Fall Romantic Getaway
Take a fall romantic getaway to Grand Rapids, MN. This is the perfect romantic getaway for the fall because there are cozy places to stay, like downtown historic vacation rentals, unique places to eat and drink local like craft breweries, locally grown and raised food at farmers markets, and apple orchards. But don’t delay the fall season in northern Minnesota is a very short season, so you will want to BOOK your fall romantic great river road getaway to Grand Rapids, MN. View Fall Things To Do in Grand Rapids HERE.
The Great River Road
Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a Great River Road Town. The mighty Mississippi River flows right through historic downtown. The city is named for the 3.5-mile long rapids in the Mississippi River which was the uppermost limit of practical steamboat travel during the late 19th century. A couple of places where you can get an up close and personal view of the Mississippi is at the Pokegama Dam that is managed by the U.S. Corp of Engineers. You can camp in the campground through the middle of October each year. You can walk across the Mississippi Dam where on the other side you will find a little hiking trail where you can fish from shore.
Another location where you can access the Mississippi River is at the Grand Rapids Area Library where you can borrow a fishing pole and tackle and go fishing on the Mississippi. At this same location is a newly designated McCarty Music Park where you can create music in nature. As you walk along the Mississippi River Trail enjoy the beautiful public art murals, and the sunflower solar panels. Continue your stroll across the new walking bridge that gives you an aerial viewpoint of the falling leaves as they float across the water. Learn more about the Minnesota Great River Road HERE.
Warm & Cozy Lodging
In Grand Rapids, Minnesota you will find a wide variety of cozy lodging properties. From in town vacation rentals and Air B&B’s and Hotels/Motels, Minnesota Resorts that are open well into the fall and many open year-round, and Vacation Rentals that are located on pristine northern Minnesota lakes. On Friday, arrive for check-in at the Doc House which is a historic Victorian vacation rental located in downtown Grand Rapids. This locally owned short-term rental offers three charming short-term rental units that are perfect for the couple that is looking for a place in town that is walkable to the Mississippi River, local places to eat & drink like a craft brewery, and in-town trails. Each unit provides cozy beds, places to gather together, and inviting kitchens where you can cook up a hearty breakfast each day. Find all of the Grand Rapids, MN Cozy Lodging HERE.
On Saturday, bike up Powers Hill to the Grand Rapids MN Farmers Market and purchase locally grown vegetables, locally raised meat and eggs, and home baked bread, muffins and more. The Grand Rapids Farmers Market takes place Wednesday and Saturday through the end of October from 8am-1pm. Come back to the Doc House and cook up a hardy breakfast. The fall harvest is the perfect time to visit the market. The market is a hub for handmade, locally grown, locally raised, and Minnesota artists. Pick out a perfect pumpkin, buy a peck of apples, taste a fresh slice of apple pie, and enjoy the flavors of the season from the local food trucks. Find more fall events and festivals in the Grand Rapids, MN area HERE.
Local Places To Eat & Drink
Taste the fall harvest through a flight of locally craft beer. Enjoy a locally sourced chef’s inspired menu item that celebrates the season. The atmosphere of the historic theater building offers great acoustics to the musicians that perform live on stage. Enjoy the ambiance of the night by enjoying a bonfire on the patio.
Take in the fresh crisp night air with a stroll back to the Doc House where you can enjoy a night cap on the wrap around front porch. Sometimes a fall romantic great river road getaway is not about packing in a ton of things to do, but just to be together in a place where you can regain perspective in its natural order. Find more places to eat and drink local in Grand Rapids, MN HERE.
On Sunday, you must make a stop one of the apple orchards. Lavalier’s Berry Patch and Apple Orchard is located just down from the Great River Road. This charming straw
berry patch and apple orchard is family owned. Lavalier’s also sells pumpkins, gourds, and brussels sprouts. The other apple orchard is TimberSweet that is also family owned. The Fideldy family grows blueberries, apples and produce award winning maple syrup.
Both apple orchards offer pre-picked and you pick options. This is a great opportunity for you to see locally grown, family-owned Minnesota orchards up close to really appreciate the extra time and efforts that go into MN Grown.