenue - Luverne 44 rooms, indoor pool + hot tub. Free continental breakfast. Clean… No pets please.


Comfort Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-444-0818

2 15

Country Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-455-9295




1215 2nd Street SW - Rochester /

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . .507-446-8900 11 Spring Grove SWIM Center . . . . . . . . . . .507-498-SWIM

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

2365 43rd Street NW - Owatonna /

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

Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-583-4472 138 Hwy 218 - Blooming Prairie / Blooming Prairie is home of the best “Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration.” Come & enjoy!


620 Haynes Ave NE - Madelia






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


Oakdale Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-451-5480

1382 E Bridge Street - Redwood Falls


15649 SW 35th Ave - Ellendale /


Maple Springs Campground . . . . . . . . . . . .507-352-2056


Sheep Shedde Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-523-5000 2425 West Lincoln Avenue - Olivia /

Village House Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888-450-4322 Hwy 14 & Knopp Valley Drive - Winona Modern comfort. Historic charm. Book the whole house or one room. Free continental breakfast & wireless.


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Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort . . . . . . . . . . .866-293-2121


Rothenburg Campground . . . . . . . . . . . . . .877-785-5770 33 South Cass Avenue - Springfield / 38 electrical/water hook-ups, 2 bathhouses with showers. One disposal station. Reservations – pay in advance.

Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce . . . .507-847-3867 82 West Ashley Street - Jackson / Jackson Speedway Racing, Historical Fort Belmont, Kilen Woods State Park, Interstate Bike Trail & Camping.

5616 Prairie’s Edge Ln - Granite Falls /


Historic Bluff Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-428-2030 15 2nd Street NW, PO Box 609 - Harmony /

21606 County 118 - Preston /


Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce . . .800-247-6466 15th 2nd St NW, PO Box 141 - Harmony / Experience “Harmony” by visiting this small, active, and unique town in southeastern Minnesota.

Crystal Springs RV Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-684-2406

Redwood Valley Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-644-5700

Greater Mankato CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-657-4733 1 Civic Center Plaza, Ste #200 - Mankato Come for our great events – stay for Greater Mankato. Home of several wineries, miles and miles of great trails, Minnesota Vikings Training Camp, Betsy-Tacy & outdoor winter fun.

Autumn Woods RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-990-2983 6600 11th Avenue SW - Rochester 93 full service sites, new air conditioned Rally Center/Gift Store, easy access, peaceful Rochester location.

Granite Falls CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-564-4039 646 Prentice Street - Granite Falls / Visit Granite Falls – an outdoor playground for all seasons!


1418 South Oak Avenue - Owatonna /




502 East Rock Street - Springfield / 30 rooms, pool & spa, free continental breakfast, free wireless internet & local and long distant calls.

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!

The Bunkhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-896-2080

150 St. John Drive - Owatonna /

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

PO Box 38 - Houston /

Microtel Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-446-0228

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

20 2nd Avenue SW - Rochester /

Madelia Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-642-2004

Austin CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-444-5713 104 11th Avenue NW, Suite D - Austin / Austin is home to the SPAM® Museum, Hormel Institute, great hotels, and so much more!

Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology . .507-421-1885

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.

Fiksdal Hotel & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-288-2671 7


Redwood Area Community Center . . . . . .507-644-2333

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

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!

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

PO Box 8 - Rushford / Visit Rushford June 9th, 2012 for Nanotek Trek, Nano Camp, and the Nano Conference.

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


901 Cook Street - Redwood Falls

130 Allan Avenue Southwest - Owatonna /

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

PO Box 444 - Harmony /

2345 43rd Street NW - Owatonna /



Minnesota’s Machinery Museum . . . . . . . .507-768-3522

800 Riverview Drive - Winona / Experience one of the best collections of “art inspired by water” in the United States.

1180 W Frontage Road - Owatonna

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum . . . . . . . . . .877-945-2872

PO Box 70 - Hanley Falls /

255 5th Street SE - Harmony /


Holmberg Orchard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-762-3131 14 Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort . . . . . . . . . . .866-293-2121

330 Eighth Street - Walnut Grove / Learn the history of the Ingalls family through collections in a series of unique buildings.

AmericInn Motel & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-931-6554 Asahi Loft of Harmony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-226-3735

39375 Cty Hwy 24 - Morton /

12697 325th Street - Vesta /

3 700 N Minnesota Avenue - St. Peter

Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel . . . . . . . . .800-WIN-CASH


La Crescent Chamber of Commerce . . . . . .800-926-9480 109 S Walnut St, Suite B - La Crescent / ■■■■





500 N. Main Street - Le Sueur /


Luverne Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . . . . . .888-283-4061 213 E Luverne Street - Luverne / Located with the Brandenburg Gallery, Herreid Military Museum, Heritage Gallery, Veterans Memorial and Kahler Terrace.



127 W Main Street - Madelia / Golf, shop, camp, swim, visit historical sites, attend community events, hike, bike, canoe, fish & more!


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


New Ulm CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888-463-9856

Olivia Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . .877-375-CORN 909 West DePue, Box 37 - Olivia / Visit “The Corn Capital of the Midwest” and the World’s Largest Corn Monument.




Pipestone Area Chamber & CVB . . . . . . . .800-336-6125 117 8th Avenue SE - Pipestone / Wide variety of festivals, Indian culture, historic district, & wind towers.


Rochester CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-634-8277 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Ste 200 - Rochester



Sleepy Eye Chamber & CVB . . . . . . . . . . . .507-794-4731 115 2nd Ave. NE - Sleepy Eye / Spring, summer, winter and fall - there’s always something to do in Sleepy Eye.

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


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

Winjum's Shady Acres Resort & Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-334-6661

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

17759 W 177th Street - Faribault /


801 East DePue Avenue - Olivia

1-35 at Exit 48 - Medford /


Worthington Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . .800-279-2919




Brauhaus Restaurant & Bar . . . . . . . . . . . .507-747-2796 111 Main Street - Lucan /


Max’s Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-523-2833


2425 West Lincoln Avenue - Olivia /


Sportsman’s Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-214-1888 4255 West Frontage Road - Owatonna



Corn Capital Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .877-375-CORN


July 25-29, 2012 - Olivia


Nanotek Trek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-421-1885 PO Box 8 - Rushford / Bicycle up to 50-mile routes and learn about rural benefits of Nanotechnology - June 9, 2012.


Page Snyder Drug Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888-523-2110

Willmar Lakes Area CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-845-8747 10 The Preferred Outlets at Medford . . . . . . .507-455-4111 2104 Hwy 12 East - Willmar /

1121 Third Avenue - Worthington Visitors will find a variety of lodging accommodations, restaurants, service stations, shops and attractions of interest.

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.


Tyler Area Community Club . . . . . . . . . . . .507-247-3430

303 9th Street - Windom / A lively growing city with the Cottonwood County Historical Museum BARC and a variety of events for any season.

Preston Area Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .888-845-2100 PO Box 657 - Preston /


625 N Jackson Avenue - Springfield /

In beautiful Kandiyohi County where the lakes begin! Bike, swim, snowmobile, fish & relax!

Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce . .800-423-6466 320 Hoffman Drive - Owatonna / Home to Cabela’s, Village of Yesteryear, Louis Sullivan-designed bank, Orphanage Museum and much more!

Springfield Area Health Care Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-723-6201


323 W Schlieman Avenue - Appleton / Explore the prairies, canoe routes, ethnic & culture heritage, festivals and recreational opportunities.

Northfield CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-658-2548 PO Box 198 - Northfield / Visiting Northfield, an artsy historic rivertown, means unique experiences, whatever the reason or season.




Murray County Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-836-1147 12 Windom Area CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-794-6366

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.


1448 Austin Rd - Owatonna /

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

2848 Broadway Avenue - Slayton / Come and see for yourself the acres of opportunity in Murray County!


Steele County Historical Society . . . . . . . .507-451-1420

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

Marshall CVB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-537-1865 19 Western Minnesota Prairie Waters CVB . . .866-866-5432

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



160 Johnson Street - Winona /

317 W Main St, PO Box 325 - Marshall / “Your overnight stop in Southwest MN.” Great lodging & restaurants and home to Southwest MN State University and Schwan Food Co.


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

Visit Winona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-657-4972

Mantorville Chamber of Commerce . . . . . .866-313-8687 Box 44 - Mantorville / Mantorville – Historic town with museums, shops, casual & fine dining, parks & trails.



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

106 E Hwy - Tyler Country living steeped in Danish tradition, Tyler is home to the Nissemaend & Aebleskivers.

Madelia Area Chamber/CVB . . . . . . . . . . .888-941-7283

Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum & Historic Boys’ Cottage 11 . . .507-774-7369 540 West Hills Circle - Owatonna /

Bluffs Corridor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-637-2828 Lincoln County Promotion & Tourism . . . .507-368-9577 15 Tatanka 200 S Mill Street - Redwood Falls /

106 S Center, PO Box 205 - Lake Benton / Worth going out of the way.


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

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


St. James Area Chamber of Commerce . . .866-375-2480 514 2nd Avenue South, PO Box 346 - St. James Pier fishing, bike & walking trail, an outdoor pool w/ waterslide, 18-hole golf course, theater and more!

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce . .800-944-2670 100 Milwaukee Road, PO Box 348 - Lanesboro The Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota! Quaint townsite, Root River Bike Trail, and rich artistic experiences.

Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce . .866-723-8990 33 South Cass Avenue, PO Box 134 - Springfield Enjoy our swimming pool with waterslide, Go-Karts, Disc Golf, Golf, Paved Trails & Camping!

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!



Riverside Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-723-8990


Fieldstone Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-627-WINE 252 2nd Street East - Redwood Falls Open year round! Visit Fieldstone Vineyards for some Minnesota wine made from Minnesota grapes and fruit.

Garvin Heights Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-474-9463 2255 Garvin Heights Road - Winona / See why we call it “Minnesota’s Most Scenic Winery!”

Glacial Ridge Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320-796-9463 15455 Old Mill Road - Spicer / Award winning, handcrafted wines from the heart of Minnesota.

Indian Island Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-234-6222 18018 631st Avenue - Janesville / The 2011 MN Governor’s Cup winner and the 2010 Best Red Wine winner in the International Cold Climate Wine Competition.

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!

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-722-0050 10832 Fischer Hill Drive - Plainview / Making great wine is our priority, and creating an experience of “Olde Worlde” charm is our goal.

PO Box 134 - Springfield / June 22-24, 2012


Steele County Free Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-423-6466 1525 S Cedar Avenue, PO Box 650 - Owatonna /

HERITAGE SITES Freeborn County Historical Society . . . . . .507-373-8003 1031 Bridge Avenue - Albert Lea /


Southern Minnesota Lakes Region . . . . . .800-507-7787 PO Box 95 - Elysian / Home of the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. Cities include: Elysian, Madison Lake, Morristown, and Waterville.



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

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Explore Southern Minnesota  

The Explore Southern Minnesota guide is a custom travel publication produced by Itineraries Inc. for the state of Minnesota. It showcases va...

Explore Southern Minnesota  

The Explore Southern Minnesota guide is a custom travel publication produced by Itineraries Inc. for the state of Minnesota. It showcases va...