Welcome to our third installment of our five-part series on amazing vacation spots in the U.S. Today we’re taking a look at Midwest Outdoor Resorts’ Hidden Bluffs in Spring Grove, MN. Tucked in the southeast corner of Minnesota, Hidden Bluffs is a two-hour drive from the Twin Cities. Here you’ll find a fantastic family destination where you can kick back, relax and enjoy all this secluded area has to offer.
Whether you’re into outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, kayaking and four-wheeling, or are looking for some small-town charm, Hidden Bluffs Resort is a tranquil getaway. We’ll take a look at some of the local attractions and offer a few tips on what to check out on your Southeast Minnesota vacation.
Just off the Root River State Bike Trail, the Little River General Store is a full-service kayak, canoe and bike shop. The Root River is fantastic for canoeing and kayaking, and there are over 60 miles of paved bike path in the area. You can also rent fishing equipment and tubes for a lazy day of floating on the river.
This small town (population 979) is home to the International Owl Center, which has fun programs and events for the entire family. Houston is an outdoor haven as the eastern terminus of the Root River Bike Trail System, and also offers the Houston Nature Center, an educational area with buried fossils, caves and community gardens.
Underground waterfalls, gemstones and fossils and even mini-golf await you at Niagara Cave. Sculpted by an underground stream, the cave is family-owned and operated and features ancient fossils embedded in limestone that are older than the dinosaurs. There is even a wedding chapel that has hosted 400+ weddings since opening!
Listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places, this museum is a must-see for a Little House on the Prairie fan. In 1876, when Laura was nine years old, the family moved from Walnut Grove, MN to Burr Oak, IA after suffering through two years of grasshopper plagues (can you imagine?). Here you can wander the banks of Silver Creek as Laura did, or dress up in pioneer outfits for some memorable family photos. There are tours and special events throughout the summer.
A guide will take you deep into the Amish lifestyle as you explore various family farms. Your tour can be customized to specific interests, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a variety of Amish goods as well as experience first-hand unique Amish history. You’ll take a step back in time as you see how people live without the technology we so often take for granted.
Programming at the Lanesboro Arts Center includes free youth education classes, galleries, performance art and concerts. Located in the small town of Lanesboro (population 754), this hidden gem is a fantastic place to view and participate in artistic events and exhibitions. You can also visit the Commonweal Theater Company in Lanesboro to enjoy a specialized play in the tradition of famed playwright Henrik Ibsen.
The Bluff Country of Southeastern Minnesota is definitely an uncommon getaway. Miles of trails, state parks, swimming, fishing, hunting, golfing and much more make this a unique place to vacation. Hidden Bluffs Resort offers cabins, RV and tent sites for a comfortable base from which to explore. There is also a swimming pool, hot tub, playground, mini-golf course and bonfire and horseshoe pits, offering fun for the whole family. Give us a call toll-free at (800) 231-0425 and we’d be happy to help plan your Hidden Bluffs Resort vacation today!