Three words best describe this Root River Valley town: outdoors, agriculture and arts.

Root River State Trail.

Most visitors come to Lanesboro for the trail system. Lanesboro (120 miles southeast of the Twin Cities) stands at the heart of the area's paved multi-use trails, including the 42-mile Root River Valley Trail and the 18-mile Harmony-Preston Trail. Many travelers bring their own bikes, but you also can rent them at the Little River General Store (lrgeneralstore.net). Be sure to get a trail map before heading out (rootrivertrail.org). Art galleries, a seasonal farmers market and a professional theater round out a weekend trip here.

Root River State Trail.

What to do

The Commonweal Theatre While the professional theater offers comedies, family shows and musicals, it has built a reputation on its annual Henrik Ibsen Festival, honoring the "father of modern drama." (800) 657-7025; commonwealtheatre.org

Lanesboro Arts A classy collection of local art includes mosaics, fountains, silks and more. (507) 467-2446; lanesboroarts.org

Lanesboro Farmers Market Held seasonally at Sylvan Park, the market has dozens of vendors representing the region's 1,500 farms. (800) 944-2670; lanesboro.com

Niagara Cave In Harmony, visitors to one of the Midwest's largest limestone caverns-and its nearly 60-foot waterfall-should pack sweatshirts: It's a constant 48 degrees. niagaracave.com

Where to eat

Lanesboro Pastry Shoppe Try the huge cookies and sticky buns at this small-town cafe with an upscale edge. Lunch is good, too. Open daily April-December. (507) 467-2867.

Old Village Hall Restaurant This mainstay has a deckoverlooking the Root River Bike Trail. When it's in season, try the morel mushroom and chopped sirloin soup. (507) 467-2962; oldvillagehall.com

Pedal Pusher's Cafe and Coffee Bar Burgers, flaxseed pancakes and anything made with farm eggs rule here. Special Saturday dinners showcase ingredients that are grown locally. (507) 467-1050; pedalpusherscafe.com

Where to stay

Cedar Valley Resort Outside of town, well-appointed cabins, each with multiple bedrooms and easy access to the Root River Trail, make family reunions a breeze. (507) 467-9000; cedarvalleyresort.com

Cedar Valley Resort.

Habberstad House The owners of this 100-plus-year-old B&B serve a hearty breakfast. The quiet neighborhood is a quick bike ride or stroll from downtown. (507) 467-3560; habberstadhouse.com

Habberstad House.

For more information: Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce. (800) 944-2670; lanesboro.com

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