Nestled amidst the Mississippi River bluffs on the sharpest navigable bend on the Mississippi River, Red Wing presents the perfect mix of river town history, artistry, theatre, outdoor activities, wineries– and great shoes and pottery, of course.
Red Wing is an antique and pottery lover’s paradise, and also is home to many one-of-a-kind clothing, gift and gift stores. From the beautiful downtown to the historic Pottery District, you’ll find unique treasures to warm your heart and make you smile long after you’ve left. Culinary confections, candles, hand-blown glass and Scandinavian and German keepsakes all await personal discovery. And the famous Red Wing Shoes and Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery are purchased and collected across the country.
The town boasts one of the finest small theatres in the Midwest. The beautifully restored Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre (built in 1904), and welcomes the draw of nationally known acts throughout the year in a setting that rivals big city theatres. Stroll the historic downtown district for quaint shops and restaurants to satisfy your
The scenic views of the Mississippi River and bluffs makes for the perfect outdoor playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy our many parks located right on the riverfront, hike up the historic Barn Bluff for spectacular views of the Mississippi River and town, or drive up to Memorial Park for hiking, mountain biking, disc golf and picnic areas featuring limestone benches and fire pits that make a perfect picnic spot. The Cannon Valley Trail is a 19.7 mile bike trail between Cannon Falls and Red Wing that meanders near scenic river and prairie views. If golf is your game, Mount Frontenac Golf Course is a stunning 18-hole golf course that overlooks the beautiful Mississippi River Bluffs and Lake Pepin. Get out on the water in your own boat, or book a kayak or stand-up paddle board trip with Broken Paddle Guiding to explore nature in the peaceful backwaters of the Mississippi River. There are several marinas in the area for overnight stays, or dock at Levee Park for the day for easy access to the heart of downtown Red Wing.
The Red Wing Arts Association Gallery gives you a glimpse of the talented local artists displaying every changing paintings and sculptures in the galleries, and the gift shop features unique hand-made jewelry, scarves, cards and more. Explore the outdoor sculpture garden and gallery at the Anderson Center. Natural history buffs and young history protégés are fascinated by the Goodhue County Historical Center’s exhibits and classes.
Red Wing’s lodging leads the league in small-town lodging. The historic St. James Hotel has provided the finest accommodations since 1875. None of its 65 guestrooms are alike, and each is named after a riverboat that used to pass through Red Wing. The hotel has three restaurants, shops and a spa onsite for your convenience. With 14,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel is a wonderful location for weddings, corporate meetings and special events. Many other charming hotels and Bed and Breakfasts provide travelers with more lodging options and meeting accommodations and offer amenities you might not expect.
Red Wing’s largest attraction is Red Wing Shoe Store & Museum featuring the world’s largest boot—size 638½! And don’t miss Red Wing Brewery offering historic local beer, pizza, calzones, soups and salads. Our wineries; Falconer Vineyards and Flower Valley Vineyard offer tastings, event hosting and gorgeous views of the Mississippi Bluff countryside.