The one claim to fame that this place has become pretty well known for (but seems to have fallen to the wayside on their website) is the fact that Hollywood took over and temporarily named this place "Chuck's Bait Shop" in the 1993 film, Grumpy Old Men. With a large seating area overlooking the river, some ducks along the shoreline to keep you company, beer/wine and plenty of decent (not fantastic, not horrible) food on the menu including burgers, pasta, soup, salad and a few other fun dishes (like our jambalaya shown below), it's well worth a stop for lunch, dinner or even just drinks to say you visited part of the set of Grumpy Old Men.
A well known interpretive center in Wabasha and with what I think is a pretty reasonable entrance fee of only $8 per adult (discounts for kids and seniors); this is one really cool place we've found you can hang out within 10 feet of out nation's symbol, the bald eagle. They even have a life-sized replica of an eagles next you can stand in to learn about how eaglets develop before they develop their flight feathers (fledge) and leave the nest. They have 3 daily programs where you can learn about and interact with one of their resident eagles. Below is a close up profile photo of Columbia we took while we were visiting.
Some info from their website:
- The Upper Mississippi River Valley is home to hundreds of bald eagles. Many choose to build their nests in the tall trees along the river valley. Hundreds more bald eagles arrive here in the winter months, as the Mississippi River remains open around Wabasha year round.
- Our Mission:
Every good downtown needs a sweets shop right? Well here is one is not to be passed up. Located right along Main Street, this sweet shop has some unique and tasty turtles, along with ice cream and other gourmet chocolates and gifts. Plus, there is a hallway and back seating area that is filled with antiques and other crafty items for sale. And of course, a beautiful patio off the back, overlooking the river :)
One thing we did learn from the man behind the counter...they are open every day except Wednesday when they chill the entire place down and make their chocolate turtles!
We were lucky enough to come down to Wabasha during their River Boat Days weekend and got to watch their annual parade. There were quite a few floats and of course tons of candy being thrown for the kids. I think pretty much the entire town shuts down to come out and be part of or watch the parade go by. Being a prior marching band member, I love to watch the marching bands go by and spend too much time critiquing their feet, angles and how in sync the color guard members are during their routines.