The long, lazy days of summer will soon give way to the spectrum of autumn colors. With that in mind, a trip to Southeastern Minnesota to include historic, scenic Lanesboro, Minnesota, as a stop would be part of a perfect autumn adventure.
If you enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, tours, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, or playing golf, Lanesboro is the perfect place for you.
If you enjoy wine tasting, going to the theater, dining, shopping, or ice cream, Lanesboro is the perfect place for you.
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).
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 . . .
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.
Rick 2 continues to move ahead with the new renovations. In fact, we were open for Amish Tours for the past two weeks. Meetings with the State Health Inspectors, plan reviews, phone lines, internet service and the list goes on! We are so thankful for the team. Employees start training this week.
TheFEED 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.
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.
Lanesboro has fabulous restaurants and great lodging. Check out the information below from the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce that includes New Years Eve Menus and great opportunities to spend New Years Eve in Lanesboro!