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Six Hours on Lake Pepin: Things to do Sundays in September on Lake Pepin

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Spend Sunday exploring our picks on Lake Pepin from Bay City to rural Stockholm WI. Located just 70 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. The majestic Mississippi River bluffs and scenic Lake Pepin are the backdrop for our art inspired sojourn to women owned businesses along the West Coast of Wisconsin.  

Note: Saturdays are fun too!  If you decide to visit the area on Saturday Sept 16, please note that this is the date for the Fall Floodrunhttp://www.floodrun.net/, which is an annual motorcycle ride through the area.  There will be lots of motorcycles in the neighborhood on Saturday.  Traffic in the village will be especially heavy from noon - 3PM.   Cultural Cloth will be open and for your convenience, you may park in our driveway.

10 a.m. Bay City, WISCONSIN

Chef Shack

Start off your Sunday morning with a scenic drive down the Wisconsin Great River road to the tranquil village of Bay City for brunch at Chef Shack.  Another good thing about the Chef Shack on Sunday morning is that you can make a reservation, so you won't have to wait.   

This September the Chef Shack is celebrating their 5th year in business and to celebrate, they are having a party on Sunday, Sept 24 with a special offer of $5 personal pizzas and $5 drinks on their patio.  Come, see and taste!  Delicious.  Remind yourself why The Shack was nominated for a James Beard Award!  Congrats to Chefs Carrie and Lisa on this tasty achievement.

If you live in the Twin Cities, you know Chef Shack as a food truck that satiates all with its amazing fare. Here in Bay City the New York City trained chef/owners offer a cozy, eclectic but uptown atmosphere with only the freshest food. Try a delicious Belgian style waffle with dreamy house blended vanilla bean syrup or try the signature, to die for, organic vegetable hash and soft scramble with truffle oil and herbs. Daily lettuces, pâtés, creme brûlée, bête noir, locally roasted coffee and a full bar round out the offerings. Many of the herbs used in the dishes come from their herb garden which is outside the restaurant’s back door.

Insider Tip: Before you leave town, walk down the block to the river and take in the view of Lake Pepin from Bay City for a beautiful perspective of the valley.

Restaurant hours through New Year’s: Friday & Saturday dinner 5-10 p.m. and Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Reservations accepted for Sunday brunch.  

6379 Main St Bay City, WI 54723


Twitter: @chefshack1

Instagram: Chefshack

Phone: 715-594-3060

Noon: Explore Maiden Rock, WI.

A palpable sense of revival characterizes this tiny river town. There’s a lot to explore here from B&Bs, to local saloons and to some of the best shopping along the river.

Here’s a list of too-good to be missed establishments:


Maiden Rock

Stepping into this shop reveals a collection of hand made home decor you’ve likely not seen before. The vignettes of bedspreads, rugs and pillows, many produced exclusively for Cultural Cloth, make it easy to see these pieces in your home.

Recommended: Felted wool rugs from a woman’s group in Afghanistan depicting tigers and spotted horses starting at $169.

Insider’s Tip: Don’t overlook the gallery in the back of this shop.

Hours through Christmas: Thursday- Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

W3560 WI-35 Maiden Rock, WI 54750


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Phone: 715-607-1238


Maiden Rock

Across the street from Cultural Cloth, stop into the Green Queen, a unique lawn ornament and garden art store that "celebrates the nobility of nature" and offers everything from essential oils and garden jewelry to locally made birdhouses and more.

Hours through mid-October:  Friday through Sunday 10AM to 5PM


Maiden Rock

Artist/owner B.J. Christofferson of Secret Heart Gallery has created a shimmery space full of her original artwork inspired by Spanish Colonial art and Joseph Cornell. Her one-of-a-kind wall pieces are dioramas assembled from collage and 3-dimensional ephemera. Her porch is full of unique gifts and jewelry.

Recommended: B.J.'s "Tourist Art", small clay pieces embedded with milagros, beads and ephemera.

Hours through fall: Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

W3553 Hwy 35 Maiden Rock, WI 54750


Facebook: Secret Heart Gallery

Phone: 651-380-2770


Maiden Rock

Most who come to the area, make a pilgrimage to this not-to-be missed bakery that uses butter and old-fashioned recipes, sometimes with a modern twist, that you know and love. As you nibble on your treat, you may rub elbows with a devoted local customer picking up their weekly loaf of cranberry wild rice sourdough or another day tripper from Iowa who makes a monthly trek to Maiden Rock and the Smiling Pelican for slice of banana cream pie. Owner/Baker Sandra Thielman varies the weekly selections according to the availability of seasonal produce and her appreciative audience gobble it up. Refer to her Facebook page for her daily offerings.

Recommended: Lavender-ginger sugar cookies, raspberry custard pie with pecan streusel or Ruth Raich's famous cardamon rolls.

Tip: They close at 3 p.m., no exceptions. So arrive with plenty of time and after you finish your pie, grab a coffee refill then stroll through her flower garden.

Hours through Christmas: Friday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WI-35 Maiden Rock, WI 54750

Facebook: Smiling Pelican Bakeshop

NOTE: Closed Sept 16-18.

2:00 p.m. Rural Stockholm, WI.

Off of Highway 35, explore the county roads amidst rolling farm fields that are just beginning to hint of autumn changes. Here a sense of discovery pulls you around each curvy bend.

NEW! Outdoor Photo Mural in Maiden Rock

While you are in Maiden Rock make sure to stop and see the newly installed photo mural by Maiden Rock artist Celeste Nelms which is on the second floor wall of the Six String Saloon just a couple of blocks from the Cultural Cloth Shop.  It's the kind of photo you can gaze at for a while and still not see all the detail.  It's fun.  


Rural Stockholm

A short drive off the beaten path, you will find the woolly world of a working "yarn farm." The nineteenth-century building which houses Black Cat Farmstead's textile studio was once part of the homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder's grandparents. Here you will find colorful, locally-raised, handmade yarns, handwoven goods, spinning and felting supplies, and the flock of Shetland and Icelandic sheep who provide both inspiration and raw material for shepherd and weaver Andrea Myklebust.

Recommended: Farm-raised wool yarn from $20.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

N3049 Nelson Lane, Stockholm, WI 54769 (From Stockholm: 3.8 miles on County J, Right on Moravian, and about .75 miles to the farm, on the right side of the road).



Want to explore more? This handy website will help you find lodging, restaurants and much more along the stretch of the river road from Bay City to Pepin. www.westcoastofwisconsin.com. Enjoy.

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