Visit Cannon River Attractions in Downtown Northfield
Families, students and alumni staying at the Country Inn & Suites, Northfield enjoy convenience to both Carleton College and St. Olaf College. Our location along the picturesque Cannon River also offers proximity to the historic downtown area where guests can find quaint stores, art galleries, antiques and inviting coffee shops. An easy drive away, Nerstrand Big Woods State Park offers outdoor fun, with wildflower gardens and hikes to waterfalls during warmer months as well as snowmobile rides during the winter. Northfield was named the 2016 Safest College Town in America by Safewise, further adding to the enchantment of this historic river town.
- Carleton College (1 mile)
Each year, this private liberal arts school enrolls more than 2,000 students taking courses in 39 majors and 16 concentrations. Its campus is home to a music hall, an art gallery and a student-run pub. Carleton College also offers several varsity sports, so make plans to attend a sporting event and cheer on the Knights.
Phone: +1 (507) 222-4000
- St. Olaf College (1 mile)
Founded in 1874, this private liberal arts college prides itself on a vibrant Lutheran tradition and enrolls more than 3,000 students annually. Interestingly, the beautiful 300-acre campus is powered by its own wind turbine and uses 100% carbon-free electrical power.
Phone: +1 (507) 786-2222
- Cannon River Walkway (0.3 miles)
Starting at Ames Park downtown, the walkway follows the Cannon River and takes you alongside local shops, restaurants and green spaces.
- Historic Downtown Northfield (0.2 miles)
Explore historic downtown Northfield, home to a variety of shops, restaurants and galleries, exuding the type of charm you simply can’t find in a big city.
Phone: +1 (507) 645-5604
Enjoy the Outdoors
- Nerstrand Big Woods State Park (13 miles)
Get outdoors and explore the waterfalls, wildlife and gardens of this gorgeous 2,900-acre protected park. During the spring, you have the rare opportunity to admire the dwarf trout lily, which is a federally-listed endangered wildflower. However, the fun doesn’t stop when the weather gets cold. Even in the winter, you can take the kids snowshoeing or for a ride on a snowmobile.
Phone: +1 (507) 333-4840
- Northfield Golf Club (1.1 miles)
Perfect your swing and improve your game on the beautifully manicured greens of the Northfield Golf Club. The par-72 course offers 18 gorgeous yet challenging holes that weave around trees and water features.
Phone: +1 (507) 645-4026