The Adventure Begins Friday Afternoon

Cruise the Great River Road into downtown Pepin, WI and check into our accomodating motels, vacation rentals or B&Bs. Our small-town lodging options are managed by locals excited to let you in on the best-kept secrets in town from live music to restaurants, shoreline walkways & more. After you settle into your room, enjoy a delicious meal at our seasonal restaurants and year-round bars & cafes.

Friday Evening Activities

When the weather turns warm, Pepin comes alive with live weekend entertainment, local boutiques, lakeside activities & so much more! Experience the nightlife at the Pickle Factory or enjoy live music at the Garden Pub outdoor diner. Ready for a 5-star dining experience? Check out the Harbor View Cafe overlooking beautiful Lake Pepin. Our Summer sunsets are breathtaking. Take a stroll along the lakeshore or hop in your boat for an evening cruise on the river.

Plan your trip at the right time and enjoy breathtaking views of Fall colors on Lake Pepin. Early October is the best time to take in one-of-a-kind sunsets that blend into the vibrant Fall foliage.

Saturday Activities

Pepin, WI is the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder! After breakfast at the local diners, head to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, explore the Pepin Depot Museum and visit the Little House Wayside Cabin located on the original Wilder land.

For lunch, dine at the Il Forno Ristorante Italian restaurant at Villa Bellezza Winery. The pizzas are a must-try menu item and the housemade wine pairs perfectly with the Italian flavors. Afterward, stay for a glass of wine in the Tasting Room or schedule a wine tour of the vineyards, wine-making process, pavilion and more!

After your winery adventure, head into town to shop the local artisan shops and boutiques. During the Spring, Summer and Fall, you’ll find one-of-a-kind decor, craft items, gifts and souvenirs. Many of the shops are located along the Lake Pepin shoreline. Take a beautiful walk along the Pepin pier and relax on the public sandy beach.

At the first snowfall, Pepin turns into a winter wonderland. Our community is located next to pristine snowmobile trails, and just a short drive from alpine and cross country runs. The cold weather also brings new fishing opportunities. Our locals will point you in the direction of the best ice fishing spots on the lake.

Sunday Funday

Start the day off right with a hot cup of coffee at the Homemade Cafe! Are you visiting during the Summer and Fall? Stop into the Country Stop for the ultimate shopping experience: fresh produce, home decor, antiques, potted flowers, gift items & much more.

Sundays are the perfect day to cruise on the river. Explore the best fishing holes on the river, take a leisurely ride to a river beach, break out the water skis or set up a chair on the local beach. As the colors change and Fall rolls around, grab your kayak or canoe for a breathtaking trip along the gorgeous river bluffs.

In November and December, warm up with spiced wine at the Villa Bellezza Christmas Market. The Outdoor Piazza is filled with local vendors, homemade bread, hot chocolate and mulled wine for a magical holiday shopping experience.

Is it already time to say goodbye? Stop in the Garden Pub Malt Shop for a tasty road trip treat before you head back on the historic Great River Road!