WhaT To Do in The
Maiden Rock Area?
get to know our TERROIR.
What is terroir you ask? Well, the hottest new trend in LOCAL.
Terroir is a french term that refers to the characteristic taste and flavor imparted to a wine
by the environment, soil, natural climate and topography of an area.
We're serving up way more than wine, and all of it unique to our area!
Come savor our soil, but try not to eat it!
A Winding River Road
The Best Baked Goods
Deep Ravine Coulees
Winter Artesian Well Ice Sculptures
Deer, Turkey & Pheasants
Hard Cider & Wine
Music & Musicians
Local Artists & Galleries
YMCA Camp Pepin
Fly Way Bird Migration
BRING A COOLER WITH ICE
MAIDEN ROCK MORNING (SATURDAYS ONLY) IN THE GORGEOUS GARDENS at Smiling Pelican Bakeshop Our world class baker serves up extraordinary breads, THE BEST PIES, scones, cookies and other needed treats. Early is better to get Sandra's goods. You don't want to be late as she sells out and closes up by 1:00 or 2:00.
PICK BLUEBERRIES JULY OR AUGUST at the GORGEOUS Rush River Produce if it's a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. But getting picked out isn't impossible, so ALWAYS call 715-594-3648 for a berry picking update.
TOUR OUR FARM or just stop at Lake View Organic Farm for farm products for your pantry, pets or grazers. Visit the cows, learn about our crops, take photos with the sunflowers in August, enjoy the views and listen to our hens cackle as they produce our famous "cackleberries!"
SCORE ICELANDIC ALMOND ROLLS and a lovely backroads tour to the on-farm Jenny Lind Bakery. This AWESOME chicken coop turned bakery is now open every first and third Saturday from 10-1. W12304 Rundquist lane, Stockholm. Goodies are set up outside for grab and go YUM! Call 651-301-1095 by Wednesday 4:00 p.m. to place a special order.
VISIT A VEGETABLE FARM! Place your order with Good Turn Farm by midnight on Thursday for a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning pick-up. They are right across the road from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Wayside rest - a great place for a picnic!
TOUR & NOSH in Stockholm - Visit galleries and shops for local art and all things Scandinavian, take a cooking class at the Palate, visit one of the restaurants (Hop Dish & Vine A farm-to-table gastropub just starting to sow its oats, Stockholm Pie, Humble Moon Saloon (also new) and the Bogus Creek Bakery sells grab and go pizza...I think?). Of course, when in Stockholm, visit the town park along the banks of beautiful Lake Pepin.
IF IT'S SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, OR NOVEMBER: Hit the back roads for leaf viewing, then stop in for a tasting or Pick apples at Maiden Rock Apples, Winery and Cidery
QUINTESSENTIAL WISCONSIN TAVERN ANYONE? The Six String in Maiden Rock has a rockin' juke box, views of fast moving trains and THE BEST REUBEN in the world. You might want to share a basket of deep fried cheese curds with your table first.
FEELING ATHLETIC? Hike the Maiden Rock Bluff area or walk the Rush River (parking lot on 35 and A) OR head North a bit to Nugget Lake (great for kids) for beautiful hiking and even the chance to pan for gold! If it's summer, bring a kayak, and pop into the Rush River, Tiffany Bottoms or Nugget Lake. There are lots of other Kayaking locations in our area. Broken Paddle Guiding Company out of Wabasha can hook you up with a guided tour or rental kayaks. SAILING ANYONE? Get out on the water with Captain Beth for a couple of hours of fun and relaxation. What better way to enjoy this part of the country! Of course, a little dip into the cool Isabel Creek is Esdaille could be lovely, too (also a good destination for children).
TRAVELING WITH KIDDOS? Visit Crystal Cave in Spring Valley or the National Eagle Center in Wabasha. Isabelle Creek in Esdaile has a little shady park with picnic tables, a shallow stream and small beach if you have little ones that need a quick distraction.
GET OFF THE BEATEN PATH Use your Google Maps App to find "Goat Back Road", the Laura Ingall's Wilder Wayside and then "Rustic Road." From Rustic Road, find AA that takes you back to 35 and head towards Maiden Rock. If you come from the Cities following the River Road 35, your trip home should definitely be on Highway 10 to get a different taste of our "horse" country and pastoral farmland.
ICE CREAM & CHEESE CALLING YOU? Head to the Nelson Cheese Factory for an ice cream cone and a nice selection of Wisconsin cheeses to take home with you! OR, travel North to Cady Cheese in Wilson for ice cream and cheese in a farmy environment.
SUPPER ANYONE? My favorite al fresco dining can be found at the Stone Barn Pizza near Nelson. If you're near Pepin, check out the famous giant portions at the Harbor View, get a taste of Italy at Villa Bellezza or head to the Homemade Cafe for down home deliciousness. In Bay City, the glamorous yet casual Chef Shack serves up stellar French Farm influenced fare, and to the north, Vino in the Valley has expansive outdoor dining, lawns for strolling, sipping stations complete with live music and the occasional hot air balloon.
CAN'T DO IT ALL IN ONE DAY There is so much to see and do in our tiny towns of fun that you'll want to book a room! If you plan to stay, many VRBO or AirBnB hosts would love to help you find accommodations to fit your needs. Perhaps you want a Farm Stay at the Driftless Dirt Farm? You're going to be tired after this travel!