America's Prettiest Winter Towns
Courtesy of Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce
Scandinavian roots mean Minnesotans know a thing or two about enjoying winter in all of its ice-cold, iced-down glory. Counterintuitively for the state, the southeastern town of Lanesboro is not a land of lakes but rather of river gorges and high limestone bluffs that makes for a winter wonderland of a different sort in the Root River Valley. Nordic skiers schuss out of town—past the Victorian façades in the center, where there’s neither a stoplight nor a franchise store—toward those haunting empty places that beckon.
Winter Fun: Skiers flock to the Root River Trail throughout winter, but on the first Saturday in February every year, it is lined with candles during the Whalan Candle Light Cross-Country Ski.