It’s often interesting for Laura people to learn that others go these same lovely little Laura towns we do for completely different reasons. They might not even be aware that the town IS a Laura homesite. For example, people visit Mansfield, Missouri to visit the now famous heirloom Baker Seed Company, people visit De Smet, South Dakota in the fall and winter for hunting season, and people visit Pepin, Wisconsin as a trendy weekend destination from the Twin Cities.
The following local news story looks at Pepin from that weekend destination for urbanites perspective. For them the heart of the town isn’t seven miles away in a log cabin replica, but in the shoreline where the marina and specialty shops are. Lake Pepin is wonderful for boating and it’s because of these weekenders that Pepin has far and away the best variety of restaurants for any Laura homesite despite the fact that it isn’t the largest one. It also has an element of art colony in the stores and several bed and breakfasts. The fact that Pepin can support two motels year round, plus more in surrounding communities is also thanks to these weekenders.
So take a look at the video and the next time you take a trip to Pepin be sure to check out this other side of the coin.
And if you want to know what it’s like to go boating on Lake Pepin, we’ve got that covered too:
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