The trails in this place are truly amazing for the scenery surrounding you as you walk 400 feet above ground level. We recommend the North trail which overlooks the Mississippi river and also gets you upclose with the eagles, hawks and vultures- all hovering by you in search of food in the river. We also spotted a set of cranes that seemed to be...more
As you trek on the Barn Bluffs be sure to look overhead for the great Bald Eagles that are perennial residents in this part of the city! We caught some beautiful pics of this majestic creatures as they peacefully glided overhead. We were 400 ft up in the air and they seemed to be another 400 feet above us, but there was something totally serene and...more
40 Reviews and Opinions
Although I was only in Red Wing for a few hours, I'd love to come back sometime and stay for a night...more
1750 Hwy 61, Red Wing, MN, 55066
Good for: Business
1819 OLD W MAIN, Red Wing, MN 55066
Good for: Solo
In a terrific, newly restored building in downtown Red Wing. The theme is nautical (the "Oar" in Oar d'oeuvre) but it's hip, not scary. On the night we went, they played Sinatra and I had a great blue martini. The menu is half appetizers--you can order a few and make the meal. But there were some great sounding entree specials as well. We had a...more
We drove across the river into Wisconsin because I wanted to see Laura Ingalls Wilder's house from Little House in the Big Woods. It was only a replica but the drive was gorgeous. That part of Wisconsin and Minnesota surrounding Lake Pepin is so beautiful. Small farms and towns with populations of less than 100.
And the house was a thrill. I grew up with those books. Sigh.
Maybe you'd like to buy some real Red Wings while you're in Red Wing? If so, a good place to do so would be in their outlet in the Riverfront Centre Mall, which itself is owned by the shoe company. It's in a renovated string of historic buildings on Main Street, in the central business district.
If theres a fair going on while you're here, make sure to go, Minnesotans love food on a stick! There's corn on a stick, corn dogs, pork chops on a stick, ribs on a stick, cotton candy on a stick...no if they could only put Tom Thumb donuts on a stick...Tom Thumb donuts are the BEST!!! Have some!...don't forget the beer garden!more
Barn Bluff is a real Minnesota mountain. If you actually live among mountains--it's not. But if you actually live in the midwest, it's the closest thing we've got.The bluff was preserved by the town of Red Wing in 1910 or so and is an official park. It overlooks the mighty Mississippi River from two directions at a particularily beautiful and...more
walk streets being developed in The Richard J Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest. Explore natural sand/clay and rock remnants of the Iron Hill Member of the Cretaceous Period Windrow Formation. Learn distinctions about dolostone, dolomite, and limestone as you collect local bluff specimen material. Collect and preserve wildflower specimens.more
The Hawley House dates from 1874 and features a dramatic and pleasant front porch that extends the entire width of the house. (Hawley was a prominent local physician; maybe he liked his patients to get plenty of air.)Presently the Hawley House is home to the Moondance Inn, a nice bed and breakfast.http://www.moondanceinn.com/more
The John Rich House was built in 1905. Rich was a mayor of Red Wing who also served as head of the Red Wing Civic League and was instrumental in moving along the development of the Civic Mall. His fondness for classical design is evident here, in this house which vaguely reminds me of the White House in Washington.more