Life is busy, and the opportunity to get away is something couples young and old look forward to. A few days, together, just the two of you – but what should you do? Here are a few suggestions for a great couples getaway.
DAY 1 – SATURDAY
- HideAway Coffeehouse & Wine Bar | 421 S. Division Street
Breakfast at Northfield’s fabulous Hideaway Coffeehouse & Wine Bar in downtown Northfield.
- Riverwalk Market Fair | Bridge Square | Saturdays 9-1pm
Pop-by the Farmer’s Market at Riverside Park Local growers offer delicious homemade and homegrown products. With a loyal local following, it’s best to arrive early for the pick of the crop. The market is held every Tuesday May through October at Riverside Park from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Lunch – Hogan Bros Acousitic Café | 415 Division St.
Low-key counter serve featuring overstuffed hoagies, soups, house-baked sweets & live bands.
- TOUR OF NORTHFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY & 1st NATIONAL BANK SITE
Learn about Northfield’s unique history, and experience life as it was in the 1800s at the Historical Society and Museum. The bank that the James-Younger gang attempted to rob in 1876 is one of Northfield’s most famous attractions, and the museum preserves the site as it stood on that fateful day. Allow 30-45 Minutes
408 Division St
- SELF-GUIDED DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR & SIDEWALK POETRY
A local historian will take you back in time as you view Northfield’s historical architecture as it looked a century ago. The tour includes such landmarks as the Archer House, the Scriver Building, the Grand Event Center, Nutting House & More! Pick up your walking tour brochure at the Northfield Historical Society or Northfield Chamber of Commerce.
- VISIT & TASTE AT NORTHFIELD OLIVE OIL & VINEGARS SHOP
18 Bridge Square 507-645-4008
Northfield Olive Oils And Vinegars strives to bring the freshest extra virgin olive oil from around the world to Northfield and its surrounding communities. We take pride in providing naturally fused and infused extra virgin olive oils that achieve the perfect flavor aesthetic. Plus, our authentic Traditional Style Balsamic Condimento is made in Modena, Italy from the highest quality Tebbiano grapes.
- CHECK INTO HOTEL – SEE VISITOR’S GUIDE FOR A LIST OF LODGEING PROPERTIES
- DRIVE THRU ST. OLAF CAMPUS
- DINNER – THE OLE STORE RESTAURANT | 1011 St. Olaf Ave 507-786-9400
- EVENING ACTIVITIES ON YOUR OWN:
Acoustic Music at the Contented Cow British Pub, Froggy Bottoms River Pub, J. Grundy’s Rueb n’ Stein, The Tavern Lounge.
DAY 2 – SUNDAY
- Coffee at GoodBye Blue Monday | 319 Division St.
Goodbye Blue Monday is an independent, locally owned coffeehouse located in beautiful downtown Northfield
- WALK THROUGH CARELTON COLLEGE COWLING ARBORETUM & JAPANESE GARDENS
Open to public use year round, Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College is an ideal place to walk the trails, hike, run, ski, fish or simply enjoy being outdoors. The upland and lowland forests along with the 150-acre prairie restoration provide excellent bird and wildlife watching. http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/arbAncient rocks form the basic supporting frame of this compact, Japanese garden nestled behind Watson Hall at Carleton College. The garden was designed by Dr. David Slawson, who studied for two years in Kyoto with Kinsaku Nakane, one of Japan’s foremost garden designers. The garden is said to embody a philosophy of fulfillment found in harmony and tranquility of body, mind and spirit. http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/japanesegarden
Maps of the Arboretum & Japenese Gardens available from the Northfield Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Office *No Admission Fee.
- SHOPPING IN DOWNTOWN NORTHFIELD
From essential items to one-of-a-kind gifts, if shopping is your pleasure, then Northfield will put a smile on your face. Shop our vibrant downtown and its independently owned shops. A listing of our Northfield Shops is included in the Northfield Visitor’s Guide.
- LUNCH – THE TAVERN RESTAURANT | 212 Division St S. (507) 663-0342
In the lower level of the Archer House River Inn
- CAKEWALK CUPCAKE SHOP | 303 Division Street South (507) 786-9255
Pick-up a sweet treat to go with you!
- NORTHFIELD ARTS GUILD
Be sure to stop into the Northfield Arts Guild to see area artists on display in the art gallery & gift store.
304 Division St.
- THE ECLECTIC GOAT & ARTISTIC BEAD | 413 DIVISION ST.
Check out their great selection of local art! Go into the studio for a coloring party or beading session! Good for all ages.
ADDITIONAL AFTERNOON OPTIONS TO CONSIDER: See the GREEN pages of the 2016 Northfield Visitor Guide for other Area Attractions.