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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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!
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!
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.
As you plan your next getaway, Stone Mill Hotel & Suites is the place to put the “perfect” in getaway. A reservation for one of the luxurious themed suites helps you settle into the “Lanesboro” frame of mind. Enjoy your stay in a themed suite that is reminiscent of the area – Amish, Garden, or Bicycle, to name a few.
Bring your bike or rent one and explore the Root River Trail. As you ride the trail and enjoy the gentle breeze, your cares from the day fade away. After your outing, check out one of the dining spots. Intermission, Lanesboro’s newest, is right next to the Commonweal Theatre and joins the list of signature restaurants.
When you visit on Saturday, May 19, be sure to make plans to attend the Standstill Parade in Whalan. Whalan is a short, five mile bicycle ride from Lanesboro on the Root River Trail, one of Minnesota’s scenic bike trails. Our neighbor to the west, Preston, will celebrate Trout Days on May 18 – 20. When you visit on June 2, plan to attend Lanesboro’s annual Rhubarb Festival. If your visit is later in June, plan on attending Art in the Park on Sunday, June 17.
Having dinner is just the beginning of a Lanesboro evening. Make reservations for a performance at the Commonweal Theatre or attend a performance of Over the Back Fence. Before you call it a night, a nightcap might be in order at Riverside on the Root’s Dirty Martini Lounge.
I’ll be back soon to let you know of more things to explore. The lights will be on and the doors open shortly . . . .
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.
Season 5 Opening Day
Bluffscape Amish Tours is excited to announce their 5th Amish tour season starting Saturdays only in March and daily Mon – Sat, April – October. Ticketing and departure location is at the Lanesboro FEED Mill at 102 E Beacon St, Lanesboro, right next door to the Stone Mill Hotel & Suites. Tour times are at 10 am and 1:30 pm. To learn more about the Old Order Amish of SE Minnesota, please visit our website at www.bluffscape.com or call 507-467-3070. Immerse yourself in the history and lifestyle of the Amish while munching on their buttery cashew crunch while riding on a Bluffscape Amish Tour.
The 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).
"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.