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Winona Experiences

Whether you crave a scenic drive or a sightseeing stroll, let yourself be stunned by the beauty of Winona.The bluffs that cradle Winona make a postcard-perfect drive, especially when fall colours sweep across them. Abundant parks and scenic vistas give you endless paths to explore. A walk through the historic architecture, rich with stained glass and lavish façades, evokes a bygone era.

Below is a small selection of the tours we can organise for you when you have booked your USA holiday with us and are visiting Winona.   

In 1987 Linda and Marvin Seppanen and family purchased a home and 20 acres of land on Garvin Heights Road in Winona Township. A short time later they began planting numerus fruit and nut trees and four variety of grapes. Some of those original Edelweiss grapes are still growing. Their vineyards now cover four acres with more than 20 grape varieties. 

In 2006, they moved towards commercial wine production by incorporating Garvin Heights Vineyards, LLC (GHV), applying for a Federal Wine Permit, and started construction of a winery building. Small batch wines were produced for future sales. The winery building with 1,344 square feet of retail and a similar sized wine production cellar were completed in the Spring of 2007. On June 13, 2007 GHV received its Minnesota Farm Winery permit to enable the selling of wines.

Garvin Heights & Vineyard Highlights

  • Award wining wine on offer to taste
  • Variety of wine tasting tours on offer

Come see over 100 muscle, antique, classic cars and trucks, as well as hundreds of pedal cars, and thousands of antique toys and tools.  Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum is one of the largest museums of its kind in the country and a fantastic attraction every family member will enjoy! Family owned and operated since 1994, Elmer's Museum is located on Eagle Bluff, which is the highest point along the Mississippi River. The view of the river valley is one of the best in the area!

Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum Highlights

  • Picnic area on site
  • Enjoy the best views of the Mississippi river valley in the area

The Pickwick Mill was built from 1856 to 1858 by Thomas Grant and Wilson Davis and is one of the oldest flour mills found in southeast Minnesota. The mill was a water powered gristmill constructed first as a sawmill, and later converted to a flour mill, on the banks of Big Trout Creek located in Pickwick, Minnesota.

In the early 1980s, the Mill was purchased by Pickwick Mill Inc. purchased the mill before it was destroyed to widen County Road 7. Through her and other community members’ efforts, the Mill was registered as a National Historic Landmark and had its mechanical facility restored. Today the mill is administered as a historic site and museum by Pickwick Mill Inc., a member owned, non-profit organization. 

 

Pickwick Mill Highlights

  • Large group tours available on request
  • Original mechanical machinery restored and operational

At Island City Brewing Company, they strive to produce beers of distinct quality for beer lovers and beginners alike. Drop by the taproom to try a pint, meet friends, listen to live music, and talk with our knowledgable staff about the beer and the community.

Island City Brewing Company Highlights

  • Taproom bar opened 7 days a week
  • Varied events such as shows and themed nights put on year round

The Winona County History Center is the Society's main museum and is located in historic downtown Winona, Minnesota. The History Center is housed in Winona's 1915 National Guard Armory and the award-winning contemporary Laird Norton Addition. Explore engaging exhibits, an art gallery featuring regional artists in partnership with the River Arts Alliance, the Laird Lucas library & archives aswell as the museum shop filled with Winona gear and locally made gifts. 

Winona County History Centre Highlights

  • Low cost tickets
  • Multiple varied exhibits to explore
  • Open 7 days a week excluding holidays

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