The great state of Minnesota is beautiful during all seasons, but come Autumn, when the air is crisp and the trees begin to turn fiery colors of orange, yellow, and red, the Land of Lakes really shines. We are excited to present the third installment of our beloved ‘Fall Foliage’ event series, where we’ll explore the stunning Mississippi River Valley. Join us for a full day of fall fun as we take in the majesty of this region by bus, boat, and foot.
Our day will begin at historic Union Depot in St. Paul MN, where your GetKnit Gurus will be waiting to greet you with a hot cup of coffee and donuts. From there, we will hop aboard our luxury coach bus and head south as our bus weaves its way down the river valley to Red Wing, MN. Upon arrival, we’ll start our days adventures with an invigorating hike to the peak of the iconic Barn Bluff just outside of city center. From the top we’ll take in views of both downtown Red Wing and the river valley. Afterwards, we’ll hop back on our bus and head downtown where we’ll have free time to shop the market, go on a self-guided walking tour of historic Red Wing, visit the Red Wing Shoe Store and Museum, or stroll along the beautiful river.
After some free time, we will regroup for a gourmet lunch of elevated pub fare at The Staghead Gastropub. Choose between the Staghead Burger, Club Sandwich, BLT, Chickpea Burger, Chicken Leg Confit Salad, Chicken Salad Sandwich, or the Brussels Sprout Salad. With lunch you can order up an included pint of craft beer, house wine, or a non-alcholic beverage.
After we’ve eaten our fill, we’ll hop aboard our motor coach and make our way south down the Great River Road to Lake City, MN. Here, we’ll board the Pearl of the Lake on Lake Pepin for a 90-minute scenic boat cruise. “Pearl of the Lake” is a modern-day replica of the grand riverboats that traveled on the Mississippi River in the 1800’s. True to tradition, her only means of propulsion is the twin paddle wheels in the stern.
After our cruise, we will continue south down-river to Wabasha, MN where we will make a visit to the National Eagle Center. At the Center, we will have access to their interactive displays and resident eagles. During our free time to explore, you’ll also be able to check out their riverwalk with hopes of catching a glimpse of the wild eagles that are native to the area. You’ll also be able to wander into downtown Wabasha and take in all the city’s charm at your own pace.
Next, we will continue onto beautiful Winona, MN. As we pull into town, we will take the winding mile-and-a-half road up the bluff side, and immerse ourselves in the rich oak savanna atop Garvin Heights scenic overlook. After we’ve soaked in the views, we’ll travel into downtown Winona to finish off our epic day at Island City Brewery Company. Here, we will be treated to a pint of beer for happy hour before local favorite, Big Boar BBQ from La Crosse, caters in a delicious BBQ dinner for us to enjoy. We will enjoy a selection of pulled pork and chopped beef brisket with mac and cheese, baked beans, and cole slaw. Full and happy we’ll hop back onto our bus and head back home to Union Depot in St. Paul, MN where our days adventures began.
We think you’ll agree that this day-trip will leave you with beautiful photos, wonderful memories, and a renewed appreciation for all that our diverse state has to offer.