Saturday evening of Labor Day weekend I set sail aboard a paddle boat out of Taylors Falls for a dinner cruise sponsored by Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours. A reception on the top deck greeted guests with wine and chocolate pairings from nearby Winehaven Winery. Not only were the wine and chocolate pairings carefully selected — but the chocolates themselves were crafted by a chocolatier in Napa, CA using Winehaven’s wine. Salted caramels made with honeywine, and a dark chocolate truffle infused with Merlot were delightful aperitifs to start the evening.
Dinner was served as the sun set along the river bluffs, and included a hearty three courses Caesar salad, followed by your choice of chicken in mushroom sauce, prime rib, or cheesy manicotti. I had the chicken (very good) and my husband, the prime rib which he enjoyed very much. Though we were already stuffed — we managed to find room for caramel topped cheesecake for dessert.
By the time dinner was over the sun had set and the upper deck was featuring live music by Charlie O — an ironically hilarious, and multi-talented one-man act, skillfully playing piano, guitar and harmonica while singing. He covered hits from Elton John, Billy Joel, Macklemore (believe it or not) and much more. The fact that he was so fantastic and funny, might have been one of the bigger delights of the evening.
About Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours
Tours depart daily from downtown Taylors Falls, MN, and there are a variety of trips to choose from:
- Daily excursions last anywhere from 45 to 80 minutes (no food, but cash bar with wine, beer, soda and light snacks for purchase)
- Dinner cruises, including the upcoming Leaf Cruise are three hours long and include a three-course meal and live entertainment.
- A number of other “Specialty” cruises are available such as including Winehaven partnered Wine & Chocolate or Wine & Cheese cruises. Other themed cruises happen throughout the year as well. Keep an eye on their calendar for details!
With fall on its way, the Saint Croix River Valley is one of the most scenic places to experience the fall colors! Enter below for your chance to win a pair daily excursion tickets. The contest is generously sponsored by Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours.
Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours depart daily from 155 South St., Taylors Falls, MN.
You can visit Wild Mountain Recreation (Parent company to Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours) at 37200 Wild Mountain Road Taylors Falls, MN for year-around fun from summer camping and the water park to winter skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.
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