If you’re looking for a relaxing day trip or getaway, there’s a little town along the Minnesota River that fits the bill. The main street of Henderson is just a few blocks long, but there are eateries and shops worth a visit. Its proximity to the river is great for those who want to spend some time on the water. Bonus: this weekend is its annual festival, Sauerkraut Days.

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(credit: Amy Rea)

Much of the main street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the buildings are well preserved, making for a fun stroll.

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(credit: Amy Rea)

Even the Henderson grocer (Wagar’s Red Owl) has a very old-time look (and it used to be a general store).

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(credit: Amy Rea)

It’s hard to imagine a more welcoming liquor store than Henderson Wine & Spirits.

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(credit: Amy Rea)

Or a building more inviting than Classical Glass, a stained-glass emporium.

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(credit: Amy Rea)

Or this charming art gallery and supply shop: HeArt of Henderson.

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(credit: Amy Rea)

There are some fun spots to grab a bite to eat too. The Henderson Roadhaus is a pub and café that serves three meals a day, with many homemade items.

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(credit: Amy Rea)

Or there’s Toody’s Sweet Treats, a deli with sandwiches and pizza, all kinds of ice cream treats, a small selection of candy—and a pharmacy in the back.

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(credit: Amy Rea)

If you’d like to make a weekend out of it, make a reservation at the Henderson House bed and breakfast. It’s located just uphill from the main street, with beautiful views, but still an easy stroll to the shops and eateries.

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(credit: Amy Rea)

And if you need to see a barber? No problem. Henderson has one on its main street. Tiny, but open for business.

What else is happening in our state? Be sure to check out the 10 p.m. Tuesday night WCCO newscasts, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.

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