How to Ring in 2018 & the New Year in Lanesboro, Minnesota!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and welcome 2018 in charming Lanesboro, Minnesota! Bluff country is a great location for a nice winter getaway after a busy holiday season. Old Village Hall located on Coffee Street is known in Lanesboro for fabulous dining. The chef has put together a delicious menu for bringing in the new year. New Year’s Eve Dinner will be served on Saturday and Sunday, December 30th and December 31st, 2017 for those of you who would enjoy a culinary experience. You can even take a winter wagon ride across a bluff that sits above Whalan, just five miles from Lanesboro. High Court Pub will provide entertainment here in town on New Year’s Eve. If you are looking for a nice quiet getaway, Stone Mill Suites will be able to arrange that for you! Here’s how to eat, drink and relax your way into the new year.

The Old Village Hall is a restaurant and pub located in a stone building that was originally built in 1886 as the village hall, fire station and jail. This historical landmark is a place where you can experience fine dining in a casual setting. Open since 1994, the restaurant emphasis is on creative foods using the freshest ingredients and utilizing the regional fare whenever possible. Chef Mike Olson and owners John and Sarah Pieper have put together a wonderful culinary experience for you to enjoy and celebrate New Year’s Eve 2017.

Old Village Hall Restaurant- New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu


Butternut squash ravioli with a sage and cider cream sauce

Escargot en croute with a garlic shallot and herb beurre blanc


Red pepper and lobster bisque with crème fraiche.


Grapefruit and pomegranate salad with organic mixed greens and a sweet apple cider vinaigrette with parmesan croutons


Seared scallops with foie gras and caviar, grilled Yukon gold medallions, smoked carrot coulis

Dry aged New York Strip, roasted root vegetables, horseradish mashed potatoes, truffle butter

Sweet potato and jalepeno cornbread stuffed duck breast, fontina risotto and roasted garlic, and spinach puree


Apple brie and raspberry dumpling with salted caramel and homemade brandy vanilla ice cream

Triple chocolate cheesecake, dark Belgian cheesecake, ginger cocoa crust and white chocolate ganache

Peppermint crème brulee

Cost is $42.50 per person + tax and gratuity. Call 507-467-2962 to reserve seating. Advance reservations are recommended. Old Village Hall is located at 111 Coffee Street in Lanesboro, Minnesota.

Have you ever been on a private horse-drawn wagon ride? Sveen Wagon Rides can provide a memorable winter journey through the bluffs of Whalan. This ride takes about an hour. Half way through the trip, you will stop at the scenic overlook where there is a warm cabin to take the chill off. Restrooms are available and you are welcome to bring your own beverages, or something to consume while at the cabin warming up! Sveen Wagon Rides take place on private property at 26926 Everyday Road in Whalan/Lanesboro. Rates start at $100 for hook up fee (this includes up to 5people) or $20 per person, whichever is greatest. Reservations and ½ non-refundable deposit are required. Contact Duane at 507-272-2149! You may want to hope for snow, so that you can go out on a sleigh!


On New Year’s Eve, head over to High Court Pub from 9pm-1am for musical entertainment by Tom Schramm and the LP’s! This group from the hills of Southeastern Minnesota’s Bluff Country plays a mix of 70’s, Easy Listening, Vintage Country, originals and sing-along-songs. Inspired by singers like Neil Young and John Denver, you’ll love the bluegrass, country, folk and rock sounds from this band that features guitar, banjo and upright bass. There will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight to ring in the new year. High Court Pub is a multi-level pub located at 109 North Parkway Avenue. The kitchen features a variety of 10 flatbreads from open to close to: Krab Rangoon, Twisted Taco, Hawaiian, Spicy Italian, Buffalo Chicken, Spinach Artichoke, Pepperoni, Sausage & Portabella Mushroom, Thai Peanut and Chicken Bacon Ranch.  Call 507-467-2782 for more information.

Also on New Year’s Eve, the American Legion will be hosting their annual New Year’s Eve Party! This customer appreciation event will be held upstairs with a dee jay as well! The American Legion is located at 103 Elmwood Street E in Lanesboro. To show their appreciation, legion members will be bringing in their favorite dishes. The bar opens at 5 pm and the potluck will begin at 6 pm. DJ will start playing at 8:30 pm until bar closes. Call 507-467-3440 for more details!

Be sure to stop at Granny’s Liquors for any beverage needs! Granny’s Liquors offers a vast array of craft beer, wine and spirits. Stop in at 113 Parkway Avenue N and browse their selections, they will be open on New Year’s Eve from 11 am to 6 pm. Call 507-467-2700 if you have any questions!

If romance and relaxation is what you are looking for, Stone Mill Hotel & Suites can arrange just what you need. Stone Mill understands the demands of a busy life and wants to help you create some special time away with someone special. Our Romance & Relaxation package is designed to help you create those special moments that you will long cherish, and is a great option for a New Year’s getaway.

This Package Includes:

  • Discounted Room Rate in a double whirlpool suite
  • Bottle of wine (non-alcoholic options available)
  • One-hour on-site massage
  • Price of package starts at $190 + applicable taxes
  • Second one-hour massage for $70

Sweetheart Package!

Are you a chocolate and wine lover? We have the perfect package for you as well. Be sure to ask us about the Sweetheart package! Enjoy a bottle of wine or sparkling cider and a box of chocolates made locally by Curly Girlz Candy. Each piece of Curly Girlz Candy has a character all its own because it is rolled, cut, dipped and decorated by hand in small batches.

This Package Includes:

  • 15% Discounted room rate in a double whirlpool suite
  • Bottle of wine or sparkling cider (chosen upon check-in from our collection)
  • ½ pound locally made chocolates from Curly Girlz Candy

Add on to this package:

  • One-hour on-site massage $70
  • Additional bottle of wine $18

Stone Mill Suites is located 100 Beacon Street in Lanesboro, Minnesota. Call us with any questions at 507-467-8663, we will be happy to assist you!

Experience the small-town charm of Lanesboro and book your stay for New Year’s Eve. Wrap up a busy holiday season and 2017 with a wonderful delicious meal at Old Village Hall. Enjoy Tom Schramm & the LP’s at High Court Pub and bring in the New Year with a complimentary champagne toast. Relax your way into 2018 with ease at Stone Mill Suites, give us a call today! Have a safe and happy New Year from the Stone Mill Suites family!