Anyone who lives in or who has been to Winona knows that the Island City is a highlight of any trip up or down the Great River Road. Located in the Driftless Area, and on the iconic Highway 61, Winona is blessed with picturesque scenery, world-class recreational opportunities, an historic downtown, and a plethora of awesome small businesses owned and operated by amazing people.
On its website, River Travel Magazine says it, “focuses on communities and attractions on both sides of the Mississippi River, and was formed to showcase the nationally designated and internationally known Great River Road, 3,000 miles bordering the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to New Orleans.” This month the publication has announced the nominees for its Best of the River Awards, and WOW, Winona has fielded an incredible amount of viable contestants.
The magazine has opened its final round of voting and invites readers to go through the multiple categories and click on their favorite places and events on the Great River Road. The voting period lasts from May 1 through May 31.
You can get to the poll by clicking here
From coffeeshops, to festivals, to the incredible natural areas in and around Winona (and so much more), this is your opportunity to single out your favorite spots in the Island City.
Here’s a list of all the great Winona nominees you can vote for (click on the links to learn more about these awesome places)…
Ed’s (no name) Bar, Nosh Scratch Kitchen, Blooming Grounds Coffeehouse, Bloedow Bakery, Mulligans Irish Pub, Annacabe’s Little Kitchen, Miya Japanese Bistro, Island City Brewing, 929 Beer House and Grill, Cha Chis Mexican Grill, El Patron Grill and Cantina, Blue Heron Coffeehouse, Beno’s Deli, Winona Farmer’s Market, Signature’s, Boat House, Lakeview Drive Inn, Sammy’s Pizza, Ocean Sushi, The Oaks Wine Bar, Jovy Rockey Jewelry Studio and Gifts, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona Tour Boat, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Boats and Bluegrass Festival, Frozen River Film Festival, Midwest Music Fest, The Bridges Golf Course, Winona County Historical Society, Levee Park, Garvin Heights, Heart’s Desire, Urban Shoetique, Chapter 2 Books, A-Z Collectibles, Bluff Country Studio Art Tour, Aghaming Canoe Trail, Visit Winona Visitor Center, Infinity Yoga, Alexander Mansion, Prairie Island Campground, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Village House Inn, Carriage House B&B