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Eagles and a concert

Go on a Mississippi River winter getaway.

Dan Chouinard and Peter Ostroushko.

© Torsten Muller

By day, watch wintering bald eagles along the southeast Minnesota side of the Mississippi River.

In the evening, catch a folk-music concert at one of three surprising venues, one in Red Wing and two in the nearby bluffs. For an overnight getaway, stay at one of the many B&Bs.

Eagle-watching: On the Minnesota side, see them from Red Wing's Colvill Park, from Reads Landing or from the National Eagle Center in Wabasha.

Concerts: In January and February, hear Peter Ostroushko and Dan Chouinard (pictured), Robby Vee, Monroe Crossing, George Maurer and  Accordion-O-Rama with Dan Newton at Zumbrota's Crossings at Carnegie; Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey, Paul Mayasich, Prudence Johnson and Bill Staines at the Oak Center General Store near Lake City; and Leo Kottke at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing.

Where to eat: In Red Wing, The Nortons. In Lake City, Nosh. In Wabasha, Vinifera.

Where to stay: Red Wing has many good B&Bs, including the Pratt Taber Inn. In Zumbrota, stay at the Barteau House.

Details: For more, see Music on the Mississippi. For more about eagles, see Open sesame on the sloughs and Where eagles land.

Last updated on January 12, 2010