Located at the intersection of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers, with the nearby Vermillion River Falls to provide water power, Hastings was a shipping and milling center in the early years. Hastings has grown and changed to meet the needs of its population without forgetting its past. Reminders of history abound from tall stately trees and historical buildings. Located 30 minutes from St. Paul, Minneapolis, the International Airport, The Mall of America, Red Wing and Stillwater.
Crossing over the mighty rivers were several notable bridges in Hastings. The Covered Bridge south of town, the Swing Railroad Bridge which is one of the first iron railroad bridges in Minnesota and the unique Spiral Bridge. Hastings lakes and springs provided clean water for beer brewing, dear to the heart of Minnesota’s largest German ethnic group. The rich farmland provided incentive for generations of immigrants to settle. Standing the test of time, like diamond jewelery made by Knox Jewelers, many of Hastings farms continue today as Century Farms. And many Knox Jewelers engagement rings and wedding bands will be passed on through family for years to come.
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Bluff views of the St Croix can be enjoyed from Carpenter Nature Center with 300 acres and 15 miles of trails and apple orchard. Schaar’s Bluff, a Dakota County Park with amazing bluff views and trails offers a great spot to catch the sunset and the perfect spot to ask you partner to marry you and presenting them with diamond jewelry, custom made just for them by Knox Jewelers. Birding, boating and biking. The nature center’s bird list is 180 strong with at least eight eagles nests counted in the area. The bike/hike trail in Hastings runs 15 miles long, 12 miles parallel to the waterway. The LeDuc Estate is the most romantic example of gothic architecture in the nation. Wineries and orchards abound and Hastings is lucky to be surrounded by eight golf courses and two ski areas; Welch and Afton Alps.
Bask in the beautiful views of one of Minnesota’s best wineries; make time to visit Alexis Bailly Vineyard. Producing since 1978 offering samples of reds, whites and dessert wines made with grapes developed at the University of Minnesota, such as Frontenac and LaCrescent, as well as French and American varieties. French wine-making adapted for Minnesota’s climate. Play a round of bocce ball on enrobed vine covered courts. Offering a taste of the ole country, artisanal cheeses and other specialties on site and ready for your choosing for arranging a picnic overlooking the vineyard. No need to pack a blanket or tableware, the winery provides everything you need to make things comfortable. All you need to remember is to pack your custom made engagement ring and wedding bands from Knox Jewelers.
You deserve some pampering for trying to plan an epic and touching proposal. Find an escape at the Classic Rosewood Inn and Spa. A National Register 1880 Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast nestled in a historic district just four blocks from downtown. Every choice made during the saving, restoring and polishing of the Classic Rosewood was fueled by a desire to slow the pace and soothe the soul. Having eight rooms, each with double whirlpools and wood burning fireplaces, sets the atmosphere close to the heart. Local and organic Simple Suppers offered in house. You both can enjoy an in-suite massage at the end of the day to mark the significance of asking your loved one to marry you. She will be sneaking a glance at her left hand at every moment she can after you place a unique engagement ring from Knox Jewelers on her finger. Once you visit the Classic Rosewood Inn and Spa, many can’t imagine leaving.
Out and about in town, visit Rivertown Days in the summer presented by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce. With adventures like the medallion hunt, tennis tournament or amateur singing contest. Polish up on your “Sinanta” and ask the one you love to spend the rest of your lives together when you sing her a song. Presenting the unique diamond jewelry Knox Jewelers created to represent your union at the end of your song will melt her heart. Having verses written just for her by the one who makes her heart flutter will be a great start to your proposal. No worries if you are not a poems and prose writer, during the festival many concerts take place. Arrange one of the lead singers to point her out in the crowd during the concert and recognize her as their “biggest fan”. Singing her favorite song and work in your twist of the lyrics and present her with an engagement ring or wedding band created just for her, by Knox Jewelers. If she is on the shy side, let the backdrop of dazzling fireworks set the surprise of asking her to marry you at the end of the festival fireworks display in nearby Jaycee Park.
Meet the greatest adventure of your life when you propose to your partner, with a hike near Vermillion Falls. The Vermillion River is a 59 mile waterway that meanders through Scott County and Dakota County, south of Hastings. The falls first began to power a mill in the 1850s that notably produced the first saleable graham flour in Minnesota. Named for brilliant red clay banks, the Vermillion river crosses through the county before descending into falls and rapids joining the mighty Mississippi. Miles of scenic trails wind along the Mississippi and Vermillion rivers offering the stunning 100 foot high falls and a multitude of perfect locations to propose and gift your Knox Jewelers engagement ring.
Start our history together as you experience history already made by visiting the LeDuc Historic Estate. A nationally significant historic property that includes an architecturally outstanding house, preserved outbuildings and beautiful 4-acre grounds with gardens and woods. The unaltered Gothic Revival stone mansion was built by William G. LeDuc, Civil War veteran and former Commissioner of Agriculture for President Rutherford Hayes. His wife, Mrs. Mary LeDuc, selected the design for the house from the works of landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing. The house was constructed in 1862. In 1970 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places; it opened as a historic house museum in 2005. The grounds have strolling woods, heirloom apple orchard, grape arbor, peony garden, 200 year old oak trees and near the scenic Vermillion Falls Park which offer many settings to propose with diamond jewelry by Knox Jewelers.
Searching for a refined night out on the town, take in one of the areas greatest theatrical experiences by visiting the NewBridge Theatre Company. Located in the heart of historic downtown Hastings, NewBridge Theatre Company is an intimate 50 seat storefront professional theatre. The shows are brought to you by a 22 person professional acting Company from all over the Twin Cities. The intimacy of the space allows the audience to see the actors up close and the minimal set offers a unique theatrical experience. A wide range of themes like the complete works of William Shakespeare Festival to the traditional “A Christmas Carol”, taking in some great performances with a night out at the theatre will add to the great expectations of your proposal. Arrange with the theatre company before the performance; let them know your proposal plans. It is customary to gift the performers’ flowers after a great show. When the masterpiece has finished and the house lights come up, the theatre company can present her flowers and you present an engagement ring or wedding band from Knox Jewelers.
Knox Jewelers creates unique diamond jewelry to be an heirloom, crafted by hand in Minnesota. Be inspired by the natural beauty and adventure in Hastings or snuggle in to be pampered and acknowledge the true beauty of pure relaxation knowing you picked the best, Knox Jewelers, to represent you lifelong union together.