Offering animal sales of both breeding stock and fiber/pet quality, boarding, brokering, herdsire stud services and mentoring. Raw fiber, rovings (batts and rope), yarn, handmade items and commercial made alpaca products available in the store. Offering classes for carding, dyeing, felting, spinning and weaving. Call for group tours and class schedule.
5445 320th St W | 507-645-0365 | the-alpaca-farm-store.com
Limestone walls, rustic decor, an antique tasting bar, wine-themed merchandise and award winning onsite winemaking. Whether you’re hosting a wedding, birthday party, family reunion, girl’s weekend or business meeting, your next event at Cannon River Winery will be unlike any other.
421 Mill St W, Cannon Falls | 507-263-7400 | cannonriverwinery.com
Open to public use year round, Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College is an ideal place to 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. The extensive 15-mile trail system has been ranked by Runner’s Magazine as the top place to run in Minnesota and one of the top 10 in the country. In winter, trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing.
Local growers offer delicious homemade and homegrown products. With a loyal following, it’s best to arrive early for the pick of the crop. The market is held every Tuesday and Fridayfrom May through October, and every 3rd Friday year round. West 7th Street and Riverside Park from 11:45am-1pm and Saturdays from 9-11am.
Built in the late 1890s on the campus of Carleton College, Goodsell houses three telescopes that are more than 110 years old. Both the 8″ and 16″ telescopes are regularly used for open houses. Open houses are held the first Friday of every month for two hours and starting times vary based on sunset. Goodsell also is home to modern telescopes that are set up when needed on the east lawn of the observatory.
Cassat Hall, 139 Olin Dr | 507-222-4383 | carleton.edu/goodsell
Guide yourself 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 and more. Call us for details.
800-658-2548 | northfieldhistorical.org
Ancient 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.
A certified organic distillery producing a nationally awarded craft whiskey (Loonshine) and a new craft gin (Metropoligin). There is a cocktail room in the distillery serving cocktails made from scratch with house-made bitters, ginger ale and a variety of simple syrups. Open Thursdays and Fridays 4pm-midnight and Saturdays 2pm-midnight.
1325 Armstrong Rd #165 | 507-218-9173 | loonliquors.com
The Northfield Arts Guild was founded in 1959 and is one of the oldest art non-profits in the state of Minnesota. Housed in two historic buildings, the Arts Guild produces more than 100 annual art events and 25 weekly art classes.
304 Division St. | 507-645-8877 | northfieldartsguild.org
Come learn about Northfield’s unique history and experience life as it was. 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 the fateful day.
408 Division St. | 507-645-9268 | northfieldhistory.org
Dating back to 1925, the Norwegian-American Historical Association is a treasure trove for scholars of Norwegian history. Housed on the beautiful St. Olaf campus, NAHA’a archives are open to the public by appointment and feature letters, papers, books, periodicals, photographs, diaries and newspapers related to Norwegian-American life and history.
507-786-3221 | naha.stolaf.edu
A country-side view and an updated 100-year-old barn offer a unique, refreshing setting just three miles out of Northfield. They feature weekly Wednesday Pizza Nights, as well as weekend weddings. Wood-fired pizzas are made with handmade dough with a gluten-free option. They utilize their chemical-free vegetable gardens for many of the toppings as well as locally sourced sausage. BYO dinnerware, beverage and blanket/chairs for this outdoor dining experience. A general store offers beverages, appetizers, scrumptious treats and homemade salsas and sauces produced by the owners. May-October: Wednesdays 4-8:30pm and 3rd Sunday of the month 11:30am-3:30pm.
10063 110th St E | 507-664-0304 | redbarnfarmofnorthfield.com
With scenic views of the Cannon River, one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities and a waterfall that casts a romantic glow in the evening, Northfield’s riverwalk is a perfect way to spend a family afternoon or a romantic moment with that special someone. Every Saturday morning from June to mid-October the Riverwalk Market Fair hosts artists, performers and organic farmers selling their work on Bridge Square. Come enjoy great food, art and entertainment.
Located 7 miles southeast of Northfield, across from the Big Woods State Park. Offering guided 1.5 hour tours, including the milking parlour and artisan cheesemaking facilities. Enjoy private tastings of award winning cheeses and custom-made sausages, or take a cheesemaking class. Call for tour dates and pricing details.
8626 160th St E, Nerstrand | 507-663-9040 | shepherdswayfarms.com
Located on the west edge of town atop Manitou Heights, St. Olaf’s campus offers an impressive view of Northfield and the Cannon River Valley. St. Olaf presents musical recitals and concerts on a nearly daily basis, including the annual nationally televised St. Olaf Christmas Festival.
1520 St. Olaf Ave. | 507-786-2222 | stolaf.edu
Along the banks of the Cannon River, lies charming Northfield, Minnesota. See for yourself why Northfield was included on CountryLiving.com’s “50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” list and named “Best Place To Retire” by Money Magazine!