What else to do in Winona

Local Accommodations

There are several BBs and other interesting lodging options in Winona. The posh 1886 Alexander Mansion on East Broadway Street has four tastefully decorated and comfortable rooms, including evening hors d’oeuvres and a five-course breakfast, 507-474-4224. The 1900 Windom Park BB on West Broadway Street has six rooms and features a five-course breakfast, 507-457-9515. The Carriage House BB near Winona State University has four rooms in an 1870 carriage house, 507-452-8256.

The Village House Inn offers distinctive guest rooms each with a private full bath. Book the entire house for a private retreat with friends and family, or reserve a single guest room for a romantic getaway, 507-454-4322. Just down the road from Garvin Heights Vineyards is the Garvin Crest Guest House, looking West towards wooded acres and beautiful sunsets. Originally added as a mother-in-law’s apartment, we have converted it to a cozy, semi-private getaway in the pines! Completely furnished, fully outfitted kitchen, stove, refrigerator/freezer, and microwave, 507-459-9361.

The Alverna Center, constructed in 1925, is a gracious conference center and  guest house located on the Beautiful Saint Teresa Campus of Saint Mary’s  University of Minnesota, on the former College of St. Theresa campus just west of downtown, and has 28 rooms with a full bed, cable TV and Internet access, very reasonable cost. Call 507-494-6100.

Dining

Winona is college town with the typical pizza and Mexican food options and we do have several interesting dining options. A mile and a half up the bluffs from U.S. 61, Signatures has a lovely view of bluffs through floor-to-ceiling windows and fine food, call 507-454-3767. The Boat House is a comfortable and relaxing riverside restaurant & bar located on the Mississippi River at 2 Johnson Street. They feature local food and beverages we strive to make simple foods with big flavor, 507-474-6550. Near the river at Center Street, Jefferson Pub & Grill is a convivial place to have a burger, ribs, shrimp or fajitas, 507-452-2718. Next door, Betty Jo Byoloski’s serves pizza, burgers and sandwiches. For a casual meal or a beer, try Bub’s Brewing Co. at East Fourth and Center streets. For a treat, get soft-serve ice cream at Penguin Zesto, a block from the domed Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka at Carimona and East Fourth streets.

Culture and Nightlife

Winona State University hosts many performances, 800-342-5978, including the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) a nonprofit, professional Equity theatre company dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theatre training. The Great River Shakespeare Festival runs each summer from late June through the beginning of August. The 2014 season will feature Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor, and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead.

Theatre du Mississippi presents concerts at the Historic Masonic Center on Main Street, 507-459-8090. St. Mary’s University also hosts concerts, 800-635-5987. Each summer all the music venues in Winona host the Minnesota Beethoven Festival. Between June 29 and July 20, 2014 the festival will feature the Boston Brass, Thomas Hampson, Attacca Quartet, Sir James Galway, Dale Warland, Edgar Meyer, Andre Laplante, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. For great live music try Ed’s No Name Bar on 3rd.

Minnesota Marine Art Museum

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is an inspiring, meaningful, and exciting experience. The MMAM exhibits 10 or more historical or contemporary exhibitions, and hosts educational experiences for thousands of people each year. The Museum’s exhibitions and programs are inspired by one of the highest quality collections of art in the country. The Museum’s initial collections focused on traditional marine or maritime art, however, through a collection on long-term loan, today the MMAM is home to a large variety of the greatest European and American masters. The MMAM is the public home to masterpieces by Turner, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cassatt, Gauguin, Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, O’Keeffe, Homer, Wyeth, and many more. It is through this surprising diversity that the Museum is not only describing what marine art is, but pushing the boundaries of what marine art can be.  Admission is $6, $3 students; 507-474-6626.

For More Information

800-657-4972, visitwinona.com is our local visitor and convention center. The can also arrange group/bus tours. The visitor center in located on Huff Street just off the Great River Road, US 61. Or try a walk tour and see stained glass that glitters like jewels in the windows of many historic buildings throughout Winona. The city has been dubbed the Stained Glass Capital of the U.S. for its array of breathtaking stained glass art from local and internationally famed glassmakers alike. The Trester Trolley  is a wonderful and relaxing way to take in the rich history and natural beauty of Winona and the surround bluff lands.

Wineries Near Winona

Seven Hawks Vineyards – Fountain City, WI Tenba Ridge Winery – Blair, WI
Garvin Heights Vineyards – Winona, MN Vernon Vineyards – Viroqua, WI
Salem Glen Vineyard & Winery – Rochester, MN Eagles Landing Winery – Marquette, IA
Post Town Winery – Rochester, MN Four Daughters Winery – Spring Valley, MN
River View Vineyard & Winery – La Crescent, MN Flower Valley Winery – Red Wing, MN
Whitewater Wines – Plainview, MN Elmaro Vineyard – Trempealeau, WI
Scenic Valley Winery – Lanesboro, MN Winneshiek Wildberry Winery – Decorah, IA