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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There’s More to Explore in Lanesboro, MN

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  . . . .

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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).

Stone Mill Hotel & Suites

"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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New Years Eve Special with Dinner at two of Lanesboro’s Premier Restaurants

New Year’s Eve is a GREAT time to get away with the one you love!  It is a special time for reflection, connection and beginning that New Year’s resolution to spend more intentional time with the one you love.

Stone Mill Hotel & Suites along with The Old Village Hall Restaurant & Pub and The Riverside on the Root & Dirty Martini Lounge are pleased to give you the perfect opportunity to share a special evening in Historic Downtown Lanesboro.

Start your evening by checking into your uniquely themed room and enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine from Lanesboro’s Scenic Valley Winery.  Take pleasure in having an enchanting and romantic dinner at the Old Village Hall or the Riverside on the Root Restaurant.  End your truly unique New Year’s Eve evening by joining many Lanesboro locals at the Root River Saloon or the Dirty Martini Lounge for music and great fun.  Guests at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites who are having dinner at one of these two fantastic restaurants will receive a 15% discount on their room and also get to sleep in as late as they wish with a check out on Sunday January 1, 2012 at 6PM.

 

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Rainy & Snowy Spring outside = Springs Cleaning Inside

DSC03112  There for a little while, the sun started to shine and warm the DSC03101earth.  We even started getting the front patio ready for guests.  But then, Mother Nature decided that we needed a little cooling off.  So she sent us some snow and some rain and some wind.  Since we can not be outside getting things ready for guests, we decided that we needed to do a little “spring cleaning” around the Mill. 

Our Spring Cleaning involves a lot of hard work and long hours.  One of the things that comes with spring cleaning is of course a visit from the local health inspector.  We are proud to report that this year the Health Inspector gave us a score of 100!DSC03066  Over the past month we have been shampooing the carpets, flipping mattress and all that good stuff that helps us to maintain the rooms in new condition.  We have also added some new shelving in the rooms.  As you can see in the picture to the left, many of our rooms and suites have new shelves over the coffee and microwave station. 

We are also excited about continuing our relationship with DSC03084Essence of Lanesboro.   Last year we worked with Peter C. Bilkey, Ph.D, owner of Essence to develop a scent specific and unique to Stone Mill.  After many long sniffing sessions, we finally came back to the combination that we started with… “Suites Scent with Juniper”.   Here at Stone Mill, it was important that we created a scent that was light, refreshing, did not contrast with personal cologne or perfume and one that gentlemen did not mind using either.

Hope you enjoy these little “spring cleaning” touches when you come for your next visit with Stone Mill!

 

 

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