Fall Travel Tips

I get some of my best tips from readers like you. And my #PrairiePlaces Twitter Chats are one of my favorite ways to get travel inspiration.

Last month I asked my Twitter followers for their advice on the best spots to see fall foliage, enjoy outdoor activities and where to eat and drink when the weather turns colder. They responded with great travel ideas (and lots of spots I hadn’t heard of) in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Manitoba.


The #PrairiePlaces Twitter Chats happen on the last Monday of the month (that’s today!) at 8 p.m. CST, so you you’re not already following me on Twitter, stop by tonight and check it out. We’ll be talking about Halloween events, sharing spooky travel stories and more.

But before we do that, I wanted to share the collective wisdom generated from the last #PrairiePlaces Twitter Chat. Here are some fun fall travel ideas from readers like you.

Where do you go to check out fall foliage?

“Certain areas of Winnipeg have lovely colours,” said @accordingtomio. “However, my breath was taken away in Minnesota!”

Lots of you agreed that Minnesota is the place to be for fall colors. “My fall isn’t complete without a trip to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, said @sugarbrooke. “If I had more time, Tofte, Minnesota!”

Girl about town @NaomiOrre loves Minnesota too. “One area I like is along MN-34 between Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids,” she said. “Beautiful colors.”

@FeistyEats added that, if you’re in North Dakota,”Highway 200, Arroda Lakes area between Hazen and Washburn is beautiful.”

Where do you find the best fall food and drinks?

Two Minnesota spots topped this list. @studioloraine loves the atmosphere (and a roaring fire) inside Forepaugh’s Restaurant in Saint Paul and @sugarbrooke recommends Annabella’s Antique Mall and Cafe in Bovey for “comfort food with a Scandinavian twist. Try the Fall Harvest Melt!”

And @accordingtomio insists that Little Sister Coffee Maker and Parlour Coffee in Winnipeg serve the best coffee in town. Sold.

Where do you go to enjoy the outdoors in autumn?

“For me it has always been down by the river at The Forks,” said @accordingtomio. I love this recommendation. The Forks is part meeting spot, part green space and a recreation, food and retail hotspot in Winnipeg. There’s always something going on, even in the dead of winter.

@studioloraine had lots of great ideas for enjoying fall weather in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She recommends the overlook at Buena Vista Park in Alma, Wisconsin and Mesaba Co-Op Park near Hibbing, Minnesota for pretty scenery, a yurt and a sauna, which makes my little Scandinavian heart sublimely happy. She also mentioned the Cycling Museum Minnesota as a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts.

“If temps are still tolerable, nice walk around the lake is one of my favs,” she continued. “Lake Como (St Paul, MN) is perfection…And all of our fabulous bike trails!”


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