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Beautiful by Nature


Five can't miss scenic locations in Rochester, MN

With an abundance of scenic beauty and tranquil charm, Rochester, MN is an attractive destination for relaxing, rejuvenating, and enjoying nature. Visit these five Rochester locations to unwind in picturesque surroundings:

 1. Stroll through Cascade Meadows for a taste of the serene natural beauty that defines southeastern Minnesota. Located three miles northwest of downtown Rochester, Cascade Meadows is a 90-acre nature preserve that celebrates Minnesota's native landscapes. Follow three trails featuring restored and created habitats that are home to a variety of plants, birds, and other wildlife, and visit the interactive science museum featuring hands-on exhibits about wetlands, water, and energy.

2.  Sip a glass of wine while savoring the sunset at Salem Glen Vineyard & Winery. The family-owned boutique winery is located 10 miles southwest of downtown Rochester, amidst rolling hills on an old dairy farm in the Zumbro River valley. The winery features a spacious deck overlooking the vineyard's 3,000 vines.

3. Taste mouth-wateringly fresh fruit while soaking up the wholesome, peaceful surroundings at Sekapp Orchard, located minutes from downtown Rochester. Renowned for its apples, berries, and pumpkins, the orchard is a lively destination for the entire family. Pick your own apples--and enjoy a wagon ride--during the autumn months.

4. Tour the Mayowood Mansion and the stunning 3,000-acre country estate on which it stands. Built in 1911 by Dr. Charlie and Edith Mayo and home to two generations of the Mayo family, Mayowood is located in a rural wooded setting three miles from downtown. To visit the five-story, 100-room mansion and grounds, contact the History Center of Olmsted County.

5. Spend a few peaceful hours at Assisi Heights, which was built in the 1950s to serve as the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis. Perched high on a wooded hill just minutes from downtown, Assisi Heights reflects the heritage of the Umbrian region of Italy. The grounds honor St. Francis of Assisi's respect for the environment.

To discover how to best enjoy Rochester's natural beauty during the warm months, click here. To learn how to make the most of Rochester's beauty when it's chilly outside, click here.

Click here for restaurants and bars that offer rooftop seating with spectacular bird's eye views of Rochester and beyond.

Revel in the natural beauty and charm of Rochester, MN. Plan your visit today!