Tours in Monticello

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

51% Off Lake Cruise for Two

Excelsior

$66.90 $33

Passengers take in the natural scenery and sip champagne on a 60 ft. yacht

61% Off Upper St. Croix Wine Trail Limo Tour

Running Aces Harness Park

$179 $69

Limo tour stops for samples at a handful of wineries on the Upper St. Croix Wine Trail; includes goodies such as food and gambling discounts

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

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

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

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

Select Local Merchants

Perched atop the highest point of Woodland Township, the Woodland Hill Winery spans six and a half of Minnesota's most verdant acres. The intimate winery produces unique, small-batch wines under the direction of owners Mike and Katie Dickerman. This couple does everything, from picking the grapes and fermenting them to running the tasting room and organizing events. They host daily wine tastings with pairings of chocolate and cheese. They even stock an olive oil and bread bar, since a regular bar probably seemed a little redundant.

A mural occupies the corner of the tasting room, fooling the eye with a painted passageway that heads back to an old world-style wine cellar. But the physical surroundings prove much more cozy and modern, with cafe-style tables and a sleek, wood-accented bar. This is the setting for frequent special events, such as September's Fondue Fridays or October's Ladies Night Out, which features wine tastings, karaoke, and an extensive list of craft vendors.

731 County Road 30 SE
Delano,
MN
US

Armed with a few hybrid wine grapes procured from the University of Minnesota, Nicole Dietman set about planting a vineyard on her property in 2007. Today those grapes, along with a few new additions, grow up to become the whites, reds, and blushes bottled and sold at Buffalo Rock Winery. The port-like Papa Steve's Contraband, named for Nicole's father-in-law, smuggles the fermented juices of organic Frontenac and Marquette grapes onto the palate, where they unleash semi-dry flavor and ginger notes. The Sweet Addilyn rosé earned a bronze medal at the 2011 International Cold Climate Wine Competition for its artful balance of crisp and sweet. All Buffalo Rock Winery wines are produced in limited quantities and are only available for purchase in the tasting room, which opened in 2010.

4527 23rd St SE
Buffalo,
MN
US

A nonprofit Christian fundraising group for youth ministries in the Twin Cities, Fishing for Life hosts the Fish Fair each year to net assets for its cause while attendees snack on fried fish. Budding freshwater huntsmen can learn the fine points of lure making or fly tying and others can try their hands at archery or laser shooting. As young whippersnappers ricochet around the bounce houses and dance to live music, their mellower companions can listen to a tall tale at story time or create a brush-by-brush replica of Mona Lisa Eats a Burrito at the arts-and-crafts table. Boy Scouts in attendance can earn a fishing merit badge with their participation, as each amateur ichthyologist can attempt to catch his or her own dinner at the trout pond.

3200 Saint Francis Boulevard Northwest
Anoka,
MN
US

Every year for a quarter of a century, the Anoka Knights of Columbus have performed a grim duty for the community. Come October, the cabal constructs a home that summons the local undead, giving them free rein to terrorize all those who trespass so the rest of Anoka may be spared.

3200 Saint Francis Boulevard Northwest
Anoka,
MN
US

Since 1985, the experienced captains and crews at Paradise Charter Cruises & Minneapolis Queen have been shepherding guests along the azure surfaces of Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River. Their fleet of five vessels steers customers around the area while accommodating them with full-height glass windows, enclosed outer decks, bar and restaurant options, and karaoke performances by prize-winning big-mouth bass. Boats glide along the coastline of Lake Minnetonka, catching sights of small lakeside towns, and down the Mississippi River to the backdrop of the Minneapolis skyline, Saint Anthony Falls, and the setting sun.

1 Water St
Excelsior,
MN
US

Though they've only been leading paddling tours for a few years, the certified guides of Stand Up MN have already helped thousands of people explore the Twin Cities' local waterways up close. After equipping their guests with standup paddleboards, personal flotation devices, and ample training, they embark on trips along the quiet stretch of the Mississippi River that cuts through their urban landscape.

From St. Paul, groups glide under bridges and pass idyllic natural areas—and from Minneapolis, they can take a break from paddling to high-five low-flying birds from a rope swing over the water. Stand Up MN also leads extended paddling tours to Taylors Falls, where state parks and tumbling waterfalls abound. These excursions are complemented by the company's special events, which include speed-dating events at which participants spend most of the time hanging out while paddleboarding.

724 Sibley Street Northeast
Minneapolis,
MN
US