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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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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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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Stone Mill in Lanesboro Welcomes Alley Cat Designs

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 . . .

 

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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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Fosse the Chicken:
Explores the Crate Suite

HELLO!

What a delight to see you again!  I greatly enjoyed our visit last time. And, thank you for asking about that grain truck/appetizer from last time – it was delicious!  There was corn, and corn and more corn… yum, yum, yum…

You know… I was thinking… that I should

about the unique lodging and qualities of Stone Mill Hotel & Suites. The best place to begin would be in the area where I entered the building.  That area is now called the Crate Suite.

Private Entrance to the Crate Suite

After the initial shock of my ride on the back of that 1930’s Ford truck and my sudden escape from having my tail feathers plucked, the Crate Jacuzzi Suite is where all of the chaos first took place, and much to my dismay, the Crate Suite has become one of the most popular suites for guests!  You would not believe this but when the Lamon – Mortimer families opened the doors to the hotel in July of 2001, the first guests in that room was a young couple on their honeymoon and they have been coming back every year for their anniversary!  They are such a nice couple.  Great fun to visit with…but I digress.

Living room with private two person whirlpool tub

The Crate Suite is on the first floor of the hotel. One of the unique features to the hotel is that the first three floors of this four story building are on ground level and was originally designed to meet the needs of the freight train industry that ran through the Lanesboro area in the late 1800’s. The Crate Suite has a private entrance that now opens up to a lovely guest area that features a two person whirlpool tub.  And don’t you know that’s a great bird bath if I ever saw one.  Much nicer than the bath they gave me when I first arrived.  Which was more like a dunk, dunk, plunk in cold water.  Burrrr chills me to the bone thinking about it. 

Traditional chicken crate used to bring chickens to the poultry processing plant

When I arrived, I was in a crate very similar to the one that is prominently displayed in the
suite as well.  Some other unique features to this now wonderful suite is the old chicken de-beaker (and let me tell you I am so glad that that thing don’t work no more…  It’s more of a dust collector if I do say so myself.  Colleen, the owner, would pluck another feather or two if I convinced Mandy to throw it in the dumpster!)

Antique Chicken De-Beaker

The rest of the suite includes a queen bed.  For those of you that are electronically inclined there are two TV’s so, if you roosters and hen’s out there disagree on what to watch, there is one for you and one for the love of your life to watch, because it is all about keeping the peace and providing you with a great place to rest, relax and re-connect! 

Well, now that I have talked you ear off, I think that it would be prudent to go scratch around for some more information about my namesake, Fosse.  I look forward to seeing you soon at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites; and don’t forget, we are just a stone’s throw from anywhere you are!
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Introducing Fosse! The Indelible Spirit of Stone Mill Hotel & Suites

Oh, Hello there!  My name is Fosse the Chicken!

How are you today?

GREAT!  I am so glad to have this opportunity to visit with you!  I have so much to share with you about myself and the history of this beautiful building that is now the home of Stone Mill Hotel & Suites.

I tell you, there is never a dull moment here, or in Lanesboro. And over the last 50 or so years I have gotten to know a lot about this area, The Lamon – Mortimer family that takes such good care of my home here at the Mill and all of the unique little nooks, crannies and people that make Lanesboro such a great place to live and visit!

Hum…. (Fosse takes a thoughtful pause….) 

What, sorry … I was drifting off thinking about all the fine grain I am going to have for dinner….  Oh, you want me to tell you how I got to be here at the Mill.  I remember it like it was only yesterday!

The first time I set eyes on Stone Mill (then it was SL Fosse:  Dealer in Eggs and Poultry) it was a beautiful summer day.  I was out in the coupe doing what chickens do best (pecking grain that is) and the next thing you know I was in a crate, on the back of an old 1930’s Ford truck.  That wind from the ride ruffled my feathers terribly!  Every feather literally out of place and then if that was not bad enough they took the crate inside and yanked me out and started to pluck out my tail feathers!  I had had enough!  I was not going to stand for such treatment.  So, off the table I hopped and flapped and squawked until I could find a place to hide.  After that I learned how to stay out of the way of you crazy humans!  But I won’t hold that against you.

Anyway, time passed and they forgot about little oh me, and I learned to survive on crumbs dropped from the workers lunch pails and then when the building became grain storage some time in the 1950′s when the Hager’s became owners of the Mill, well, I tell you I was the happiest chicken this side of the Mississippi!  I had all the grain that I could eat and there was so much of it, no one even realized that at night I would eat my fill.  I had to have put on a few pounds during that time of plenty!

That’s the short of it!  I just wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself, and share with you that I Fosse the Chicken will be making a few public appearances on the Stone Mill Hotel & Suites blog.  I will be telling you about events that come to town, like the one I just missed the Ibsen Festival, but we have a quite a few others so don’t you worry your pretty little head about that.  I will share with you some of my explorations around the Mill and read those great Journals that folks write in sharing their favorite things they did here in Lanesboro and some of the great people that live and work in Lanesboro.

So, so long for now… there’s a grain truck passing by and if I hurry I might just be able to catch some extra BˑEˑAˑUˑTˑIˑFˑUˑL grain as an appetizer before dinner!  I am a  connaisseur of fine grains!

See Ya soon and when you visit Lanesboro don’t forget to stop by and take a tour of my lovely home, Stone Mill Hotel & Suites!

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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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