Two-Day Getaway to Fargo | Midwest Living

Two-Day Getaway to Fargo

Home to North Dakota State University, Fargo packs in thoughtful museums, boutique shopping and peaceful spaces.
Fargo Air Museum
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HoDo Lounge at Hotel Donaldson
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Nichole's Fine Pastry
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National Buffalo Monument. Photo courtesy of North Dakota Tourism
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Day 1

Knowledgeable guides discuss the changing displays of working vintage airplanes at the Fargo Air Museum.

The Plains Art Museum’s diverse collection includes works by impressionist Mary Cassatt and Native American artist George Morrison. 

College hangout Spicy Pie has perfected its 17 kinds of pizza; try several by the slice.

The Nail Bar marries salon pampering with a drink menu. Indulge in a manicure like the Don’t Wine, which includes an exfoliating treatment and neck rub.

Fargo Theatre’s glittering marquee announces films and live performances.

The Hotel Donaldson features regional artwork in its 17 stylish rooms (from $179); top off the day with cocktails or postshow meals in its contemporary HoDo Lounge or seasonal Sky Prairie.

Day 2

Nichole’s Fine Pastry makes European-style treats like cannoli and éclairs.

Shopaholics head to Broadway Street for stores, including Zandbroz Variety for toys, gifts, books and artwork; Scan Design for modern decor; and Boucle Yarn Studio for all things knitting.

The contents of Bonanzaville’s 43 buildings shed light on the Red River Valley’s cultural heritage; check out the antique cars, aircraft, and 19th-century medical and dental equipment.

You’ll enjoy the laid-back feel and the Mediterranean flavors, as well as specialty grocery items, at Cafe Aladdin; try the savory sampler of spanakopita, falafel, baba ghanoush, hummus and stuffed grape leaves.

Sprawling Lindenwood Park hugs the Red River and is ripe for wandering, either on foot or by bike (rent wheels near the information center).

For dinner, Monte’s Downtown serves a wildly popular walleye coated with cashews and coconut.

More information: (800) 235-7654;

Inside scoop

The Woodchipper Fargo’s newest celebrity draws tourists to the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center for funny photo ops. Grab a fur-lined hat from the gift shop and pose with the prop from the Coen brothers’ cult-classic Fargo. (701) 282-3653;

Day trip 

The best-known attraction in Jamestown, 100 miles west of Fargo, is the National Buffalo Museum. Here you’ll find the world’s largest cement bison as well as three live albino bison and engaging art and artifacts relating to the plains.

Impeccable service enhances menu items, including a superb bison burger, at Buffalo City Rotisserie Grill.

Outdoor enthusiasts love Jamestown Reservoir for its 45 miles of shoreline, 27-hole disc golf course, paved trails and fishing pond.

If you decide to stay, Lakeside Marina ($15 for tents, $25 for RVs and $45 for basic camper cabins) rents pontoons. Or opt for one of six beautifully appointed cabins at Lakeview Meadow (from $205); each differs in style, but all include a fully equipped kitchen, perfect for an extended stay.

More information: (701) 252-8088;


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