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Kinstone
S3439 Cole Bluff Lane
Fountain City, WI 54629
608-687-3332

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Kinstone is located outside of Fountain City, Wisconsin on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, across from Winona, Minnesota. Kinstone is just a short 35 minute drive from LaCrosse, WI, 2.5 hours from the Minneapolis/St Paul metro area; 3 hours from Madison; and 5 hours from Chicago! Come out and see us!

There are multiple transportation options for getting to Kinstone, including planes, trains, buses and shuttles. Get to Winona, Minnesota and you are almost there!  Please note that any information on this page regarding the availability of various transportation modes provided may not be current. Please contact the airlines, trains, buses, shuttles, taxis, and hotels directly for verification of schedules, locations, and availability.

Once you arrive, follow posted signs for Visitor Parking in either the Dragonview parking area (currently gravel) or the Riverview parking area (currently grass). See further directions in the Parking/Arrival section below. Thank you!

NOTE: Cole Bluff Lane is a dead-end road. When you leave again you must return the way you came in! 

To find Kinstone by using Google Maps please CLICK HERE.

Important: At all times, please respect the neighbors in this rural area around Kinstone. Do not park on the road. Do not turn around in neighbor driveways or park or walk on neighbor property. Thank you!

Travel safely! We look forward to seeing you at Kinstone soon!

By Car / Driving Directions

Although GPS or another favorite maps program may be used to navigate to Kinstone, there are general directions from various starting points listed below; especially note the specific, turn-by-turn directions once you reach the nearby cities of Fountain City, WI or Winona, MN.  NOTE: Cole Bluff Lane is a dead-end road. When you leave Kinstone again you must return the way you came in!

To find Kinstone by using Google Maps please CLICK HERE.

From Eau Claire and northern Wisconsin locations (including directions from Fountain City, WI)

  • Take WI-37 S to WI-88 South
  • Turn Left onto WI-88 South
  • Continue for about 30 miles on WI-88 South (must turn Right at one point to stay on it)
  • Turn Left (south/east) on to WI-35 South / Great River Road
  • Go about 6 miles, you will pass through Fountain City, WI – about 1 mile or less past the city of Fountain City, WI look for County Road YY
  • Turn Left onto County Road YY – go about 2 miles (winding, steep hill)
  • Turn Right on to County Road M – go about 3 miles (rolling, winding country road)
  • Turn Right onto Cole Bluff Lane (the street sign has been known to go missing, so don’t miss it!)
  • Go about a quarter of a mile – see Kinstone on the Right
  • Parking: Follow posted signs and park in areas marked as Visitor Parking (See further directions in the Parking/Arrival section below.)

From Lacrosse / Madison / Milwaukee / Chicago and points South and East

  • Take I90 W all the way to and through LaCrosse, WI and into Minnesota
  • Follow US-14 W/US-61 N and follow signs for Winona, MN (Winona is about 25 miles from LaCrosse)
  • Once in Winona, at the first stoplight turn Right onto Mankato Avenue / MN-43N
  • Follow MN-43N about 1.5 miles to Winona Street (stoplight) and turn Right onto the bridge to Wisconsin
  • Go to the stoplight at the “T” where MN-43 N meets WI-35/54
  • Turn Right (south/east) onto WI-35/54  (note: this will be turning AWAY from Fountain City, this is CORRECT!)
  • Go about 1/4 mile; turn Left onto County Road M (can only turn left)
  • Go about 4 miles to the top of the ridge (winding, steep hill)
  • See two farm houses at the top of the hill; one on each side of the road
  • Go about 1000 feet past the farmhouse on the left to Cole Bluff Lane (can only turn left)
  • Turn Left onto Cole Bluff Lane (the street sign has been known to go missing, so don’t miss it!)
  • Go about a quarter mile; see Kinstone on the right
  • Parking: Follow posted signs and park in areas marked as Visitor Parking (See further directions in the Parking/Arrival section below.)

From Rochester, MN and points West

Via I90

  • Take I-90 E to MN-43 N;  take exit 252 from I-90 E toward Winona, MN
  • Follow MN-43N about 1.5 miles to Winona Street (stoplight) and turn Right onto the bridge to Wisconsin
  • Go to the stoplight at the “T” where MN-43N meets WI-35/54
  • Turn Right (south/east) onto WI-35/54  (note: this will be turning AWAY from Fountain City, this is CORRECT!)
  • Go about 1/4 mile; turn Left onto County Road M (can only turn left)
  • Go about 4 miles to the top of the ridge (winding, steep hill)
  • See two farm houses at the top of the hill; one on each side of the road
  • Go about 1000 feet past the farmhouse on the left to Cole Bluff Lane (can only turn left)
  • Turn Left onto Cole Bluff Lane (the street sign has been known to go missing, so don’t miss it!)
  • Go about a quarter mile ~ see Kinstone on the right
  • Parking: Follow posted signs and park in areas marked as Visitor Parking (See further directions in the Parking/Arrival section below.)

Via HWY 14

  • Follow US-14 E to Winona, MN; then stay straight to Pelzer St
  • Follow Pelzer St along the Mississippi River; it becomes Riverview Drive and then Huff St
  • Continue to 4th Street (stoplight); turn Left onto 4th Street
  • Go one block, turn Left onto Winona Street / MN-43 N (stoplight) onto the bridge to Wisconsin
  • Go to the stoplight at the “T” where MN-43N meets WI-35/54
  • Turn Right (south/east) onto WI-35/54  (note: this will be turning AWAY from Fountain City, this is CORRECT!)
  • Go about 1/4 mile; turn Left onto County Road M (can only turn left)
  • Go about 4 miles to the top of the ridge (winding, steep hill)
  • See two farm houses at the top of the hill; one on each side of the road
  • Go about 1000 feet past the farmhouse on the left to Cole Bluff Lane (can only turn left)
  • Turn Left onto Cole Bluff Lane (the street sign has been known to go missing, so don’t miss it!)
  • Go about a quarter mile ~ see Kinstone on the right
  • Parking: Follow posted signs and park in areas marked as Visitor Parking (See further directions in the Parking/Arrival section below.)

From Minneapolis/St. Paul and points North and NorthWest

Driving down the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River

  • Take I494 E toward Hastings, MN
  • Take exit 63B to merge onto US10 E / US 61 S toward Hastings
  • Turn left onto US-10 E /Point Douglas Dr S into WI
  • Turn Right onto WI-35 South / Broad Street / Great River Road
  • In the town of Nelson, WI, turn left to stay on WI-35 South
  • Go about 25 miles (about 1 mile or less past the city of Fountain City, WI) and look for County YY
  • Turn Left onto County Road YY – go about 2 miles (winding, steep hill)
  • Turn Right on to County Road M – go about 3 miles (rolling, winding country road)
  • Turn Right onto Cole Bluff Lane (the street sign has been known to go missing, so don’t miss it!)
  • Go about a quarter of a mile – see Kinstone on the Right
  • Parking: Follow posted signs and park in areas marked as Visitor Parking (See further directions in the Parking/Arrival section below.)

Driving down the Minnesota side of the River

  • Take I494 E toward Hastings about 12 miles
  • Take exit 63B to merge onto US10 E / US 61 S toward Hastings
  • Continue following US-61S through Hastings about 14 miles
  • Turn left onto MN-316 S/Red Wing Blvd
  • Continue to follow MN-316 S about 10 miles
  • Turn left onto US-61S/240th St E
  • Continue to follow US-61S 75 miles to Winona (go through Redwing, Frontenac, Lake City, Wabasha, Kellogg, …)
  • Once in Winona, turn left at Pelzer Street  (second stoplight)
  • Follow Pelzer St along the Mississippi River; it becomes Riverview Drive and then Huff St
  • Continue to 4th Street (stoplight); turn Left onto 4th Street
  • Go one block, turn Left onto Winona Street / MN-43 N (stoplight) onto the bridge to Wisconsin
  • Go to the stoplight at the “T” where MN-43N meets WI-35/54
  • Turn Right (south/east) onto WI-35/54  (note: this will be turning AWAY from Fountain City, this is CORRECT!)
  • Go about 1/4 mile; turn Left onto County Road M (can only turn left)
  • Go about 4 miles to the top of the ridge (winding, steep hill)
  • See two farm houses at the top of the hill; one on each side of the road
  • Go about 1000 feet past the farmhouse on the left to Cole Bluff Lane (can only turn left)
  • Turn Left onto Cole Bluff Lane (the street sign has been known to go missing, so don’t miss it!)
  • Go about a quarter mile ~ see Kinstone on the right
  • Parking: Follow posted signs and park in areas marked as Visitor Parking (See further directions in the Parking/Arrival section below.)

By Air

Remember: Traveling by air means you will likely also need to arrange for shuttle/bus to get to Winona and then likely a rental car, taxi/Lyft, or other ride to get you all the way to Kinstone! See other sections on this page for information about some transportation options and what to do when you arrive.

The nearest airports to Kinstone are:

  • La Crosse, WI (LSE)  – about 35 minutes away by car
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP) – about 2.5 hours away by car; shuttle available via Go Carefree Shuttle (see below)

International visitors are most welcome!  Approximate Distance (air mileage) from these international locations:

Dublin, Ireland ……………………….. 3700 miles

Helsinki, Finland …………………….. 4400 miles

Sau Paulo, Brazil …………………….. 5500 miles

Shanghai, China ……………………… 6700 miles

New Dehli, India …………………….. 7300 miles

Cape Town, South Africa ………….. 8800 miles

Sydney, Australia …………………….. 9000 miles

Perth, Australia ……………………… 10, 600 miles

By Bus

Winona, MN has a bus station and shuttle service; and it is just 8 miles from Kinstone! Click on the titles below to go to the corresponding websites for more information about busses and shuttles. Remember: Traveling by bus means you will likely also need to arrange for a rental car, taxi/Lyft, or other ride to get you all the way to Kinstone! See other sections on this page for information about some transportation options and what to do when you arrive.

Jefferson Bus Lines
Winona, MN is the nearest hub. Service is generally available to/from St. Paul, Minneapolis, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, and beyond.
 
Go Carefree Shuttle
Winona, MN is the nearest hub. Service is generally available to/from La Crosse, Rochester, and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP). 
608-781-5181 or
888-781-5181 (toll free)
[email protected]

By Train

Winona, MN has an Amtrak station and it is just 8 miles from Kinstone! The train is an easy way to get to Kinstone from Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Fargo – or from any destination that Amtrak serves. Amtrak’s Empire Builder Route serves Winona. Remember: Traveling by train means you will likely also need to arrange for a rental car, taxi/Lyft, or other ride to get you all the way to Kinstone! See other sections on this page for information about some transportation options and what to do when you arrive.

Amtrak (Empire Builder Route)
65 East Mark Street
Winona, MN 55987

Taxi / Lyft Information

Taxis or Lyft may be an option for you for getting around nearby areas:

Parking/Arrival

There are designated Visitor Parking areas at Kinstone. Upon arrival, follow posted signs for parking. You may park in either the Dragonview parking area or the Riverview parking area. Please do not park on the road. Please do not park in areas designated as “Staff Parking Area” unless you have been specifically requested to do so. Thank you.

IMPORTANT: At all times, please respect the neighbors in this rural area around Kinstone. Do not park on the road. Do not turn around in neighbor driveways or park or walk on neighbor property. Thank you!

Once you have arrived at Kinstone please pull into one of the two Visitor Parking areas and park; you can decide to park in the  Dragonview area (currently gravel) which you come to first or continue straight on Cole Bluff Lane for about 800 feet to the Riverview parking area (currently grass). In either case, do the following:

If parking in the Dragonview Parking area (for use by anyone visiting Kinstone):

  • Turn Right into the Dragonview Parking area
  • Park in the gravel area perpendicular to and facing the fence or the tree line, leaving space in front of the Information Kiosk message board and keeping all paths open
  • Review the message board, Pay the Entrance Fee and enter the Dragon Gate (small gate by Dragonview parking area)
  • Proceed to the Dragon’s Keep Welcome Center (small cordwood building closest to the Dragonview parking area) or the Education Center / Main Office (red & brown pole building with a porch) to get information and maps
  • Enjoy Kinstone!

If parking in the Riverview parking area (for use by anyone visiting Kinstone, but especially by those arriving here for an event or an appointment, or if the Dragonview parking area is full) please do the following:

  • Continue straight until you see signs for the Riverview parking area
  • Turn Right into the Riverview parking area – it is a grassy area / lawn
  • Park in the grass! Park in the grassy area/lawn – leaving space in front of the Information Kiosk message board and keeping all paths open
  • When you are here to attend an event or appointment, proceed directly to the designated meeting place; note that the Education Building / Main Office is the red and brown pole building with a large porch near the Riverview parking area.
  • If you are visiting without an appointment, please do the following:
    • Review the message board
    • Pay the Entrance Fee
    • Proceed to the Education Building / Main Office (red & brown pole building with a porch) or the Dragon’s Keep Welcome Center (small cordwood building closest to the Dragonview parking area) to get information and maps
    • Enjoy Kinstone!

Travel safely! We look forward to seeing you at Kinstone soon!

Photo Credit: all photos of transportation modes on this page were obtained online through pixabay.com

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Kinstone blends conscious care of the Earth with art to form sacred spaces that invite and inspire people to connect with and experience the creative power of the land to transform, energize and revive the body, mind and spirit.

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Upcoming Events

Fri 21

Winter Solstice Sunrise Observance 2018

December 21 @ 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Fountain City WI
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