Fun fall itineraries

Scenic Saturday

Enjoy breakfast at Bev’s Cafe on Bush Street before walking to the busy Saturday Farmers’ Market on Levee Street near Levee Park. Then enjoy gorgeous river views as you stroll the Levee Park loop. Continue along the brand new Red Wing Riverfront Trail past the historic boathouses to Bay Point Park. Once back at Levee Park, head up Bush Street to Main Street to the famous World’s Largest Boot in the Red Wing Shoe store. Almost adjacent is the Red Wing Bike Co. and Outfitter, so grab what you need for hiking, biking, kayaking, or rock climbing. Next, hike up Barn Bluff (entrance at the east end of East 5th Street) to see spectacular views. Or, drive up Memorial Park (car entrance along East 7th Street). At Memorial, you can mountain bike, play disc golf, hike, picnic (grills available), sight see, go geocaching, or go bird watching. For dinner, rest your weary body at The Red Wing Brewery, Staghead, Oliver’s Wine Bar, Kelly’s, The Port at the St. James, Fiesta Cancun, or any of Red Wing’s eateries. Enjoy!

Kids love red wing

Have young children in tow? First grab your coffee at Mandy’s Coffeehouse, Red Wing Confectionery (with coffee and a caramel apple), Hanisch Bakery, or Caribou in the historic train depot on Main before heading out for a full day of fun. Walk past the butterfly sculpture at the new Pollinator Park (Main & Broad). Then stop by the library for reading hour mid-day. Pack a picnic and head down to Colvill Park to soak up the sights and scents at the Discovery Garden and play at the adjacent Universal Playground (for kids of all ages and abilities). If you’ve got bikes, take the 1.8 mile paved loop along the river and through the woods. Next, head back downtown to grab delicious ice cream cones at Hallstrom’s Florist & Greenhouse on Bush or Dairy Queen on Main. Ready for one more adventure? Drive a few minutes west out to the Anderson Center (tell the kids to watch for the brick tower). Enjoy a late afternoon walking the 1-mile grassy path through orchards and large, magical, colorful sculptures kids can touch while they run and play hide and seek.