Getaway guide to scenic Trempealeau, 2.5 hours from Minneapolis

Road tripping the North Shore has proven successful, but if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, try Trempealeau, just across the border in Wisconsin.

  • Here’s what to do and where to eat, drink and stay in this hidden gem less than three hours from the Twin Cities.
Where to stay

1. Hotel Trempealeau

This historic hotel features live music on weekends in a large outdoor courtyard on the Mississippi River.

  • Features: Full service and self-service dining, accommodation options include cabins, deluxe suites, historic and riverside rooms
  • Rate: $50+ per night, depending on room style
  • Address: 11332 Main Street.

2. Charming cottage by the lake

Niche between some of the best fisheries in the area, this family home features a large front porch and a lovely raised twin bed.

  • Features: Lake view, open concept kitchen and living room, well-stocked kitchen, backyard with hammock and outdoor furniture
  • Rate: $189 and more per night
  • Location: Lac Rond in Trempealeau
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living room
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bedroom with twin bed on the mezzanine
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3. Frank’s Farm

Explore the countryside of this picturesque house located on the corner of Ecker’s Apple Farma family orchard.

  • Features: Access to orchard land, located near an orchard market and beer garden
  • Rate: $149+ per night
  • Location: Trempealeau
rustic farmhouse kitchen
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farm room
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back view of evil house with porch
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Where to eat

1. rustic cafe

On the road, stop by this cute cafe with great sandwiches to take away.

2. Winghaven Pizza Farm

This neighboring family farm serves thin-crust stone-fired pies freshly made to order.

  • Opening hours: Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (in season)
  • Address: N18057 Grover Ln. in Galesville, WI
people gather at the pizzeria on the lawn
Photo courtesy of Rob Grover

3. Sullivan’s Supper Club

Taste this classic Wisconsin-style supper club experience with a view.

  • Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Address: W25709 Sullivan Road. in Trempealeau
What to do

1. Attend a show at Hotel Trempealeau

Local and national artists perform on stage at this hotel nestled near the Mississippi.

2. Bike for Elmaro Vineyard

Along the Great River State Trail, then enjoy a drink overlooking the river valley.

  • Opening hours: From May to October, the vineyard is open Tuesday and Wednesday 12pm-6pm, Thursday 12pm-8pm, Friday 12pm-7pm, Saturday 12pm-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
  • Address: N14756 Delaney Road. in Trempealeau

3. Hike Sugar Loaf in Winona

This 20 minute hike spot across the river in Winona offers stunning panoramic views of the country town.

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