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 . . .
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.
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 . . . .
Did you ever wonder where bicycle enthusiasts get those really cool looking jerseys? And, did you ever wonder where you can get one of those really cool looking jerseys?
Now you also can have one of the coolest and hottest new bicycle jerseys on the state trail system this year! The jerseys are sold at some of the Lanesboro businesses that partnered in the design and creation of the (in my opinion) coolest looking jersey around. The jerseys can be purchased at Pedal Pushers Cafe, the Art & Craft Gallery at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites, and Lanesboro Local.
There are so many jerseys out there that speak to every taste and idea. Why not have a bicycle jersey that speaks to your taste and preference of the Root River Bicycle Trail?
Emily Spende, president of the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce, is shown in the pictures sporting the new jersey. What a great way to tell to all your friends and bicycling buddies about the great Root River Bicycle Trail.
If you see Emily on the trail, say “hi” to her from her friends at Stone Mill.
Until next time. . . .
On Saturday, July 20 from 9 am – 5 pm, Annette Evenson of Alley Cat Designs will be at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro showcasing her handcrafted, wire wrapped jewelry. Throughout the day, Annette will be demonstrating how she makes her wire rings and crocheted necklaces.
Annette’s first experience with jewelry came at a young age when she was spending time with her dad, who was a jeweler and watch repairman in Calmar, Iowa. He would let her “untangle and fix” broken necklace chains.
More recently, her good friend, Robbie Brokken, introduced her to the “world of jewelry” and taught her the basics in making earrings and necklaces.
She also enjoys scrap booking and card making. Annette lives in Harmony, MN with her husband, Scott, and their Scottish terrier, Max.
Join us as we welcome Annette! Look for her outside under the tent!
Until next time . . .
With summer going by quickly and fall fast approaching, now is the time to plan a “fall fun run” to Lanesboro to rest, rejuvenate, and explore. At Stone Mill Hotel & Suites, you can check off all of the above-mentioned items. Imagine, you could be sitting and enjoying morning coffee or a glass of wine on the deck. (You could be you in one of those chairs!)
Your exploration can start with the on-premise Art & Craft Gallery. If exploration of the area is for you, why not take an Amish tour with Bluffscape Amish Tours. If you want to take a self-guided tour of the Amish community, you can rent an Amish Backroads Tour CD. Either of these tours will provide a fun and educational way to learn more about our neighbors.
After a day of fun, you can rest and relax in any of the rooms or suites. For a step above in relaxation, choose a suite with a double jacuzzi. Soak the stresses of the day away. You can rejuvenate at the on-site Day Spa with a variety of massages and services. Let your muscles be soothed with a circulatory or deep tissue massage. Give your body the comfort it deserves.
Beyond the doors of the Feed Mill, you will find many activities in Lanesboro such as canoeing, tubing, theater, shopping, and golfing.
If your exploration takes you beyond the limits of Lanesboro, Niagara Cave near Harmony, The Spam Museum in Austin, and Four Daughters Winery near Spring Valley are popular destinations in Southeastern Minnesota.
Until next time . . . .
If you are looking for a fun, educational tour opportunity in Lanesboro, consider taking an Amish tour with Bluffscape Amish Tours located in Lanesboro, MN. Any time is a good time for a tour; however, this time of year, you may see the Amish farmers in the field planting their crops.
We are truly fortunate to have the Amish as neighbors as they make beautiful furniture and handcrafted items. They also make wonderful candy (cashew crunch) and have garden produce available for sale when in season. You can also find baskets, canned goods, and leather goods. More importantly, you will learn about the history and tradition of the Amish community.
The tour guides at Bluffscape respect the Amish community and have a very good relationship with the Amish families and farms they stop at. They truly give some of the best Amish tours around. The tours depart Monday – Saturday at 10:00 am and at 1:30 pm. Each tour is three hours in length. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 507.467.3070.
Until next time. . . .
On Saturday, June 1, Lanesboro, the rhubarb capital of Minnesota, hosts the Rhubarb Festival in Sylvan Park. The festivities begin at 10 am with the singing of the Rhubarb National Anthem.
“Everything rhubarb” will be celebrated. There will be a rhubarb run, rhubarb games, and rhubarb tasting. The Rhubarb Sisters will take the stage at 11:15 am and will sing original rhubarb songs,other entertainment will be featured during the day, and the Rutabaga Brothers will be performing at 2:00 pm in Sylvan Park.
The Rhubarb Sisters and Guests will be in concert at 7:30 pm at the St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro. Tickets can be purchased by calling 507.467.2446 or at the door.
For a day of “rhubarb fun”, make plans to attend. Scenic Valley Winery in Lanesboro will be sampling their locally produced rhubarb wine. The restaurants will be serving rhubarb delights along with their usual delicious offerings.
When you are in Lanesboro, stop by the Art & Craft Gallery located at The Feed Mill in Lanesboro. The Art & Craft Gallery is home to twenty local artisans that have their pottery, jewelry, fabric, and other art displayed.
Until next time . . . .
During the last weekend in April, we were given a taste of the upcoming seasons. Spring and summer are now in sight.
When the gentle spring rains give way to colorful blossoms, I start to think of day trips, weekend trips, family getaways, and summer celebrations. Lanesboro is the complete vacation destination for couples and families, and is a playground for all ages. The Root River Trail and Root River, which crisscross in Lanesboro, are perfect for walking, biking, tubing, canoeing, and kayaking.
If you are seeking lodging, Stone Mill Hotel & Suites is a premiere lodging destination in the bluff country of southeastern Minnesota. If shopping and eating, are on the list, the choices will be plentiful. If theater and the arts are on the list, you won’t be disappointed. If comfortable and conveniently located accommodations are on the list, a reservation at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites is the answer. If an Amish tour is on the list, we can reserve that for you. If a massage is on the list, we can make an appointment for you. If sitting and relaxing is on the list, this will be checked off.
We are looking forward to seeing you this summer. Until next time . . . .
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.