Southeastern MN Autumn Adventures & Getaways

The long, lazy days of summer will soon give way to the spectrum of autumn colors.  With that in mind, a trip to Southeastern Minnesota to include historic, scenic Lanesboro, Minnesota, as a stop would be part of a perfect autumn adventure.

If you enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, tours, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, or playing golf, Lanesboro is the perfect place for you.

If you enjoy wine tasting, going to the theater, dining, shopping, or ice cream, Lanesboro is the perfect place for you.

If you enjoy art and art inspired creations, Lanesboro is the place for you.

The Root River and the Root River Trail follow each other and both run right through the middle of downtown Lanesboro.

All that and more in one area!  Hope to see you soon.  Until next time . . .

 

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Historic Inn in Lanesboro MN Offers “Sweetheart Package”

The love of “packages” could have started with the US Postal Service or could have started with birthdays or a holiday, like Christmas.  For a historic inn like Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro, MN, packages are a perfect pairing with an overnight stay.

Stone Mill has taken packages to a new level this year and introduced the “Sweetheart Package”.  Who doesn’t love wine and chocolates especially when the wine and chocolates are locally produced and hand made?

The “Sweetheart Package” at Stone Mill includes a bottle of wine that is locally produced at Scenic Valley Winery in Lanesboro, MN.  The package includes a bottle of either Harvest Blend, Niagra, Ruby Red or Purple Passion.  The package also includes a half pound of chocolates from Curly Girlz Candy.  The candy is hand made from fresh and natural ingredients and is packaged in a delightful box.  The packages start at $127.00 plus tax.

When you and your sweetheart book a sweetheart package, the deal is doubly sweet as you will enjoy the sweetness of the package with the sweetness of your heart.  With a thought like that, It shouldn’t take much to be sweet talked into the Sweetheart Package.

For more information or to book the Sweetheart Package, give us a call at 507.467.8663.

It might provide for sweet dreams . . .

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Plan Your Stay-cation, Vacation, or Play-cation in Lanesboro, MN

Summer will officially arrive shortly and the words stay-cation, play-cation, and vacation come to mind.  Lanesboro, MN is at the top of those lists with so many activities to choose from.

In March of 2014, The Smithsonian Magazine ranked Lanesboro as one of America’s top 20 places to visit.  Lanesboro offers a plethora of activities for visitors, and there is something to fit everyone’s taste.

A stop at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites can provide you with a shopping, activity, and lodging experience.  The Art & Craft Gallery located at the hotel offers a variety of handcrafted gifts from local and regional artisans.  All of the items in the gift shop are crafted in the United States.  If a tour is the reason for the stop, you can either rent a CD and take a self-guided Amish tour or book a tour with Bluffscape Amish Tours.  If your visit to Lanesboro includes an overnight stay, Stone Mill is the perfect way to end your day.  The rooms and suites are beautifully decorated and provide a unique and luxurious guest experience.

Summer is calling and you are being invited to visit Lanesboro for your stay-cation, play-cation, or vacation.  We hope you answer the call.

 

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Weekend Activities in Lanesboro, Minnesota

 

As I write this, I am overwhelmed at the variety of things to do this weekend in Lanesboro, Minnesota and the surrounding area.

The events featured below are in addition to attending the Farmer’s Market, riding the Root River trail, and taking in a play at the Commonweal Theatre.

The Bluff Country Gathering, a traditional American music festival, will be held in Lanesboro on May 15 – 18.

On Saturday, May 17, The Annual Stand Still Parade and much more will be in Whalan, a short five mile drive from Lanesboro.  There will be live entertainment, food, antique cars, demonstrations and more.  I have attended this event, and it is a fun event for the entire family.

Preston Trout Days will be on May 16 – 18.  Preston is a short eight mile drive and the activities include a parade, music, volleyball tournament, street dance, and a car show.

It is so fun to take in all  of the events and festivals that are being held in the area.  We are ready for the season at Stone Mill.  The bike rack is out, and the flowers are blooming.

Until next time . . . .

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Stone Mill Celebrates the Holidays
{Holiday Getaways in Southern MN}

As the sun sets on another season, we begin to realize the holidays are fast approaching.  In the next two months we will not only usher in a new season but also celebrate the holidays in style.  Halloween is fun for the little ones that are looking to scare a neighbor or two with the hopes of being rewarded with some sweet treats.  Some of us older kids also like to celebrate the holiday in a more adult way.

As we move through November, we celebrate Thanksgiving.  We, at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites, are very thankful for all of our blessings.  As we take time to reflect on this year, we want to say “thank you” to all of our wonderful guests.  If you have visited us this year, you have witnessed our “in process” project.  We continue to take steps to make Stone Mill a premier place to stay.

With the Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour just weeks away, we are busy organizing the decorations.  We have a Stone Mill “Sweets” day planned for baking treats for the day.

This time of year is perfect for a relaxing getaway.  You can unwind in one of the jacuzzi or fireplace suites at Stone Mill.  Maybe you need a little pampering or a massage at the Lanesboro Day Spa.  Maybe you just need some quiet time alone or with that special someone.  Whatever the reason, give us a call at 507.467.8663 and let the relaxation begin.

Whatever the season, celebrate it with Stone Mill style.

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Stone Mill Hotel & Suites
in Lanesboro, MN
& Kussmaul Seeds

A few days ago, some visitors were at the Feed Mill and were shopping in the Art & Craft Gallery.  As the ladies were leaving, they noticed the feed bag display we have at our front desk.  You may remember the display as I blogged about it earlier this year (May 17, 2012).  As the one lady was looking at the bags, she immediately said “My dad started Kussmaul Seeds.”  It was a heartwarming moment for the few gathered as she recalled how her dad started the business.

Jean Kussmaul Bula, the youngest daughter in the family, sent us the picture of her as she is pointing to the feed bag from the company that her father started.  She also sent us the following information about how her father started Kussmaul Seeds.

He started the business in 1934 with just one acre. That was before electricity came to the area and he built a shed with a slotted floor and he used a wood stove to heat it. It took about 10 days to dry the corn. He had a B tractor driving the fan. He used a gas engine on the sheller and fed it by hand. The seed grader was run by a gas engine too and he could grade one bushel in about an hour. He sold his first crop for $4.00 a bushel! A few years later electricity came to the farm. Someone from the University of Wisconsin drew up plans for the first forced air corn dryer. Several farmers close by started to raise a little hybrid corn and brought it over to Dad for him to dry. He made good money—$1.00 a bushel! In 1939 his brother came into the business. He was a natural born salesman. He is going to be 99 in Feb. Dad died three years ago at the age of 97. His name was Rudolph Willard Kussmaul. My Uncle is Allen Kussmaul. “Rud” and “Al”. Like I said, Dairyland Seed bought it in the early 80′s and now it is owned by Dow Chemical but still goes by the name of Dairyland. Needless to say, we are all very proud of him.  

The picture to the left is of Rudolph Willard Kussmaul at one of the displays at the Cattle Congress in Waterloo, Iowa, in the early years.  Rudolph is the one on the far right in the green shirt and cap just behind the guy with his back to the camera.      

From feed and seed to rooms and suites.  The Feed Mill has quite a history and the legacy continues.  Isn’t it amazing what a small world we live in!  Lanesboro is so fortunate to receive so many visitors each year.  

 

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2012 Christmas Inn Tour
in Lanesboro, Minnesota

The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Lanesboro, Minnesota welcome you Sunday, December 2, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm to the Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour.  Join us for an afternoon of celebration and tour the Bed and Breakfast Inns that have made Lanesboro the “Bed and Breakfast Capital of MinnesotaWelcome to Stone Mill Hotel & Suites this Christmas Season“.

Stone Mill Hotel & Suites will be decorated in holiday finery and graced with Stone Mill hospitality.  We are already planning the festivities for the day.  As of this writing, Minnesota has had its first taste of winter with measurable snow.  I am so happy the southern part of the state didn’t receive a white blanket.

We are experiencing the beauty of the autumn colors in Lanesboro along with seasonable temperatures.

For further information regarding the Inn Tour and  tickets, please visit www.lanesboro.com or call 800.944.2670.

 

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Stone Mill Hotel & Suites Receives Certificate of Excellence in 2012 from Trip Advisor

We are so excited that Stone Mill Hotel & Suites has received The Certificate of Excellence in 2012 from Trip Advisor.  This award comes from our guests, who we truly value and appreciate.  We recognize that it is our guests that give Stone Mill its lifeblood. We value each and every person that walks through our front door.

We continue to make improvements and are still in that process.  In 2012, we have added an additional guest room and are in the process of putting the finishing touches on the kitchen so we can expand our breakfast offerings and for guests that will be using the retreat center.  The retreat center named the Mill Studio will be open the middle of November to the middle of May.  If you or someone you know plans or participates in small retreats, please help us spread the word.

The door is nearly shut on the season of summer and we are about to open the door to fall.  The days are starting to get shorter and cooler and nature’s beauty is taking on a new look.

Until next time, enjoy the beauty of the season.

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FOSSE THE CHICKEN Explores Downtown Lanesboro!

 

Oh My!  What a hot one it is out there today!  This is the hottest July I’ve seen since I was a little chick back on the farm!  Squawk!  It’s enough to even make a chicken be lazy!

But speaking about lazy, there is nothing lazy about Lanesboro!   I just love this town.  There is so much to see and do that all these folks think a day trip will do. They find out that they need to come back and stay a day or two so that they can have the full experience.  Shopping, river activities and of course don’t forget my favorite activity… resting with the one you love!   But alas, I digress…

The really interesting thing is that there is a tremendous amount of ingenuity to the folks that call Lanesboro home.   We have fantastic chefs, Nancy and Dave just to name a few, Spoon Makers, Soap Makers, and Ice Cream galore!

Recently, Minnesota Public Radio and Winona Daily News did a story about some of the new and existing businesses in Historic Downtown Lanesboro!   Lanesboro ‘urban expatriates’ embrace new home.  We are so proud to live and work with these great people that add so much to our unique and charming little town.

Suites Scent from ESSENCE of Lanesboro

Did you know that Peter Bilkey featured in the article above developed a special scent just for Stone Mill?   That was an amusing experience for one of my Inn Keepers, Mandy.  She spent several hours at Peter’s shop with her nose sniffing this scent and that scent.  She found one that she liked and Peter worked his magic by pulling this element out, putting that element in and then shake, shake, mix, mix and what do you know you have this clean, fresh scent that everyone just loves called;  Suites Scent with Juniper!

I would tell you more, because I have some really great stories from each of these folks that really speak to the uniqueness of Lanesboro. However, in such hot weather, even a young chicken such as myself needs to sit on the front deck of Stone Mill and rest.

So have a great time finding out about some of our shop owners and come down and stay  with us some time.  Squawk!

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Unlock the Benefits of Bodywork

Sue Betts Prana Healing MassageAt Prana Healing Massage Center www.massageprana.com we are committed to your health and well-being. Today we are going to be talking about unlocking the benefits of Massage:

We know we are what we eat, but have you considered you are also what you think? Most people go to a massage therapist for stress reduction and relaxation. You want your pain to decrease, your tension to melt away, and your body to relax. But what if you can help the process along simply by changing your words and thoughts?

Studies have shown that stress slows wound healing, increases heart rate and blood pressure and even seems to speed aging. We all have been affected by stress and try to find different ways to relieve the tensions. Massage addresses so much of our physical bodies, but what will change your thoughts. Here are a few suggestions that you can bring to your mind during you next massage to enhance lasting effects, decrease stress, and benefit your emotional body, too.

Getting a massage, breath work, qigong, meditation, tai chi, yoga and visualization are some of the things we can do for ourselves. You can incorporate some of these techniques into your massage, starting with meditation. There have been several times that I have taken a minute or two before a bodywork session to do a minin with the clients and help them relax. I asked what the intention is for their sessions today. What would the client like to focus the healing on today. Then we discuss the following techniques that are helpful to clear the mind:

Countdown- count very slowly to yourself from 10 down to zero, one number on each out breath. Breathe in deeply and on your first out breath say “10″ to your self. Repeat and with the next out breath , say “9″ working your way down to zero. When you get to zero, notice how you feel.

Visualize relaxation is another way that can help you relax during your massage. Picture the muscle the therapist is working on and imagine it melting or softening, it can help with the treatment. If you are having a relaxing massage, picture you body melting into the table or turning to jelly.

These techniques can release endorphins throughout the body to relax. Incorporating your mind during bodywork can create an even more enjoyable and relaxing experience.

 

 

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