Little more than a stones-throw apart, Wabasha and Kellogg are two of the oldest towns on the upper Mississippi. Wabasha was populated in 1826, and Kellogg shortly thereafter. Because of their history and close proximity to the Mississippi River, these communities offer a variety of activities including boating, sailing, golf, downhill skiing, and miles of hiking trails with some of the most incredible birding in the country.
Eagles gather in numbers during the winter months and nest in the charming town year round. The National Eagle Center houses five live eagles, (Angel, Harriet, Columbia, Donald & Was’aka). Many visitors travel to Wabasha-Kellogg to have a “Nose to Beak” experience with America’s National Symbol of Freedom – The American Bald Eagle.
Fun, unique, and cultural, all describe what you will experience while shopping and visiting LARK Carousel & Antique Toy Museum, SVJ Designs, and Loon Lake Decoy Company. Summer brings free Music Under the Bridge presented by RJAC every Friday from May through August. Different bands, different styles, but all so enjoyable!
Looking to explore the wild waters and natural beauty of the area? Broken Paddle Guiding Co, the premier kayak guiding and outdoor education company on the Upper Mississippi River, offers tranquil and scenic kayak tours of the Mississippi River’s tributaries and old-growth floodplain forests. Visit BrokenPaddleGuiding.com for more information.
A variety of uniquely appealing restaurants offer an amazingly diverse menu. Slippery’s Bar and Grill offers riverfront dining along with its Grumpy Old Men fame. Riverboat Lanes offers a sports bar atmosphere, fresh homemade pizza and Thunder Alley Bowling. The Fresh Wok offers Chinese cuisine. Experience old fashioned gourmet chocolates at The Chocolate Escape. Other popular restaurants include Stacy’s Kitchen, The Olde Triangle Pub, Dairy Queen, Rocking Horse Cafe (LARK Toys), Silver Star Saloon, Town & Country Café (Kellogg), The Scoop Ice Cream Parlor, The Bluffs at Coffee Mill and J&J BBQ (in Nelson).
SeptOberfest brings summer to a close and celebrates the time of year when the leaves turn brilliant reds, birds fly through to go south, and over 3,000 pumpkins get decorated in Wabasha. Every street is covered with amusement and merriment. Take a moment to gossip with the Wine Divas or learn the truth with the Beer Buddies. There are eagle eggs, Smurfs, and apples with worms in them. Not sure what we are talking about? Then make it a must see on your bucket list to visit Wabasha between September 14 and October 27. Kids activities, Saturday afternoon music, brats, and free Carriage Rides are just a few of the many things to see and do every weekend. If that wasn’t enough, the Seasonal Boutiques open to offer a special bonus to the shopper in you. Four very unique boutiques with over 150 vendors with so much variety to offer. The Seasonal Boutiques are only open twice a year, during SeptOberfest and during the 100-Mile garage sale in May. Don’t miss out!
Come enjoy our year-round playground on the magnificent Mississippi River, where scenic beauty meets small town tradition. Explore our unique shops and relax in our charming lodges and inns.
Let’s not forget to mention Read’s Landing, just 3 miles north of Wabasha also on the majestic Mississippi River. Stay at the River’s Nest Bed and Breakfast on the river or up on the bluff at American Eagle Bluff Bed and Breakfast. Find a few gems at the Ruby Beets Antique Shop. Visit the Wabasha County Historical Society Museum and survey the oldest surviving brick schoolhouse in Minnesota. Built in 1870, the building is made of three-layer brick walls. Follow the steps of long ago students and examine the initials forever carved into the hallways. The museum also has a barn loaded with old machinery, telling the agricultural story of Wabasha County. Then stop over to Reads Landing Brewery where at any time there are 3 specially made house brewed beers on tap and amazing food.