Autumn Treats and Amish Tours from Stone Mill Hotel & Suites!

Autumn has finally arrived. The Root River Valley and beautiful Lanesboro are starting to display their fall colors. Bicyclists are enjoying the early morning crisp, cool air and warm afternoon sun while riding the Root River Trail. The leaves are beginning to change color after all the cool nights we’ve been having. The days are warm and sunny. The weather has been just beautiful. Fall is an exciting time! The changing leaf colors are a sign we are in the fall season. Autumn is beautiful in Bluff Country. It is a great time for you to come and see for yourself!

Lanesboro Sylvan Park

Highway 16 east of Lanesboro

Our long time front desk team member Therese brought in a fall treat for us to taste the other day. It was so good we thought the recipe should be shared! We then thought, how fun would it be to share with our friends some of our favorite fall treats!  Here are a couple of favorites you can now share with your family and friends!

Here is Therese’s yummy Fall Fun Chex Mix! This fun recipe calls for caramel puff corn (made according to the directions on the bag- she drizzled hers with chocolate!) It also includes pretzels, white pumpkin pie M&M’s, Honey Nut Chex and Brach’s cookie flavored candy corn. Mix the amounts to your liking, and enjoy. Fall fun, for everyone!

Joan is the owner and operator of Bluffscape Amish Tours here in Lanesboro, Minnesota.  The Amish are known to have excellent baked goods for sale on her tours. Over the years Joan has established a great relationship with the Amish community. She even has an Amish fall recipe to share with all of you!

Amish Apple Pizza


  • 2 1/2 -3 cups all- purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 milk
  • 1/4 cup butter cubed


  • 4 cups sliced, peeled tart apples
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 12 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup oatmeal



In large mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a saucepan, heat water, milk and butter to 120-130 degrees. Add to dry ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes. Stir in remaining flour to form a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface, cover and let rest for 15 minutes.

In a large skillet, cook and stir apples in butter over medium heat for 2 minutes. Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir in skillet. Cook 3 minutes more. Reduce heat to low, cook uncovered, 4-6 minutes or until apples are tender. Stir frequently.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, brown sugar and topping. In another small bowl, combine flour and sugar, cut in butter until crumbly. Pat dough onto a greased 14 inch pizza pan, building up edges slightly. Spread with cream cheese topping, then the apple topping.

Sprinkle with streusel. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serve warm or cold.

Bluffscape Amish Tours depart daily from Stone Mill Hotel & Suites at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., except on Sundays. Take one of these tours, and you will have the opportunity to step back in time as you tour the Old Order Amish at their farms.Autumn is a great season to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience in the historic Bluff Country! Bluffscape Amish Tours are authentic, private and respectful to the Amish community. Enjoy knowledgeable guides as you experience the Amish culture in a unique and unforgettable way.  You will travel to Amish farms located between Lanesboro, Canton and Harmony. Parties of 10 or more receive a 10% discount Monday through Friday. These tours are ideal for adults and children of all ages! Experience the interesting way of life for the Amish people as you browse and purchase Amish crafts, furniture and baked goods! Don’t forget to look out for sweet, buttery cashew crunch! The Amish Apple Pizza is a favorite found on the tours on Saturdays! Pies and delicious home made ice cream can be found at some of these stops as well. These narrated tours typically last about 3 hours. Please visit for more details. Bluffscape Amish Tours will continue through November 4th. The final two tours for the season will be on Saturday, November 11th. Book your reservation today! 507-467-3070.

Amish Backroads Tour is another option for those who would like to experience the Amish way of life. This is an option where you drive in the comfort and convenience of your own car, guided by the CD in your CD player. You set the schedule and pace, taking as much or as little time as you like at each stop. Driving time is about 1 1/2 hours with approximately 9 stops. You will learn about the history and culture of the Amish from the narrated CD. This CD rental tour is $26, with a $20 deposit until the CD is returned. You’ll have the opportunity to buy a variety of Amish made goods and meet wonderful Amish shop owners and family members! Come to Stone Mill Clothing & Gifts for your CD rental, located at 102 Beacon St. East in Lanesboro, Minnesota. Call us at 507-467-8663 with any questions about this tour.

Both of these tours are a wonderful way to experience the Amish way of life! Amish specialties include superior hardwood furniture, baskets and beautiful quilts and spreads. Fine functional hand made hardwood items will be found along the way, along with wild berry jams and jellies. You will also find hand made soaps, fresh and home canned fruits and vegetables, homemade breads, pies and more sweet treats! Be sure to bring your appetite and cash or checkbook as the Amish do not use credit card machines!

We hope you enjoy these fun fall recipes! Stone Mill Hotel & Suites is open in beautiful Lanesboro, all year round. Book your autumn retreat, today!



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