LOCATION: Luverne, Minnesota in SW part of state
CAMPGROUND: Take 16 Brewery through Harvest Host. In their event center parking lot. Downtown Luverne, but very little street noise. Great beer. 5 stars out of 5
WEATHER: Crisp and cool. High 65. Windy in PM
DRIVE: 30 minutes
Since we only had a very short drive to our next stop, we spent most of the day at the Big Sioux Recreation Area where we were camped the last 2 nights. Check-out was not until 4:00 – how convenient!
George spent the day doing odd jobs. He fixed the condensation problem we have had with our rearview video camera. While he did that, I took several hikes around the park. I just can’t get enough of the lovely autumn weather and colors.
One of the trails follows a well-maintained disk golf course.
I checked out this old homestead log cabin built in 1869 that has been preserved in the park. Some Norwegians homesteaded here, and raised a family of 8!
After a 30-minute drive, we crossed the border from South Dakota back to good old Minnesota, my favorite state. We got parked easily and went in to enjoy a comfortable brewery and to sip on their beers. Last year when we were traveling through this area, we stopped here and I recommended the brewery as a Harvest Host site. When they joined, I received a nice referral bonus!
The brewery is named after Route 16, a historic highway that crossed from Yellowstone to Detroit. George got our growler filled up with one of their IPAs.
DINNER: We walked a few blocks to a very nice downtown bistro for dinner. We shared their special – Wednesday Wings. It was a very nice atmosphere, and they were doing a great business – somewhat surprisingly since the town is not that big and it is not the weekend. Unlike some small towns we pass through, Luverne seems to be thriving well.