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Enjoy Winter on the Root River Trail

Cross-country skiing along the Root River Trail is a big draw for winter guests at our Minnesota Bed and Breakfast.Many of the winter guests at our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast stay with us at this time of year to take advantage of the breathtaking opportunities for cross-country skiing along the Root River Trail, which runs east-west through Lanesboro and several other Southeast Minnesota Bluff Country river towns. Its 30 miles of converted railroad tracks are as popular among skiers and snowshoers in winter as they are with bicyclists in summer.

Our Minnesota Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place for winter recreation enthusiasts to begin and end a day of adventure in the snow. You’ll start off with a peaceful night’s rest in one of our cozy guest rooms, historic in theme but contemporary in comfort and amenities, as well as a delicious, hearty breakfast made fresh from locally sourced foods. And you’ll wind down each day with a cup of coffee or tea, or chocolates, cookies, or apples available in our parlor before dinner in nearby Lanesboro (we’re happy to give you suggestions!). Make your plans to play in our winter wonderland and book your room today at our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast! 

Cross-Country Skiing Along the Root River Trail

There’s something special about taking your sweet time sliding along a smooth surface of snow, in country stillness while taking in the stunning views to be had from the soaring limestone bluffs above the Root River Valley.

And you can go quite a ways — not just along the 30 miles of set track that spans the area from the Isinours Forest Recreation Area in Preston to the bridge outside Houston, but where the trail links up with the Harmony-Preston Valley state trail system. There, you’ll find another 18 miles of groomed ski track.

Old railroad trestles lend a historic majesty to the Root River Trail.

This awe-inspiring experience can be yours, and here are a few things to watch for and keep in mind when you do:

  • Wondering what natural delights you’ll see along the Root River Trail in winter? Besides the stunning vistas along the river bluffs, you may see eagles along the river, as well as wintering flocks of robins and bluebirds. Keep an eye out for river otter tracks.
  • Want to try cross-country skiing but have never done it before? Take a class through the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro.
  • Eagle Bluff also offers fun group activities along the Root River Trail in winter. Anytime there are eight or more inches of snow on the ground, you can join one of its “Places Seldom Seen” outings for skiers, snowshoers, and hikers on exclusive and scenically stunning Eagle Bluff land not open to the public.
  • Have you tried geocaching? This GPS-guided treasure-hunting adventure has developed into an enduring American pastime. Eagle Bluff puts its out delightful spin on this activity, with “geo-snacking” for hidden goodies along the Root River Trail, and, for those 21 and over, “geo-schnappsing.” Sounds like a perfect way to stay warm in the cold!
  • Coming in early February? If so, go to Whalan, just a few miles east of Lanesboro, for its annual photography-friendly candlelight ski. For one evening on the first weekend of the month, luminaries light up a half-mile of the Root River Trail for an evening of transcendent magic in Bluff Country.
  • Check each day’s trail conditions before you head out, here.
  • Be sure you get The Great Minnesota Ski Pass before you go as well. It’s required. Get it here.
  • Need to rent skis or snowshoes? Your best local bet is the Little River General Store in Lanesboro, just off the Trail, a worthy stop unto itself. You can also try the Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan.

Stay at our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast while exploring the Root River Trail.

Stay at our Lanesboro B&B for Your Winter Adventures

There’s no better way to warm up after a day of frigid fun along the Root River Trail than in front of the fire in the parlor of our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast, with a cup of complimentary hot coffee or tea. Then follow with a short stroll for dinner in Lanesboro, a town positively bursting with historic charm. Make your plans for an awe-inspiring winter getaway of Root River Trail adventure, and start by booking your room today at our Minnesota Bed and Breakfast!


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