The Ultimate Guide to Minnesota Wineries and Things to do

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The Beginners Guide to Minnesota Wineries and Things to do

Minnesota’s wineries and activities make it one of the best vacation spots in the Upper Midwest. 

Minnesota is known as the “land of 10,000 lakes.” However, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, it has 11,842 lakes with only 4 counties throughout the entire state that does not have a natural lake. So if you are looking for a vacation on the water, Minnesota is your gold mine!

I want to help you find your next vacation and what better place to start then in my hometown state of Minnesota. I have lived in Minnesota my whole life, 30 years to be exact, and I have been able to explore some of Minnesota’s best and biggest attractions. I’m excited to share with you all that Minnesota has to offer so you can experience and see how much variety Minnesota has throughout all of its seasons. 

Something that I want to share with you that has become a passion of mine is exploring wineries. In a lot of my travels, I am on the lookout for wineries. My last vacation was planned all around wine at the beautiful Lake Chelan in Washington state. My husband and I enjoy wineries so much that we have a collection of wine glasses from every winery we have been to that fills up two full cupboards in our kitchen. And with just Minnesota having 60+ wineries you can bet that our wine glass collection will just keep growing.


Why should you travel to Minnesota and experience Minnesota’s wineries?

Minnesota is more than just a flyover state, this is what makes Minnesota so great.

  • The most important fact is that there are 60+ Minnesota wineries.
  • We welcome and genuinely want to take care of others, hence why we were coined with the phrase “Minnesota Nice.”
  • Minnesota’s culture is filled with a variety of things to do that will for sure please everyone’s travel desires.
  • Enjoy nature on our many walking trails.
  • Visit the Minnesota State Fair which is always held the 12 days before and including Labor Day. Around 2 million people attend the fair annually and it is the largest state fair in the United States by average daily attendance.
  • I’m sure you can find a festival for everything.
  • Make your way through a variety of restaurants. The food scene continues to grow.
  • Lakes, Ponds, Wetlands, and Rivers oh my! Minnesota has more Shorelines then Hawaii, California, and Florida.
  • Make your way to the Mall of America and enjoy the largest mall in the United States. There is more to do than just shopping and a great place to go on a cold or rainy day. (TIP: Minnesota doesn’t have any tax on clothing).


The easiest way to plan your Minnesota vacation and explore Minnesota wineries.

Tips for planning your Minnesota vacation and exploring Minnesota’s wineries.

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Tips for successful trip to Minnesota

Insiders view on what you need to survive your Minnesota vacation.

  • (All-Seasons) Pack layers Minnesota’s weather can go from 40°F in the morning and evening to 80°F in the afternoons in the summer and -50°F in the winter.
  •  (Summer) The downside to having so many lakes and the humidity in the summer is that mosquitoes can be horrible, so don’t forget the bug spray.
  • (Winter) Bundle up!


Common Questions/FAQ About Minnesota Travel

  • What is your favorite lake to vacation on in Minnesota? 

    • I enjoy going up north to Lake Superior. It has awesome trails, food, boat excursions, attractions and I can never leave without getting some of Betty’s Pie. Plus, one of the best days of my life happened there:

  • What are fun things that can be done in Minnesota?

    • There are many activities to enjoy throughout all season of Minnesota. 
    • Summer/Spring/Fall: Wine tasting, Beer tasting, Hiking, Camping, Boating, Fishing, Biking, Shopping, Museums, Tours, State Fair, Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store and many more…
    • Winter: Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Ice fishing, Ice skating, Cross country skiing, Kicksledding, Theaters, Comedy Club, and many more…
  • How do you plan your vacation?

    • My vacations are usually planned around wine. I typically find wineries I want to go to and then find activities around there.
    • Get your FREE Minnesota Wineries Guide to help you choose your next winery to visit.
  • Where can I go on a cheap vacation?

    • The most expensive part of travel is finding a place to stay at. I use HomeAway to book our vacation rentals because it is very user friendly, has secure payments, and 24/7 support, We love using vacation homes for our travels because we get more room, more privacy, and more amenities. Just being able to have a kitchen to bring the food cost down helps tremendously. We typically aim for one to two meals per day out at a local restaurant. 
    • Free activities in Minnesota:
      • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
      • Superior Hiking Trail
      • Centennial Lakes Park
      • Minneapolis Institute of Art
      • Anyone of Minnesota’s Lakes
      • Watch out for the World’s Largest Rubber Duck swimming on Lake Superior
      • Watch ships come in from Lake Superior
      • Minnehaha Falls
      • Mill Ruins Park
      • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
  • What are the best Minnesota wineries/tasting rooms?

    • I love going to wineries that have a good atmosphere, customer service, and great wine. I highly recommend checking these out:
      • Alexis Bailly Vineyard – Hastings, MN (I used one of their wines to help name this blog, can you guess which one?)
      • Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery – Kasota, MN
      • Carlos Creek Winery – Alexandria, MN
      • Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery – Waconia, MN
      • The Winery at Sovereign Estate – Waconia, MN
      • Parley Lake Winery – Waconia, MN
      • WineHaven Winery and Vineyard – Chisago City, MN
      • Painter Creek Winery & Cidery – Minnetrista, MN
      • Get your complete map of Minnesota Wineries HERE
  • What is the best way to travel around Minnesota?

    • It depends on where you need to go. We have light rails and buses for areas in or around Minneapolis and St. Paul. Otherwise, plan on renting a car, Uber, Lyft, or finding a taxi service. 


The Last Thing You Need to Know about Minnesota’s Wineries and Vacationing in Minnesota

Minnesota has so many options for free to cheap activities that are sure to please everyone. Enjoy outdoor activities, shopping, museums, arts, history, and food. Or enjoy one of my absolute favorites, wine tastings!

I’m here to help you and would love to help you in any way I can. If you have questions or comments please share them below. 

Also, share this with whomever you would like to go on a getaway with. Whether it be a girls’ trip, date night, or couples getaway.

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