The Best Minnesota Towns to Visit During Winter
Just because the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter, doesn’t mean our fun has to stop. One of the things I appreciate most about Minnesotans is their hardiness when it comes to the cold. With some warm boots and a great hat, Minnesotans will be outside all winter long. Although I grew up on Long Island where winters are much more mild, my family would go to Vermont every winter for a ski trip. With the right clothing and attitude, nothing is too cold! Read on for the five best places to visit in winter in Minnesota.
My husband and I lived in Northfield for three years, and my husband went to St. Olaf College. I love this charming town, it has so many great gift shops, bakeries, and coffee shops. There’s an independently owned bookstore, several breweries, a yoga studio and a great yarn shop I’ve been to many times. There are also many walking paths and parks to enjoy and play in the snow. Click here for my full blog post on Northfield.
Faribault is another super cute small town south of the Twin Cities. The Faribault Woolen Mill offers tours, there’s a great craft distillery, the Cheese Cave and a handful of cute coffee shops and bakeries. Be sure to visit Circle Lake for ice fishing and hockey. Plus, the Nerstrand Big Woods State Park is just a short drive from downtown Faribault. It’s a gorgeous hike in the woods with a waterfall at the entrance. Read more about Faribault here.
Red Wing, Minnesota
Red Wing is a super cute town in any season, but in winter it’s a really charming, romantic escape. Stay at the St. James Hotel, stop by Hanisch Bakery and the Uffda Shop. Enjoy beautiful views of the bluffs, stop by the Pottery Museum, the Red Wing Brewery and more. Read my two Red Wing blog posts here and here for more inspiration.
Duluth is incredible during the winter months and Canal Park is an especially gorgeous place for a winter getaway. Enjoy beautiful views of frozen Lake Superior, then warm up in the breweries, distilleries and bars in town. Then visit somewhere cozy to eat, shop and people watch. Take a tour of the incredible Glensheen, then go snowshoeing around their property. Read my full Duluth blog post here for many more ideas.