You could easily spend the day among the shops, galleries and boutiques on Division Street. The Sketchy Artist stocks art supplies and funky gifts; Monkey See Monkey Read offers thousands of used books; Swag displays (and sells) one-of-a-kind art. Goodbye Blue Monday serves excellent fair-trade coffees and teas, as well as delicious homemade cookies. For dinner, nearby Chapati beckons with its smoky tandoori kabobs and spicy curry chicken. Worn out? Settle in at the comfortable, convenient and recently remodeled Country Inn and Suites.
Cowling Arboretum, adjacent to the Carleton College campus, provides 10 miles of easy hiking trails along expanses of wildflower meadows and forests. Even if you don’t visit during the big festival in September, stop at the Northfield Historical Society Museum to see the bank where Jesse James’ gang botched a robbery (and hear how townspeople fared in a shoot-out). Downtown, soothe cravings for comfort food with Bittersweet Cafe’s cinnamon-sugar popovers and hearty homemade chicken potpie served in a casual atmosphere.
For information (507) 645-5604; visitingnorthfield.com