What you must do while visiting Hastings this winter
Winter is a great time to take a trip to Hastings. Whether you are visiting with your family, enjoying a couples weekend or spending time with friends; Hastings has a wide variety of activities to make an unforgettable experience.
Hit the slopes
6600 Peller Ave. S., Hastings, MN 55033
Nestled in the scenic St. Croix River Valley just outside Minneapolis and St. Paul, this sprawling resort offers 300 skiable acres, 48 trails, 18 lifts and four terrain parks. Located just North of Hastings, this ski resort has something for experts to beginners. Details at www.aftonalps.com
Welch Village Ski & Snowboard Area
26685 County Road 7 Blvd, Welch, MN 55089
Located just 20 minutes South of Hastings, Welch Village offers 140 acres of skiing in addition to a Terrain Park, food service, rental center, kids club, and Ski Link Learning Center. Details at www.welchvillage.com
Shop & dine in our historic downtown
Visit The FROZEN Vermillion Falls
Located off of HWY 61 in Vermillion Falls Park, this stunning waterfall stands 35 feet high. Unique from other MN water falls, the Vermillion Falls are located right in the center of town! These falls frozen over are a site to see, and you won't want to miss their mighty release in early spring.
Just a short walk west on the trail and you'll find the gorge bridge with a beautiful view of the Vermillion River. Further downstream along the path is the ruins of the Ramsey Mill.
Winter is a great time to get outdoors! Hastings offers great spaces for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hikes. Enjoy moonlight snowshoeing at St. Croix Valley Carpenter Nature Center or explore miles of cross country ski trails in Spring Lake Park.
Tour a historic mansion
1629 Vermillion St, Hastings, MN 55033 - 651.437.7005
The Leduc Historic Estate is one of the last remaining examples of Gothic Revival residential architecture in the United States. Take a guided tour of this picturesque home and learn all about General William Leduc, his wife Mary and their four children. During the holiday's, the mansion is elegantly decorated in Victorian style.
Delight in local craft beers and wines
Hastings is home to Minnesota's first vineyard - Alexis Bailly and one of Minnesota's newest breweries - Spiral Brewery.
Alexis Bailly Vineyard is open year round, enjoy delicious local wines in their tasting room open winter hours Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Spiral Brewery is located in Hastings historic downtown on 2nd Street and features a community tap room that is family friendly. "Family friendly" means all members of the family are welcome including well behaved pups. Watch their website for live music, bingo nights, hops & hymns and more!
See a show
The Hastings Art Center is a stunning concert venue that features live music, plays and community events.
Black Dirt Theater is a local theater production company that performs one featured winter show each year. This December, don't miss A Christmas Story showing 12.1, 12.7 & 12.8 at the Hastings High School. Starting in January, Black Dirt puts on a dinner theater show in collaboration with The Onion Grille in downtown Hastings. Flaming Idiots premiers January 25th!
Enjoy family friendly events
Hastings is known for hosting amazing outdoor events, and winter is no exception!
From Thanksgiving runs to lighted holiday trains, dueling pianos, ice fishing and more; the events calendar will provide guests with plenty of winter event ideas the whole family will enjoy.