North Dakota small towns provide unique experiences

Grain Bin CoffeeGrain Bin Coffee Growing up in a small town, you have a tendency to take it for granted and rarely take the time to explore when you go home to visit. We typically spend time with family but recently took a tour to see what has changed in the place my husband, Jon, and I grew up and were pleasantly surprised with what we discovered in downtown Harvey.

Did you know that Harvey has its own coffee roaster? We discovered Grain Bin Coffee on our morning stroll down Main Street. Owner Jennifer Wakefield shared some of her favorite blends and also showed us around the place. There is a great sitting area with original artwork by her husband, Chris.  

Old 440Continuing on our trek through town, we stopped by Soo Line Park to take a picture of the old 440 Soo Line steam engine. This 1903 classic is on display next to the Veteran’s Memorial and also a featured stop on North Dakota’s Railroad History Trail. Rumor has it that this location may also hold a hidden treasure. Geocaching anyone?

Ta AhniSpeaking of treasure, we stopped by a couple of fun places connected to each other, Ta Ahni Inc. and Perfect Petals. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, antique or jewelry, this is the place to shop. In addition, they have a fantastic wine bar, coffee bistro and lounge area, so be sure to sit a spell in this tranquil setting. We also discovered that Harvey will be hosting a Fall Festival featuring a wine walk and craft beer crawl along with an art show on September 26.

These are just a few of the fun discoveries that we found in our small town and we invite you to get out and explore yours!