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Gateway to Fall Colors

Thursday, September 1st, 2016


The grand entrance to the Moondance Inn. As this entrance leads to so much more the city of Red Wing serves in much the same way. It is a beautiful, historic town on the banks of the Mississippi. It stands alone as a great destination but it also is a gateway to the entire Mississippi Valley that includes the Great River Road, Lake Pepin, numerous vineyards, bike trails, restaurants, hiking, golf, and so much more. Plan a fall get away. Stay with us at the Moondance Inn and enjoy all Red Wing has to offer.

Kayaking the Mississippi River

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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Think Mississippi River. History, colorful characters, river towns all come to mind. A couple that stayed with us at the Moondance Inn rented kayaks and were professionally guided through the flooded backwater forests. This was the picture they took at sunset. This photo speaks volumes as to the beauty and majesty of this great river. Red Wing and the surrounding country side is filled with such natural wonders. If you would like to take this tour contact This great getaway is only an hour from the Twin Cities or Rochester.

Red Wing Minnesota Outdoor Recreation

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Memorial Park

Memorial Park, located at the top of Sorin’s bluff, is one of many Red Wing parks to explore. There are several trails that weave along the bluff and through the woods. Numerous picnic area’s are set up and the views are panoramic taking in the city of Red Wing, the Mississippi River, and the surrounding bluff country. Red Wing is a great place to vacation with plenty of fun, outdoor activities including golf, canoeing, horse back riding, bike trails, and so much more.

Facts Regarding the Moondance Inn

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

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The Moondance Inn is centrally located between Red Wing’s two shopping districts, the historic downtown and the Old West Main/Pottery district. Each are a 10 to 15 minute walk from our B&B. We buy local. 90% of the meats we use come from Buchanan’s Market, about 4 blocks from our home. We do subscription farming during the summer with A-Z produce, an organic farm outside Stockholm, WI. Our pure maple syrup is produced by S&S Sugar Bush about 15 minutes from us. For special diet needs we shop at Simple Abundance, a health food store in Red Wing. We also shop the Red Wing Farmer’s Market, and finally, get our eggs from local, organic farms.

The Moondance Inn is comfortably elegant with woodwork and chandeliers over 115 years old. We have one of only three remaining gold gilded, hand stenciled ceilings left in private residences in Minnesota. All of our guestrooms feature antique furniture, private baths, and two-person whirlpools. We are in our 17th. year of business and strive to provide a relaxing and enjoyable get-away for our guests.

Browsing in Red Wing, Minnesota

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Fair Trade Books
Fair Trade Books is a great, locally owned bookstore in Red Wing. If you enjoy leisurely shopping in a historic building filled with a great collection of books, both new and used, this is the place.

Red Wing Vacation

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016


February is a great music month at the Sheldon Theater. Downtown Red Wing’s premier theater stage is host to Leo Kottke, 7pm. February 6th., Adonis Puentos and the Voice of Cuba, 7pm. February 12th., a big Mardi Gras welcome by Buckwheat Zydeco, 5:30 February 14th, and Sinatra and Company doing music from the Rat Pack era, 1:30 and 7pm. February 26th. There are no bad seats at the Sheldon and the acoustics are great.

Stay at the Moondance Inn and enjoy premium rooms with our winter Specials.

Red Wing Things to Do

Friday, April 17th, 2015

One of the great adventures in this area is to drive the Great River Road. Red Wing serves as the starting point. You cross the river into Wisconsin and then follow the Mississippi River to Nelson Wisconsin. Along the way you will see breath taking scenery, pass through numerous quaint villages, enjoy great food, taste wine, and see bald eagles. You cross the river back to Wabasha and can stop to visit the National Eagle Center. It’s a great road trip easily completed in a day.

A Moondance Inn Garden Dream

Monday, March 10th, 2014

50 degrees and I’m thinking Garden. I had to post this to remind myself that it will come. In the meantime, take advantage of some great specials at Red Wing’s Moondance Inn. Weekday rates as low as $89.00 and Friday night rates starting at $135. Stay warm my friends.

Red Wing’s Name

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Many people think the name of Red Wing came from Red Wing Shoes or Red Wing Pottery. The name came from the leader of the Mdewakanton Dakota Sioux.

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This Sioux tribe had lived in this region long before settlers arrived. They are the owners of Treasure Island Resort and Casino and have made great contributions to our region.

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