The Pillar Inn of Cold Spring

 a Victorian Style Bed & Breakfast

Itinerary Ideas

Be sure to check out this link to The St Cloud Times website which lists area festivals and events in detail!


For themed itineraries such as the "Rock Solid Granite Tour", and "Mississippi Monks and Marigolds", check out the St Cloud Visitors Bureau website, www.granitecountry.com/pages/GraniteCountryRoadTrips/.

Several of the stops on the above itineraries are located near Cold Spring, so be sure to ask us how to best arrange your day so that you end up at The Pillar Inn for your relaxing evening! 

Another great local resource is www.digelogrocori.com.  There are many great local stories and attractions on this informative video website!


There is so much to do when you stay at The Pillar Inn!  Modify these sample itineraries to the dates of your stay and your interests.  Contact us with questions or suggestions!
(Please note the brewery tours are limited on Saturdays and the bakery is not open on Sundays).

Arrival evening:
Check-in at The Pillar Inn between 430-630pm.
Take a walk around town to "get your bearings".
Have dinner at the Great Blue Heron restaurant.

Day one:
Tour the new Third Street Brewhouse (formerly Cold Spring Brewery) This is a world class brewery with the recent reconstruction.  They have three new great brews too!  See www.thirdstreetbrewhouse.com for more info on the brewhouse and tours.

Visit El Rancho Manana Campground and Riding Stables, for hiking and/or bird watching, horseback riding, or canoeing on the lake.
Enjoy pizza and a beer at the campground or have dinner at the 400 Club on Pleasant Lake.
Take in a Cold Spring Springer's amateur baseball game! 

Day two:
Visit the Cold Spring Bakery and Cold Spring area boutique gift shops! (see links below).
Walk, rollerblade or bike on the Lake Wobegon Trail!
Have dinner at Fisher's in Avon!

Make it a "date" weekend!!  Our "Out of the Box Dates" game, called Let the Games Begin, is a fun and adventurous way to spend time together while learning more about the Cold Spring area!  The best part is your itinerary is spelled out and there are fun things to do AFTER you return to the inn as well!! :)  Here is an description of what to expect:

In Let the Games Begin, the winner takes all, or at least the suggested prize, which you are sure to love!  There are several destinations in the Cold Spring area.  At each one, you  have a challenge to complete.  This adventure will keep you guessing and giggling.  You'll find romance in the most unexpected places!

In your box, you will not only find all destination info such as addresses, hours of operation, etc., but also directions to each place in the order you should visit them.  We've also provided drink tokens and game cards needed for each destination so there should be no out-of-pocket expense to you (unless you want to do or purchase something above and beyond our recommendations...which local businesses would appreciate!) 

Oh, and let's not forget all the points you can score with one another in the "Secretly His" and "Secretly Hers" envelopes!  These games are all about romance and can be played all throughout the week following your Cold Spring adventure and on your date.  Romance continues for weeks-even after your date has ended-with our signature game, "The Love Lottery".  On your mark...get set..go!!  Cost is $34.98 and must be ordered in advance.

Make it a golfing weekend!
Visit our area golf courses (see links below) and have dinner at the Rich Spring Golf Club!

Make it a shopping weekend!
Visit the wonderful shops of Cold Spring and then head to St Cloud to Crossroads Mall and other great stores.
Visit the beautiful Munsinger Gardens along the Mississippi River.
Hike or bike the Beaver Island Trail that goes through the St Cloud State University campus and along the Mississippi River.
Have an early dinner in St Cloud and head back to the peaceful town of Cold Spring!
Go to a movie at the local Quarry Cinema!

Make it a Spa weekend!
Visit local salons for a day dedicated to YOU!!  Schedule a pedicure, manicure, massage, facial and more!  Note that Styles Plus Salon offers personalized spa parties for 6 or more people!  Be sure to make appointments in advance. Area salons listed below.

Attend services at local churches.
St Boniface Catholic Church..right across the street from The Pillar Inn!
Peace Lutheran Church
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 320-685-3811
River of Life Assembly of God


Check out these great boutique stores for unique shopping experiences!

Trendsetters Boutique
Visit this wonderful store for a fun and ever-changing selection of purses, jewelry, sunglasses and more!  What's even better is that a portion of this businesses profits go to the assistance of others in need.  See their website for more details.  Located one block from The Pillar Inn.

Aurora Wellness Center, Salon and Gift Shop
Yes, this salon also has a wonderful selection of unique jewelry, purses, and clothing and a newly added vintage shop!  You can even shop while your hair is processing!  Located between Cold Spring and Richmond.  320-685-4449. 

The Grande Depot
The Grande Depot is Central Minnesota's newest retail complex!  Located within a completely refurbished former train depot, you will find stylish accessories for your home, an extensive array of culinary items and gourmet foods, as well as a wine shop that stocks many varieties of wines as well as unique beers.  The decor is beautiful.  It really is a must-see when visiting our area!  Located at the intersection of I-94 and Hwy 23.






Aurora Wellness Center, Salon and Gift Shop
A full service salon that includes a fun gift shop!  320-685-4449.

The Skin Spa offers facials, waxing, makeup applications, peels, and much more.  Located across the street from The Pillar Inn! 320-250-6036

Styles Plus Salon and Spa
A full service salon and spa located right behind The Pillar Inn! 320-685-4452.

Be sure to contact these salons directly for advance appointments.



Tour the Third Street Brewhouse!
The Third Street Brewhouse (formerly Cold Spring Brewery)is open for tours!  Did you know Third Street Brewhouse not only brews great beers, but is one of the top producers of energy drinks in the US?  Their new craft beers are very tasty and the new tasting room and brewhouse is not to be missed. Visit their website, www.thirdstreetbrewhouse.com for details on setting up a tour.  

Tour a local granite company!
Thinking of adding some granite counter tops to your home?  Are you curious about how granite is taken from its natural state into a beautiful countertop, fireplace, and more?  Granite Tops, a local granite fabricator, gives tours, by appointment, Monday-Friday.  Visit their website, http://www.granite-tops.com/, for details!

Attend a Cold Spring Springers baseball game!
The Cold Spring Springers are a local amateur baseball team with a lot of talent!  The outdoor ballpark is awesome and there are usually fun promotions at home games.  A great evening of local entertainment!

There are many golf courses in and near Cold Spring!  Stay a week (or more!) and get to know them all!
Cold Spring Courses:
Rich Spring Golf Club
River Oaks Golf Course
City View Golf Course 320-685-7000  9 holes

St Cloud Courses:
Angushire Golf Course
Blackberry Ridge Golf Club
Boulder Ridge Golf Club 320-259-7944  9 holes
MAC-Veterans Golf Course
St Cloud Country Club
Territory Golf Club
Wapicada Golf Club

Other area Courses:
Albany Golf Club
Kimball Golf Club
Koronis Hills Golf Club, Paynesville MN 320-243-4111
Little Crow Country Club
Stone Creek Golf Club, Foley MN 320-968-6017 9 hole


For an evening dining experience, visit The Great Blue Heron Restaurant, just a few blocks from The Pillar Inn.  Check out their new website for information on menus, hours of operation and more!  www.blueheronsupperclub.com

For a unique dining experience in the heart of the Lake Wobegon area, try Fisher's Club in Avon.  One of the owners is none other than Garrison Keillor!  Check out their website for more information, www.fishersclub.com.

Looking to dine on a lake?  Visit the 400 Club on Pleasant Lake! www.400supperclub.com.

You don't have to golf to enjoy dinner at the RichSpring golf course!  You can even arrive by boat! www.richspringgolf.com.

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The PIllar Inn
419 Main Street
Cold SpringMN 56320
(320) 685-3828

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