Checking another item off my local bucket list, I recently visited and toured the Faribault Woolen Mill and am so excited to share this magical place! Nestled along the Cannon River just 30 minutes from my backyard, I fell in love with their heirloom wool products “loomed in the land of lakes” more than ever. The revival story of this 150-year old American brand is so inspiring with proud and deep Minnesota roots. As America’s last true vertical woolen mill, the Faribault Woolen Mill is the finest example of makers passionately focused on preserving their craft. From providing woolen blankets for pioneers heading west to comforting our troops through two world wars, these blankets are woven into American history. And today, these high-end blankets are more relevant and cherished than ever as major brands are clamoring to collaborate with this icon of Americana. Some of my favorites are Duluth Pack, West Elm and the upcoming holiday exclusives for Target. Even George Clooney perfectly gifted Faribault’s West Point blankets to the cast and crew of the film he directed, The Monuments Men. The mill’s on-site store is staged perfectly and carries all of their product lines as well as factory seconds, remnants and special products. I was obsessed with the wall of spools in the shape of the American flag in their conference room – and of course, left with an armful blankets destined to be cherished for years to come… I found the energy and pride of these makers so powerful – and I learned so much about the art of wool. Awesome. And the best kept secret (I hope not anymore!) is that the tour is open to the public. A huge thank you to Jana Woodside for the tour and sharing the Faribault story. Her insight and passion is infectious. Now get this field trip on your calendar!