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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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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Bluffscape Amish Tours Open for 5th Season

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.

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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).

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"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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Thank You Hyland UMC! It Was Great To Have You With US!

DSC03153This past weekend we had the most wonderful group stay with us.  Hyland UMC youth group came to Stone Mill Hotel & Suites for their spring retreat.  It was great to have them.  They have great inspiration to tell about what they learned from the retreat about helping people from a distance.  If you asked them I think that their bicycle trip and rummage sale fashion show were the biggest hits.  Before they left they gave us these really great thank you’s!

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The best part of the weekend for Stone Mill was how well these young folks listened!  Their leaders asked them to help us out by stripping the beds and placing the laundry outside of house keeping for us.  We thought that that was great until we saw this….

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Thanks Hyland!  We can not wait to see you again soon!

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