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Find Romance & Adventure this Fall in Lanesboro, Minnesota

Welcome to Lanesboro, Minnesota, a picturesque town nestled in the heart of the Driftless Region, where autumn paints the landscape with vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold. If you're a couple seeking a romantic and adventurous getaway to embrace the beauty of fall, Lanesboro offers an array of activities sure to delight. From scenic trail rides to wine tastings and cozy evenings by the fire, this guide is aimed to help you have the best weekend away, filled with romance, adventure and fun for any couple.

Fall colors on the Root River Bike Trail
Beautiful fall colors on the Root River Bike Trail.

Embrace the romance of fall foliage on a leisurely trail ride from Lanesboro to Whalan.

Follow the Root River State Trail as it meanders through picturesque valleys, offering breathtaking views of the colorful autumn landscape. Be sure to stop in Whalan and check out the shops, for souvenirs and snacks to refuel you at the Whalan Depot, or grab a sandwich and a slice of pie. Pause along the way to capture romantic moments against the backdrop of vibrant leaves and tranquil river vistas.

Lanesboro Bass Pond in the Fall
The Lanesboro Bass Pond in the fall. Photo courtesy of Commonweal Theatre Co.

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a serene fishing excursion at the Bass Pond.

This beautiful spot is located within Lanesboro proper, and just below some breathtaking bluffscape scenery. Spend a peaceful afternoon casting lines together and reconnecting amidst the serene beauty of fall. With the pond stocked with bass, trout, and other freshwater species, it's the perfect opportunity for some friendly competition or quiet moments of reflection as you wait for the fish to bite. Pack a picnic basket with your favorite snacks and beverages to enjoy by the water's edge as you savor the tranquility of the surroundings.

Corn maze at Big Springs Farm
The 2023 corn maze at Big Springs Farm. Photo courtesy of Big Springs Farm Pumpkins & Corn Maze, LLC.

Experience the whimsy of fall together with a visit to a local farm for a corn maze and pumpkin patch adventure.

At Big Spring Farm Pumpkins and Corn Maze, get lost in the twists and turns of the maze as you work together to navigate your way out. Select the perfect pumpkin to carve together, enjoying candy apple treats as you search for the ideal candidate. Afterward, enjoy a hayride through the farm's scenic fields, taking in the sights and sounds of autumn before returning to town for a cozy evening.

Fall decorations in Lanesboro, MN
Fall decorations on a crisp day in downtown Lanesboro.

And be sure to plan on coming during one of our awesome fall festivals!

Autumn in Lanesboro is so spectacular we can’t keep it to ourselves, and so we have a penalty of celebrations to honor our fall foliage-and to have a great time while we can before the weather turns.  With different activities every weekend, from pop-up plays to wagon rides, it’s just a matter of picking your party.

A vendor at the Lanesboro Area Art Trail.
A vendor at the Lanesboro Area Art Trail. Photo courtesy of the Lanesboro Area Art Trail.

Explore the vibrant arts scene of Lanesboro by following the Lanesboro Area Art Trail.

Visit galleries, studios, and public art installations scattered throughout the town, showcasing the work of local artists and artisans. Go behind the scenes and take a tour of their studios and see the process in action. From paintings and sculptures to pottery and jewelry, you'll find a diverse array of artistic expressions inspired by the beauty of fall in the Driftless Region.

A group of women shopping in Lanesboro, MN
Have a blast shopping during the Fall Boutique and Business Crawl. Photo courtesy of Stone Mill Clothing and Gifts.

Indulge in a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of Lanesboro during the Fall Boutique and Business Crawl.

Start your day with breakfast and a pumpkin spice latte at Paddle On Coffee & Maker's Emporium. Then hit the streets to explore local shops and boutiques like Amish Experience and Stone Mill Clothing and Gifts hand in hand, discovering unique treasures and one-of-a-kind gifts along the way. Cap off your shopping excursion with a romantic dinner at one of Lanesboro's cozy restaurants, like Pedal Pushers Cafe, Junipers Restaurant or Clara’s Eatery, where you can toast to your adventures and the love you share.

Two couples having beer around a bonfire at Sylvan Brewing in Lanesboro, MN
Two couples enjoying a beer around a bonfire on a beautiful fall evening. Photo courtesy of Sylvan Brewing.

Toast to your romantic getaway with a visit during Beer and Wine Fest.

At this event Sylvan Brewing, High Court Pub, the Root River Saloon, and the American Legion, as well as our restaurants, come together to celebrate the flavors of fall. Sample a variety of craft beers, ciders, and wines, each paired with delicious snacks and live music. Interactive bingo at participating locations make for easy casual chats making it easy to engage in lively conversation with other visitors and locals alike as you sip and savor the unique flavors of the region.  Limited releases of specialty craft beer, and one of kind stein auctions add to a lively atmosphere on this festive occasion.

Fall colors overlooking Lanesboro
View of fall colors from the Church Hill Overlook in Lanesboro. Photo courtesy of Commonweal Theatre Co.

Lanesboro, Minnesota, offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic autumn adventure for couples seeking to embrace the beauty of the season.

Whether you're leaf peeping on a trail ride, fishing at Bass Pond, getting lost in a corn maze, or exploring the local arts scene, there's something for every duo to enjoy in this charming town. Plan your fall getaway to Lanesboro today and immerse yourselves in the romance and splendor of autumn in the Driftless Region.

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