Stockholm, Wisconsin – Small Town, Big Fun

Photo courtesy of Hugga Bugga
Photo courtesy of Hugga Bugga

Stockholm, Wisconsin is a quaint little village that makes for the perfect fall weekend getaway or scenic day trip. Directly across from Lake City on Lake Pepin, Stockholm is an easy one-and-a-half-hour drive from the Twin Cities. Stockholm might be small, but it is brimming with fun restaurants, galleries, and scenic views that will have you dragging your feet when it is time to leave. Wander up Spring Street and down Great River Road ducking into cozy restaurants and welcoming galleries. Once you’ve gotten your fill of small-town charm spend some time riverside enjoying the incredible lakeside view. 

Photo courtesy of Hugga Bugga

Hugga Bugga

Hugga Bugga is one of our favorite galleries. It is full of original, handcrafted items from local artisans, many of whom also work for the store. Everyone at Hugga Bugga is incredibly friendly and eager to answer any questions. Hugga Bugga is especially fun for any of you animal lovers out there. “Josie the Wonder Dog” is always onsite, ready to greet new customers with a friendly wag of her tail.

The selection at the ‘Bug’ is completely original. Everything is designed and brought to life by experienced craftspeople from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Crafts range from scented goat milk lotion, hand-knitted wraps, cowls, sweaters, and more. Whether you are shopping for yourself or a gift for a loved one you are sure to find something to treasure for years to come. 

Photo courtesy of Hugga Bugga

Sandy’s Clothing and Art

Sandy’s Clothing and Art is another cute space full of hand-crafted items. Fall in love with a timeless piece of clothing, a pair of fashionable (and yet very comfortable!) shoes, or a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. The art is diverse, affordable, and ethical. Owner Sandy Wagener strives to provide a safe, meaningful experience for everyone who walks through the door. She has carefully implemented sustainable practices and is passionate about supporting local artists and ethical companies. She describes her store as a place where “stories are told, laughter is heard, causes are supported, and connections are made.” 

Humble Moon Folkstead and Saloon

Part restaurant and part event space, Humble Moon Folkstead and Saloon is fast becoming one of the most popular spots in Stockholm. The current owners purchased the beloved property in 2016 and have made it their mission to open up the space to the community in as many ways as possible, including opening up their backyard patio for community use. The menu at Humble Moon is constantly rotating and consistently delicious – no matter what is on the menu you are sure to leave satisfied. Humble Moon often hosts musicians on their deck during the weekly Friday Market & Music event, which runs through mid-October. 

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Stockholm Pie & General Store

Stockholm Pie & General Store might have begun as a simple bakery in a small town on the river, but over the years it has become a beloved spot for tourists and locals alike – and it is not hard to see why: Stockholm Pie has received many awards, from Best Pie to Best Dessert to Best Cafe on the Mississippi River. Every day there are more than twenty flavors of pie available by slice alongside pie cookies and full-size pies! Stockholm Pie & General Store also has a great selection of sandwiches, wraps, and salads – and if you need a drink to wash it down their vintage sodas and espresso drinks always hit the spot. Everything in the pie shop is made from scratch – “just like grandma would have done it,” says owner Alan Nugent.

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Bonus: Villa Bellezza Winery

Technically located a few minutes down the road in Pepin, Villa Bellezza gets a bonus spot on the Stockholm list. Villa Bellezza is stunning – and practically a small town in and of itself. Inspired by Italian villas, Villa Belleza is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. Sample some wine, grab a bite at Il Forno, make a wish at the fountain in the center of the little town, and imagine that you are in Italy. 

A Place to Stay

If you decide you want to enjoy Stockholm for a full weekend, consider checking out The Historic Stockholm Hotel or Spring Street Inn. Both are small, intimate hotels directly in Stockholm. If you are feeling a little more adventurous Stockholm Village Park is a water-side campsite with space for RVs and tents.

Whether you are on the prowl for your newest piece of hand-made jewelry, want an excuse to cozy up in a cute little village, or just want a fun destination at the end of a autumnal road trip, Stockholm is the place to go! 

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