Published: June 22nd 2011May 29th 2011
We saw only a fraction of the cool stuff to see in New Ulm during our short two-day, one-night trip. Here are eight things I want to return for:
1) I’d love to go back to taste the appetizers and share a bottle of wine at Morgan Creek Winery — some evening when my child isn’t so impatient. www.MorganCreekVineyard.com
2) The 45-foot-tall Glockenspiel in downtown New Ulm chimes throughout the day and plays programmed pieces at noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. I’d love to hear those bells. There are 37 in the clocktower and they weigh more than two tons. Twelve figurines rotate on a circulating stage during the bell performances. 327 North Minnesota Street
3) I’d like walk reflectively through the The Way of the Cross, completed in 1904 and rennovated in 2004. It has 14 stations showcasing statutes brought in from Bavaria. 1500 Fifth North, behind the medical center
4) The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame honors legends like Bob Dylan, Whopee John, Judy Garland and Prince. An induction ceremony is held the first Friday of November with a free Showcase of the Bands the next day. 27 North Broadway, open Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
5) I am thrilled by great architecture and I’d love to tour the Gov. Lind House. John Lind was the 14th Governor of Minnesota and the first Swedish-born American to serve in the U.S. Congress. His stately Queen Anne-style home was built in 1887. 622 Center Street, www.thelindhouse.com
6) Nothing beats the fun of visiting an old general store and chatting it up with the costumed guides. The Harkin store is just nine miles outside New Ulm, and is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society. I want to sit awhile on the front porch and watch the rolling river. 66250 County Road 21, www.mnhs.org/places/sites/hs
7) A meal and beer (Schell’s, of course) at Turner Halle. The hall is decorated with over 70 feet of stunning murals of Switzerland, Italy and Germany. An Italian artist painted the scenes in 1873, but there were painted over during World War I to prove loyalty to America. They were restored in 1999. 102 South State, www.newulmturnerhall.com
8) Swim in the sand-bottomed pool at Flandrau State Park, and hike along the many trails.
Learn more about the great things New Ulm has to offer at www.newulm.com.