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Enjoy Cross Country Skiing on the Root River Trail

cross country skiing on the Root River Trail in Lanesboro MNMany of our guests love biking along the Root River Trail throughout the year, but have you ever taken the opportunity to enjoy cross country skiing on this delightful trail?  That’s right. The popular Root River Bike Trail, which travels along the winding Root River and through the charming  Southeastern Minnesota town of Lanesboro, is an excellent place to enjoy this popular winter sport.

This incredible area is known for its scenic natural beauty; a beauty we’d argue gets even more breathtaking in the winter. Though there are many wonderful towns along the Root River Trail, our favorite, of course, is Lanesboro. Lanesboro Mn is known not just for being Minnesota’s Bed and Breakfast capital, but for its historic downtown and dedication to the arts. It’s the perfect place to land if you’re looking for a few peaceful and romantic days to escape to this winter. Book your room at our Minnesota Bed and Breakfast, where you can enjoy a peaceful day in the snow on the Root River Trail.

Cross Country Skiing Along the Root River Trail

cross country skiing on the root river trail in Lanesboro MNThe Root River Trail, which runs right through Lanesboro, has been voted one of the best bike trails in all of Minnesota.  That’s saying quite a lot for a state known for its rugged outdoors and vast natural spaces! The trail follows the abandoned tracks of a former railway, and it begins in the town of Fountain. From there, the Root River Trail meanders a scenic route through Bluff Country, connecting the communities of Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford, and Houston. This scenic trail also connects to the Harmony-Preston Valley state trail system, which offers another 18 miles of paved trail to explore.

Most of the Root River Trail is groomed in the winter, making it suitable not just for cross country skiing, but snowshoeing as well. There are 30 miles of set track spanning the area from the Isinours Forest Recreation Area in Preston to the bridge outside of Houston. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required to ski on this trail. There is a trail center located in Lanesboro that sells ski passes, and ski rentals available at the Little River General Store in Lanesboro.

If you’re looking for something special to do this February, join the town of Whalan on the first Saturday in February for their annual candlelight ski. Luminaries light up a 1/2 mile of the Root River State Trail, making for a simply magical evening in Bluff Country.  If you’ve never tried cross country skiing or snowshoeing before, there are classes for beginners at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.

A Romantic Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro MN

cross country skiing on the root river trail in Lanesboro MNWhatever it is you choose to do while you’re exploring this incredible part of Minnesota, you can count on the comfortable accommodations of our romantic Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast at the end of the day. There’s no place quite like the historic Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro, Minnesota.  Savor the pace of our historic town, and revel in our local character, and start each day fresh with a gourmet and made-from-scratch breakfast right here at the Inn.

Lanesboro itself has a truly beautiful and walkable downtown, and it is the perfect place to plan a romantic getaway this winter. Many of the town’s restored buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. We also house an incredible arts scene. You simply must take in an evening performance at the Commonweal Theatre while you’re here. The charm of Lanesboro, Mn is something we all need to experience at least once in our lifetimes, and this winter is the perfect time to visit.  Book a room at our Minnesota Bed and Breakfast today.

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eBike Rentals Now Available!

We now have five eBikes available for all day rentals while you stay with us. Our guests can experience the Root River Trail easily with the pedal assist function on these easy-to-use eBikes.