Enjoy Red Wing Minnesota tourist attractions in this flower filled river town that is one of the most beautiful on the Mississippi River.
Pretty Red Wing, Minnesota is located on the banks of the Mississippi River just an hour from the Twin Cities.
Known for its historic 19th century downtown area, Red Wing is filled with unusual shops including lots of antique shops.
Iconic Barn Bluff looms 350 feet above downtown. This steep climb rewards the adventurous with spectacular views of the town. Author Henry David Thoreau made the trek up the bluff on his trip to Minnesota in 1861.
Follow Skyline Drive to Sorin's Bluff for another scenic view that is easier to achieve.
The beauty of Red Wing makes it one of Minnesota's most romantic vacation destinations. You will find many choices for romantic getaways.
Two products helped make Red Wing famous - The Red Wing Boot and the Red Wing Crock. Sadly, the Red Wing Boot Factory has closed. Fortunately you can now purchase Red Wing boots and shoes online:Red Wing Shoes and Boots
The Red Wing Crock is no longer being created. I treasure those I bought when I still could. If you search online, you may fine some for sale. These are just two of the wonderful product that that have been, or still are, made in Minnesota.
Some of Minnesota's most charming hotels and bed and breakfast inns are located in Red Wing.Favorite Red Wing Hotels: The St. James Hotel is a landmark in Red Wing. It is the only hotel in downtown. You will find both European charm and rooms that feature authentic Amish quilts.
The Best Western Rivertown Inn & Suites offers both outdoor and indoor pools and whirlpool suites. Ask about their winter ski packages for Welch Village.Red Wing Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Inns include the Pratt-Taber Inn, the Moondance Inn, the Candlelight Inn and other charming inns.
Just outside of Red Wing is the Round Barn Farm. The five rooms feature feather beds, fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs. The owners of this B&B will bake sourdough bread for you in a wood-fired oven. Yum!
The Barn Bluff scenic overlook of the Mississippi River is a recommended stop on your Great River Minnesota Road Trip.Things to Do In Red Wing:
A tour of the city can be a lot of fun; 45 minute narrated tours on the Red Wing Trolley leave from the Red Wing Depot.
The historic Depot still welcomes train passengers and features an art gallery.
Go to Colville Park in winter to watch bald eagles fishing in the river. Spotting scopes are set up for eagle watching in February and March.
Bike the Cannon River Trail.
Hike the 17 miles of trails in the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest.
Drive just a bit west of town for wine tasting at Falconer Vineyards. Stop in at Hobgoblin Music's restored barn to watch Celtic harps being made and to browse the selection of folk music instruments.
Red Wing Minnesota tourist attractions include top notch winter recreation.
Welch Village Ski Area. (26685 County Road 7 Boulevard, Welch) is in the Cannon River Valley north of Red Wing, this family owned operation is considered pretty challenging yet still a good place for beginners. Welch Village is just one of many ski areas and Minnesota ski resorts. Call 651-222-7079 or 800-421-0699.
Red Wing Shoes: For over a century the Red Wing Shoe Company, located in Red Wing Minnesota, has produced some of America’s finest leather footwear – from work boots to shiny shoes. Their footwear is tough enough to outlast harsh working conditions, and comfortable enough for the hardworking people who wear them.
Take in a play or concert at the Sheldon Theatre, enjoy acoustic music on weekends at the Blue Moon and attend Red Wing's biggest festival, River City Days on the first weekend in August.
Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau: 651-385-5934
These are just a few of the reasons that Red Wing is on our list of 10 Best Vacation Spots.
Frontenac State Park - How to Get to Frontenac State Park: Drive approximately 10 miles southeast of Red Wing on Highway 61 or 5 miles northwest of Lake City, then 1 mile north on County Road 2.