Fall Cruise thru Scenic Bluff Country – Sat Oct 6th

Fall Cruise thru Bluff Country Scenic Byway – Saturday Oct 6th

WHAT: Fall Cruise
WHERE: Green Mill in Hastings
WHEN: Saturday Oct 6th
TIME: 8am – 5pm

While seeking a destination for our fall cruise, I discovered the Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway. Constructed in the 1920’s, the road served as a vital link for large and small cities in the northern tier of the country. In 2002, Highway 16 was awarded the distinction of being designated a National Scenic Byway by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Our fall cruise will take us down Hwy 61 along the Great River Road to LaCrescent. We’ll then head west on the scenic byway to Preston. There we will take a tour of the Mystery Cave then return home on Hwy 52. Some may not want to tour the cave so we can break up the group in Preston for those that want to stay and those that want to return home to the cities. Some may want to take a walk around town as Forestville will be having their annual “Harvest Days” event.

Our fall cruise last year to Elmers in Fountain City was a 4-hour round trip drive time. This cruise is a bit longer at five-hours round trip. With a lunch stop, cave tour and various rest stops along the way, this will be an all day event likely ending around 4pm or 5pm in Coates.

Lunch: We will be stopping at one of two places for lunch. The A&W in Spring Valley or the Branding Iron in Preston.

Mystery Cave: One hour tours of the cave cycle ever hour this time of year. I am working with staff at the cave to get our visit scheduled. Cost for the tour is $10 for adults and $6 for kids. The tour is first come first served. Reservations are not available. This means we may have to break up in groups depending on size.

Forestville Harvest Day: Forestville in Preston will be celebrating Harvest Day on Saturday and Sunday. Experience 19th century harvesting in southeast Minnesota. Visitors will learn about planting, cultivating and harvesting different varieties of crops through hands-on demonstrations. They will see corn harvesting, grain fanning, cider pressing, corn shelling, as well as quilting and apple pie baking. Horse drawn wagon rides will also be offered.

Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway:

Open Road Journey
Explore Minnesota
Midwest Living News Article
TLS News Article
Google Search – Bluff Country Scenic Byway

Mystery Cave:
DNR Page for Mystery Cave
DNR PDF for Mystery Cave
Explore Minnesota
DNR Youtube Video

Forestville Harvest Day:
MNHS Event Info
MNHS Event Ifo
Explore Minnesota
Hometown News Article
Forestville Facebook Page

Mystery Cave Cruise – The route there:
Google Map – Route There

Mystery Cave Cruise – The return route:
Google Map – Return Route

Cruise to Northfield – Saturday September 22nd

Cruise to Low Brow High Octane in Northfield

WHAT: Cruise to Low Brow High Octane in Northfield
WHERE: Crystal Lake Automotive in Lakeville
DATE: Saturday September 22nd
TIME: 3pm-6pm

DETAILS: Meet at Crystal Lake Automotive in Lakeville on the NW corner of 35W and Hwy 46 (160th Street) at 3pm. Scenic cruise to Northfield. Reserved parking near Low Brow High Octane event. Enjoy the show, enjoy the art, enjoy some food at one of the local establishments. Scenic cruise back to Lakeville.

Crystal Lake Automotive
16055 Buck Hill Road
Lakeville, MN 55044

Lowbrow High Octane 2011 (Photos by Greg Wigley):

Low Brow High Octane VI
Photos from 2010
Cruise Route