Mora Things to Do
There are two murals in downtown Mora, or perhaps five murals if you consider that one of them is a painting in four different sections depicting Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. The other mural is a brick mosaic and was built to celebrate Mora's Centennial: 1882 - 1982.
Neither of these is an outstanding work of art, but both are definitely worth taking a look if you find yourself in Mora.
Vasaloppet Headquarters in old Railroad...
The old Burlington Northern Railroad Depot in downtown Mora is now used as the headquarters for the annual Vasaloppet Race. It is an attractive Swedish style building. located across the street from the Mora Klocka.
In addition to those who follow the Vasaloppet Race, the old depot is also of interest to railroad buffs as well as those who enjoy seeing interesting architectural styles.
In front of the Vasaloppet Headquarters is a small but colorful Dala Horse, and also an unidentified bronze statue of what I appears to be a young Swedish girl.Related to:
- Skiing and Boarding
Kanabec County Courthouse
The stately Kanabec County Courthouse was constructed in 1894, to replace an earlier wooden structure which was destroyed by fire. This beautiful old structure on North Vine Street in downtown Mora, was remodeled in 1999. Care was taken to maintain and compliment the Romanesque Revival design of this historic landmark.
The courthouse is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays, but you may view the interesting architecture from the outside at any time.Related to:
- Historical Travel
1877 Frontage Rd, Mora, MN 55051
Good for: Couples
Grandma's Kitchen: A Good Hearty Breakfast
When I saw the parking lot at Grandma's Kitchen loaded with pickup trucks at 7:30 a.m. I knew I had found a good spot for breakfast. I wasn't disappointed.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the Loaded Hash Browns - potatoes piled high with diced ham, bacon, cheese, green peppers and onions. They were served with two scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast, and my favorite breakfast beverage - Iced tea. It was a great hearty breakfast which fueled me up for a full morning of exploring the town of Mora.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Mora Sports & Outdoors
Annual Vasaloppet Cross-Country Ski Race
This life sized statue of a cross country skiier in motion is named "Ole." It stands at the junction of Highway 23 East and Highway 65, and serves as a reminder to all of the annual Vasaloppet ski race in Mora.
In 1973, Mora, Minnesota residents who wanted to strengthen the ties between themselves and their sister city of Mora, Sweden, decided to adopt the Swedish Vasaloppet cross-country ski race, the most famous race of its kind in the world. Just like at the Swedish counterpart, the trails are puncuated with blueberry soup and drink stands. The home-stretch and finish line are set right in the center of town, just as in Sweden. It has grown to become Minnesota's largest race, with more than 2,000 skiers taking part each year. The community event is staged by more than 700 volunteers, many of them descendents of Swedish imigrants.
Many Swedes travel to Minnesota to take part in the American version of Vasaloppet. In 1987 Peter Hjelte from Mora, Sweden, won the race.Related to:
- Skiing and Boarding
Deep Snows in Winter
Favorite thing: I couldn't help but take a picture of this fire hydrant with what looks like an antenna on top. Those who have not spent much time in snow country may not realize that in winter the fire hydrant might be completely buried under a heavy snowfall. The red and white banded fiberglass rod is there so it will stick up above the snow to help find the hydrant if needed at such a time.
Despite cold snowy weather, winter is one of the favorite time for visitors to come to Mora, to take advantage of the wonderful cross-country skiing opportunities, snowmobiling, ice fishing and other winter activities.
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