Hidden in the magical woods of southeastern Minnesota, the Cannon Valley Trail is the perfect place to venture during your time at St. James Hotel, a beautiful, 19th-century redbrick hotel steeped in history. Located in beautiful Red Wing, Minnesota, St. James Hotel is nestled on the Mississippi River and a riverstone’s throw away from Cannon Valley Trail’s eastern entrance. If you are looking to experience the great Minnesotan outdoors while retreating back to the elegant comforts, then look no further than this wonderful nature trail, surrounded by incredible native flora and fauna.
Honor History: Rich in Knowledge & Culture
Learn, explore, and discover the rich historical and cultural gems of Cannon Valley Trail! After a quick 19-minute drive from your St. James Hotel abode, you will find yourself traveling back in time, through the lovely shade of giant native trees as you leave quaint downtown Red Wing. Located at mile 16.2, climb a mound to the Red Wing Archaeological Preserve and study the archaeological significance of the site—which is believed to be from the Silvernale phase (1050-100 A.D.). Or imagine what life may have been like at historic Camp Pearson as you stand around the still-standing fireplace. Whether you love history, nature, or both, you will not regret trekking through the key locales.
A Cyclist’s Dream
Open year-round, the Cannon Valley Trail is the ideal biking destination for all. No bike? No problem! Rent a bike from the hotel’s front desk and head out for a day-trip. The trail’s bluffs and valleys await you for a dreamy ride along with fellow cyclists, enjoying the fresh air. Take the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail, flying past scenic bunches of wild brush, Maplewood forests, and brief glimpses of native animals, including deer, wild turkeys, partridges, and opossum. Come prepared with your WheelPass so that you can spend your valuable time soaking in the sheer bliss of the natural Midwest.
Adventure Awaits in the Cannon Valley
No trip to Red Wing, Minnesota, is complete without a stay at our lovely St. James Hotel and an excursion to one of the best rail-trails in the U.S., the Cannon Valley Trail. Follow this handy map from the folks at the trail during this all-season adventure. Book your stay now and get ready for the quintessential Minnesota experience!