Winter Fun in Winona

Escape to Winona, the Miami of Minnesota! 

Yeah, we know what you’re thinking. We are a long way from Florida, but the “Miami of Minnesota” is a joke among locals that goes back farther than anyone can remember. Why? It IS the warmest spot in Minnesota year after year according to Weather Almanac. Really. Also, if you look at a map of Florida and Minnesota, Winona is located in the same spot as Miami in Florida.


Beaches? Yup – we’ve got plenty seeing as we are on the Mississippi River with countless white sand islands to play on. See where we’re going with this? Haha.

So anyway, if you are craving a couple extra degrees or just a fun weekend vibe away from the grind, head to the southeast corner of the state – a remarkable winter playground is here waiting for you.

While you’re here, sample local fare, shop for unique gifts, and indulge your senses in art and live music – plus soak in the vibe of a beautiful river city that is easy to get to from everywhere. 

Want to be surprised? Check out our stunning Minnesota Marine Art Museum which features work from Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, and hundreds more, plus soak up our history and heritage at any of our other incredible museums and historic sites. 

Discover delightful, one-of-a-kind items, indulgent finds, and gifts sure to be cherished in our vibrant array of galleries, gift shops, and boutiques. 

Local flavors abound in this region, with everything from elegant farm-to-table fare to decadent coffeehouse desserts, plus regional wineries and breweries and some great ethnic cuisine. 

live, music, people, brothers, band, anima, winona, minnesotaWe know how to entertain ourselves in these parts and we’re happy to share. Live music comes in all styles here and you can find something interesting happening just about any time of the year. 

ice climber scales a rock and ice wallAnd when you need some fresh air – we’ve got it in spades. Our spot on the Mississippi River in the heart of the Driftless Region is a playground unlike any other in the Midwest thanks to our towering bluffs, extraordinary ice park and miles of trails. Whether you like extreme sports or the more relaxed variety, it’s here