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Living a Outdoor Oriented Lifestyle in Red Wing, Minnesota

Red Wing is an award-winning, outdoor-oriented  town of about 16,000 in southeastern Minnesota. Red Wing’s abundant year round outdoor recreation draws visitors with diverse interests to bird watch, hike and bike, sail and fish, golf, ski and snowmobile, rock climb, enjoy the views and more.  Red Wing is also a nice place to live with a strong and beautiful downtown. It also has an impressive economic base with several recognizable manufacturers, plus the nearby Treasure Island Resort and Casino. The town had an early heyday as a stop for steamboats on the river and for its rich farm land.
Red Wing is a picturesque city nestled in the Mississippi River Valley. It brims with historic charm and natural beauty, all complemented by interesting shops and restaurants.

Where to Retire in Red Wing and Home Prices

The median home value in Red Wing was $231,081 in early 2021, according to Zillow.

What Is Special about Red Wing

Red Wing is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2008 distinctive destinations list because of its "impressive architecture and enviable natural environment. Red Wing was also named one of the Top 25 Historic Destinations in the World by National Geographic Traveler.  Home of Red Wing stoneware and pottery, named for the local red clay. Barn Bluff, 400' high, towers over downtown.

What Is Not Special about Red Wing

Full time retirement here means you had better enjoy winter sports.

Climate and Physical Environment

Red WIng is along the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota, just across the river from Wisconsin. Winters are cold here with the average January temperature below 20 degrees. Summers are nice.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Red Wing has numerous festivals throughout the year in its busy and interesting downtown.


The crime rate in Red Wing is just below the national average.

Medical Facilities

Fairview Redwing Medical Center serves the City of Red Wing.


U.S. 63 connects across the Mississippi to Wisconsin.  Minneapolis/St. Paul International is only about 50 miles.

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