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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Rainy & Snowy Spring outside = Springs Cleaning Inside

DSC03112  There for a little while, the sun started to shine and warm the DSC03101earth.  We even started getting the front patio ready for guests.  But then, Mother Nature decided that we needed a little cooling off.  So she sent us some snow and some rain and some wind.  Since we can not be outside getting things ready for guests, we decided that we needed to do a little “spring cleaning” around the Mill. 

Our Spring Cleaning involves a lot of hard work and long hours.  One of the things that comes with spring cleaning is of course a visit from the local health inspector.  We are proud to report that this year the Health Inspector gave us a score of 100!DSC03066  Over the past month we have been shampooing the carpets, flipping mattress and all that good stuff that helps us to maintain the rooms in new condition.  We have also added some new shelving in the rooms.  As you can see in the picture to the left, many of our rooms and suites have new shelves over the coffee and microwave station. 

We are also excited about continuing our relationship with DSC03084Essence of Lanesboro.   Last year we worked with Peter C. Bilkey, Ph.D, owner of Essence to develop a scent specific and unique to Stone Mill.  After many long sniffing sessions, we finally came back to the combination that we started with… “Suites Scent with Juniper”.   Here at Stone Mill, it was important that we created a scent that was light, refreshing, did not contrast with personal cologne or perfume and one that gentlemen did not mind using either.

Hope you enjoy these little “spring cleaning” touches when you come for your next visit with Stone Mill!

 

 

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