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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The Newest Item On The Root River Bike Trail In Lanesboro, MN

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. . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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New Renovations at the Lanesboro FEED MILL

Stone Mill Hotel & SuitesThe FEED MILL complex in Lanesboro is undergoing exciting new changes.  With Mom’s (Cheryl’s) retirement from Cheryl’s Apparel in November 2011, we move forward undertaking new endeavors. Our first construction project (or should I say Rick2first construction project) is the building of the new front desk area for Stone Mill Hotel & Suites among other businesses (more on that in later posts).

Stone Mill Hotel & Suites

"I'm having so much fun"

For those of you whom haven’t been introduced Rick2 includes the team of my Dad and Rick Sjarpe our very skilled maintenance and handyman that has been part of our family for 9 years.  In the photos you are seeing that our “Check In” Area will now be located in the “Red Mill” building to the east of the Stone Mill limestone building.  I look forward to providing posts on the process of changes to our lovingly restored FEED MILL.

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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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