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Check Out These 10+ Quiet Places And Distilleries

Special thanks to North Dakota Tourism, South Dakota Tourism, Explore Minnesota and Tourism Winnipeg for the photos featured within.

Take a break from your 9 to 5 and escape on your own weekend getaway.

Do you need to get out of Fargo for a few days? If so, there are several places within driving distance of the Fargo-Moorhead area you can go. Whether it is North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota or even Canada, there is a place or event for everyone to escape to for a weekend. Jump out of the rat race and journey across state (or country) lines as we profile the best weekend getaway spots from A to Z! Well, what are you waiting for?

Check back later this month to see the rest of the places mentioned in our A to Z Adventure Guide! So far we’ve featured A-CD-EF-GH-JK-LM and N-P.

#1 Quiet Places: Boundary Waters


With portions of the Boundary Waters connected to Voyageurs National Park, as well as some Canadian parks, it serves as a vast landscape of peacefulness. Serving as the literal boundary between Minnesota and Canada, it provides a harmonious exit or entrance into either location. It is the ideal place in Minnesota to set up a tent and spend the night looking at the stars or even the Aurora Borealis.

#4 Rugby, ND


The Geographical Center of North America

If you are heading for the Canadian border, be sure to take a pit stop in Rugby. This small town is roughly 225 miles Northwest of Fargo-Moorhead. However, despite how small it is, it's known for one very significant landmark. Rugby has long been considered the Geographical Center of North America, meaning where the continent reaches its halfway point. There are American, Canadian and Mexican flags representing this point in geographic lore. Since it gained that title, geographers have been in long discussion as to if Rugby actually is the center of the continent. Some argue that it is 15 miles Southwest of the town. Yet, it still remains a point of pride for the citizens of Rugby and is worth visiting along with your weekend getaway trek.

#6 Spirit Tour: Badlands Distillery

Badlands Distillery in Kadoka, SD

A family tradition of making spirits has spilled over to full-scale operations at Badlands Distillery. Distilling since the prohibition days, this family uses locally sourced ingredients in their liquor.

#8 Spirit Tour: Panther Distillery

#9 Spirit Tour: Skaalvenn Distillery

Skaalvenn Distillery in Brooklyn Park, MN

If habanero rum seems like an intriguing combination, it can be found at Skaalvenn. They produce small batches of that plus vodka, regular rum and aquavit.

#10 Spirit Tour: 11 Wells

11 Wells in St. Paul, MN

Located in what was formerly a Hamm's Brewery is 11 Wells, a name which stems from, you guessed it, the number of wells they have on site. The distillery currently produces two types of whiskey and rum. Find their products at various places around the Twin Cities.

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Written by Nolan P. Schmidt

Nolan is the Editor of Fargo Monthly. Schmidt is also the Editor of Spotlight Media's Bison Illustrated and Future Farmer publications. He is originally from Bismarck, N.D. and is a proud graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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