Along the rolling bluffs of the Mississippi, you’ll find the village of Stockholm. Nestled within this tiny town (population of 66) are plenty of local artisan shops and good food which is enough to fill a full day with activities. Stockholm is similar to the Twin Cities in that they also have a bike-sharing program except the bikes are refurbished junkers, painted blue, and free for all to use! Voted Best Day Trip in 2017 by City Pages, this artfully authentic town does not dissapoint. Below are some of our favorite places and things to do!
Stockholm Pie Company
Homemade pies just like your grandma used to make. Whether you opt for a whole pie, just a slice, or one of their pie cookies, you’ll be addicted. They also make Gluten-Free Pie and it's honestly incredible, you will need to call 24 hours in advance but they can make it happen! If you are traveling to the Pizza Farm, we recommend placing an order so that you can pick up dessert on your way!
A to Z Pizza Farm (Tuesdays)
The Pizza Farm has developed quite a following over the past few years for their farm-fresh wood-fired pizzas that can be eaten right on the farm. It is important to note that it is only open on Tuesdays and the wait can get up to over an hour. We recommend bringing salads, snacks, lawn games, and all of your usual picnic supplies as the Pizza Farm is a Pack it In/ Pack it Out establishment. Long wait times start to occur after 6 pm so plan accordingly!
Rush River Blueberries
Generally, July is the most consistent month for picking. It is suggested that one calls ahead to find out what is ripe. More than just blueberries! When you arrive, the owners will equip you with everything you'll need and then direct you to eat your way down the blueberry patch, so that you can try different varieties, and pick your way back- yum!
Good Turn Farm
Good Turn Farm grows certified organic vegetables, cut flowers, berries, and mushrooms. It's a family tradition to have a pesto-making party every summer and Good Turn Farm lets us buy basil by the pound! This year we made enough pesto sauce for over 50 pounds of pasta!
Last but not least, any opportunity to spend time on the river or hiking in the bluffs should be taken advantage of. The constant breezes on the lake and scenic landscape makes Lake Pepin a favorite for sailing and steamboats - cruises available for both. The Mississippi River and many tributary streams and rivers foster great spots for canoes, kayaks, and small power boats. Maiden Rock Bluff Natural Area just outside of Stockholm and Frontenac State Park across the Lake from Stockholm both provide great views of the lake and an assortment of Raptors.