Christmas in Minnesota

Christmas in Minnesota
Christmas in Minnesota

We know that the winter in Minnesota is cold and dark, and sometimes all you want to do is stay home—even when you love your job like we do at Red Wing Chevrolet! But winter and Christmas in Minnesota is such a magical time, and with so much to do we can’t help but venture out into the snowy winter wonderland that is our state. Here are some of our favorite Christmas sights to see.

Bemidji, Minnesota

If you’ve never been on a snowmobile, now is the time to try it. The town of Bemidji, which is known for being the first town on the Mississippi River, has two huge wilderness trails perfect for snowmobiling.

Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips in Ely

If you generally associate Christmastime with a cozy horse-drawn carriage ride, it may be time to break tradition. This year, opt for a thrilling dog sled ride in Northeast Minnesota instead. It’s an exciting experience that you won’t soon forget!

Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Duluth

No Christmas season is complete without laying eyes on some amazing light displays. A trip to Duluth will be well worth it to see the Bentleyville Tour of Lights, the largest display in the midwest. Bring the whole family to enjoy 3.5 million lights, taking breaks to sip hot chocolate around the fire pit. Trust us, Bentleyville Tour of Lights is one magical holiday experience you don’t want to miss.

From our Red Wing Chevrolet family to yours, have a happy Holiday season.

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Thanksgiving Soup Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving

If Thanksgiving soup makes you think about the delicious leftover turkey soup you make after all the fun is over, that’s great. This year, try something new and make soup part of the main feast with these five rich recipes.

  • Cauliflower Soup. A blend of potatoes and cauliflower create this creamy soup. Add sharp cheddar and pancetta to boost the flavor.
  • Butternut Squash Soup. Use coconut milk to add an extra layer of richness to this classic fall soup.
  • Lentil and Caramelized Onion Soup. This soup might remind you of French onion soup, especially once you add roasted croutons and cheese.
  • Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup. This bright orange soup is rich and hearty. For a Caribbean taste add chili spices.
  • Porcini Soup. Everyone will love this hearty, earthy soup packed with delicious mushrooms and other simple ingredients.

Which of these Thanksgiving soup recipes would you love to add to your family’s traditional feast? Here at Red Wing Chevrolet Buick, we hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving. If you have any leftover pies, you can definitely bring them by to share with us and then you can take a test drive in a great new Chevy or Buick.

How to Keep the Fun in Long Holiday Drives

Chevrolet Avalanche

For many families, the holidays not only include lots of fun, food, and festivities, but also lots of driving. If you have some long holiday drives coming up, here are five ways to keep them fun.

  1. I Spy. This is a staple in-car game for practically everyone who hits the road. Simply say, “I spy with my little eye, something that is…” Use colors, shapes, or even say the letter it starts with. Everyone takes turns guessing what it is.
  2. Scramble. Someone calls out the name of a street or city and everyone has to write down as many words as they can, using only the letters from the name. Whoever writes the most words wins.
  3. Picnic. This is a fun memory game. Start by saying, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to take…” The first person names something that starts with A. The next person has to repeat everything that came before and add a letter of their own.
  4. Letter game. Someone names a location in the world (state, country, city, etc.) like Minnesota. The next person has to name something that starts with the last letter of the previous word, for example, Arkansas, then South Carolina.
  5. Alphabet. Everyone has to find each letter of the alphabet in order by looking at signs, license plates, etc.

If you are heading out on some long holiday drives, schedule a service appointment at Red Wing Chevrolet Buick before you go and we will make sure your car is ready for the journey ahead.

Things to Do in Hastings, MN

Hastings, MN is just over 30 minutes away from Red Wing Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, and there’s more than that one reason to visit. Aside from the kind people, this city offers plenty of things to do. Here are some of our favorites.

Afton State Park

Enjoy some of Minnesota’s finest scenery at Afton State Park. There are 1,700 acres to explore, so whether you’re a fan of hiking, camping, picnicking, or all of the above, you will love this park.

Afton Apple Orchard

Since we’re right smack-dab in the middle of the autumn season, there is now better time to visit the Afton Apple Orchard. Not only is this farm a great place to find apples, but other fruits are produced here as well, depending on the season.

Afton Alps

While perhaps not as renowned as the European Alps, this ski and snowboard area outside Hastings is the perfect place to spend some time in the snow once winter arrives.

Vermillion Falls

This gorgeous, urban waterfall is a sight to see. Since the falls are a quick walk from the parking lot, a visit to this site is a great way to break up a monotonous work day or a perfect addition to a full day of exploration. There are pleasant trails for an easy hike, and scenic places to sit and relax.

Historic Downtown

When you’ve had your fill of nature, you can head to Hastings’ Historic Downtown. This section of town, built right along the Mississippi River, will take you back in time. Historic buildings are now home to restaurants, shops, and great antique stores that will let you take some of that history back home with you.

Top 3 Things to Do in Ellsworth, WI

fishing

Hop right over the Mississippi River from Red Wing Chevrolet Buick Cadillac and you’ll find yourself in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. This little village may be small, but it’s worth a visit if you live in the area or are passing through. Here are three things we recommend checking out when you visit Ellsworth.

Rush River Orchard and Bakery

This orchard is celebrating its one-year anniversary this fall. Located on County Road G, Rush River Orchard and Bakery invites visitors to come explore their orchards, take a walk past hundreds of apple trees, and pick your own apples to take home. The orchard also offers hayrides, pumpkin picking, delicious baked goods, and more. It’s the perfect fall activity.

Fishing at Trimbelle Recreation Area

It’s all about the trout at Trimbelle Recreation Area. A short paved hiking trail runs along the Trimbelle River, with four trail spurs for perfect fishing access. With picnic shelters nearby, this is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon outdoors with family.

Yonder Way Occasional Boutique

You’re sure to find something unique at this little Ellsworth boutique. Located near the Rush River Valley, Yonder Way Occasional Boutique features vintage gifts, unusual décor, garden decorations, and more. Most of the items are locally made, so if you’re looking for something one-of-a-kind, this is the place to be.

The Top Five Places for Military Discounts in Red Wing, MN

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If you’re an active member of the military or a veteran, you deserve special recognition for your incredible work. Here are the top five places to receive a military discount in the Red Wing area.

Amtrak

Explore the country in comfort the old fashioned way. Amtrak offers a 10% discount to all active duty members of the military and a 20% discount to all veterans with a VeteransAdvantage Card.

Papa Murphy’s Pizza

Papa Murphy’s is a great take and bake pizza shop for busy families. With your Military ID, you get 50% off one pizza. This discount is valid for all active duty and reservist military members, as well as retirees and their dependents.

Dairy Queen

Located right on Main St in historic Red Wing, Dairy Queen thanks all active duty and retired military men and women for their service by offering a 10% discount.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile of Red Wing is an excellent choice for active duty military personnel and veterans looking for a phone service. With a copy of your DD-214, you’re eligible for a discount of 15% for a month, as well as waived activation fees.

Walgreens

Active and retires military receive 15%-20% off select purchases on Memorial Day, in addition to 15% off every Tuesday with their military ID.

Some debts can never be fully repaid, but these Red Wing businesses honor those who have served this country by offering special discounts. At Red Wing Chevrolet Buick, we are proud of all of our active military and veterans, and grateful for all the incredible work that they have done.

Say Goodbye to Summer with these Top Five Fall Activities in Red Wing, MN

In Minnesota, fall is a magical time of year, and Red Wing is the perfect place for the whole family to experience the season. There is so much to do in this charming outdoor-enthusiast’s paradise. Your only problem will be deciding what to do first.

Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is at the heart of Red Wing. Whether you’re fishing, bird watching, or hiking, exploring the river is the best way to take in the stunning fall colors.

Fall Festival of the Arts

This annual festival attracts over 10,000 visitors and features a juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts in historic downtown Red Wing. This family-friendly festival also includes a children’s area, live music, and plenty of food.

Sheldon Theatre

Often described as a “Jewel Box,” Sheldon theatre is one of the finest in the Midwest. This beautiful venue hosts renowned travelling shows, including music, comedy, and plays.

Red Wing Boots and Museum

This destination is a lot of fun for adults and children alike. Located right on Main Street in downtown Red Wing, the museum is home to the world’s largest boot (size 638 ½). There are also hands-on exhibits and a virtual tour through the factory.

Historic Downtown Red Wing

The historic downtown area of Red Wing is full of surprises. You can spend a whole day walking through town and discover dozens of quaint specialty shops, great dining, and beautiful architecture.

For families big and small, Red Wing has so much to offer, there’s no doubt you’ll find some fall activities for everyone. For the perfect vehicle for fall fun, stop by Red Wing Chevrolet Buick today.