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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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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Stone Mill Hotel & Suites
Renovation Update

Rick 2 (that’s Rick Lamon and Rick Sjarpe) our maintenance team extraordinaire have been very busy!  In fact I have been given instruction to open up another room in our reservation system this week.

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The debate is on as to call this room the CCC room or the Mill room.  We are interested to know which you would rather stay in.  Do you know what CCC means?

 

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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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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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Rhubarb Reigns in Lanesboro, MN

I know summer is right around the corner when I see the rhubarb uncurl and reach toward the sun.  When I was a child, my mom had a rhubarb plant, as most gardens in the area did.  She was able to make many rhubarb delights from that one rhubarb plant.  At that time, little did I know, I would  live in the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota.

Discover all things “rhubarb” and more in Lanesboro on Saturday, June 2, at the annual Rhubarb Festival.  The festival consists of everything from Rhub ART to the Rhubarb Run.  Rhubarb is so famous in Lanesboro, it boasts a book titled Everything Rhubarb.  After the festival, stop by Scenic Valley Winery and sample Rhubarb Wine made from locally grown rhubarb.

As an added attraction in downtown Lanesboro on Saturday, June 2, a book signing will be hosted by local illustrator, Sarah Peterson, and author, Nancy Monson.  The book signing will be held in front of Pedal Pushers Cafe from 10 am – 1 pm.  This collaboration “Get Out of the Nest, Nelly!”, is on tap to be the best selling children’s book of 2012.  The book, famed as a children’s book, has a meaningful message for adults as well.

I think everyone should “get out of their nest” and make plans to attend the Rhubarb Festival.  Speaking of nests, Stone Mill Hotel & Suites is a perfect nesting place for your summer getaway.

In the meantime, enjoy the “reign” of our favorite vegetable, rhubarb.

 

 

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The Stand Still Parade in Whalan, MN and more to explore in Lanesboro, MN

The new front desk area at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites is now decorated with the feed bags in the picture.  One of the bags was used in the facility during its “working days”.  As the renovation continues, we realize this will be an extended project and appreciate your continued support and patience as we work to be the “choice” lodging destination in Lanesboro.

The Stand Still Parade has become an annual event in Whalan, MN and will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 11 am – 4 pm.  Not only can you experience a parade where the “parade stands still” but you will also be able to sample a variety of foods, watch the pie eating contest, and listen to music.  Children’s games, a petting zoo, and other activities will be available for the kids.

The Bluff Country Gathering will be held in Lanesboro this weekend.  This multi-day event is sure to attract musicians from a wide area and provide entertainment for all ages.

After you take in the weekend festivities, check out the Spud Boy Diner and Another Time Ice Cream Parlor & Chocolates.  The diner and ice cream parlor are Lanesboro’s newest additions to the casual cuisine scene.

If you care for a short drive, The annual Trout Days celebration will be held in Preston, MN.

Wherever you are, near or far, there’s always a few more things to explore . . . .

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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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