Vintage Bands, nature and great food make for a moveable feast in Northfield, Minn.

by John Birge, Minnesota Public Radio
August 2, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — For our new weekly feature, "Moveable Feast," Rachel Hutton of Minnesota Monthly joins John Birge to talk about where to go and what to eat in destinations Classical MPR listeners may be interested in visiting.

This week, Rachel and John are talking about what to see and eat in Northfield, Minnesota during the annual Vintage Band Festival (through August 4.)

Out on the town

Take a stroll through the Riverwalk Market Fair, a Saturday open air market that runs throughout the summer. The fair has a bit of everything, from farm-fresh produce to fine arts and crafts from local artisans.


Dining options are plentiful in Northfield, and we've put together a sample daily guide for your convenience!

For starters, head to the Goodbye Blue Monday coffee house for your morning latte.

If you're in the mood for a casual lunch, stop by Hogan Brothers' for soup and sandwiches.

For dinner consider The Tavern of Northfield, which is located in the historic Archer House Inn and has an extensive and wide-ranging menu.

Another great option is The Ole Store Restaurant, which was originally established as a grocery store in the late 1880s. Today, however, it is a restaurant serving upscale contemporary fare. Stop in for a famous Ole Roll - these popular caramel rolls are only available during breakfast on the weekends and have a reputation as Northfield's "must-have breakfast sweet."

In the mood for something a little different? Local Indian restaurant Chapati is a popular option as well.

Parks & Wilderness

Northfield also boasts beautiful scenery, particularly the Cannon River Wilderness Area, which stretches from Fairbault to Northfield along the Cannon River. This park area is a total of 850 acres and includes nearly 14 miles of wooded river valley. A self-guided nature trail is available, as well as easy access to the Cannon River if you wish to canoe or kayak.

The nearby Lake Byllesby Regional Park is also located along the Cannon River and offers areas to hike, canoe, camp, picnic and more.

Rachel Hutton covers food and travel at Minnesota Monthly.

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