Weekend in Cannon Falls – Day 2, Red WingPosted: June 19, 2012
We began Saturday with a toast:
Cheers to a fun day ahead!
The rain in the forecast toyed with us that morning. We weren’t sure if we could squeeze in the bike ride we had planned to Red Wing before a downpour. As it turned out, that wasn’t what kept us from riding….see?
No rain yet!
Instead, David’s bike tire had a broken valve so it wasn’t holding air. In fact, it was quite flat. 😦 We have a bloody curse with bike tires, this is the fourth summer in a row.
Traveling with bikes 101: Do not leave town without checking the stinking tires!
We were a little bummed, but a pretty drive to Red Wing made us feel better. 🙂
Hello, Red Wing!
Water levels were high there too:
We arrived to their Main Street and easily found a public parking lot to leave the car.
We wandered the streets a bit, primarily looking for a lunch spot, but also taking in the town.
So lovely and quaint!
We looped around and landed at the Brickhouse for lunch, not far from our parking spot.
Their menu was diverse – salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, yadayada.
Lunch is served:
Ooooo, it was tasty – plus the gigantic slab of garlic bread they served – lotsa garlic! Could I get a side of garlic with that please?! 😉 The half portion was the perfect amount.
The bartender was prepping for Bloody Marys….seriously, a meal on a stick, served in a drink! (I’ve never seen a hard-boiled egg with a Bloody, but it’s clever! I’d try it!)
With our stomachs full, we took to more exploring. There was a pretty little garden space right next to the Brickhouse’s patio.
Now, down to the river.
The train depot was right on the way….such a neat building!
Makes me want to hop on a train!
The Harbor Bar over yonder looked (and sounded) pretty fun! 🙂
We did some rock skippin’ – although didn’t find too many flat ones to throw.
Smiley couple shot:
My shadow shot:
Accidental forehead shot:
After the river walk, we meandered into the St. James Hotel. Jimmy’s Pub on the fifth floor had just opened for business.
Before we headed to the car and bid adieu to Red Wing, one final stop at a beautiful garden right next to Main Street.
Oh – and here’s the post office:
Thoughts on future travel to Red Wing:
- A return trip is necessary.
- We could definitely occupy ourselves for a weekend here. It would even be fun and cozy to hole up for a few days during the winter.
- However, if traveling during the summer, I have another lunch idea: the food at the Brickhouse was great, I’d have no trouble going back. But why not stop at the Econofoods on Main, buy some yummy cheese and salads from their deli and a bottle of wine from the liquor store nearby. Then bring a picnic lunch to Levee Park. Kick back on the grass and enjoy the water scenery right in front of you. Eh? Eh??
Goodbye for now, Red Wing….we’ll most definitely be back!
On the road again….
A crazy rain shower blew through on our way back to Cannon Falls – we were glad not to have been on our bikes at that moment. 🙂
Blue skies all the while. Weird.
Here we are again – Cannon River Winery!
So good to be back!
It was definitely more lively on this Saturday visit.
We tasted 15 of their wines, which sounds like a lot. But each sample was only a couple of sips.
We had some music to add to the ambiance.
More rain moved in while we were inside tasting wine….
We left with three bottles to take home for gifts.
It was another relatively early night after our action-packed day in Red Wing and at the winery. A pizza and cheesy bread were ordered and delivered to our hotel room. 🙂
Such a fun little getaway!
And a quick 45-minute drive home Sunday morning to celebrate **FATHER’S DAY** with our families. It was an awesome, AWESOME weekend all around!