Winona, Minnesota




Photo Courtesy of the Great River
Shakespeare Festival

With the Mississippi River on one side of town and majestic limestone bluffs on the other, a more beautiful place than Winona is hard to find. This charming city—located in southeastern Minnesota—is home to historically significant buildings, a variety of dining, shopping, and lodging options, and numerous recreational opportunities. Winona has also earned a reputation as an arts and cultural mecca, with four museums, a vineyard, and interesting festivals taking place throughout the year.

Visit from Jan. 22-25 for The Frozen River Film Festival, providing a unique perspective on environmental issues, sustainable communities, extreme sports, adventure travel, and diverse cultures. Come during the spring for the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour, April 24-26, or the Winona County Historical Society exhibit “Abraham Lincoln: Self-made in America” May 9-June 3 (the only museum to show this exhibit in Minnesota). Visit during the summer for the Great Dakota Homecoming & Gathering (June 6-7), Great River Shakespeare Festival June 26-July 26, Minnesota Beethoven Festival June 27-July 19, and the Annual Dixieland Jazz Festival July 11. Enjoy autumn’s palette of reds, greens, and golds during the Boats & Bluegrass Festival Sept. 25-27, Voices from the Past Cemetery Walk Oct. 10-11, and the Tundra Swan Watch Nov. 21. Round out 2009 with a holiday trip to Winona for the Christmas Art Walk Dec. 5-6, the Holiday Lighted Parade Dec. 5, or the Christmas House Tour Dec. 6.


Winona is also featured on the State Sesquicentennial Stamp.