Minnesota December 09, 2017
10 Enchanting Minnesota Towns That Feel Like You’ve Fallen Into A Snow Globe
Now that winter has set in here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesotans are in for one of the most beautiful times of year. A blanket of snow makes anything look gorgeous, but there are a few places around the state that take beautiful to the next level. Under freshly fallen snow, these 10 enchanting towns in Minnesota will make you feel like you’ve fallen into a snow globe.
Stillwater is a beautiful town all year, with its charming downtown and close proximity to the St. Croix River. But winter really highlights its charm. Covered in snow, Stillwater looks like something out of a storybook. And the town's many holiday and winter events take that charm to the next level.
2. New Ulm
New Ulm's German heritage makes it an interesting town to visit no matter the time of year. From its famous glockenspiel to its charming Hermann statue, this town is full of a unique charm all its own. And when snow starts to fall, it only gets more beautiful.
Tucked away in southeastern Minnesota, Lanesboro is not the biggest town in the state. But its s undoubtedly among the most beautiful. When a blanket of snow falls on the surrounding hills and bluffs, the town is perfectly peaceful. If winter isn't your favorite season, Lanesboro will help you tolerate it a little more.
Another Bluff Country town, Winona may be best viewed from above. If you can brave the cold, pay Great River Bluffs State Park a wintertime visit. It'll give you breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, downtown Winona, and even Wisconsin in the distance. The view only gets better when snowflakes start to fall.
5. Pine City
Pine City is a small town in east central Minnesota. But it goes all out when it comes to winter cheer. There's lots to do around town, from hiking its trails to fishing in its lakes. And when you visit downtown Pine City under a gentle snowfall, you won't want to be anywhere else. The charming park surrounded by local businesses is like something you only see in photos.
Ely is one of Minnesota's most beautiful towns, period. Any time you visit, you're going to feel like you're in another world. But when the tourist season dies down each winter, the town is filled with a quiet and peacefulness that you can't get anywhere. The snow only makes the small town of Ely even more serene.
7. Fergus Falls
Being far from most of Minnesota's major cities, Fergus Falls doesn't get much attention. But maybe it should. This little town has a cute main street that looks picture-perfect after a snow.
Mankato is surrounded by natural beauty, from Minneopa State Park to the local Sibley Park. And downtown Mankato is pretty, too. All of the buildings lined up on the main street, with snow gently falling snow - especially at night - is a truly magical sight.
In the southwestern corner of Minnesota, winter is just as beautiful as it is up north. The prairies and quartzite cliffs of this unique part of Minnesota are full of incredible beauty that will blow you away in the summertime. And in winter, the snow-covered town is gorgeous.
10. Grand Marais
Grand Marais is a bit of a hike for most Minnesotans. But in the winter, it's absolutely worth it. This small town is full of fun in the summertime, but winter brings a unique feel to the town that you just can't get during tourist season. The frozen waters of Lake Superior, paired with the quiet town, is like something from a snow globe.
Would you add any towns to the list? What other beautiful places do you like to go in the winter? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.