Briggs Farm is a family-owned outdoor adventure and event destination encompassing 560 acres of wooded bluffs, meadows, farmland, and creek bottoms. The farm was one of the first in Winona County, established in 1854 by Norwegian immigrants Halvor and Kari Myhre. Today, the Briggs family maintain a small herd of grass-fed beef cattle on the farm, but most of the property is managed to attract wildlife, including red-tailed fox, whitetail deer, wild turkey, eagles, coyotes, brown trout, wood turtles, hooded warblers, showy lady’s slipper, and jeweled shooting stars, to name just a few.
The three-bedroom country farmhouse features a fully equipped kitchen, full bathroom (and a "bonus bathroom"--tiny but convenient), deck, patio, porch, dining room and living area, a large bird-feeding station, and an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven. Whole-house rental rates for up to 8 people are $150 per night Sunday – Thursday nights and $175 Friday and Saturday.
Guests enjoy a wide range of activities on the farm, including hiking or skiing/snow shoeing our 15 miles of trails. The farm is currently being surveyed by a small team of volunteer naturalists who are documenting the natural features of the farm on our website. Trout fishing, wild berry picking. and wild apple picking are popular seasonal activities. We also offer a variety of classes and activities for an additional fee, including guided bird watching, outdoor survival skill training, wild fiber weaving, guided stargazing, hay ride/bonfire, pizzas from our outdoor wood-fired oven, and meals cooked on the farmhouse's wood cook stove (grass-fed sirloin steak with morel mushroom sauce, anyone?). (The kitchen includes a gas stove for your convenience as well.) Nearby Winona, Minnesota, offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities. Our website offers details of add-on activities that you can select after booking.
Rates are for two adults; additional adults (up to eight) are $25 each. Children 17 and under stay free, so do not count them when listing the number of people staying at the farm. Our farm is kid-friendly (and kid-tested by our own children and their friends!).
Please note: While the farmhouse is comfortable and nicely appointed (see photos), it does not include a landline; cell phone service is available, and if you do not have a cell phone, we can make one available at the farm. The farm does not have air conditioning, which is usually not an issue, even in the summer, given the cool nights. Finally, we cannot accommodate pets, with the exception of dogs on leashes or kenneled on site in our dog kennel. This is for the safety and protection of your pets as well as our farm animals, and also out of consideration for other guests with cat/dog hair allergies. Thanks for your understanding.
Children age 17 and under stay FREE. When specifying the number of people staying at the farmhouse, please specify the number of adults only.
Briggs Farm is nestled in Cedar Valley, in the heart of Upper MIssissippi River bluff country. Although the farm is in a remote, secluded location (the highway pavement ends just a few yards before our driveway), we enjoy a 27-hole golf course, pub, and restaurant just three miles down the road. Nearby attractions include half a dozen state parks and the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge--plus, the historic Mississippi River town of Winona, Minnesota is just fifteen miles away. Winona offers a plethora of arts and cultural activities, including music venues, a major art museum, antiques shopping, historic sites, two universities, and a packed festivals calendar that includes the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, the Great River Shakespeare Festival, and the Frozen River Film Festival.