Things to do: Pick apples and grapes
If you're visiting Hastings and like either apples or wine, you're in luck! Hastings is home to Alexis Bailly Vineyards and to numerous apple orchards.
The vineyard offers guests an opportunity for wine tastings and has grounds available for picnics.
The orchards are open primarily in the fall and most have more than just apples. Many have pumpkins, raspberries and strawberries.
Alexis Bailly Vineyards
The vineyard is located south of Hastings off Highway 61 and has been in operation since 1978. The vineyard has made waves recently with its newest wine, a port infused with, of all things, natural chocolate. A wine tasting is available.
From May to Thanksgiving, Alexis Bailly is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m Friday through Sunday .
From Thanksgiving to Christmas, it is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Fridays and Saturdays.
Sundays in July and August the vineyard features jazz concerts from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Apple orchards and other fruit gardens abound in the Hastings area, with several orchards in the St. Croix River Valley just to the north of the city in south Washington County. Many orchards offer pick-your-own or sell picked apples, as well as berries and pumpkins.
In mid-October every year, the orchards team up for the St. Croix River Valley Apple Fest.
Afton Apple Orchard
14421 S. 90th St.
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature
12805 S. St. Croix Trail
Fischer Croix Farm Orchard
12971 S. St. Croix Trail
McDougall's Apple Junction
14325 S. 110th St.
Whistling Well Farm
8973 S. St. Croix Trail