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5 Reasons to Experience the Root River Trail in Lanesboro

Root River State Trail near Lanesboro MinnesotaThough there are a number of wonderful reasons to visit Lanesboro in southeastern Minnesota, the top attraction to the area is undoubtedly the Root River State Trail. The Root River State Trail travels for 42 incredible miles through the quaint and picturesque rural communities of southeastern Minnesota. This portion of Minnesota, commonly called “bluff country,” is aptly named after the sharpling rising bluffs that stand in stark contrast to the otherwise flat portions of the Midwest.

At the heart of your journey to the Root River State Trail should be a stay at our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast. Lanesboro, known around Minnesota as the “Bed and Breakfast Capital,” is a peaceful and charming small town beloved by all who visit here. It’s an incredible destination for art lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those just looking to get away. Our historic Inn is happy to welcome you to this beautiful part of the state this summer. Book your room at our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast today. Continue reading

Great Restaurants to Try in Lanesboro, MN

Are you tired from hiking or biking along the Root River State Trail in Lanesboro, MN? There are some great Lanesboro restaurants nearby that offer a quick, tasty pick-me-up after a long exhausting day on the trails. Lanesboro is, arguably, the most popular of the towns located along the Root River Trail. It’s a town of fewer than 1,000 residents, but during the peak travel season, thousands of people descend upon the area to explore this exceptionally beautiful part of Minnesota.

In Lanesboro, you’ll find everything you need to make it a perfect getaway, including the popular Commonweal Theatre and a number of Lanesboro restaurants that have a casual feel; each perfect for an afternoon snack or a delicious dinner. When your day is done, you’ll sure need a cozy place to stay the night. Our quaint, Victorian-style Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to stay after a long days hike. Enjoy our luxurious guest rooms and delicious complimentary breakfast. Book your room now!

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Take a Tour of Amish Country Near Lanesboro

Visit Amish Country Near Lanesboro, MinnesotaLanesboro, Minnesota is a charming community in southeastern Minnesota. It’s one of the many trail towns located along the Root River Trail and has turned into a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts during all four seasons of the year. Lanesboro is also a thriving arts community, with a variety of art galleries and studios, and boutiques to explore.  In fact, it has ranked as one of the top 100 Small Arts Towns in America. If that’s not enough, Lanesboro also serves as a gateway to explore the regions Amish Country. This historic community is the perfect example of a thriving rural town. Come explore everything Lanesboro has to offer, and book a room at the Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Canoeing & Kayaking in Lanesboro, Minnesota

Canoeing and Kayaking down the Root River Water Trail Near Lanesboro, MinnesotaWith thousands of lakes and more miles of river than we can count, there’s little doubt that southeastern Minnesota is the perfect place to get out on the water to beat the summer heat. Here at the Habberstad House in the Root River Valley, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and go kayaking or canoeing on the Root River Water Trail. Our historic Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of downtown Lanesboro, and just a few minutes away from the spectacular Root River. Book your summer getaway to our Minnesota Bed and Breakfast, and get ready for an exciting canoeing or kayaking adventure. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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.

 

 

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