There are many attractions and activities around the city of Hastings, that can satisfy those who have come for Minnesota tourism. Enjoy the winter sports during the chilly months, take a weekend vacation while special events are taking place, or simply take in the beautiful sights. All these attractions and more await you in the St. Croix Valley, at the Classic Rosewood Inn and Thorwood Condos.
Hike and BikeOur 12 mile walking and bike path trail system is the circumference of town and mostly waterway (9 miles). Bike rentals are available and the trail is open year round.
Snow and Other Winter ActivitiesSnow enthusiasts can enjoy two ski resorts (Afton Alps and Welch Ski Village) within a few miles of each other and there is snow shoe rental at Carpenter St.Croix Valley Nature Center (open 7 days a week year round with 720 pristine acres and an amazing interpretive center.) Cross country ski trails cascade along the bluffs of the Mississippi River, at the Schaars Bluff county park, and the St. Croix River at Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center.
There is an also an indoor ice rink nearby as well as several ice rinks maintained at a half dozen local parks.
SummertimeThen there's the water in the summertime! There are three marinas and a free public boat launch as well as a public boat landing. The Hastings Aquatic Center is city owned and boasts zero depth entry, water sprays, and fountains.
Car buffs will love Historic Hastings Saturday Cruise In held every other Saturday in the summer from 5-10 pm where the main street is blocked for cards dated pre 1976. And every Sunday night in August there is a free outdoor concert in the apple orchard in the back yard of the LeDuc estate.
Local ColorOrchards, organic farms, vineyards, pick your own berry fields, and a small town creamery are a few local activities that tie into the history of our agricultural community. The area has been known for over a century for its rich land and one of the largest grain mills in the country.
Chocolate MarchDon't forget the annual Chocolate March and a portion of the proceeds benefit Hastings Animal Ark! This fun event is every Sunday in March Visit the St Croix Valley and taste unique chocolate treats and tour three or four inns each Sunday a different itinerary. Visit the group website for more information www.innsofthevalley.com and to purchase tickets.