Montevideo, MN has a long history going back to its earliest days as a trading post in the 18th century. Its location at the meeting of the Minnesota and Chippewa Rivers has made it a local center for business and agriculture. The rivers also attract outdoor sports enthusiast, as well as tourists who come to enjoy the scenic bluffs and overlooks.

Local amenities include several restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel. You will also find unique retailers and a great atmosphere in this friendly little city. Whatever brings you to Montevideo, the GrandStay Hotel & Suites is the perfect home-away-from-home.

(1.2 miles) Windom Park Recreation Area

If your idea of R&R deals more with activity than inactivity, Windom Park can set you up. A variety of athletic pursuits is accommodated, whether you enjoy a game of hoops or would rather hone your backhand. Folks into baseball and volleyball are also provided for. Should you want to wind down, picnicking facilities are available, and a walking trail promises low-key exercise. In addition, an outdoor pool satisfies everyone from teens to toddlers, thanks to a waterslide and wading pool. 800.269.5527

(2.0 miles) Historic Chippewa City

Established on the west bank of the Chippewa River, Chippewa City was the county's first seat. When Montevideo, on the east bank, was given legislative priority, Chippewa City faded away. Its spirit lives on, however, in this created community, which gathers historic buildings from the turn of the century into an ersatz village. Authentic structures are supplemented with newly built ones in traditional style. Visitors who tour the community get a great glimpse of bygone life, complete with craft demonstrations and pioneer professions. A trading post, church, school, print shop, blacksmith shop and dress shop are among the 23 buildings available for touring. A gift shop can be found as well. 320.269.7636

(2.0 miles) Fiesta City Speedway

For engine-revving, high-octane spectator sport, head to the county fairgrounds for a bit of Minnesota-style stock car racing. The track is a semi-banked dirt oval, 4/10 of a mile long, and it's the site of plenty of energetic activity from drivers and eager cheering from fans. Among the classes of racing you'll find are Street Stock, Super Stock, Modified and Late Model. Races typically run from mid-May to mid-September, and Friday events begin at 7:30pm (gates open at 5pm). 320.905.0868

(2.0 miles) Lac Qui Parle State Park

Established in 1941, this park was created as part of a regional flood-control measure, and it's distinguished by a number of WPA-created structures. Its 530 acres sit at the southern end of Lac Qui Parle Lake and are a haven for migrating birds, especially geese, swans and pelicans. Camping, swimming, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and sledding are among the activities available. The nearby wildlife management area maintains another 32,000 acres of terrain for animal and bird habitats. 320.734.4450

(2.0 miles) Smith Park

One of Montevideo's most popular venues for rest and relaxation, Smith Park is located along the Chippewa River not far from downtown. Punctuated by stately trees, the pastoral area is favored with folks seeking a pleasant place for a picnic or some time away from the daily grind. Playgrounds cater to young visitors, and facilities for volleyball are available as well. Adding character to the park are log structures built by the WPA. 800.269.5527

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Hotel Info

GrandStay® Montevideo
1805 East Highway 7
Montevideo, MN 56265 Map it
Reservations: 855.455.7829
Front Desk: 320.269.8000
Check In:
4:00 pm
Check Out:
11:00 am
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