We started in Wabasha, Minnesota where the townspeople were busy setting up for their Septoberfest Festival. The little town was hopping with people decorating. We visited some antique shoppes and watched the townspeople decorate while we ate ice cream. Despite the beautiful warm weather, the decorations helped me get motivated for Fall, something that has been hard to do this year. We then crossed the bridge over the Mississippi to enter Wisconsin. The Mississippi River is the dividing line separating Minnesota from Wisconsin. But there are only so many places where there are bridges to cross over to Wisconsin. We passed through the little towns of Nelsen ( cheese factory there ) and Alma and headed to Pepin, Wisc.
Next stop was Stockholm. A little community sitting on the side of a bluff. No, not in Sweden. Minnesota and Wisconsin are states where many Norwegians and Swedes settled years ago, including my own ancestors.You see many evidences of this as there are Scandinavian shoppes in almost every town. Yah, sure! The town is charming with little shoppes all over, plenty of flowers and places to sit and enjoy the scenery. The railroad is between the town and the river and you hear the rumbling and whistles of the trains as they rumble through.
We moved on and made another stop along the way at another favorite little antique shoppe. The friendly gentleman we always see there proudly talks about how his wife goes out and collects the antiques and he "mans the shop" and sells them.
We stayed in Red Wing at the St. James Hotel. The St James first opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1875 after a group of 11 civic minded businessmen recognized the need for a first class lodging establishment in Red Wing, the wheat trading center of the world. It has been one of our favorite places to stay to celebrate anniversaries. Much of the character of the Inn remains throughout with original antiques in the hallways and old photos on the walls. Every room is named connecting it to the past. We stayed in the Quincy room named after a steamboat that traveled often through the city back in the Inn's earliest days. We had lovely views of the river and the outdoor Restaurant, The Veranda.
|The St James Hotel|