Virginia, MN

On the Trail, the city of Virginia is located 60 miles north of Duluth and 100 miles south of the Canadian border. Two major highways, Hwy 53 running north and south, and Hwy 169 running east and west serve this community. Virginia has natural scenic beauty and many mining attractions and festivals. Virginia Lake and Silver Lake offer recreational fishing and an opportunity to see the world’s largest floating loon. The lakes are located in the center of town, with the Mesabi Trail running along the north and west side.

Highlights

Chestnut street between 1st and 6th Avenue is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Virginia Commercial Historic District.  A few other buildings on the National Register include Kaleva Hall and the B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center. The Virginia Heritage Museum is located alongside Olcott Park, a beautiful park on Virginia’s north side. The Laurentian Divide recreation area, just north of if town, signifies the continental divide where water is split into the Lake Superior and Hudson Bay watersheds and offers a picnic area and hiking trails.  Summer festivals, such as the annual Land of the Loon Festival in June, celebrate the unique ethnic mix in the area. For golfing enthusiasts, a newly renovated 18-hole golf course is available.

Access Point For access to the Mesabi Trail™ from Highway 53, exit east onto 9th Street North. Travel .3 mile to the kiosk and parking on the left.
Virginia Access Point

For access to the Mesabi Trail™ from Highway 53, exit east onto 9th Street North. Travel .3 mile to the kiosk and parking on the left.

Virginia Area Historical Society Heritage Museum

800 North 9th Avenue West
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-1136

Located in beautiful Olcott Park, the museum complex consists of the former park superintendent's residence, a Finnish-style log house, and 1930s tourist cabin. Permanent exhibits depict logging & lumbering industries, Virginia's fires of 1893 & 1900, and Olcott Park's Master Gardener Gunnar Peterson. Other exhibits rotate seasonally. The VAHS archives are open to the public for research purposes.

The First Stage Gallery – Lyric Center for the Arts

510 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-5577

Shop downtown Virginia and visit the Historic Lyric Center for the Arts! Our art gallery features work by local and regional artists. A new exhibit each month plus lots of artwork for sale. Open Thurs - Sat, 11 am - 3 p.m. Check our website for music and theater events all year long.

Mesabi Recreation Bike Shop & Bike Rental

720 9th Street North
Virginia, MN 55792

218-749-6719

Range LP Gas Range LP Gas

102 Hoover Road North
Virginia, MN 55792

800-862-8628

Range LP Gas is full service / propane delivery company on the Iron Range. Offering a complete service department to repair or install your propane appliances with 24/7 emergency service! Virginia location offers gasoline and diesel fuel, along with a filling station to fill your propane cylinders.

Natural Harvest Food Co-op Natural Harvest Food Co-op

732 4th Street North
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-4663

The area’s only natural foods co-op is located just steps from the Mesabi Trail. All produce is organic and comes from local farmers when available. Offering premium groceries, bulk foods, all-natural body care, supplements, and a great selection of local products. In-house deli offers lunch specials, grab & go foods, fruit smoothies, and a full service coffee bar.

Village Inn

1500 13th Street South
Virginia, MN 55792

218-749-8289

The Village Inn is a family restaurant, serving breakfast all day, along with delicious salads, burgers, and dinners. Famous for our fresh made pies. Open everyday 7:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.

La Cocina & Cantina – Made from Scratch Mexican Cuisine

407 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-8226

The Pebble Spa Co. – Virginia The Pebble Spa Co. – Virginia

1422 South 12th Avenue West
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-5610

The Pebble Spa Company is currently made up of 2 cozy spas in the heart of northern Minnesota. Experience the best of the spa world but with the excellent service of the small town! Offering massages, facial treatments, foot & hand treatments, spa parties, couples treatments, holistic healing and phenomenal clothing and gift boutiques. Visit our spas in both Virginia and Ely!

Virginia Market Square Virginia Market Square

111 South 9th Avenue West
Virginia, MN 55792

Thursday 2:30pm – 6pm; First week in June through the end of October. “Locally grown produce, eggs, meat, bread, pickles & jams, herbal body care, soap, baked goods.”

AmericInn Lodge and Suites AmericInn Lodge and Suites

5480 Mountain Iron Drive
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-7839 or 800-634-3444

Relax, Renew and Recharge in our inviting lobby and Bear Den Pub. Enjoy our complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Complimentary WIFI, warm pool, spa and sauna. 1 & 2 room family, spa & fireplace suites. Enjoy your visit to the area’s Award Winning Lodging Property located on Hwy 53 next to the Sawmill Restaurant. Make sure to visit the Anytime Fitness Center adjoining our building.

Quality Inn & Suites Quality Inn & Suites

502 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN 55792

218-749-1000

Experience small town charm & hospitality in this historic hotel, right in downtown Virginia – just three blocks from the Mesabi Trail. Completely and newly remodeled – offering 75 rooms, full continental breakfast, pool, hot tub and sauna. Walking distance from downtown restaurants.

Pine View Inn

903 17th Street North
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-8918 or 866-263-0535

Just blocks away from the Mesabi Trail - exceptionally clean, comfortable and reasonably priced rooms. Dining options five blocks to 1/4 mile away. Private sauna upon request. Continental breakfast. Fast, fun, and friendly service.

Lakeshor Motor Inn

404 North 6th Avenue
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-3360 or 800-569-8131

Located between two beautiful lakes in Virginia, where a warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere awaits you. Free Wireless internet. Refrig & microwaves in all rooms. Conveniently located by restaurants, and the Mesabi Trail is right our our back door.

The First Stage – Lyric Center for the Arts

510 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-5577

Stop downtown Virginia and visit the Historic Lyric Center for the Arts! Our art gallery features work by local artists. A new exhibit each month plus lots of artwork for sale. Open Thurs-Sat, 11 am - 3 pm. Check our website for music and theater events all year long.

Quality Inn & Suites

502 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN 55792

218-749-1000

Experience small town charm & hospitality in this historic hotel, right in downtown Virginia – just three blocks from the Mesabi Trail. Completely and newly remodeled – offering 75 rooms, full continental breakfast, pool, hot tub and sauna. Walking distance from downtown restaurants.

Quality Inn & Suites
Natural Harvest Food Co-op

732 4th Street North
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-4663

The area’s only natural foods co-op is located just steps from the Mesabi Trail. All produce is organic and comes from local farmers when available. Offering premium groceries, bulk foods, all-natural body care, supplements, and a great selection of local products. In-house deli offers lunch specials, grab & go foods, fruit smoothies, and a full service coffee bar.

Natural Harvest Food Co-op
Range LP Gas

102 Hoover Road North
Virginia, MN 55792

800-862-8628

Range LP Gas is full service / propane delivery company on the Iron Range. Offering a complete service department to repair or install your propane appliances with 24/7 emergency service! Virginia location offers gasoline and diesel fuel, along with a filling station to fill your propane cylinders.

Range LP Gas
AmericInn Lodge and Suites

5480 Mountain Iron Drive
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-7839 or 800-634-3444

Relax, Renew and Recharge in our inviting lobby and Bear Den Pub. Enjoy our complimentary Hot Breakfast Bar, Complimentary WIFI, warm pool, spa and sauna. 1 & 2 room family, spa & fireplace suites. Enjoy your visit to the area’s Award Winning Lodging Property located on Hwy 53 next to the Sawmill Restaurant. Make sure to visit the Anytime Fitness Center adjoining our building.

AmericInn Lodge and Suites
Virginia Market Square

111 South 9th Avenue West
Virginia, MN 55792

Thursday 2:30pm – 6pm; First week in June through the end of October. “Locally grown produce, eggs, meat, bread, pickles & jams, herbal body care, soap, baked goods.”

Virginia Market Square
The Pebble Spa Co. – Virginia

1422 South 12th Avenue West
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-5610

The Pebble Spa Company is currently made up of 2 cozy spas in the heart of northern Minnesota. Experience the best of the spa world but with the excellent service of the small town! Offering massages, facial treatments, foot & hand treatments, spa parties, couples treatments, holistic healing and phenomenal clothing and gift boutiques. Visit our spas in both Virginia and Ely!

The Pebble Spa Co. – Virginia
Village Inn

1500 13th Street South
Virginia, MN 55792

218-749-8289

The Village Inn is a family restaurant, serving breakfast all day, along with delicious salads, burgers, and dinners. Famous for our fresh made pies. Open everyday 7:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The First Stage – Lyric Center for the Arts

510 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-5577

Stop downtown Virginia and visit the Historic Lyric Center for the Arts! Our art gallery features work by local artists. A new exhibit each month plus lots of artwork for sale. Open Thurs-Sat, 11 am - 3 pm. Check our website for music and theater events all year long.

Lakeshor Motor Inn

404 North 6th Avenue
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-3360 or 800-569-8131

Located between two beautiful lakes in Virginia, where a warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere awaits you. Free Wireless internet. Refrig & microwaves in all rooms. Conveniently located by restaurants, and the Mesabi Trail is right our our back door.

The First Stage Gallery – Lyric Center for the Arts

510 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-5577

Shop downtown Virginia and visit the Historic Lyric Center for the Arts! Our art gallery features work by local and regional artists. A new exhibit each month plus lots of artwork for sale. Open Thurs - Sat, 11 am - 3 p.m. Check our website for music and theater events all year long.

Virginia Area Historical Society Heritage Museum

800 North 9th Avenue West
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-1136

Located in beautiful Olcott Park, the museum complex consists of the former park superintendent's residence, a Finnish-style log house, and 1930s tourist cabin. Permanent exhibits depict logging & lumbering industries, Virginia's fires of 1893 & 1900, and Olcott Park's Master Gardener Gunnar Peterson. Other exhibits rotate seasonally. The VAHS archives are open to the public for research purposes.

Pine View Inn

903 17th Street North
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-8918 or 866-263-0535

Just blocks away from the Mesabi Trail - exceptionally clean, comfortable and reasonably priced rooms. Dining options five blocks to 1/4 mile away. Private sauna upon request. Continental breakfast. Fast, fun, and friendly service.

La Cocina & Cantina – Made from Scratch Mexican Cuisine

407 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN 55792

218-741-8226

Mesabi Recreation Bike Shop & Bike Rental

720 9th Street North
Virginia, MN 55792

218-749-6719

Funding Source

The Mesabi Trail™ has been funded in part by the LCCMR and the Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund.