Northfield, MN is home to both St. Olaf and Carleton colleges. Carleton’s campus was a very short walk from my hotel, the Archer House. I walked around the campus a few times in the evening after being at my sister’s home for the day. It was really lovely. Also really empty because apparently not that many kids hang around during the summer!
Carleton College is also home to Cowling Arboretum, an 880 acre arboretum. It’s set up as more of a wilderness/native plantings/prairie sort of space and has an impressive trail system. It is vast and lovely, and I only got to dip into it a little bit during this trip. The mosquitoes were vicious and I didn’t have an repellent. But back on a trip here in 2010 I had more time to roam around the Arb and it was memorable. From that trip: