Saving the best for last, the third leg of our trip landed us in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin. Maiden Rock is located along the Mississippi River between Red Wing and Lake City.
The area is very scenic, filled with rolling hills and rocky bluffs, and when I was a kid we often traveled through there on our family houseboat. I'd always had a fascination for Maiden Rock, the tiny little town (pop. 119) with the famous Indian legend.
As the story goes, (and there are several variations) Princess Wenonah (Winona), the daughter of Chief Red Wing, had a lover who was killed by Dakota Indian warriors, a rival tribe of her father's. She was supposed to marry some other guy, but instead, she jumped off the cliff of Maiden Rock and killed herself. Very sad story for this nice little town. (And I've never quite figured out if the young woman actually landed in the river because the supposed rock seems pretty far inland.)
|Harbor View Café|
Restaurants in this area are limited, but again, whatever is available turns out to be well-known and excellent. Just 13 miles away is Pepin, WI which has the very popular Harbor View Café. We had eaten here a few times before and remembered that they serve really great gourmet food, so of course we figured we should probably dress up a bit. But no, we were quite overdressed as we sat in the bar area in one of the booths with wooden seats and blue checkered tablecloths. Oh well.
|Pork Loin with Sour Cherry Sauce|
(not gluten or dairy free)
|Seafood Chowder with a side of rice|
|Sunset over Lake Pepin|