Fall Foliage and Holiday Shopping In Lanesboro, MN

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 . . .

 

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Lanesboro MN 2013 Christmas Inn Tour

 

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 . . .

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Stone Mill in Lanesboro Welcomes Alley Cat Designs

On Saturday, July 20 from 9 am – 5 pm,  Annette Evenson of Alley Cat Designs will be at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro showcasing her handcrafted, wire wrapped jewelry. Throughout the day, Annette will be demonstrating how she makes her wire rings and crocheted necklaces.

Annette’s first experience with jewelry came at a young age when she was spending time with her dad, who was a jeweler and watch repairman in Calmar, Iowa.  He would let her “untangle and fix” broken necklace chains.

More recently, her good friend, Robbie Brokken, introduced her to the “world of jewelry” and taught her the basics in making earrings and necklaces.

She also enjoys scrap booking and card making.  Annette lives in Harmony, MN with her husband, Scott, and their Scottish terrier, Max.

Join us as we welcome Annette!  Look for her outside under the tent!

Until next time . . .

 

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The Mill Room Opens at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro, MN

 

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!

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FOSSE THE CHICKEN Explores Downtown Lanesboro!

 

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!

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Stone Mill Hotel & Suites
Renovation Update

Rick 2 (that’s Rick Lamon and Rick Sjarpe) our maintenance team extraordinaire have been very busy!  In fact I have been given instruction to open up another room in our reservation system this week.

Click to View More Renovations

The debate is on as to call this room the CCC room or the Mill room.  We are interested to know which you would rather stay in.  Do you know what CCC means?

 

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Rhubarb Reigns in Lanesboro, MN

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.

 

 

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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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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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