Lift Your Spirits Sept. 15-17
With a bit of chill in the crisp fall air, autumn is a great time to view the fall colors spreading across the GreenSeam landscape while enjoying a nice glass of wine or a craft beer. Cultivating enjoyment from the ground and grapes are local wineries and breweries. Relax and take in the breathtaking views of each beautiful location in the GreenSeam region. Keep checking back for more activities, coupons and incentives added!
Indian Island Winery: Indian Island Winery is a family-operated farm winery with grapes grown in its own vineyard and from other local growers. The winery was built on a site once used by Native Americans as a summer hunting camp. Teeming with wildlife, the land once was nearly 100 percent surrounded by water. Throughout past years, many artifacts have been found, keeping all intrigued by the history of these grounds. Come, join them and experience what Indian Island Winery has to offer you.
Incentive: Indian Island Winery offers $1 off a wine tasting. Those who do a wine tasting will also receive $2 off a purchase of three bottles of wine of $5 off six bottles.
Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery: Nestled into the lush rolling hills and fertile soil of the Southern Minnesota River Valley, lies the award-winning Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery. “Chankaska,” a native Dakota Indian name meaning “forest enclosed,” perfectly illustrates the unique and inviting environment it offer visitors. Embedded deep within the earth and soul of this natural landscape, Chankaska’s handcrafted wines and artisan techniques capture the transformative journey from vine to table.
Incentive: Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery offers 10 percent off a glass of wine until 3 p.m. Saturday and all day Sunday.
Javens Family Vineyard & Winery: Javens Family Vineyard & Winery is a community space for wine lovers and one of the premiere Minnesota Farm Wineries, located five miles southeast of Mankato on the banks of the Le Sueur River. It offers a range of white and red wines, great conversations and an amazing space to socialize with family and friends.
Incentive: Javens Family Vineyard & Winery offers 10 percent off three or more bottles of wine.
Mankato Brewery: Mankato Brewery started producing beers in 2012, and is proud to revive the brewing tradition in the Key City. Mankato Brewery is the first production brewery in the community since 1967. Focused on creating authentic beers that reflect the heritage of the region and its people, the crew at Mankato Brewery invites you to try our beer and to Experience Local Flavor. During Lift Your Spirits weekend, Mankato Brewery is hosting honky-tonk rockabilly band Honkabilly, which plays music from the great artists you know and some you haven’t heard yet.
Incentive: Mankato Brewery offers $1 off a pint for Sept. 15 only; limit one per person.
Schells Brewery: Schells Brewery is a family owned and operated brewery in New Ulm. Its story began in 1860 when August Schell, a German immigrant, couldn’t find a traditional German beer in his new home. So, he made his own. He laid the first brick to the Schell’s brewery along the banks of the Cottonwood River, where it still is today. While the brewery has made some changes, like plumbing, August’s legacy is being an innovative brewmaster remains. It has continued through six generations and over 100 varieties of German craft beer. Did you know: Fort Road, Schells newest release, is farmed local, the beer is made with barley grown within 15 miles of the brewery on the historic Fort Road. A German pale lager, Fort Road Helles is moderately malty with a bready character. Hints of herbal spices and a balanced hop profile create an easy drinking beer that is full of flavor. A light, drinkable beer all year round.
Incentive: Schells Brewery offers a free tour ($5 value); limit one per person.
MVAC Bad Prom 5K Fun Run: Big Hair, tacky dresses and awkward dance moves….Prom in The 80’s. Relive it all at the blast-from-the-past MVAC Bad Prom 5k. This is your chance to don that powder blue tux or tulle, ruffled and velvet dress. Join MVAC at the Midtown Tavern in Old Town Saturday, Sept. 16 for a trip back to the Decade of Decadence. This untimed 5k fun run/walk is 21 plus. Food is provided and beverages will be available. The finish line will have you feeling like you’re right back in your High School gym with the Bad Prom dance at the Midtown Tavern. Not a runner? Wallflowers welcome! Dance the night away to all your favorite 80’s dance hits. All proceeds go to the MVAC Food Hub.
Incentive: MVAC Bad Prom 5K offers $5 off registration by using promo code GREENSEAM. Register here.
Terrace View Fall Festival: Exciting things are happening at Terrace View Golf Course like the inaugural Terrace View Fall Festival, Mankato’s first event to celebrate harvest and community! Celebrate while taking in the joys of the season. You can easily spend an entire day at the festival, and even pick up your pumpkins, gourds, squash, and other fall decor, by Hay by George, on your way out…maybe even squeeze in a round of golf! Terrace View Fall Festival attractions include a large corn pit and straw bale maze, a toddler straw bale maze, tire tractor mountain, pumpkin launch, pumpkin patch and so much more! Every Saturday in September, Terrace View Fall Festival will offer hot air balloon rides from 4 to 6 p.m. More>
Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Harvest Fest: Kick off Harvest Festival at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Sept. 30 with its annual Farm & Construction Vehicle Fair. The Vehicle Fair is outdoors and is free. The first 300 children will also receive a free t-shirt. Then come into the Museum and enjoy harvest-related activities, including farm animals, corn and soybean play and a toddler straw maze. For the month of October, enjoy harvest activities with your children. Get a full calendar of events. More>
Mankato Farmers Market: The Mankato Farmers Market has been in Mankato for over 40 years. Shopping at and supporting the farmers’ market circulates money within our community, helping to keep it strong. Local farmers and artisans at the market continue to help our community thrive by recirculating your wisely spent dollars. Vendors at our market are required to make or produce their goods wholly or substantially from within 40 miles of Mankato. This stipulation keeps food miles, waste, and resource use to a minimum. They believe in healthy soils, foods, and families, practices that positively affect our community. The main outdoor Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, through the second Saturday in October. Hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Mankato Farmers’ Market is also open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The market is located at 1895 Adams Street in the Best Buy parking lot. More>
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