A Weekend Jaunt Down to Mason City

by | Jun 2023

Hiking trail at Lime Creek Nature Center.

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I had a speaking engagement in Mason City, Iowa, earlier this spring and became smitten with the cozy Midwestern town just two hours south of Edina. Mason City has something for everyone in your family and makes for a relaxing getaway not too far from home. I’ve planned a long weekend in Mason City for this summer, and in the spirit of sharing, here are five things on our list to do during our visit.

The Music Man Square Museum

Mason City is the hometown of Meredith Willson, the composer and playwright of the popular Broadway musical The Music Man. The Music Man Square museum is dedicated to Willson and the musical, complete with exhibits, costumes and memorabilia from the original production and 1962 film—including all 76 trombones.

The Historic Park Inn Hotel

The Historic Park Inn Hotel is the last remaining hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The hotel underwent a complete restoration in 2011.

Lime Creek Nature Center

Outdoor and nature lovers will appreciate the Lime Creek Nature Center, a 400-acre nature preserve that offers hiking trails, fishing and wildlife.

Northwestern Steakhouse

Northwestern Steakhouse is a local institution that has been serving customers for over 90 years. The restaurant is known for its delicious steak and Greek cuisine; the Greek Spaghetti is one of its most popular dishes.

Contributed by Edina resident Jasmine Brett Stringer, an on-air lifestyle expert, author and founder of Carpe Diem with Jasmine and #ShareTheMicMN. Find her on Instagram @carpediemjbs.


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