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The Historic Commonweal Theatre is a Great Place for a Show

Visit the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, MinnesotaFor three decades, the Commonweal Theatre has been delighting audiences in charming Lanesboro, Minnesota, a hidden gem of a city nestled in the heart of Bluff Country. A cornerstone of close-knit Lanesboro, the downtown theater, which is located along the historic Main Street, frequently connects with the community through educational outreach and is the perfect place to spend an evening out on the town. There’s no bad seat in the house, and even the theater’s design adds to the experience—the exterior calls to mind charming small-town storefronts, while the interior pays homage to history by featuring reclaimed seats from the original Guthrie Theater. To see a show in this historic theatre, book a room at our Minnesota Bed and Breakfast today Continue reading

Explore the Root River State Trail in Minnesota This Summer

Explore the Root River Trail in Lanesboro, MinnesotaLanesboro, a charming little town known for its historic downtown and dedication to the arts, is located on the bluffs of Minnesota’s scenic Root River Valley. This part of southeastern Minnesota is stunningly beautiful, and perfect for a relaxing getaway. It’s also home to the popular and scenic Root River State Trail, which has been rated one of the best trails in all of Minnesota.  That’s saying quite a lot in a state known for its extensive outdoor activities and natural spaces! All along the Root River Trail, there are plenty of opportunities to bike, hike, and paddle your day away. Book your room at our Minnesota Bed and Breakfast today, and take the time to explore our section of the Root River State Trail this summer.

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Plan Your Spring Getaway to Lanesboro, Minnesota

Book your Spring Getaway at our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast TodayThe Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast is located in the charming town of Lanesboro, Minnesota.  Lanesboro, part of southeastern Minnesota’s famed Root River Valley, is the perfect destination for a spring getaway. Not only is Lanesboro the “Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota,” but it’s also a charming town filled with a variety of things to do, both indoors and out. Whether you’ve come to relax, enjoy the arts, or explore the tranquility of Minnesota’s Bluff Country, our welcoming Bed and Breakfast is undoubtedly the best choice for lodging in Lanesboro. We offer comfortable accommodations in our guest rooms, quality amenities, and the finest hospitality and concierge service in town.  Book your getaway at our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast, and come see everything our town has to offer this spring. Continue reading

June 2017 Updates from 706 Fillmore Ave South

Summer is almost upon us and our busy season is well underway. We have been welcoming many new guests and several returning visitors to the Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast. Life is good.

 

On a personal note, Mark and I are grandparents for the first time. We are very excited about the newest member of our family who lives about three hours away. Close enough we can make quick visits.

 

Our Guests

This morning four women just checked out: two sisters in their 80s and their daughters. They were first time visitors to a B&B and to Lanesboro. They enjoyed an Amish tour, a visit to a local winery, and dinner at local restaurants. I think they liked the breakfasts too. Mona wanted to know how I got her recipe for rhubarb coffee cake. It is one that has been passed around this neighborhood for years.

 

Tour Groups

Yesterday we had about a dozen team members from Another Time Ice Cream Parlor in downtown Lanesboro tour our B&B. They were on a fun day, visiting local B&Bs and were also going on an Amish Tour. By being more familiar with local establishments, the staff can answer questions that many of the visitors to Lanesboro ask them. Kathy and Ron Kasten are the owners of the parlor and always take one day during the season to have a fun outing with their young staff.

 

Updates

We are continuing to make updates to the B&B. In the next couple of weeks, we will be replacing the deck flooring in the Scandinavian Suite and also some of the front porch flooring. Mark had to really research to find the right boards for the front porch. We will have to post a picture when we get that fixed. We have two new patio umbrellas on the property and lots and lots of flowers planted. Now if we can just keep ahead of the weeds.

We are also participating in the summer community theater production: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”  If you are in Lanesboro the last two weekends in July, try and take in a performance.

Lanesboro Community Theater

Lanesboro Community Theater

Miles is up to his usual antics, sleeping and entertaining guests. Yesterday he got to sit on the porch swing with one of our guests for quite a while. Nothing like a spoiled Goldendoodle.

Lanesboro Inns Open Doors for Christmas Tour

Mark and I are excited for our first Christmas Inn tour here in Lanesboro.  Set for the first Sunday of December, the tour will feature beautiful homes, seasonal decorations and holiday treats and entertainment.

Christmas decor at Habberstad House

The Habberstad House at Christmas.

Seven participating inns will be decorated for the holidays as Lanesboro area innkeepers welcome you to visit at this special time of year. Set for December 4 from 2 to 6 p.m., the tour will feature beautiful homes, seasonal decorations and holiday treats and entertainment.

Tickets for the tour are available through the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce or 507-467-2696. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour. Those staying at participating inns will receive half-price admission to the tour.

Many Lanesboro downtown businesses and restaurants will be open the day of the tour for holiday shopping and enjoyment.

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What Happened to Summer?

Really August? Are you half over already? Where did my summer go?

These are the “Not” things I am fretting about:

  • Not having enough time on my bicycle.
  • Not tubing down the river yet this year
  • Not enjoying enough of the music opportunities here in Lanesboro.
  • Not building our raised vegetable beds.
  • Not getting enough miles with Miles, the resident Goldendoodle.
  • Not attending yoga class. I have only made one class this summer (because it occurs during the breakfast hour!).

But wait. Let’s look at summer through the “glass half full” option.

  • Mark and I entertained fantastic guests this summer, most of them from here in Minnesota. But others from Singapore, England, Canada, California, New York, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, New Hampshire, North and South Dakota, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, New York, and Virginia. It could be I have missed a state or two in my roundup!
  • Mark and I enjoyed seeing The Commonweal Theatre’s productions of Three Musketeers and Souvenir this month.
  • I have read several outstanding books this summer, including “Me Before You,” “Bohemian Flats,” and “A Backpack, a Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka.” I am currently reading “Dear Committee Members” and “April 1865.”
  • We participated in Lanesboro’s Buffalo Bill Days parade, sold pies during the Art in the Park on Father’s Day Weekend, and also entered the baking contest during Rhubarb Festival.
  • We have seen many friends and family this summer in Lanesboro and are waiting the arrival of several others.
  • We learned how to make homemade strawberry jam. If only we had made more of this wonderful delicacy!
  • Mark is making dill pickles today. Beet pickles are on the order for tomorrow and sweet pickles later this week, using his mom’s super top secret recipe.

    Making dill pickles

    Mark loves to make pickles…sweet, beet, and dill.

Enough of the half over and the half full. I am going to make a goal of enjoying every minute of this glorious summer, until it gives way to fall.

 

 

Spring Flowers at the Habberstad House

Flowers abound here. Enjoy a virtual walk around the Habberstad House and see our spring flowers. It has been a cool week here in Lanesboro, with a potential frost tonight. The recent rains have provided much-needed moisture for a promising spring bonanza of blooms.

Guests Enjoy the Flowers and Gardens

We don’t have any of our annuals planted yet or our baskets or pots set out. But our perennials have not disappointed our visitors, with a wealth of colors and blossoms throughout the yard. Stone and brick paths lead visitors through the gardens.

Blues, yellows, purples and pink blossoms can be found along with luscious greenery. Thanks to our son, Nathan, for taking these photos for us.

 

ferns

New ferns on north side of house

Pink flowering shrub

Pretty pink flowering shrub

flowers among stones

Flowers intermingled with rocks along the stone path.

flower purple iris

A lone purple iris in the garden.

crab apple

Beautiful pink blossoms on the crab apple tree in the gardens.

Brick path

Our new brick path connects the Carriage House to the main walkway.

Johnny JumpUps

Purple and yellow Johnny JumpUps peak through in the garden.

Purple flowers

Pretty little blossoms peak through.

blue flowers

Tiny little blue blossoms can be found in the south gardens.

 

purple flower

Purple flowers from the south gardens

 

blue flowers

Little blue flowers along rock formations.

 

Bleeding heart flowers

Precious bleeding heart blossoms.

purple flower along stone path

Flowers line the stone path on the south side of the house.

Courtyard view

Courtyard view of Habberstad House

Shade-loving perennials.

Ferns, astilbe and hosts along with other plants in the shady perennial bed on the north side.

 

Five Weeks and Counting

We started our new adventure as innkeepers on June 30 when we signed the mortgage on this 1897 Queen Anne Victorian home. It is a beautiful house: well built, full of character and still going strong after 119 years since its birth.

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