Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Family Weekend on the Mississippi in Red Wing, Minnesota

Weekend in Red Wing, Minnesota

I have quite a few childhood memories of my grandparents taking us to amble along the Mississippi River in Minnesota. We would cross near La Crosse, Wisconsin and travel up to Hastings. So many spectacular views!  We had a free weekend and I thought a visit along the Mississippi River in Minnesota would be the perfect place for a little relaxation. I chose Red Wing so we could learn about Red Wing Shoes and Red Wing Pottery which are both still made in Red Wing.


Mississippi River and bridge in Red Wing, Minnesota

Immediately, we fell in love with the views of the Mississippi River from downtown Red Wing. We spent a healthy amount of our weekend trip walking along the river.

Downtown Red Wing, Minnesota

The downtown is entirely charming and is full of small businesses including restaurants, a bakery, a coffee shop, a bookstore and more. There is even a Scandinavian shop with an array of treasures from Scandinavia including intricate woodwork. Really worth a gander! While strolling through the downtown, we enjoyed admiring the architecture and learning about the history of the town.

Fountain and flower baskets in Red Wing, Minnesota.

For over 25 years, Red Wing has had the tradition of beautifying with flower baskets throughout town. The square next to the historic St. James Hotel is particularly picturesque with a fountain and brilliant blooms in baskets.

Boot art honoring occupations in Red Wing, Minnesota.

Decorative boots throughout the town are fun to find.

Hiking trail on Barn Bluff in Red Wing, Minnesota

In addition to having magnificent river views from town, bluffs in the area afford incredible forest scenery and river panoramas. Our hike was the perfect serenity for our vacation!

Red Wing Shoe Store and Museum display on history of their shoes
Red Wing Shoe Store and Museum display on history of their shoes.
When in Red Wing, you must visit the Red Wing Shoe Store and Museum and the Red Wing Pottery Museum. We learned a lot about the history of manufacturing both products in Red Wing. I will write more in depth about each soon, but I was particularly impressed by how the Red Wing Shoe Store and Museum was able to show how their boots evolved including a detailed display on how a boot is constructed.

Chickadee Cottage Cafe in Lake City, Minnesota
Adorable Chickadee Cottage Cafe in Lake City, Minnesota
In close proximity to Red Wing are quite a few other quaint river towns. We enjoyed some time exploring other towns along the river. Plenty of interesting small businesses, hiking opportunities and history to explore. Red Wing is such a fun weekend getaway location -- plus, you get to see the World's Largest Boot!

World's Largest Boot in Red Wing, Minnesota

Follow along as I introduce our Red Wing discoveries including:
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