1. Fall Cruise will be October 8th. We'll meet at the Hudson House Hotel in Hudson WI, and leave promptly at 9:30am.
We will be cruising to Fountain City, WI to visit Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum. Elmer's is about 95 miles south of Hudson on WI Hwy. 35, the Great River Road. It's about a 2 1/2 hour leisurely drive from Hudson to Fountain City.
We will return by crossing the river at Winona and come back up MN Hwy. 61, another Great River Road.
Fall Cruise to Elmer's Museum
Sunday Oct. 8, 2017 9:30 am start
Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum in Fountain City, WI on the banks of the Mississippi River, is just across the river from Winona, MN. The cruise will be a leisurely drive in river bluff country along two Great River Roads - Hwy. 35 in Wisconsin and Hwy. 61 in Minnesota. The drive down is about 95 miles and 2½ hours from Hudson.
We will meet at the Hudson House Grand Hotel just across the St. Croix River in Hudson, Wisconsin – Take east Interstate 94, exit 2 after you cross the river. Turn right at the top of the ramp (Carmichael Rd.) and then right again at the stoplight (Crest View Drive). Go west about 0.3 miles. Hudson House will be on the left.
Be ready to leave at 9:30 sharp.
Directions to Fountain City:
1. Turn right out of the hotel parking lot and go back to Carmichael Rd. Turn right at Carmichael Rd. (also called County Rd. F).
2. Follow Carmichael Rd./County Rd. F for about 15 miles to the stop sign at Hwy. 35. Turn right onto Hwy. 35 toward Prescott. Go one mile and turn right (still on Hwy. 35) into the town of Prescott.
3. Stay in the left lane. At stop sign, Hwy. 35 angles off to the left. Careful -traffic coming from the right does not stop.
4. Follow Hwy. 35 to Diamond Bluff, Hager City, Bay City and Maiden Rock.
5. At Stockholm (soon after Maiden Rock), there will be a scenic overlook on the right, about 53 miles from our starting point. We will stop here for a breathtaking view of Lake Pepin, and a chance to stretch our legs. There are restrooms here.
6. Turn right out of the overlook, continuing along Hwy. 35, through the towns of Nelson and Alma. At Alma is Lock and Dam #4. There is (or was) some road construction from Maiden Rock to Nelson area, but the road is passable.
7. Fountain City is about 17 miles south of Alma. We'll stop in town to decide about lunch. There are several restaurants - Monarch Public House, Wing Dam Grill and Bar, The Golden Frog, Bay's End, George's Lounge. ). If you don't want to eat lunch in town, Elmer's has a concession area with snacks and beverages. Or bring a picnic lunch.
8. After lunch we will drive up the bluff to the museum, at W903 Elmer's Road. Take Hwy. 95 (North St.) out of town to County Rd. G. Left on G to Elmer's Road. Watch for museum signs. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students (6-17), little kids free. The museum is open 9:00-5:00.
9. When heading for home, come back down the bluff into town, turn left onto Hwy. 35 and go five miles farther south on Hwy. 35 to Hwy. 54. Turn right on Hwy. 54 and cross the bridge into Winona, MN.
10. At the second stop sign, turn right onto Broadway. Follow Broadway until you come to the frontage road to Hwy. 61. Follow the frontage road to the stoplight and turn right (north) onto Hwy. 61.
11. Now you are on Minnesota's Great River Road. Follow Hwy. 61 through the historic river towns of Wabasha, Lake City, Red Wing and Hastings. Don't forget to look up. Bald eagles should be plentiful along Lake Pepin.
12. Hwy. 61 goes all the way into St. Paul, where you can access Interstate 494 or 94 to make your way home.
2. Our 15th annual hayride and potluck picnic will be Sunday November 5th, at Bunker Park Stables in Andover. Last year it was a balmy 70 degrees. We have more often than not had excellent weather for our hayrides, so we will hope for the best this year as well. The hayride will start at 2:30 with potluck to follow.
WPC 10,000 LAKES
Fifteenth ANNUAL HAYRIDE
Sunday November 5th, 2017, 2:30 pm
Bunker Park Stables
550 Bunker Lake Blvd. Andover, MN
Enjoy a one-hour horse-drawn hayride through acres of grassland and oak groves, with abundant wildlife – deer, pheasants, owls, hawks and fox. After the ride, we will have a potluck picnic. Sit back, relax and enjoy a crackling campfire, ideal for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. There are plug-ins in the bunkhouse for keeping crockpots warm while we are out on the ride. Don't forget beverages. And…dress for the weather.
Each hayrack can accommodate 35-40 adults. Price: $8.00 per person with an $85 minimum for 10 or fewer people. Arrive 30-40 minutes before the scheduled 2:30 pm departure.
The stable is located at 550 Bunker Lake Blvd, between State Highway 65 & Hanson Blvd. in Bunker Hills Regional Park.
1.Take Interstate 35W to State Hwy. 10.
2.West on State Hwy. 10.
3.Exit on State Hwy. 65 and proceed North.
4.Turn Left on Bunker Lake Blvd. (exit240)
5.Turn Left into Bunker Hills Regional Park.
6.Follow signs to Bunker Park Stables.