Winona is surrounded by spectacular natural beauty, wrapped history, and steeped in cultural legacy.
Founded by a steamboat captain in 1851, Winona’s location on an island in the Mississippi made it a transportation hub and one of the nation’s richest cities by 1900. This legacy remains in the form of historic buildings and vintage homes and an ongoing harmony with the river.
Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, history buff, architecture admirer, wildlife watcher, antique shopper, arts supporter, and/or lifelong learner, you will love all that Winona has to offer. The friendly people of Winona invite you to come visit, explore, and enjoy our scenic beauty, history, cultural arts, attractions and festivals. You’ll be glad you discovered Winona and will want to return time and time again
Winona is one of the most beautiful places on earth, nestled between the covered limestone river bluffs that rise 500 feet and the stunning mighty Mississippi River. The historical architecture and cultural opportunities give Winona a soul that is living, breathing and growing. Still, Winona and its wealth of lodging, shopping and culture is relatively undiscovered.
Winona was founded in 1851 by a steamboat captain. located on a large island in the Mississippi, the lumber industry helped it grow rapidly and by 1900 Winona had more millionaires per capita than any place in the United States. Winona’s olden times lives on in architecturally significant historic buildings and classic homes that thrill history buffs.
Today, Winona is determined by a strong capitalist spirit that has given birth to a city that has built its potential by embracing its past. There is a strong arts movement, plentiful shopping, comfortable lodging and a variety of restaurants.
In numerous ways Winona is still an island in the wilds waiting to be discovered again. Eagles fly overhead, deer sleep in yards and on the periphery of Winona you can hear the sound of coyotes on still summer nights. All of this is waiting for you. Make your plans today to discover Winona, the historic island city.