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Caledonia is located in the southeastern corner of the state, where the land transitions from rolling hills to scenic bluffs and the Mississippi River Valley. It is not uncommon to see majestic eagles soaring or sitting high in the treetops. Deer, wild turkeys and coyotes are plentiful. Bear, cougar and bobcats are present, but rarely seen. Area streams offer the trout fisherman access to some of the best trout fishing in the state. Bike trails, hiking trails, Beaver Creek Valley State Park, horse trails, boating and bird watching are activities that lure people to the area.

Caledonia is known as "The Heart of Quilt Country" and offers a scenic driving tour route of over 40 Houston County barns sporting 8x8 squares of plywood painted in vivid colors in a variety of quilt patterns. We welcome you to our area to view beautiful barn paintings and our splendid natural and cultural resources. Caledonia makes a great "hub" for day trips because it is centrally located between some of the region's favorite attractions. You can explore parts of three states: Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, while headquartered in Caledonia. The Mississippi River is just 17 miles away. Plan one day as a "cruise day" on the Julia Belle Swain, a paddlewheeler docked in nearby La Crosse, Wis. Another day could be spent cycling nearby bike trails along the Root River. Explore Amish country in the nearby Canton-Harmony area. Hike the bluff lands and explore the Effigy Mounds near McGregor, IA. Canoe the Upper Iowa River or the Root River. Don't forget to check out the Caledonia area, either! Take a tour of the town and check out the unique architecture of the historic downtown district, the impressive limestone courthouse and former jail, the Houston County Historical museum complex and much more.

To get to this very beautiful part of the world, look at the Minnesota map in the far southeast corner of the state. Two major highways come together here, State Hwy 76 which intersects with I-90, and State Hwy 44. The Houston County Airport is located just south on Hwy 76 and the La Crosse, Wis. airport, just 30 miles away, has you connected with the rest of the world. This area also boasts the only National Scenic Byway that parallels I-90 so travelers can enjoy the scenic 88 mile stretch of State Highway 16 from La Crescent to Dexter without any large detour.

Caledonia has much to offer for a weekend get-away or that week away from the office. Come see what you have been missing; make plans to visit us soon; you will be glad that you did.

Where to Find Area Maps


Area Map Locations

The following organizations carry area maps:

CITY HALL
231 East Main Street

CALEDONIA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
120 South Kingston Street

HOUSTON COUNTY AG SOCIETY & FAIR BOARD
Emily Johnson
P.O. Box 91

Bait & Licenses


Bait Licenses

The following businesses sell bait and/or licenses for hunters and fishermen:

CALEDONIA TRUE VALUE
Jim & Pat Jennings
507-725-3986
520 Old Highway Drive

ELSIE'S BAR & RESTAURANT
Elsie Babler
507-725-3313
226 East Main Street

HOUSTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
507-725-5812
304 South Marshall Street

KRAUS OIL & COUNTRY STORE
Jerry Kraus
507-725-2776
304 South Highway 44/76

Quilting the Countryside


Quilting the Countryside

The Caledonia area is becoming beautifully painted with barn quilts. We hope that while you are visiting the Caledonia area, you will take the tour of our wonderful countryside and see the magnificent quilts that are being displayed on local barns. For more information and updated quilt maps, please visit the Caledonia Area Convention & Tourism Bureau's website.

Bicycle, Camper Supplies & Hardware


Bicycle, Camper Supplies & Hardware

The following businesses will be able to provide you with bicycle supplies, camper supplies, hardware and batteries. Check out the bike trail running from nearby Houston to Preston!

CALEDONIA TRUE VALUE
Jim & Pat Jennings
507-725-3986
520 Old Highway Drive

Laundromat, Groceries, Toiletries


Laundromat

CALEDONIA LAUNDROMAT
Henry Becker
507-724-3812
118 West Grove Street

Groceries

CALEDONIA BAKERY
Al & Sue Klug
507-725-3965
124 East Main St
Tuesday-Saturday: 5 am-5:30 pm
Closed Sunday-Monday

KWIK TRIP
Kathy Ranzenberger
507-725-2906
110 North Sunset Boulevard
Services: Groceries, Camping Supplies, and Gas

QUILLIN'S FOODS
Lori Thillen
507-725-5276
510 Vista Drive
www.quillinsfoods.com
Services: Groceries, Deli, Bakery, Meat and Gas
Daily hours: 6 am-10 pm

Toiletries

DOLLAR GENERAL
507-724-1049
801 North Highway #44/76
Services: Gifts, Clothes, Groceries, Cosmetics, Personal Care, Toys, Etc

STERLING DRUG
507-725-3328
615 West Esch Drive
Services: Pharmacy, Gifts and Personal Care Items
Monday-Friday hours: 8 am-6 pm
Saturday hours: 8 am-3 pm

Lodging & Camping


Lodging

THE CREST INN & APARTMENTS
David & Sheri Olafson
800-845-0904
15944 State 76
www.crestinncaledonia.com
crestmtl@hotmail.com

BETSY'S B & B
David & Betsy Pieper
507-724-3276
10672 County 249
www.betsysbedandbreakfast.com
Pieperfarm@msn.com
Services: The house has 6 rooms available: queen-sized beds; private baths; and personalized breakfast options. Also check out the Granary Shoppe. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!

HISTORIC CALEDONIA INN
David & Betsy Pieper
507-724-1212
135 E. Main Street

TEN POINT LODGE
David Klinski
507-724-2491
10312 State Highway 44

Camping

BEAVER CREEK VALLEY STATE PARK
507-724-2107
15954 County 1
DNR website (online reservations available)

CAMP WINNEBAGO
507-724-2351
19708 Camp Winnebago Road
www.campwinnebago.org

CUSHON'S PEAK CAMPGROUND
507-896-7325
3 miles west of Houston on State 16
Weekends only May thru September
Reservations required
www.cushonspeakcampground.com

MONEY CREEK HAVEN
507-896-3544
Between Houston and I-90 just off State 76 onto Co. 26

RENO STATE FOREST CAMPGROUND
507-724-2107
8 miles south of Brownsville on Hillside Drive
No reservations

TRAILHEAD PARK, HOUSTON NATURE CENTER
507-896-4668
Houston, MN
Walk-in sites only

WET BARK STATE FOREST CAMPGROUND
507-724-2107
5 miles west of Houston on Co. Rd 13
No reservations

WILDCAT LANDING
507-482-6250
State 26 just south of Brownsville

Recreation, Entertainment & Shopping


Recreation & Entertainment

CALEDONIA CITY PARKS
507-725-3450
Outdoor Pool, Playgrounds, Picnicking, etc.

MAAD ALLEY BOWLING ALLEY
Matt & Adam Augedahl
507-725-3825
114 Bissen Street
fb.com/MAADAlleyLLC

MA CAL GROVE GOLF COURSE
Priyesh & Kristi Amin
507-725-2733
15939 State 76, Caledonia, MN
www.macalgrove.com

WINTER SKATING
North First Street & Caledonia Street

Gift & Antique Shops

BUCKBOARD, LLC
Eric Cordes
507-725-8855
210 S. Kingston St
Services: Antiques, Collectibles, Custom-built primitive furniture
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, Saturday: 8 am-3 pm

COUNTRY CHARM & CRAFTS
Penny Mormann
608-397-0267
102 S. Kingston St
Services: 3 rooms of unique, one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. No imports, everything made in the USA. We also carry fabric, sewing notions and scrapbooking supplies.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 9:00 am-5:30 pm, Saturday: 9 am-4 pm

THE FARMHOUSE EATERY & GIFTS
Mary Hauser and Sara Cordes
219 North Kingston St
507-725-8581
Services: Charming household items, gifts, decor
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 8 am-4 pm

GRANARY SHOPPE
Betsy Pieper
507-724-3276
10672 County 249
www.betsysbedandbreakfast.com
Pieperfarm@msn.com
Services: *Antiques * Local Artisans * Crafts *Amish Baskets *Gift Baskets * Jams *Jellies *McCoy/Redwing and Watts * Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables * Daily Egg Sales
Hours: Weekdays: 10 am-2 pm; time changes on weekends, please call; Winter by appointment.

MARY ANN'S FLORAL & GIFTS
Aimee Welscher & Arien O'Heron
507-725-2621
308 East Main St
www.maryannsfloral.net

PINE CONE PLACE
Polly Heberlein
507-725-5384
120 South Kingston St
www.thepineconeplace.com

Services: Gifts, Collectibles, Bridal Registry, Baby Registry & Home Accessories
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 am-5 pm, Saturday: 9 am-4 pm

Restaurants


Restaurants

BACK 40 SUPPER CLUB
Amanda Myhre
507-725-2686
15488 Old 44 Road

DAIRY QUEEN
507-725-2751
603 Esch Dr.

ELSIE'S BAR & GRILL
Elsie & Lee Babler
507-725-3313
226 East Main Street
www.elsiescaledoniamn.com
Elsie's offers good food at a fair price. Hungry for pizza and a beer? You can get it here. Want to join your friends in watching the Vikings - Elsie's turns it into a party.

THE FARMHOUSE EATERY & GIFTS
Mary Hauser and Sara Cordes
507-725-8581
219 North Kingston Street
Mary cooks up delicious meals everyday. Family owned and operated. Great place to go out for lunch!
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 8 am-4 pm

FRANKIE'S INN
Richard Schulze
507-724-9903
139 South Marshall Street

GOOD TIMES RESTAURANT & BAR
Kris Wedl
507-725-3839
118 Bissen Street
Good Times is known for its homemade pizza, but you can get the best steak and chicken around! Mexican menu every Tuesday, fish every Friday and prime rib every Saturday!  Newly Remodeled. Catering on or off premise, banquet facility to hold up to 200 people.

KWIK TRIP
507-725-2906
608 Esch Dr

THE REDWOOD CAFE
Owners: Dave and Liza Jandt
507-725-2270
117 Hwy 44/76
The place for breakfast!  Located on Highway 44.  Dave and crew offer daily breakfast and lunch specials.  The Redwood Red Hatters meet here Tuesday mornings.  Local hangout for coffee and conversation.
Hours: Monday-Thursday  5:30 am-7 pm, Friday 5:30 am-8 pm, Saturday 5:30 am- 2 pm, Sunday 6am-1 pm

SUBWAY
507-725-5652
507 Vista Drive
Hours: Daily 10 am-9 pm

THE WIRED ROOSTER COFFEE SHOPPE
Jeremiah & Amanda Ninneman
507-725-8199
131 East Main St, Caledonia
www.thewiredrooster.com
hello@thewiredrooster.com
The Wired Rooster specializes in espresso, coffee, tea, sodas, and ice cream! Light breakfast options, also serving panini sandwiches from 11 am until close. On evenings that we're open late, paninis are available until 8 pm. Soup is available during the winter months. Craft beer & wine available every day starting at 2 pm. Free wifi! Family-friendly: kid's play area, snacks, booster seats, and baby changing station in the unisex bathroom.
Hours: Monday–Wednesday 6 am-6 pm, Thursday–Friday 6 am-9 pm, Saturday 7:30 am-9 pm, Sunday Closed