Hormel Legacy Tour (sample)

  • 9:00am-9:45am Hormel Institute: World leader in cancer research through the study of food agents and cell functions now offers pre-arranged tours. Experience a 3D simulation of molecules and possibly sample cancer prevention foods. New in 2016 was the expansion of 20 additional labs.
  • 10:00am-11:45pm SPAM® Museum: One of the Minnesota’s top attractions, featuring audios, videos and displays depicting the rich history of Hormel Foods in a tour that is interactive, educational, and fun for all ages. New location in downtown Austin, MN in 2016.
  • 12:00pm-1:15pm Lunch: On own in historical destination downtown with over 10 restaurants to choose delightful dining. Take a moment to explore the Austin ArtWorks Center, the Rydjor Bike Museum and many other boutiques that offer one of kind specialty products.
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm Hormel Historic Home: Discover the stately 14-room home of the George A Hormel family (founder of Hormel Foods Corp). Built in 1871, the home features stained glass windows, decorative woodwork, front pillars imported from Italy, Tiffany light fixtures and a Greek marble fireplace, along with a sweet treat in an enchanted setting.
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm Austin City Tour: Be introduced to local points of interest and lesser known or quirky sites that might merit further attention! (did you know that Austin used to have a few monkeys? Austin is the home to MN largest daily doughnut?) Plus you get a SPAM™ cookbook.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm Jay C. Hormel Nature Center: enjoy hardwood and pine forests, restored prairies, creeks, ponds, and delightful walking trails, and/or programs on cider pressing, maple syruping, monarch tagging, astronomy, birds of prey, bird banding, prairie chicken mating dance and more presented by the Nature Center staff. Brand new interpetive center in 2017.
  • 5:30pm-Dinner: The Old Mill, this 1850’s former flour mill is located on the Cedar River and overlooks the Ramsey Dam and is one of the most historic and well-regarded restaurants in southern Minnesota OR The Austin Country Club is a well-kept, heavily wooded, picturesque, challenging USGA 18-hole golf course. This beautiful clubhouse with fine amenities for you to wine and dine and relax with the camaraderie of an extended family of friends. Our professional, friendly staff is committed to making each visit a pleasant experience.
  • 7:00pm-This Historic Paramount Theatre, 1 of 4 "Atmosheric Theatres" remaining in Minnesota. Opened in 1929, it was desinged for stage theatre and first run movies. The Paramount was designed to represent being in a courtyard of quaint Spanish Village with twinkling stars and rolling coulds overhead. Fully restored to its orginal grandeur, this functioning theatre will be available for your group to view the Monty Python movie, which is known for the world famous, "SPAM®, SPAM®, SPAM®"
  • Lodging: Check in at one of the many lodging accommodations in Austin to relax and rejuvenate AmericInn, Days Inn, EconoLodge, Holiday Inn, Rodeway Inn and Super 8.

Add additional Incredible Austin experiences to your trip.
Sterling Shopping Center was one of the original strip malls in Minnesota.A truly unique experience with a distinctive blend of “just-what–you’re looking-for” shops, gifts and more (allow about 1 hour)
Austin Artworks Center hands on project. Let your creative side come alive and have an incredible masterpiece to take home. (no experience necessary) (allow about 1 hours)
Mower County Historical Society: Artifacts and historical items in 16 buildings include vintage firefighting equipment, horse-drawn carriages, a steam locomotive, caboose, one room school house, a Civil War flag and more. Special WWII exhibit now on display. (allow about 2 hours)
• Ethanol Plant: Learn about the process of taking bushels of corn and producing gallons of ethanol as well as all the other usable bi-products, such as animal feed, corn oil, and beverage grade carbon dioxide.
Cookie Bake at the Hormel Historic Home. With a little flour on your nose and excitement in your toes you can prepare, bake and take home some yummy cookies. (allow about 1 hour)
Four Daughters Vineyard: Savor the beautiful views of the vineyards while sipping a glass of on-site produced sparkling and estate varietal wines side by side. The focus is on education for both new tasters and wine connoisseurs alike (call 507-437-4563 for details) Located in Spring Valley, MN 

SuperFresh Bakery, Garden Center and Produce: The perfect place to grab snacks before heading out of town. It is best known for Minnesota Largest Daily Donut as well as products from local producers.

Wind Farm Tour: The Austin area is well known for being a major player in the Wind Industry. There are multiple wind farms in the area with over 1,500 wind turbines total. Visit a farm and learn why wind power is currently the fastest-growing source of electricity production in the world. (call 507-437-4563 for details)

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