Blogger lists NU as Top 5 place to visit in winter

Ranks it best for history

Staff photo by Gage Cureton Travel blogger Lindsey Ranzau listed New Ulm among the top five Minnesota places to visit during winter. The Hermann Heights Monument was named as a top attraction to visit.

NEW ULM — Minneapolis-based travel blogger Lindsey Ranzau listed New Ulm among the top five Minnesota places to visit in winter Monday.

“It’s officially March, but winter’s not over yet folks!,” Lindsey blogged. “If you’re having some cabin fever like me, find my top five places to visit in Minnesota in winter.”

Ranzau listed New Ulm, Lutsen, Northfield, Rochester, and Red Wing as the top five Minnesota cities to visit in winter. She described New Ulm as best for history, Lutsen for outdoor activities, Northfield for shopping, Rochester for food, and Red Wing for beer.

“This little town is full of so much German history!,” Lindsey wrote. “We especially loved touring Schell’s brewery (not your ordinary brewery tour), German shops and watching the glockenspiel show.”

She called Lutsen an outdoor-lover’s paradise.

“I love to downhill ski. Lutsen is hands-down the best skiing in Minnesota,” she wrote. “If you’ve never been during the winter, you must go. It’s so peaceful and beautiful.”

Lindsey called Northfield “a hidden gem, full of history, food, beer, etc.”

“The best part is shopping in the historic downtown,” she wrote. “From little boutiques to trendy thrift stores to refurbished art.”

Lindsey said she ate her way through Rochester, listing donuts, burgers, pizza, you name it, plus an alpaca farm to visit.

She listed the Red Wing Brewery and Red Wing shoe store as places to go.

On Nov. 18, Lindsey’s blog featured things to do in New Ulm including getting a donut, apple fritter and long john for under $2 total at The Backerei & Coffee Shop, climbing to the top of the Hermann Monument, (but not in winter), shopping and eating downtown, touring Schell’s and Starkeller breweries, and finding the purple light in the alley to visit the cozy Retz 227 speakeasy.

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