Best of Scene Winners

Best of Southern Minnesota winners are featured here — in one winners list and then with individual blurbs for each winner. The winners are also featured each year in the November print edition of Scene, located throughout Southern Minnesota.

MISCELLANEOUS – BEST MOVIE THEATER: Northwoods Cinema

November 22, 2019

Northwoods Cinema 10 in Owatonna is simply a great place to see a movie. Tickets are affordable and 10 screens gives the Owatonna and surrounding communities plenty of options each week. The heated luxury recliner chairs in the theater are so comfortable, it is a real challenge to stay awake. Other amenities include advance ticket…Read More

MISCELLANEOUS – BEST KEPT SECRET: Learning Rx

November 22, 2019

“At LearningRX, we identify weak skills that may be making learning and life harder than it needs to be, then strengthen those skills using fun, challenging mental exercises. We are different than tutoring in that we get to the root cause of the learning struggle rather than reteaching the same information,” said LearningRx owner Darci…Read More

MISCELLANEOUS – BEST FARMERS MARKET: Riverwalk Market Fair

November 22, 2019

There are lots of charming things about Northfield, and many of them can be found in its downtown. One of those things occurs every Saturday morning, from the beginning of June until mid-October. Just having closed up its sixth year, the Riverwalk Market Fair blends the charm, the vitality of the arts, great local farmers…Read More

MISCELLANEOUS – BEST DOWNTOWN: Northfield

November 22, 2019

Northfield is known as a hub for arts and culture. This town has a historic, famous and endearing feel, complete with easy access to shops, restaurants and parks. Downtown Northfield has a uniquely peaceful vibe – its leisurely atmosphere makes visitors want to linger and causes residents to continue calling it home. Bridge Square is…Read More

MISCELLANEOUS – BEST COMMUNITY EVENT: Steele County Free Fair

November 22, 2019

County fairs represent tradition and small town living. And for some, the preparation happens many weeks before the first Ferris wheel begins to turn. Fairs are a pretty big deal and anticipated year round in rural America. However, in Steele County, the last food truck is barely able to make it out of the parking…Read More

MISCELLANEOUS – BEST BED & BREAKFAST: Candlelight Inn B&B

November 22, 2019

“This tremendous honor bestowed on us means everything to us, and as a married couple who shares the day-to-day duties of owning and managing an Inn, we are thrilled that our guests find our B & B so very special” — Dave and Eve Baer, owners of Candlelight Inn Bed & Breakfast in Red Wing.…Read More

MISCELLANEOUS – BEST HOTEL: St. James Hotel

November 22, 2019

“We are honored and humbled to see that our hard work to make the St. James Hotel the best hotel in Minnesota, is being recognized. We work every day to provide the finest guest service, genuine memorable experiences, and inspiring a connection to our rich, local history through our iconic, boutique hotel” — Marilyne Bouteiller,…Read More

SPORTS/OUTDOORS – BEST SKI SLOPE: Welch Village

November 20, 2019

Are you an Olympic-level skier or snowboarder? Never been on a slope in your life? Want your kids you learn as soon as they can? No matter what, you need look no further than Welch Village, Southern MN Scene’s 2019 winner for Best Ski Slope, as it was in 2018. Welch Village is actual two…Read More

SPORTS/OUTDOORS: BEST PLACE TO SWIM: Faribault Family Aquatic Center

November 20, 2019

Voted Best Municipal Swimming Pool, Faribault Family Aquatic Center offers many amenities for all ages and abilities, such as two large flume slides, climbing walls, and many activities, like the sand pit play area for little ones. The Center offers an hour daily for lap swim and parent/child swim before it opens up for open…Read More

SPORTS/OUTDOORS – BEST KAYAK/CANOE Rental: Waseca Community Education

November 20, 2019

The city of Waseca and Community Education have combined in an effort to bring new fun and excitement to Clear Lake Park. With the ever growing popularity in kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding, it was a no brainer for Waseca to add this sort of program to their community. These rentals give people an inexpensive…Read More

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