Fall Foliage St. Croix River Valley Day Trip
October 14, 2017 N/A
The great state of Minnesota is beautiful during all seasons, but come Autumn, when the air is crisp and the trees begin to turn fiery colors of orange, yellow, and red, the Land of Lakes really shines. For the second installment of our ‘Fall Foliage’ event series, we’ll explore the pristine St. Croix River Valley. Join us for a full day of fall fun as we take in the majesty of this region by bus, train, boat, and foot.
Our day will begin in Stillwater, MN, where your GetKnit Gurus will be waiting to greet you with a hot cup of joe and pastries. From there, a luxury coach bus will whisk us north, as we travel up river to the Minnesota Transportation Museum’s historic 1916 Soo Line depot located in Osceola, WI. There we will board the Great Northern train for a 90 minute journey that follows the St. Croix River valley on top of the river bluffs, winds down to river level, crosses over historic bridges, and travels through lush state parks. Along our journey we’ll enjoy a bottomless Champagne brunch, that features poached eggs benedict with house-made hollandaise, and is served with herbed American fries and a fresh fruit medley.
We will then head to Pleasant Valley Orchard which was named “Best Orchard in Minnesota” by WCCO Channel 4 News last year. Here we will be greeted with a homemade apple turnover paired with a refreshing glass of apple cider. We will also receive a voucher for a hayride, that takes you on a trek through their beautiful family owned orchard. From there, you’ll have free time to explore: pick some pumpkins in their pumpkin patch, hike their nature walk, fill up on caramel apples and other sweet treats, or purchase a bushel of apples to take home.
Next, we will continue our journey north to the beautiful Interstate State Park nestled on the coast of the pristine St. Croix River Valley. Here we will be greeted by a naturalist, who will give a brief but informative overview of the many treasures that lie within this too often overlooked state park. Here we will have time to explore the Glacial Potholes and the overall beauty found here on an optional hike, and with some free time to explore the beautiful river forests on our own.
Our adventures will continue as board Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tour‘s paddleboat, the Queen. “She” will take us on an 80 minute happy hour cruise of the river giving us a unique vantage point of the beautiful river valley and the fall colors erupting from its shores. Aboard the paddleboat, we’ll be able to order up our choice of local wine from WineHaven Winery, beer, or pop.
To round out this epic fall day, we’ll take a trip down river aboard our coach to Maple Island Brewinglocated in historic downtown Stillwater, MN.
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