Enjoy the Scenic Cannon River and 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 will find quaint stores, art galleries, antiques and inviting coffee shops. No matter what season you visit, Nerstrand Big Woods State Park offers outdoor fun for the entire family. Admire the wildflower garden and hike to waterfalls during warmer months, and snowmobile through wooded trails 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.
Enjoy these popular local attractions:
- Cannon River Walkway (0.3 miles)
Just beyond Ames Park lies the scenic Cannon River. The walkway brings you to a lovely riverfront area where the streets are lined with shops and beautiful outdoor areas, perfect for picnics and enjoying a sunny day.
- Carleton College (1 mile)
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
- 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
- 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
- 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. Interestingly, the beautiful 300-acre campus is powered by its own wind turbine and uses 100 percent carbon-free electrical power.
Phone: +1 (507) 786-2222