STOCKHOLM, Wis. (WCCO) — Even when record rains are falling, WCCO makes it to the lake. This summer, until the start of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, we’re highlighting communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. This week, Mike Binkley and Angela Davis ventured to Stockholm, Wis.
The tiny river town is just 70 miles southeast of the Twin Cities on the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin, which is the largest lake in the Mississippi River. One thing that immediately sets Stockholm a part is its creative vibe.
Mike & Angela Check Out The Abode Gallery
While Thursday’s rain kept Mike and Angela off the lake, the two still found plenty to do inside. They said a must-see place is Maiden Rock Apples, Winery and Cidery.
Herdie Baisden gave up his consulting job in the Twin Cities to start the cidery.
“I like to say that it was a hobby that got out of control,” he said. “I wanted to do something with my hands, get outside, have a tangible product.”
Baisden’s hard work as turned into a business that grows apples and produces hard cider and wine. And he has tours for people to see the process, taste his products and see the area’s “country charm.”
Mike & Angela Visit Maiden Rock Winery
While only 66 people live in Stockholm, there are 36 businesses in the city limits. Along with the world-class art and food, there’s the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum.
Mike & Angela Visit Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
After the museum, the two got a special tour of the area from WCCO political reporter Pat Kessler. He has a cabin nearby and was able to give Mike and Angela a “tour of food.”
Mike & Angela Go On ‘Kessler’s Food Four’
While the food and arts around Stockholm are amazing, so is the scenery. One of the things that makes this area different than other cabin communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin is the bluffs.
The Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin has spectacular limestone bluffs rising from the Mississippi. They’re beautiful from down by the lake, and offer amazing views if you go up to the top.
The Maiden Rock Bluff, where the video below was shot, is open to the public.
Mike & Angela Take In The Scenery
Minneapolis has a bike-sharing program, and so does Stockholm. The lime green bikes in the City of Lakes are great, but they don’t quite have the charm that the blue ones in this river town do.
Mike and Angela met up with 80-year-old Hap Palmberg, the guy in charge of the free bike-sharing program.
He says he can’t recall a bike ever being stolen.
Mike & Angela Ride Stockholm’s Blue Bikes
Here are links to all the places Mike and Angela visited in Stockholm, Wis. on Thursday, June 19, 2014:
Stockholm Pie Company, Stockholm
Harbor View Café, Pepin
Gelly’s Pub, Stockholm
Across Country Tours
Maiden Rock Apples, Winery and Cidery, Stockholm
Maiden Rock Bluffs
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Pepin