Minnesota Sights and Views

Ahhh winter-candlelight snow hike near Hastings

Embrace winter at one of the most beautiful State Parks in Minnesota. Saturday, February 5th the snow shoe trails at Afton State Park will be lit with ice block luminaries from 6 to 9 PM. At the end of the trail enjoy a large bonfire and pull up a log. 

When you travel on snowshoes, you travel the way humans have for thousands of years. Historians believe people developed snowshoes in Asia, perhaps imitating the broad, thickly furred paws of animals such as lynx and snowshoe hares. One recent guest at Classic Rosewood Inn described their snowshoe adventure at Afton State Park like walking on clouds in fluffy slippers. Snow shoe rental is available at the park for $6 but it is a good idea to call ahead and reserve. Another adventure that is avaialable even in winter at the park is a four stage geocache adventure with GPS units provided. It is a good idea to call ahead for the use of the GPS units as well especially if planning on coming out on a weekday.  Winter Wonderland packages are available with R & R after S & S (snowshoeing or skiing) at nearby Classic Rosewood Inn and Spa with an insuite massage and soup supper for only $120 in addition to the room price.  

R & R at Classic Rosewood

A helpful guide to Minnesota State Park Trails is available by calling 651-296-6157 or emailing  info.dnr@state.mn.us. Combining trail adventures with a B & B in Minnesota is a natural way to enjoy the state. Minnesota innkeepers are quick to share the best trails for hiking, x-country skiing &snowshoeing.Visit this MBBA website under Find Lodging and scan down to trail information.

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