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Annual Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival

Saturday, August 8 Faribault’s biggest block party is back!  12 hours of live music, food vendors, beer garden, BBQ contest, home-brew contest, washers tournament, pull tabs, recycled art sale, craft vendors and more. Visit Minnesota’s newest micro-brewery, F-Town, featuring IPA, Nut Brown, American Ale to Oatmeal Stout and beyond. The Historic Hutchinson House B&B is a […]

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Old-Fashioned 4th of July

  Enjoy a relaxing evening on our wrap-around porch while watching the “sparks” fly on Saturday, July 4th. Local fireworks are visible right from the porch and we’ll have refreshments at the ready. (Overnight stay required.)

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Historic Faribault Pub Crawl

An Historic Pub Crawl Series will be held on Friday nights, June 19, July 3 and August 7, 2015, beginning at 7:00 pm, in Faribault. We’re bringing people who love history together with B&Bs (beer & bars) . . . it’s a new way to appreciate both. Join us on an enjoyable stroll through Faribault’s […]

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Meet Rick & Kelly Dale from American Restoration!

The History Channel series, American Restoration hosts Rick and Kelly Dale, will be in Faribault, Minnesota on Thursday, June 18, at 3:00 pm, to celebrate the placement of a Tilt-A-Whirl car, which was restored this past August on the popular cable show.  The car will be placed in the historic downtown as part of Faribault’s Heritage […]

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Easter Snow Conditions on the Banadad

While the last groomer set tracks on the Gunflint’s  Banadad Ski Trail  earlier this month there still is plenty of snow on the eastern end of the trail. Four inches of new snow fell yesterday and another 3 inches today leaving over eighteen on the trail.  Right now there is more then enough snow for […]

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Gunflint Trail’s Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B Snowed-IN.  Twenty-seven inches of snow in the last twenty-four hours and it is still coming down. Our four foot snow gauge registers 41″ of snow on the ground. Can’t even move our plow truck. It likely will be a few days before we can even get our plow truck […]

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Ski the Gunflint’s Banadad in the Spring

April First and this is not an April fools joke. The skiing is great!

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Skiing on the Gunflint-We’ve Got Snow

A new year is coming up.  Head to the Gunflint Trail and cross country ski one of the nation’s largest and most diverse interconnected Nordic Trail Systems- the 200 Kilometer Gunflint Nordic Trails. The trail system included the Piston Bullied groomed Central and Upper Gunflint Trails connect by the BWCA’s longest tracked trail the Banadad. […]

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The Gunflint’s Banadad Trail Green Up- May 5 and 12

For the past four years the carbon produced by the equipment used to maintain and groom the Banadad Ski Trail has been sequestered in tree planting.   According to the Banadad Trail Association- “tree planting is our way to insure that the maintenance and grooming of the trail remains carbon neutral”. We are planting 400 red […]

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  Despite the cancellation of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in Duluth, dog sled racing will still take place at the end of January – in Grand Marais, one of the state’s only snow-covered spots. Before the first running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in 1978, there was the Gunflint Mail Run. […]

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