Take a Little Trip: Red Wing, MN


{Throughout the summer, Rochester MN Moms Blog contributors will be sharing their best day-trip ideas to help you find local fun, good eats, and places to play for your kids.  For other posts in the series, please click here.  Today, Hannah shares with us some of her favorite things to do in Red Wing.}

Nestled into the bluffs of the Mississippi River lies a town everyone in the area needs to visit, Red Wing. Known for its beautiful river settings, this town is the perfect place for a parents’ night away, family trip, or ladies’ weekend. At just under an hour from Rochester, this is even a good place to have an adventurous play date with a mom friend and her kids. I have extended family members that have lived in Rochester since before I can remember; as a teenager we went to Red Wing for tea and shopping. As a mom, wife and self-proclaimed Minnesota explorer, I have discovered Red Wing has much more to offer.

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Here is a short list of things to do while you visit:

  1. Hiking. Barn Bluff Hike is one of the most highly recommended hikes in the area for its outstanding views of the Mississippi and the area.
  2. Boating. Bring your own or rent a pontoon at the Red Wing Marina and float along the Mississippi.
  3. Fish. Kids love fishing; trying to hook a worm with a little one around is a sight to behold.
  4. Buy some pottery. Red Wing is famous for its pottery. My husband and I have been going there for day trips since we were married, and we own a few beautiful pieces that we love to display in our home.
  5. Go antiquing. There are many antique shops in the downtown area, as well as other cute boutique style shops.
  6. Enjoy a meal. You can pack a picnic and sit right by the river and eat. Another option is dining at one of the many local restaurants. We enjoy the Veranda (located in The Historic St. James Hotel), because of its delicious menu and beautiful views.
  7. Biking. Drive to Cannon Falls and bike on the Cannon Valley Trail all the way to Red Wing. It’s just over 19 miles, the perfect length for a good exercise. I would recommend parking a car in Red Wing if you can, especially if you are biking with children. A wheel pass is required, so check with local merchants.Take a Little Trip: Red Wing, MN | Rochester MN Moms Blog
  8. Trains. If your kids love trains as much as I do, you can watch many trains come in and out of Red Wing daily. You can also visit the Visitor’s Center, located in the Red Wing Depot. Watch your children closely, as this is a well traveled train line, and trains come or go multiple times a day.Take a Little Trip: Red Wing, MN | Rochester MN Moms Blog
  9. Kayak. Go for an outdoor adventure with your spouse! Enjoy the wildlife of the Mississippi as you paddle along the river.
  10. Stay the night. From the historic St. James Hotel to a number of local Bed & Breakfasts, Red Wing has many options for a romantic night away.

Full disclosure: I haven’t been able to try everything on this list, because there is so much to do in Red Wing. This is kind of a personal bucket list for the area and I hope you enjoy checking things off.





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Hannah has a passion for adventure and is curious about the world. She developed this passion while growing up in five different states; Minnesota, Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Illinois. After all that moving around, Hannah went to college in Minnesota and fell in love with the state and a wonderful guy who also loves Minnesota. After living in the Twin Cities for a few years, Hannah’s awesome teacher husband got a job in Rochester and now Hannah and her family hope to call Rochester (actually Byron) home for a long time. After a few years working in marketing and public relations, a tiny little baby girl named Lilly (’12) entered the picture. Ten months later when her husband finished graduate school Hannah became a stay-at-home mom. Just under a year later another tiny baby girl entered the picture, Dahlia (’14), and she was a game-changer. Now, Hannah is at home with a one-year-old and a two-year-old and spends the majority of her day playing referee for the two tots. Besides her family, Hannah is passionate about God and her church. She is a complete nerd who loves history, travel, Ecuador, coffee with friends, cooking and following current events. On the weekends, you may run into Hannah and her family exploring Byron, Rochester and Southern Minnesota. Follow along with Hannah on her blog, Dreams of Adventure.