3 Weekend Getaways Near Minneapolis | Midwest Living

3 Weekend Getaways Near Minneapolis

Explore the Great River Road just 30 miles away from Minneapolis, or take a quick trip to Northfield or Lanesboro.

Great River Road: Trip guide

Abode Store and Gallery Abode is one of several artsy shops -- many with a Swedish theme -- in Stockholm. (715) 442-2266; abodegallery.com
Buena Vista Park A moderately easy wooded trail from Second Street in Alma leads up to one of the region's finest river views. (608) 685-4442; almawisconsin.com
Perrot State Park The park offers fabulous overlook hikes, including Brady's Bluff. (608) 534-6409; wiparks.net

Nelson Cheese Factory In Nelson, a former cheese factory now houses a gourmet wine and cheese shop that also serves deli sandwiches and ice cream. (715) 673-4725; nelsoncheese.com
Pier 4 Cafe & Smokehouse (pictured at left) The tangy sauce and smoky flavors here bring Memphis barbecue to Alma. You can even get a barbecue fix at breakfast with the heavenly Smokehouse Omelet. (608) 685-4964; pier4cafe.com
Smiling Pelican Bake Shop A Twin Cities pastry chef brings her baking talents to tiny Maiden Rock. (715) 448-3807
Third Street Deli More than a deli, this Pepin restaurant serves high-quality bistro fare from a deli case. (715) 495-2982

Hawks View Cottages and Lodges Basic breakfast fixings are provided, but with so many nice bakeries along the road, you'd be wise to pick up something special for your morning noshing. From $175. (866) 293-0803; hawksview.net

For information Travel Wisconsin (800) 432-8747; travelwisconsin.com or wigreatriverroad.org


More getaways near Minneapolis

Northfield, Minnesota: 44 miles south of Minneapolis You'll see lots of bikes and Birkenstocks in this two-college town on the Cannon River. St. Olaf offers great music, while Carleton has an 880-acre arboretum. A food and crafts market takes over the river walk on summer Saturdays, and a full day's worth of cute gift shops and bookstores lines Division Street. Don't miss the tiny museum about a foiled Jesse James bank raid. Pictured at left: Northfield hosts a reenactment of the Jesse James robbery. (800) 658-2548; visitingnorthfield.com

Read Midwest Living's two-day Northfield itinerary

Lanesboro, Minnesota: 126 miles southeast of Minneapolis Tiny Lanesboro (aka Bed and Breakfast Central) struck tourism gold in the 1990s with the Root River Trail. Most visitors still come for easy, scenic cycling (rentals are available). But other draws include Scenic Valley Winery, the Commonweal Theatre and the Old Village Hall, where seasonality feeds the creative menu (just be sure to make a reservation!) (800) 944-2670; lanesboro.com


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