On this day, Dan and I decided to take a short trip and venture down to Reads Landing in Southeast MN. We followed the mighty Mississippi as it twists southbound from Red Wing; our first stop was a small beach in Old Frontenac.
This small town was originally established in 1857 with the name Westervelt, the name changed in 1860 to Frontenac by brothers who owned large tracts of land in the area. At that time, Frontenac soon began to attract wealthy residents and became a community of summer homes with Lakeside views of Lake Pepin. Frontenac is indeed a beautiful little town, we visit Frontenac State Park often and will stop by the little beach on occasion. On this day, the girls had fun in the sun and sand.
Heading south on Hwy 61, our next stop was Lake City. We did not stay long but had enough time to walk the marina to see the sails that are waiting for warmer weather.
Our final destination was Reads Landing, MN and Reads Landing Brewing Company. Originally founded in the mid 1800’s, Reads Landing soon grew to a major river town located at the mouth of Lake Pepin. In the late 1880’s the town began decline and most businesses relocated to Wabasha. Interesting fact: According to Wikipedia, “At one time Reads Landing was considered a possible site for the Minnesota State Capital.” Although there is not much left in Reads Landing, it is home to Reads Landing Brewing Company. I would recommend a stop in to try some of their hometown craft brew and a snack.
The birds were out, the sun was shining, and we all had such a wonderful time making memories that will last a lifetime.