Where do you go when the hustle and bustle of being in the city gets you down? If you’re like us, you seek out quiet places that give you an opportunity to slow down and relax. Luckily for Minnesotans, there are plenty of these places all across the state. They often come in the form of farm towns, places surrounded by fields and pastures that offer respite from everyday responsibilities. If that sounds good to you, check out this list of 10 Minnesota farm towns perfect for getting away from it all:
1. Sauk Centre
This little farm town is home to the original Main Street, as described by Sinclair Lewis in the famous play by the same name. But the town has more to offer than its bustling downtown. The countryside surrounding town offers respite to anyone who seeks it out.
The nearby Lake Osakis gives this little town its name, but there is much more to be seen than lakes. A sleepy downtown is a nice change from the busy streets of Minnesota's largest cities, and then surrounding landscape is full of quiet scenery. When you visit this town of 1,700, you will leave rejuvenated.
Hinckley may be known for its casino, but that is by far the most bustling place in this little town of 1,800. Avoid it, and you'll be free to enjoy the surrounding quiet. Stroll from shop to shop and grab a bite at a local restaurant. You won't be sorry.
Kellogg is a small town of less than 500 people in southeastern Minnesota - the perfect setting to get away from it all. Why? Because the region is known for its spectacular scenery of bluffs and rivers. And in between, small farms dot the landscape. Perhaps the best time to enjoy this farm town is during its annual Watermelon Festival. In 2018, the festival will be held September 8-10.
5. St. Peter
With a population of around 11,000, this farm town is one of the largest on this list. But despite its size, St. Peter still has a small-town feel that is in keeping with many other farm towns. Beyond the busy downtown area, many farms surround the town. A scenic drive through the area is all it takes to return home in better spirits.
This tiny town is right on the border of South Dakota. With a population of around 1,900, it has just enough people to keep things interesting among the fields and pastures that surround town. Even the historic downtown will feel relaxing if you spend most of your time in a larger city.
Mantorville is another southern Minnesota town with as much history as it has charm. It's bordered by the rolling hills of southeastern Minnesota, which are dotted with a patchwork of farms. You will love your drive through the surrounding area almost as much as you will love Mantorville itself.
8. Blue Earth
Blue Earth is a common stop for travelers who love to see quirky roadside attractions. One of the most famous such sites in Minnesota is Blue Earth's Jolly Green Giant Statue. But that's not the only reason t visit this little town of around 3,000 people. Its rural location is full of peace and quiet, making it the perfect place to get away from it all.
Otter Tail County is known for its many lakes, but it also has more than a few farms. Many are situated near the small town of Perham. With a population of just 3,000 people, it is much quieter than Minnesota's largest cities. This will give you ample opportunity to slow down and relax for a while.
With a name like Fertile, you can be there are plenty of farms in the area. This northern Minnesota town has just 700 people, all of whom will make you feel right at home when you visit. Stop in to say hi at local businesses, and be sure to take a drive through the are. In summer, the lush, green fields will bring you the peace and quiet you desire.