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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Stone Mill Suites and Bluff Country Gathering

What a week in Lanesboro!   We had the Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Trout Days in Preston and the Bluff Country Gathering of fiddlers here in Lanesboro.  One of our guests was one of the fiddlers.  His name is Gary Bartig and he designs violins and basses.  His instruments are all over the world.  The person who plays bass behind Dolly Parton, has one of his basses.  While we were eating, he serenaded us.  He played “Over the Rainbow” for me which is one of my favorites.  It was the first song I sang at contest when in high school.  If you would like to know about Gary, here is is Web Site.   Thanks Gary and Karen for staying with us.

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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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Fall Foliage and Holiday Shopping In Lanesboro, MN

I can’t believe we are over half way through the month of October.   A few more weeks and the doors will be closed on beauty of this season, and we will usher in the next season and its beauty.  I think I used the word “beauty” generously when it comes to the upcoming season.  I have a tendency to enjoy the changing of the seasons; however, winter doesn’t provide much enjoyment for me personally.

At this writing, we are experiencing a cool October week.  The morning temperature was 22 degrees.  The morning air provided a cool bicycle ride for our guests at Stone Mill.  With the temperatures being cooler, visitors to Lanesboro are looking for alternate activities in and around Lanesboro.

An Amish tour from Bluffscape Amish Tours is a wonderful activity for those cooler days.  On this tour you will not only learn about the Amish community, but also have the opportunity to visit their farms and tour their shops.  In the Amish community, you will find beautiful furniture, gorgeous baskets, and awesome chocolate covered cashew crunch.

If you stay in Lanesboro for the day, why not get started on your holiday shopping?  The shops in Lanesboro provide for a unique shopping experience where you can find the perfect gifts for your friends and all of those on your list.  The picture above is only a sampling of the gifts that can be found in the Art & Craft Gallery at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites.

Continued good wishes to everyone for a wonderful fall.  Next week, at this time, we will be getting our costumes ready for Halloween!

Until next time . . .

 

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Art Under The Tent Welcomes Cheryl’s Fabric Garcen

 

Art Under The Tent at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites welcomes Cheryl Lamon of Cheryl’s Fabric Garden.  Cheryl’s specialty is handcrafted items made from fabric.  Her offerings include quilts, runners, aprons, handbags, and hats.

Some of you may know Cheryl from her last business, Cheryl’s Apparel, or from her previous business, The Treehouse.  Some of you may also know that Cheryl is Colleen Lamon’s mother, the owner of Stone Mill.  With the creation of Cheryl’s Fabric Garden, Cheryl is now able to spend most of her time on something she is passionate about.  Cheryl loves to create and sew beautiful works of art.  The picture in this post is an original design of Cheryl’s depicting the dam in Lanesboro and is hand framed in barn wood.

Cheryl will be “under the tent” from 10 am – 5 pm.  She will be offering a quilt presentation at 3 pm and will answer any questions you might have about her works of art.

Also, when you are in Lanesboro this weekend, there will be Taste of the Trail activities going on at various locations.  A complete schedule can be found at www.rootrivertrail.org.

Until next time . . .

 

 

 

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Stone Mill In Lanesboro Welcomes Artist, Deb Topness

 

On Saturday, September 7, Stone Mill Hotel & Suites welcomes artist, Deb Topness of Deb’s Country View.  Deb will be “under the tent” from 10 am – 5 pm and will have a variety of framed photos, postcards, and some new items for sale.

Deb lives in Fillmore County and enjoys taking photos.  When she started, she mainly was interested in landscape photos but now her interests have widened.  The subject of her photos ranges from old to new, dull to bright to big and small.  Each season in Fillmore county brings new opportunities.

We hope you will stop by and see Deb under the tent at Stone Mill.  When you visit her, be sure to check out the other artists in the Art & Craft Gallery.

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Stone Mill Supports Taste of the Trail in Lanesboro, MN

Taste of the Trail events will be held on the first three Saturdays in September.  There will be activities and tastings along the Root River Trail in the designated towns.

The towns of Lanesboro, Whalan, and Peterson will be featured on Saturday, September 14 from 10 am – 3 pm.  Stone Mill Hotel & Suites supports this event and encourages everyone to take part in the event.

Plan for a leisurely day to include food samples and entertainment.  While in Lanesboro, be sure to check out the unique shops, Scenic Valley Winery, and the restaurants.  The Commonweal Theater will have a preview of The Memory of Water on Saturday evening beginning at 7:30 pm.

Until next time . . . .

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Lanesboro MN 2013 Christmas Inn Tour

 

Save the date!  The 2013 Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour will be held on Sunday, December 8 from 2 – 6 pm. The participating bed and breakfasts and inns will have their doors open and be decorated for the holiday season.

At Stone Mill, we have been brainstorming about what activities we want to have during the day.  Visions of sugar plums have been dancing in my head!  Last year, we had such a good time; and for those that stopped by, we hope you enjoyed it also.  As I write this, we are in negotiation with Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

To learn more and to purchase tickets, call 800.944.2670 or 507.467.2696 or visit www.lanesboro.com (click on Where to Stay).

Until next time . . .

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