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.
If you enjoy art and art inspired creations, Lanesboro is the place for you.
The Root River and the Root River Trail follow each other and both run right through the middle of downtown Lanesboro.
All that and more in one area! Hope to see you soon. Until next time . . .
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 . . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . . .
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!
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!
New Years Eve in Lanesboro, MN