Minnesota’s Most Charming Small Town is Just a Short Drive from Rochester
There are plenty of quaint small towns around southeast Minnesota. Lanesboro specifically gets shouted out quite a bit for being the best small town for this and that in the entire state. Surprisingly, though, they were not named the most charming small town in Minnesota.
This is according to a site called Trips to Discover. They listed out the most charming small town in each state. I'm not surprised that it's a town in southeast Minnesota, but I was definitely expecting to see Lanseboro pop up! But no, according to Trips to Discover Winona is the most charming small town in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
It's been a while since I've been to Winona but I do remember it being a cute river-side town. On Trips to Discover's list, they say that Winona "boasts an 11-block downtown area filled with 19th-century buildings on the National Register of Historic District." So lots of shops to check out, places to eat, all in a cool downtown location.
As we know, being Minnesotans ourselves, there's plenty to do in both the summer and winter months. In Winona you can hang out at Lake Winona or take a river cruise. When it's cold out you can still spend some time outside but also warm up while checking out the amazing stained glass at the Winona National Bank or "the Polish-designed Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka."
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