As we have turned the calendar to August, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of the season in Minnesota before the dreaded “white stuff” starts to appear. The bluffs of Southeastern MInnesota are lush and green and the communities that are in bluff country have theater, shopping, dining, and overnight accommodations to make your trip to the area complete.
Lanesboro with all of its quaintness and charm, has travel specials that will make any traveler stop and take note.
As I look out the window and as the days get shorter and the page in the calendar is turned, once again, I know the shades of green of the bluffs will begin to give way to the rich colors of the next season.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
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 . . . .
As I write this, the sun is shining and it is beautiful! The spring/summer season has been off to an inconsistent start in regards to the weather. I hope many sunny days are ahead. As you can see by the picture below, the rain has been good for the flowers at Stone Mill.
Mark your calendars! Sunday, June 16, is the annual Art in the Park celebration in Lanesboro, MN. There will be over 90 artists from the five-state region, which includes 30 new artists. In addition to the vast amount of art and handcrafted items, there will be music throughout the day and food. Even though, food is noted last, it is not least. What is a day in a park without food? Many of these food vendors are from the area organizations and churches.
On Saturday, June 15, the annual Gammel Dag Fest will be held in Peterson. Peterson is about 17 miles from Lanesboro, and there will be food, entertainment, and a dance in the evening.
It seems like there is always something going on in our area communities.
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 . . . .
Stone Mill Hotel & Suites guest cannot help but talk about their stay. With so many great things all located right here on the premises or within walking distance, Stone Mill Hotel & Suites is the perfect getaway! Check out our guest reviews on BedandBreakfast.com or Trip Advisor.
We cannot say enough good things about the Stone Mill Hotel and Suites!
May 06, 2013: We loved everything about our stay in Lanesboro. Started off with a massage at the Lanesboro Day Spa! Angie was fantastic! We stayed in the Garden Suite and loved the room! We had a king sized bed in a loft and the bed was soooo comfortable. The people at the hotel treated us like family! You could explore the hotel and every room was unique. It is a beautiful place. We enjoyed exploring the lovely town and eating at Pedal Pushers. The Bluffscape Amish Tour with Joan was great! She had a lot of info and took us to interesting farms! We will definitely return and highly recommend Stone Mill Hotel and Suites! Barb and Chuck from Mahtomedi, MN
May is the start of town celebrations and festivals. In the Lanesboro area, there are three events happening during the weekend of May 17 & 18. The Stand Still Parade in Whalan is like no other parade you might have experienced. The parade “stands still” as the spectators move through the street. Along with the parade, there is music, food, “hula hoop” and “duck pluck” contests, demonstrations, and other activities. You are guaranteed to have a “Whalan” good time.
Lanesboro will host the Bluff Country Gathering on May 16 – 19. Each year, musicians from all over the United States come to celebrate traditional American music. In addition to workshops, there will be a public concert on Friday evening and a barn dance on Saturday evening.
Preston, our neighbor to the west, hosts its Trout Days celebration. There will be a parade, food, activities, and a dance in the evening.
So many activities, and it is just the start of festival season.
Until next time . . . . .