If you are feeling some winter blues and looking to get out of the house for a quick Minnesota trip, you may want to put Red Wing on your map. For birders, the coming weekends provide great opportunities to see the beloved bald eagle in its native habitat. Even if you don’t like birds, you’ll still find much to do in this charming river town.
From January 19 through February 3, Red Wing will begin its popular Eagle Watch Weekends from 1-3 p.m. in Colvill Park. Spotting scopes will be available, as will staff from the Environmental Learning Center to answer any questions. According to the Red Wing CVB, more than 50 bald eagles are currently residing in the park. As temperatures warm, the birds will disperse along the river, but they will return to the park area once the mercury begins to dip again, providing a wonderful opportunity to see many eagles up close.
For those readers outside of our area, Red Wing is located just 60 miles southeast from the Twin Cities, along the shores of the Mississippi River. The delightful little river town has been home to manufacturing that thrives to this day, including Red Wing Shoes, Red Wing Pottery, and Red Wing Stoneware. Make a day of it and enjoy the town.
Red Wing Brewery. One stop you may want to include during your stay is the recently opened Red Wing Brewery, the first brewery to produce beer in Red Wing in more than 60 years. The small batch beers are only sold at the brewery. Try Remmler’s Royal (based on the Remmler Brewery’s 1896 recipe) or Red Wing Premium (based on a 1913 recipe). In addition to beer, the brewery offers soups, sandwiches, and side dishes during their winter hours, Thursday through Sunday.
Red Wing Shoes. During the summer months, Red Wing Shoes offers factory tours, but a visit to the flagship store and museum is still worth a visit during the winter months. To celebrate the company’s centennial in 2005, Red Wing Shoes built the world’s largest boot—a perfect replica of its iconic workbook, only 16 feet high, with islets weighing four pounds each.
Red Wing Stoneware. Aside from its shoes, Red Wing might also be just as well known for the stoneware that has been produced in and around the town since the late 1800s. Tours through today’s iteration of the Red Wing Stoneware Company are available during the weekdays at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.