There is plenty for residents and visitors alike to do in the historic town of Red Wing, Minnesota. From parks to restaurants, there’s something for everyone in the city. There are also a couple vineyards, a brewery, pubs, and a wine bar for adults to enjoy. Lake Pepin and Barn Bluff offer excitement for the outdoor enthusiasts, and several museums for those interested in history or art. Falconer Vineyards provide the perfect relaxing afternoon for guests to simply enjoy a glass of wine and spectacular views.

We recommend that you call the attractions and restaurants ahead of your visit to confirm current opening times.

1.Barn Bluff

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Barn Bluff in Red Wing, Minnesota is one of the most famous natural features found along the upper Mississippi River. The landmark is significant for its association with native and prehistoric peoples, as well as its geology. The bluff is also known for being associated with the exploration during the early nineteenth century of the Upper Mississippi. Due to the steady climb, those hiking up the Barn Bluff will want to take the hike at a slower pace. Even with its many steps and elevation gain, the hike to the top is definitely worth the effort for the amazing view.

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2.Red Wing Marine Museum

Red Wing Marine Museum
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One of the city of Red Wing’s historical venues, the Red Wing Marine Museum is located along the Mississippi River and depicts the motor and boat business, one of the oldest industries of manufacturing. It is situated quite close to the original factory’s site that made and launched Red Wing-made motors and boats. Restored Red Wing Thorobred engines are on display at the museum, along with outboard motors, fishing tackle, other river-related objects, and photographs. Guests can also see the American Queen, the largest river steamboat, when it is docked a short distance from the museum in Red Wing.

935 Levee Rd, Red Wing, MN, 55066, Phone: 651-442-7661

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3.The American Ski Jumping Museum and Hall of Fame

The American Ski Jumping Museum and Hall of Fame
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The American Ski Jumping Museum and Hall of Fame opened in 2014 and is a museum that highlights the story of how the city of Red Wing became the birthplace of ski jumping. The museum is also the home of the Hall of Fame for ski jumping and even contains a ski jumping simulator. A diorama, uniforms, and photographs are all on display in the museum, as well as a pair of skis that have been used from every decade of the sport, starting with the 1880’s. Ski jumping was extremely popular from the year 1883 to 1950 in Red Wing.

406 Main St, Red, MN 55066, Phone: 651-380-8960

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4.Lake Pepin

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Lake Pepin is located on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota, and is a widening of the Mississippi River between the two states. The natural lake is the widest naturally occurring section of the Mississippi. Lake Pepin is about sixty miles away from the city of Saint Paul, near Red Wing, and was formed by a water backup behind sedimentary deposits of the delta of the Chippewa River. At approximately forty square miles, there is plenty of space along the water for a variety of activities. There are three marinas along the shore of the lake.

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5.Red Wing Shoe Store & Museum

Red Wing Shoe Store & Museum
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The Red Wing Shoe Store and Museum is home to the largest boot in the world, which offers a great photo opportunity, especially for children. Guests have the chance to dress up as an ironworker would, as well as see for themselves exactly how shoes are made. The Red Wing Shoe Museum is situated inside of the flagship store of the Red Wing Shoe company in the historic downtown area of Red Wing. Many different items from the company’s long history of making quality shoes are on display year-round throughout the store and museum.

315 Main St, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-388-6233

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6.Pottery Museum of Red Wing

Pottery Museum of Red Wing
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The Pottery Museum of Red Wing is home to the most extensive and largest collection in the world of Red Wing clay products. The museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the colorful and rich story of the clay industry in Red Wing, Minnesota. Over six thousand vintage objects of artisan-crafted dinnerware, folk art, stoneware, and art pottery are on display at the pottery museum, bringing the historic story of Red Wing to life for visitors through numerous dynamic exhibits that span across thirteen thousand square feet. Guests can explore the legacy of pottery along the Mississippi River.

240 Harrison St, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-327-2220

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7.Memorial Park

Memorial Park
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Memorial Park in Red Wing, Minnesota offers great views of the surrounding community, the Mississippi River, and even the bluffs of Minnesota and of the state of Wisconsin. At the top of the area’s Sorin’s Bluff, visitors will see charcoal grills, picnic tables, trails for biking and hiking, open spaces, and a nine-hole course for Frisbee golf. A variety of trails throughout the park offers opportunities for mountain biking and hiking from spring until fall, and cross country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months. Each picnic area features amazing views of Lake Pepin and the Mississippi.

315 W 4th St, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-388-0243

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8.Colvill Park

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Colvill Park is provides both residents and visitors alike in Red Wing, Minnesota an opportunity for plenty of outdoor fun. The park features many picnic shelters, tennis courts, an air-conditioned and heated building for events, and a boat launch. There are also several different structures for play throughout Colvill Park, including a volleyball court, the universal playground, a shuffleboard court, the discovery garden, and horseshoe pits. The walking path around the park is just shy of one mile in length. The expansive picnic area is located along the banks of the Mississippi. Guests can also use the shelters if they’re not reserved.

515 Nymphara Ln, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 800-498-3444

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9.Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts

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The Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts enlightens, educates, and entertains the Red Wing community and visitors of the area through the transformative power provided by the performing arts. The theater is considered to be the “jewel box” of Red Wing, and is a cornerstone partner of the community, a hub for regional arts, and a trailblazer at the national level for small-town centers for performing arts. Visitors can tour the historic theater and take in its beautiful architecture, which includes arches, decorative painting, delicate sculpture, and much more. The Sheldon Theatre is situated in the heart of the beautiful downtown.

443 West 3rd St, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-388-8700

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10.Bierstube Bowl

Bierstube Bowl
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The Bierstube Bowl is practically an institution in Minnesota with several locations around the state including Red Wing. Having been in operation since 1962, the Bierstube Bowl is beloved and frequently visited by locals who keep coming back for the incredible food as well as the world-class bowling alley. Food at the Bierstube Bowl is simple but incredible with crowd-pleasers like their best-selling Reuben sandwiches and bratwursts among other menu offerings like the Hot Beef Plate, Chicken Wings, and the Bierstube Bowl Burger. The simple but delicious menu goes well with the Bierstube Bowl’s drink specials, and there’s nothing like a cold tap beer while enjoying a few rounds of bowling with your friends and family.

233 Withers Harbor Drive, Red Wing, Minnesota 55066, Phone: 651-385-8852

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11.Bay Point Park, Red Wing, Minnesota

Bay Point Park, Red Wing, Minnesota
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The beautiful Bay Point Park near the downtown area of Red Wing is situated along the banks of the winding Mississippi River. The park hosts several of the celebrations that take place in the community. The park also consists of several picnic areas, a playground, a boat launch, a volleyball court, and a walking path that is open year-round and lit during the evening. The distance around the park is two-thirds of a mile. Located near the Bay Point Park is the historic Boat House Village, in which guests can see the one of the few remaining “gin pole” installations.

Levee Rd, Red Wing, MN 55066

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12.Falconer Vineyards, Red Wing, Minnesota

Falconer Vineyards, Red Wing, Minnesota
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Falconer Vineyards and Winery opened in 2003 and is situated within the bluff valleys surrounding the historic town of Red Wing. The winery overlooks the vineyard, which measures 6.5 acres in size, and is one of the state of Minnesota’s most picturesque and serene wineries. At the vineyard, the focus is on using cold-hardy grapes that grow in the northern part of the country for making wines. The grounds also include the Vineyard Bistro, which is open during the summer and serves wood-fired pizzas. There is plenty of seating on the covered deck to enjoy a pizza and some wine

3572 Old Tyler Rd, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-388-8849

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13.Goodhue County Historical Society

Goodhue County Historical Society
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The Goodhue County Historical Society acts as a steward for the history of Goodhue County through collection, preservation, and promotion of cultural and natural history through outreach and education. It is the oldest county historical society in the entire state, having been chartered back in the year 1869. The permanent collection of the Goodhue County Historical Society has grown to include many two-dimensional and three-dimensional items that represent every decade of the biographical, cultural, and modern corporate history of the county, including rare examples of Mississippian and Woodland pottery, and terracotta and stoneware products from the pottery companies of Red Wing.

1166 Oak St, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-388-6024

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14.Red Wing Arts Association

Red Wing Arts Association
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The Red Wing Arts Association can be found inside the Historic Depot in downtown Red Wing, along the banks of the Mississippi River. The association began back in 1952 as an educational program for interactive arts, and is the oldest art organization in the town of Red Wing. The Red Wing Art Association strives to support the many area artists throughout the region, and provides them with visibility and exposure in the association’s shop and galleries. The association is also committed to creating a community where arts and the participation in the arts are vital and relevant to the town.

418 Levee St, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-388-7569

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15.Sargent's Nursery, Red Wing, Minnesota

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Sargent's Nursery has been around since the year 1928, working to beautify the city of Red Wing, as well as the surrounding areas. The feeling of satisfaction runs deep with every customer served and in the roots of each plant grown at the nursery. Sargent’s is a family owned and operated business, offering customers something quite different from larger businesses and big-box stores. The nursery boasts a more personal and relaxed atmosphere in which guests can take their time shopping, browse the gardens and greenhouses, and ask questions. Sargent’s is known of its large selection of quality plants for landscaping.

3352 N. Service Dr, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-388-3847

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16.Aliveo Military Museum

Aliveo Military Museum
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The Aliveo Military Museum aims to preserve and honor the men and women who have served in the country’s military by protecting, preserving, and presenting a wide variety of military artifacts. The museum is home to a significant collection of various artifacts associated with the military, such as military uniforms, rifles, pistols, badges, edged weapons, equipment, flags, and insignia. This collection consists of artifacts and relics from the current wars in the Middle East, the Cold War, Vietnam, Korea, World War II, World War I, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. There are also artifacts from the Zulu/British War.

321 Bush St, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-327-1569

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17.John Rich Park

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John Rich Park is situated between West Third Street and Main Street, and West Avenue and East Avenue. The park has been landscaped with a series of symmetrical bands of flowers, pergola, a pool, and a fountain. There are also granite benches and limestone sidewalks. The Veterans Memorial in John Rich Park honors all of the citizens of Goodhue County who died while serving in the United States military. The memorial was added to that park in the year 1988 and is located at the north end. The park is named after John H. Rich, who as a founder of the Civic League.

218 West Ave, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-385-3674

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18.Anderson Center at Tower View

Anderson Center at Tower View
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The Anderson Center at Tower View has been named one of the upper Mississippi River region’s top artistic destination points by National Geographic.The center has served the citizens and artistic community of Minnesota since 1995 through support, program development, and artistic leadership. The national registered landmark presents collaborative public arts programs in Red Wing and other communities, provides two and four week retreats to enable scholars, writers, and artists to complete or advance their work, and much more. Along with its twenty art studios, the Anderson Center consists of an outdoor kiln, a dark room, printmaking facilities, and a blacksmith shop.

163 Tower View Dr, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-388-2009

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19.Vintage Kitchen

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The Vintage Kitchen at the Red Wing Farmer’s Market serves delicious pastries, gluten-free home-baked goods, fresh coffee and snacks. Homemade baked goods at the Vintage Kitchen include cookies, cupcake, muffins, scones, coffee cakes, and cinnamon rolls, with gluten-free options including cookies, muffins, coffee cakes, granola, and trail bars. The farmers market vendor is also well known for its sweet and spicy roasted nuts and caramel corn that it makes in small batches. The Red Wing Farmer’s Market aims to provide the community with a socially enriching and convenient place where they can buy fresh, local produce, as well as farmstead products.

212-290 Levee St, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 715-529-6733

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20.Mississippi National Golf Links

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Golf lovers are in for a treat at the Mississippi National Golf Links. This beloved and must-visit course is home to two 18-hole golf courses: the Highlands and the Lowlands, both of which are championship courses. The Lowlands is one of the greatest tests to golfers that Southern Minnesota has to offer, and has even played host to The Minnesota PGA Championship, and The Senior US Open. Meanwhile, the Highlands course is legendary amongst athletes as it features a 200-foot elevation gain change, and greens, fairways, and tees that line the edge of a 30-mile bluff. Come to the Mississippi National Golf Links to test your skills as well as to enjoy a stunning view of the river valley.

409 Golf Links Drive, Red Wing, Minnesota 55066, Phone: 651-388-1874

21.Kellys Bar, Red Wing, MN

Kellys Bar, Red Wing, MN
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Kelly’s Tap House Bar and Grill has won the title of Restaurant of the Year by the Red Wing’s Chamber of Commerce more than once. The restaurant boasts an award-winning menu of quality food that is served every day of the week. Kelly’s Bar also offers amazing views of the expansive Mississippi River and is open late, until two in the morning several days. The bar has built a reputation for having great specialty drinks and the largest selection of taps anywhere in Red Wing. The menu features award-winning wings, burgers, salads, roasted chicken, golden fried appetizers, and much more.

1530 Old West Main St, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-388-9913

22.Red Wing Marina

Red Wing Marina
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One of the greatest things about Red Wing is its gorgeous location along the Mississippi River, and when it comes to enjoying the best that the riverfront has to offer, the Red Wing Marina delivers in spades. Owned by Jim and Cindy Bisek, the Red Wing Marina is called the friendliest marina on the river and is known for its relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Guests at the Red Wing Marina can enjoy a variety of amenities such as its deck, picnic area, and campfire ring, but its main draw is the pontoons, runabouts, and fishing boats that it rents out. The marina is conveniently located in the city’s historic downtown area and provides guests access to great biking and hiking trails. Boats at the Marina are available for half a day and full rent rentals.

918 Levee Road, Red Wing, Minnesota, Phone: 651-388-8995

23.Red Wing Brewery, Red Wing, MN

Red Wing Brewery, Red Wing, MN
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The Red Wing Brewing Company, or also known as the Red Wing Brewery, makes around six or seven barrels of beer each week out of its very small brewhouse, small even compared to other small breweries in the state of Minnesota. Red Wing Brewery’s beer is made and exclusively sold at the brewery, meaning that the beer customers drink here is a fresh as it can be. Three of the beers offered year-round are historic brands made for residents of Red Wing during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The brewery also makes its own root beer, so there’s something for everyone.

1411 Old West Main St, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-327-2200

24.Wisteria Twig

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The Wisteria Twig is Red Wing, Minnesota’s eclectic and charming Tea Room and Cafe. Customers have the opportunity to a step back into the past, to a time when people were in less of a hurry, a time that wasn’t as stressful, with vintage dishes and antique furnishings. The menu at the Wisteria Twig is diverse and features a variety of cold and hot sandwiches, wraps, and paninis. There are also crisp salads, fresh baked breads, and homemade soups on the menu, as well as scones and decadent desserts all made from scratch. Reservations for lunch aren’t necessary, but appreciated.

1920 Old West Main St, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-276-4616


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Staghead is a gastropub in Red Wing, Minnesota and is the city’s source for locally sourced, fresh food and a variety of craft beers. It serves quality American cuisine, combined with urban influences. The restaurant strays away from using any sort of processed ingredients, and instead focuses on sustainable food sources, which allows them to offer a better tasting and higher quality selection of dishes. The Staghead Gastropub, which is closed on Sundays and Mondays, provides craft beer, local food, and a decorative, yet casual setting. The menu here is subject to change based on items available in order to ensure freshness.

219 Bush St, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 651-212-6494

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Hotel Spotlight: St. James Hotel, 1875 - A Historic Hotel of America, Red Wing

Established in 1875 in the port city of Red Wing in Minnesota, the St. James Hotel is a historic landmark that offers beautiful accommodations, excellent cuisine, cutting-edge facilities, amenities and Old World style service. The grand four-story Italianate structure features 62 guest rooms and suites, three dining rooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a parlor and billiard hall, public baths, and an elegant ballroom. The first-class lodging establishment is furnished with handsome décor and plush carpeting and boasts breathtaking views of the Mississippi River or downtown cityscapes of Red Wing. Just an hour from Minneapolis, the hotel is a quick weekend getaway from the city.

The historic St. James Hotel features 62 guest rooms and suites that combine antique décor and luxury furnishings with modern amenities and beautiful views. Named after 19th-century riverboats that sailed on the Mississippi, individually decorated guest rooms and suites feature Victorian period antique décor, double, queen, or king-size beds dressed in plush linens, and en-suite bathrooms with bathtubs and showers (some with whirlpool tubs). Large bay windows boast beautiful views of the Mississippi River or downtown cityscapes of Red Wing.

Guest room and suite amenities include high-quality mattresses, handmade Amish quilts, pillow menus, iron and ironing boards, flat screen televisions with HD channels, alarm clocks with iPod docking, work desks, plush bathrobes, deluxe bath products, and complimentary wireless internet access. Extra guest services include daily newspaper delivery, dry cleaning, and concierge services.

Standard and Deluxe Rooms are unique and in shape and size, and are offered with a choice of queen or king-sized beds and en-suite bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and bathtubs. Premium Rooms feature luxurious king, queen, or full-sized pillow top beds, en-suite bathrooms with bathtubs and walk-in showers and stunning views of downtown Red Wing and the Mississippi River. Whirlpool Rooms add a touch of luxury with queen, double queen, or king-size beds, and en-suite bathrooms with showers and whirlpool tubs.

The St. James Hotel offers six luxurious suites with whirlpool baths and beautiful views. The Boardroom Suite is decorated in rich walnut and leather and features glorious 14-foot high ceilings and sweeping views of Barn Bluff. The suites offer beautiful four-poster bed king-size beds with handmade Amish quilts and en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers and whirlpool baths. The President Suite is designed to echo the interior of a classic Mississippi riverboat, with a charming sleigh-style king-size bed, en-suite bathroom with shower and whirlpool bath, and modern bay windows with spectacular views. Other suites include the Anson Northrup Suite, the Moonbeam Suite, the MV Mississippi Suite, and the American Eagle Suite.

The Iron Works Flat is an apartment-style suite that is extra spacious and offers comfort and style for families, and groups of friends. The apartment features a spacious living room with gleaming hardwood floors, flat screen televisions with HD channels and surround sound system, and a fully-equipped kitchen with marble counter tops and all the necessary appliances for comfortable vacation living, including a washer and dryer. The bedroom offers a king-size bed with plush linens and pillows, an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and whirlpool bath, and large windows which embrace panoramic views of Barn Bluff and the Mississippi River.

The St. James Hotel offers four dining experiences ranging from casual cuisine to gourmet fare. Located on the lower level of the hotel, the Port Restaurant boasts a sophisticated, refined environment and serves a menu of seasonal Midwest cuisine with global influences. Skillfully prepared dishes are created from locally sourced ingredients and accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world and an outstanding small batch collection.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Veranda offers unique dining experience with panoramic views of the Mississippi River. The restaurant serves a global menu of Mediterranean-fusion appetizers, Californian-inspired entrées, and decadent desserts, along with Art Deco cocktails, ”mocktails”, craft beers and imported spirits.

Jimmy’s Pub is located on the top floor of the hotel and offers an authentic British pub-style experience with a great selection of ales, wines, and spirits. A handsome mahogany bar adds elegant appeal, and a menu of light meals and snacks are served alongside drinks.

Clara’s Gifts & Coffee is a one-stop shop for freshly brewed coffee, hot and cold beverages, freshly baked pastries, sandwiches and snacks on the go.

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The Refined Skin Medi-Spa offers guests a range of relaxing spa services and medical treatments performed by professional therapists in modern and comfortable treatment rooms.

Spa services include massage therapy, body treatments, body sculpting, microdermabrasion, VISIA skin analysis, Botox/Juvederm laser treatments such as peels, vein removal, hair removal, skin lesion removal, acne treatment, esthetician services, and makeup/lash treatments. The spa also offers a range of customized spa packages for special occasions such as weddings, honeymoons, and birthdays.

The St. James Hotel features a variety of venues that can accommodate a range of functions from business meetings and conferences to weddings, receptions, and social events. Historic charm merges with modern technology in 14 stylish meeting rooms, which range from 750 to 400 square feet and can cater for up to 350 guests.

Meeting spaces are equipped with state-of-the-art technology capabilities, including video monitors, LCD projectors, a complete array of audio visual equipment, tripod screens, and laser pointers, as well as superb banquet facilities and complimentary high-speed wireless internet. Professional event coordinators are on hand to take care of every event detail while the catering team provides excellent food and drinks. Additional amenities include dedicated phone lines, photocopiers, fax machines, speakerphones, floor or table podiums, flip charts, easels, projection stands and carts, whiteboards, and laptops. Extra function services include ample covered parking and a shuttle bus.

The St. James Hotel also offers premier full service venues and banquet rooms for weddings, receptions, and other special social events. Wedding packages include a beautifully appointed ceremony, banquet and ballroom spaces, creative catering menus, state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities, and added services such as shuttle services, and ample guest parking.

The St. James Hotel is located in the heart of the port town of Red Wing, which boasts the spectacular natural scenery of the Mississippi River and its bluffs, and offers a wealth of cultural and recreational activities to enjoy.

Resting on a bend of the Mississippi River at the head of Lake Pepin where the river splits in two, the area around Red Wing is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including more than 260 species of birds. Birdwatchers and wildlife lovers will delight in the variety of animals.

Thousands of acres of public land in and around the city offer a plethora of recreational activities, including three golf courses, the Cannon ValleyTrail and miles of trails in Memorial Park. Cross-country trails can be found in the Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Area and the scenic hiking trails near Barn Bluff. Enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming in Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River.

Cultural buffs can enjoy several art galleries such as the Red Wing Arts Association and the Anderson Center, museums like the Red Wing Pottery Museum and the Red Wings Shoes Factory Store, and the Sheldon Theater.

Activities and events in the area include Concerts in the Park every Wednesday evening during the warmer summer months, the Plein Air Art & Musical Festival, featuring music, community events, and local arts and crafts, and the Red Wing Collectors Society Annual Convention, which celebrates the history and collections of pottery.

Treasure Island Pow Wow is a celebration of Native American Culture through traditional food, art, music, and dancing while the Rolling River Music Festival offers musical enjoyment for all ages. Red Wing’s annual River City Days summer festival boasts a range of live entertainment, an art and crafts fair, sports tournaments, parades, and beer gardens while the Fall Festival of the Arts is a juried art festival that celebrates the fall colors of the Mississippi River valley through art.

The St. James Hotel, 406 Main Street, Red Wing, MN 55066, Phone: 800-252-1875

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