Best Of Worthington And Then Some

November 4, 2010 4:45 PM

If you ever find yourself traveling west on Highway 60 you’ll see a lot of open space. But, there are some special places along the way. I grew up in Worthington and wanted to share some spots that are not-to-be-missed if you’re making the trip to Southwest Minnesota.

Dayton House

Worthington, MN

I’m not trying to take a political stand by picking this spot. It’s a lovely home with so much to see! The Dayton House is located at 1311 4th Street in Worthington. They call it a symbol of civic leadership and business success. It’s been standing since the late 1800’s and has belonged to three families-the Daytons, the Smallwoods and the Cashels. A group of volunteers spent years rebuilding the beautiful home. You can stop in for brunch, or even stay over night.

Blue Mounds State Park

Luverne, MN

I’ve taken plenty of field trips to this beautiful spot. About a half hour west of Worthington in Luverne, make a stop at Blue Mounds State Park. It’s 1826-acres of loveliness! Do some hiking and pack a picnic. It’s a great trip to make for a day.

King Turkey Day Celebration

Worthington, MN

Check out turkeys racing down city streets. It’s an annual celebration in Worthington that’s tons of fun. There’s a pancake breakfast, 10k race, parade, beer garden and a whole lot of night life. King Turkey Day or KTD as we call it always falls on the second Saturday after Labor Day.

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Benlee’s Café

212 10th St.
Worthington, MN

They don’t have a website but it’s such a great coffee shop. They have great drinks and good food too! It’s a really cute place to make a stop for lunch.

The Silver Bucket

104 3rd Ave.
Brewster, MN

My mom grew up just a few miles from Worthington in a town called Brewster. My Grandma Betty still lives there. The population of the town is just about 500. There’s a great place called the Silver Bucket right on Main Street. Stop there for lunch, or to grab a drink at the bar.

-Liz Collin is an Anchor and Reporter at WCCO-TV.

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