I can’t believe we are over half way through the month of October. A few more weeks and the doors will be closed on beauty of this season, and we will usher in the next season and its beauty. I think I used the word “beauty” generously when it comes to the upcoming season. I have a tendency to enjoy the changing of the seasons; however, winter doesn’t provide much enjoyment for me personally.
At this writing, we are experiencing a cool October week. The morning temperature was 22 degrees. The morning air provided a cool bicycle ride for our guests at Stone Mill. With the temperatures being cooler, visitors to Lanesboro are looking for alternate activities in and around Lanesboro.
An Amish tour from Bluffscape Amish Tours is a wonderful activity for those cooler days. On this tour you will not only learn about the Amish community, but also have the opportunity to visit their farms and tour their shops. In the Amish community, you will find beautiful furniture, gorgeous baskets, and awesome chocolate covered cashew crunch.
If you stay in Lanesboro for the day, why not get started on your holiday shopping? The shops in Lanesboro provide for a unique shopping experience where you can find the perfect gifts for your friends and all of those on your list. The picture above is only a sampling of the gifts that can be found in the Art & Craft Gallery at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites.
Continued good wishes to everyone for a wonderful fall. Next week, at this time, we will be getting our costumes ready for Halloween!
Until next time . . .
On Saturday, September 7, Stone Mill Hotel & Suites welcomes artist, Deb Topness of Deb’s Country View. Deb will be “under the tent” from 10 am – 5 pm and will have a variety of framed photos, postcards, and some new items for sale.
Deb lives in Fillmore County and enjoys taking photos. When she started, she mainly was interested in landscape photos but now her interests have widened. The subject of her photos ranges from old to new, dull to bright to big and small. Each season in Fillmore county brings new opportunities.
We hope you will stop by and see Deb under the tent at Stone Mill. When you visit her, be sure to check out the other artists in the Art & Craft Gallery.
Taste of the Trail events will be held on the first three Saturdays in September. There will be activities and tastings along the Root River Trail in the designated towns.
The towns of Lanesboro, Whalan, and Peterson will be featured on Saturday, September 14 from 10 am – 3 pm. Stone Mill Hotel & Suites supports this event and encourages everyone to take part in the event.
Plan for a leisurely day to include food samples and entertainment. While in Lanesboro, be sure to check out the unique shops, Scenic Valley Winery, and the restaurants. The Commonweal Theater will have a preview of The Memory of Water on Saturday evening beginning at 7:30 pm.
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 . . .
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. . . .
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 . . . .
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!
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 . . .
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.
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 . . . .