The love of “packages” could have started with the US Postal Service or could have started with birthdays or a holiday, like Christmas. For a historic inn like Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro, MN, packages are a perfect pairing with an overnight stay.
Stone Mill has taken packages to a new level this year and introduced the “Sweetheart Package”. Who doesn’t love wine and chocolates especially when the wine and chocolates are locally produced and hand made?
The “Sweetheart Package” at Stone Mill includes a bottle of wine that is locally produced at Scenic Valley Winery in Lanesboro, MN. The package includes a bottle of either Harvest Blend, Niagra, Ruby Red or Purple Passion. The package also includes a half pound of chocolates from Curly Girlz Candy. The candy is hand made from fresh and natural ingredients and is packaged in a delightful box. The packages start at $127.00 plus tax.
When you and your sweetheart book a sweetheart package, the deal is doubly sweet as you will enjoy the sweetness of the package with the sweetness of your heart. With a thought like that, It shouldn’t take much to be sweet talked into the Sweetheart Package.
For more information or to book the Sweetheart Package, give us a call at 507.467.8663.
It might provide for sweet dreams . . .
What a week in Lanesboro! We had the Stand Still Parade in Whalan, Trout Days in Preston and the Bluff Country Gathering of fiddlers here in Lanesboro. One of our guests was one of the fiddlers. His name is Gary Bartig and he designs violins and basses. His instruments are all over the world. The person who plays bass behind Dolly Parton, has one of his basses. While we were eating, he serenaded us. He played “Over the Rainbow” for me which is one of my favorites. It was the first song I sang at contest when in high school. If you would like to know about Gary, here is is Web Site. Thanks Gary and Karen for staying with us.
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 . . . .
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!
As you plan your next getaway, Stone Mill Hotel & Suites is the place to put the “perfect” in getaway. A reservation for one of the luxurious themed suites helps you settle into the “Lanesboro” frame of mind. Enjoy your stay in a themed suite that is reminiscent of the area – Amish, Garden, or Bicycle, to name a few.
Bring your bike or rent one and explore the Root River Trail. As you ride the trail and enjoy the gentle breeze, your cares from the day fade away. After your outing, check out one of the dining spots. Intermission, Lanesboro’s newest, is right next to the Commonweal Theatre and joins the list of signature restaurants.
When you visit on Saturday, May 19, be sure to make plans to attend the Standstill Parade in Whalan. Whalan is a short, five mile bicycle ride from Lanesboro on the Root River Trail, one of Minnesota’s scenic bike trails. Our neighbor to the west, Preston, will celebrate Trout Days on May 18 – 20. When you visit on June 2, plan to attend Lanesboro’s annual Rhubarb Festival. If your visit is later in June, plan on attending Art in the Park on Sunday, June 17.
Having dinner is just the beginning of a Lanesboro evening. Make reservations for a performance at the Commonweal Theatre or attend a performance of Over the Back Fence. Before you call it a night, a nightcap might be in order at Riverside on the Root’s Dirty Martini Lounge.
I’ll be back soon to let you know of more things to explore. The lights will be on and the doors open shortly . . . .
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.
The 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).
"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.
Eagle Bluff News Letter
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
Each Week the Chamber of Commerce puts out the activities for the coming week. Click on the link below to find out what is going this weekend in beautiful Lanesboro, MN.
This Week: December 15, 2011
Lanesboro Depot Delivery