Montgomery, MN is the World Kolacky Capital
We’ve been all about exploring hidden gems this year, and Montgomery, MN is no exception. This adorable little town is not well known, but it should be! About one hour south of Minneapolis, Montgomery, MN has a lot to offer for a day trip during the fall, or any season really.
Spend Time at the Orchard
Start your day at the Montgomery Orchard. I had the pleasure of meeting the owners, Scott and Barb who planted their first apple trees in 1999. Over the years, their business has grown and now they offer apple picking, a corn maze, hard cider and wine tastings, hay rides and live music. Scott invited us to the back room to see where the apples are sorted and where he ferments his wines and hard ciders.
Surprisingly, the apple trees only take up a small piece of their farm land. The rest of Scott and Barb’s property is dedicated to the Conservation Reserve Program. Visitors are invited to walk along the mowed paths to check out the prairie grasses, wild flowers and wildlife.
Lastly, they have a wonderful gift shop where they sell jellies, jams and freshly picked apples. And even more impressive, this beautiful gift shop, which resembles a tiny log cabin, was built by Barb herself!
Pro tip: The orchard gets busy on the weekends, so arrive early!
Enjoy Kolacky and Donuts
After the orchard, you’ll definitely want to head into town to visit Franke’s Bakery. This Czech shop has been around since 1914 and is currently being run by third generation family members. We were fortunate enough to meet Jean, who is the third generation to work in the bakery. Jean’s brother, Bob also works at the bakery and together they keep their family’s business thriving.
Franke’s is best known for their kolacky. This traditional Czech treat takes center stage during Montgomery’s annual Kolacky Days each July. Franke’s also sells breads and buns, cookies, rolls, croissants and donuts. It is clear their business is a pillar in the community and their hard work and dedication to tradition is valued.
Pro tip: Get the donut with chocolate icing. That was my favorite!
Grab a Slice of Pizza Across the Street
Right across the street from Franke’s is Pizzeria 201. I just love the architecture in downtown Montgomery. This family owned business is not currently offering indoor dining due to COVID, but you can grab it to go, and I highly recommend you do. We took our pizza around the block and ate outdoors at the Montgomery Brewery.
We tried the hot pepperoncini dip and Italian fries appetizers. Then we had the BBQ chicken pizza, and finished off the meal with salted caramel cheesecake and a cupcake. It was all fantastic. The BBQ chicken pizza and pepperoncini dip were my favorite!
Pizzeria 201 also partners with the Montgomery Orchard and they serve wood fired pizza at the orchard on special days. While we were at the orchard, Pizzeria 201 was there, so we tried the margarita pizza to have with our wine and hard cider tasting. I love wood fired dough and they absolutely nailed it. And yes, we had two pizzas in one day! That’s how good it was.
Pro tip: Call ahead so your pizza is ready for curbside pick up when you arrive. They’ll bring it right out to your car.
Grab a Beer at Montgomery Brewing
Finish off your day at Montgomery Brewery. There is some seating inside, but it was very crowded so we opted to sit outside. The brewery is inside a 130 year-old building with a brick exterior. My friend Emily had the Northside Blonde Ale and I had the Shelterbelt Brown Ale, which I thought was really good.
Pro tip: The brewery has blocked off a street for outdoor seating. You need to bring your own chairs, however, they are not provided.
This trip was sponsored by the Montgomery Apple Orchard, Franke’s Bakery, Pizzeria 201 and the Montgomery Brewery. All thoughts and opinions are my own.