Tours in Forest Lake

61% Off Craft Beer, Cheese, Distilled Spirits, and Limo Tour

Rosedale Center

$179 $69

Limousines ferry guests to four local manufacturers' tasting rooms to sample beer, bourbon, rye, vodka, limoncello, and cheese

Up to 59% Off at Tiny Footprint Coffee

Roastery 7

$40 $20

Guests taste five to six different roasts during roughly hour-long tour of a carbon negative commercial roastery

Up to 45% Off Pedal-Bar Ride from Amsterdam Pedals

Amsterdam Bar and Hall

$300 $169

Up to 16 people pedal on a group bicycle outfitted with a table and cooler for BYOB drinks; three easy routes around St. Paul available

50% Off Chocolate & Wine Decadence Bus Tour

Saint Paul

$130 $65

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Learn the rich ways that chocolate and wine make a perfect pair and sample truffles that have Oprah's seal of approval

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

Cowboy Jack's

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

Republic at Seven Corners

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

51% Off Cycling Event for American Diabetes Association

Minnehaha Falls Park

$35 $17

Cyclists choose their route distance, raise money for ADA, and enjoy a cycling experience with post-ride party and events

Up to 57% Off Urban Scavenger Race

Hubert's Sports Bar & Grill

$80 $39

Teams navigate the city in search of 14 clues, which they must document via smart phone; first prize is $500 and entry for the championship

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Downtown West

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 52% Off at Segway of Minnesota

City Lakes Area

$98 $49

Riders roll through lake trails on self-guided Segway tours; includes comprehensive rider orientation

Select Local Merchants

15201 Zurich Street
Forest Lake,
MN
US

Approximately 6,000 years ago, when Sumerian scholars were devising some of mankind's first mathematic systems, a mile-thick sheet of ice began to melt half a world away in the region known today as Minnesota. Slowly, the glacier shrank and poured gallons of water into the land around it, leaving behind gorgeous rock formations dotted with artistic ridges and eye-catching striations. Perhaps most notable of these formations is a structure that resembles a cross, which inspired settlers to name its surrounding river St. Croix, or "holy cross."

Today, modern humans can catch a glimpse of these awesome sights thanks to Wild Mountain. Seasonal activities include skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, where snow-goers explore 100 acres of hills encompassing 26 runs, bunny slopes for newcomers, and four terrain parks for the seasoned veterans. Wild Mountain also holds daily lessons, youth and adult programs, as well as racing competitions and camps run by knowledgable and trained northerners.

37200 Wild Mountain Rd
Taylors Falls,
MN
US

The Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad whisks passengers away on food-filled excursions through the scenic forests surrounding Spooner. A lineup of vintage train cars ensconces guests in antique luxury, starting with the 1918 mahogany-lined dining car that plays host to elegant five-course dinners, leisurely brunches, and kid-friendly pizza feasts. Overnight guests sidle into the retro comfort of the 1950s sleeper car's double-decker single beds and individual climate controls. Those seeking deluxe accommodations can book the opulent Dianne Marie, a 1914 private car complete with such railway luxuries as a full-size bed, private washrooms with showers, and emergency speakers set to play flapper-repelling waltzes. A lounge with a full bar accompanies most trips, lubricating pleasant conversation as each trip wends its way past quaint towns, shimmering streams, and towering trees.

426 N Front St
Spooner,
WI
US

While stationed in Germany with the U.S. Air Force, Troy Chamberlin and his wife Laura developed a love for wine at the wineries of the Rhine Valley. Upon returning home, they set about creating a European-style vineyard to share the joy of their days abroad without having to hurl their fellow countrymen across the Atlantic. Thus Chateau St. Croix Winery & Vineyard was born, a 55-acre plot complete with stables, a fishing pond, and an art gallery. The heart of the vineyard, though, is its 2.5 acres of grapes, nearly five tons of which are grown in six varieties for use in their award-winning wines. Visitors can sample Chateau St. Croix's sundry varietals and blends after a half-hour tour, pairing each sip with chocolates, cheeses, and crackers.

1998 State Road 87
Saint Croix Falls,
WI
US

At Wild Mountain Winery, everything is local, right down to the grapes and the process in which they're grown. Surrounded by the green hillsides of the St. Croix River Valley, Wild Mountain utilizes the methods of Elmer Swenson—a pioneering breeder who revolutionized grape growing in regions plagued by cold, short seasons, and undomesticated snowplows. Having been perfected over the years, those time-tested processes now result in hardy varietals that represent the local climate, soils, and vines. Travelers along the Upper St. Croix Wine Trail can explore Wild Mountain's territorial flavors in a number of ways, including during weekend tastings that come with a souvenir glass.

16920 Wild Mountain Road
Taylors Falls,
MN
US

Northern Vineyards is a shared winery owned by the Minnesota Winegrowers Cooperative, a group of winemakers who own 1- to 15-acre vineyards across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Members grow Frontenac, Prairie Star, and other grape varieties that perform well in the region; since the region has a cold climate and short growing season, grapes grown here must tolerate lower temperatures, ripen early, and be able to knit their own woolen mittens. In the fall, growers lug their mature grapes to the main winery in Stillwater, where award-winning winemaker Robin Partch transforms them into 30 kinds of wine.

The winery’s barrel room hosts wine tastings seven days a week at a glossy, wooden tasting bar. There’s also an outdoor deck that overlooks a historic lift bridge along the St. Croix River. In nice weather, visitors can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with a glass of wine on the deck.

223 Main St N
Stillwater,
MN
US