Welcome to one of the most beautiful regions in North America! We trust that you will find this Travel
Planning Guide to be an informative and useful resource as you plan your daily activities. Mississippi
Valley Partners (MVP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 for the purpose of promoting the
communities along both sides of the Mississippi River in the area of Lake Pepin, the largest lake on the entire
Mississippi River. We produce the Travel Planning Guide each year as our primary tool to help inform tourist of
the multitude of activities to be found in our region. Many people come simply to enjoy the fantastic scenery
as they travel throughout the area. Many others consider this to be their favorite destination for a wealth of
outdoor activities that include hiking and biking, bird and wildlife observation, fishing and hunting, golfing,
private and excursion boating, and snowmobiling or skiing. Our quaint and idyllic villages and towns feature
many museums, interpretive centers, antiques, and unique shops! The unparalleled diversity of our restaurants
and pubs ensures the perfect solution for every gastronomical desire!
The visitor that spends more than a day will be pleasantly surprised by the huge variety of friendly lodging
accommodations offered in the area. Everything from tent camping to luxurious hotels and quaint B&B’s are
eager to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as humanly possible! In addition to the many festivals
and events put on throughout the year by our local communities, Mississippi Valley Partners sponsors the
popular "hundred mile garage sale" each May. The event features several hundred vendors scattered throughout
each of our communities and attracts thousands of bargain hunters to our area!
In June the second annual "Tour de Pepin" bicycle tour which is proving to be a very unique and popular event
for bicyclist of all ages and skill levels will return. Of course, no trip to Lake Pepin is complete without trying to
catch a glimpse of our shy and elusive Lake Monster known worldwide as “Pepie”! Our motto is “100 miles
of Friends”. Our goal is that as you travel throughout our area you will stop and introduce yourself, enjoy our
company, frequent our businesses, thoroughly enjoy our activities, and go home with warm memories of your
100 miles of new friends!