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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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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Plan a “Fall Fun Run” to Southeast MN and Lanesboro MN

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 . . . .

 

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The Mill Room Opens at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro, MN

 

Last weekend, Lanesboro celebrated Buffalo Bill Days.  This annual town celebration boasted dances, fireworks, volleyball and softball tournaments, and a grand parade.

Not only has Lanesboro been bustling with activities, so has Stone Mill Hotel & Suites.  The newest lodging room is now open.  The Mill Room is a lovely appointed room with a private bathroom and is located in the “mill” part of the building.

What has happened to our long summer days?  As our days are starting to get shorter, I know it will only be a short time and we will be experiencing the beauty of another season. We are so fortunate to live in an area where we can experience the depth of the four seasons.  Shortly, the summer green will give way to the golden shades of autumn.

Soon, I will write about the “Mill Studio”.  In the meantime, enjoy the beauty each day brings!

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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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Art in the Park in Lanesboro, MN

Come and stay, shop and play!  This Red Hat group was from New Hampton, Iowa, and visited Lanesboro recently.  Along their visit they took time to “chillax” with Rick.

Speaking of “chillaxing”, Art in the Park in Lanesboro, MN will be held on Sunday, June 17.  This annual event will be held in Sylvan Park from 10 am – 5 pm.  There will be over 100 booths of art along with food and entertainment.

In just a few weeks, we will celebrate our nation’s independence.  July 4 is a favorite time of year for me as I enjoy the daylight and warmth of the days.  I also enjoy visiting with the guests and visitors that pass through the doors of Stone Mill Hotel & Suites.

At Stone Mill, each room has a journal for our guests to comment about Stone Mill and the area.  Darrell & Vicki, guests in May, enjoyed their time in Lanesboro and thought it was peaceful and relaxing.

When you visit, I hope you will find it peaceful and relaxing also.  Until next time . . .

 

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The Tulips Are Blooming

A visitor to Lanesboro,Scott from White Bear Lake, took this beautiful picture of the tulips right outside our front door last weekend.  Thank you Scott!

As Lanesboro continues to awaken, the Commonweal Theatre Company will be hosting the 15th Annual Ibsen Festival on April 13 – 15.  This year, Pillars of Society, has been chosen as the Ibsen production.  A complete listing of the weekend’s events can be found at www.ibsenfest.org.

In addition to the Ibsen Fest activities in Lanesboro, Bluffscape Amish Tours will be offering tours.  The tours will depart on Friday and Saturday at 10:00 or 1:30.  The tours depart from the Lanesboro Feed Mill.  To schedule a tour, please call 507.467.3070.

To add a little relaxation to your weekend, the Lanesboro Day Spa has appointments available on Friday afternoon and Saturday.

 

 

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Upcoming events at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

Lanesboro is surrounded by beautiful bluffs and great vistas.  Nestled on a beautiful ridge above the root river is Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.  Eagle Bluff is a great place for all ages that loves everything about the outdoors!  Check out their most recent newsletter for upcoming events and opportunities in Lanesboro.

Eagle Bluff News Letter

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