With 150 years of culture, art, history, and education under its belt, Northfield, Minnesota is the perfect destination to pin on your fall road trip. It’s a haven for nature lovers and upon coming to visit, you will surely understand why. With an abundance of art and history, there is so much to explore together here in Northfield.
Feast Your Eyes
Northfield is full of places to go to feed the culture nerd in you. The Flaten Art Museum at St. Olaf College is home to a constantly changing array of regional, national, and even international exhibitions. St. Olaf College is also home to the Kelsey and Haugan Theatres where students manage everything from researching to acting to set design to lighting. The theaters produce five mainstage productions each year as well as a one-act play festival. Make sure to make time on your busy road trip itinerary to catch a show! Check here to see their lineup of plays and shows this season.
While walking throughout Northfield, you’ll want to keep your eyes up to take in all of the amazing things that the town has to offer. However, make sure to look down every once in awhile because you’ll find some spectacular sidewalk poetry right beneath your feet.
This October, you’ll be able to join the Northfield art scene on a studio tour of South Central MN. Take a closer look at these artists’ personal studios and catch a glimpse into their creative processes. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to be a creative type, you’ll find out on this tour!
Pick Your Own
Northfield is lucky to have an abundance of farms that produce everything from fresh fruits and veggies to meats and fibers. Check out Fireside Orchard is a favorite Minnesota apple orchard growing many varieties of apples for over 45 years. They also offer press fresh cider, homemade pies, fudge, and caramel dip. Bridgewater Produce Farm offers hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins and many other fun fall activities. Both are located just west of Northfield on Hwy 19.
Outlaw Trail Tour
With your family along for the ride, you’ll want to make sure you take in some of the local history. Trace the path that the famous James-Younger Gang took as they travelled through the Northfield area in 1876. Feel like an outlaw on the run as you follow in the footsteps of the James-Younger gang the morning of the infamous bank raid that lasted only 7 minutes.
While you’re in the area, you’ll want to check out some of Northfield’s amazing shopping. Grab any necessities from Target before heading over to the St. Olaf bookstore to see what the students are studying. Then, make your way to Antiques of Northfield to search through the eclectic wares in the hopes of discovering a hidden treasure. With everything from the newest brands to the finest antiques, you’re sure to find something to take home with you. Be sure to check our Hot Deals page for any sales and coupons to save you a few bucks on your shopping excursion.
No matter where your final destination is, Northfield, MN makes a unique stop on your road trip. Come see for yourself why Northfield was included on CountryLiving.com’s “50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” list. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be making a return road trip with all of your furniture in tow too!