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Where to Stay When You Visit the Root River Trail

The Root River Trail is one of the top reasons that visitors from all over come to Lanesboro, at any time of year, and Habberstad House is where to stay, as the top Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast. So when making your plans to visit the 60-mile trail for cross-country skiing in winter, as well as bicycling, in-line skating, kayaking, running, or walking at any other time of year, our inn should be at the top of your list.

So make your plans for a stunningly scenic Root River Trail getaway right away — and start by deciding that the place to stay is our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast. Book your room today!

6 Reasons to Visit the Root River Trail at Any Time of Year

The Root River Trail runs east-west through several Southeastern Minnesota Bluff Country river towns, all with quirky charms that are as much worth your while as the gorgeously quaint town of Lanesboro. About 30 of the trail’s miles are converted railroad tracks, making it a popular destination for outdoor-activity enthusiasts of all stripes and seasons.

The Root River Trail bridge near Lanesboro is a reminder of the popular path's past as a railroad route.After deciding the “where to stay” question, take a look at some of the best way to make the most of this amazing public feature, which has been referred to as nothing less than “Minnesota’s pride and joy”:

  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Whether you simply schuss along the trail, try geocaching for fun and prizes, or get a rare opportunity to get off the beaten trail at private scenic spots like the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, the Root River Trail will keep your head as engaged as your legs beyond the torrents of white.
  • Kayaking and canoeing. The Root River Water Trail is gentle, with a few riffles, and not a whitewater experience, but there’s something infinitely soothing about stroking through its placid surface and watching the natural world slowly glide by. There are plenty of places along the Trail to rent gear as well.
  • Birdwatching. You might see eagles, bluebirds, and robins soaring above the snow along the trail, or, in warmer weather, you can expect a good chance of seeing even more colorful species like the yellow-bellied sapsucker, the scarlet tanager, or the blue-winged warbler twittering from tree to tree.
  • Bicycling. Whether it’s exploring a nearby cave, or sampling the goods at a lefse factory in a neighboring town, or tasting krumkake at a farmers market, there are some great stops along the way that are best suited to two-wheeled distances.
  • Touring Amish country. You can take a self-guided tour, or book a guided tour through a local outfit to get an up-close-and-personal look at one of the region’s largest settlements of this culturally unique religious sect. You’ll get not only an illuminating look at this mesmerizing way of life but a chance to buy all manner of Amish-made goods: baskets, quilts, leather goods, hardwood furniture, canned and baked items, candy, candles — and a local delicacy, sweet buttery cashew crunch.
  • Walking around Lanesboro. It’s one of “Minnesota’s best small towns,” says a top regional travel blogger, and who are we to disagree?  This small town and its surroundings are worth at least a dedicated day of your getaway. Even amid COVID-19 restrictions, you’ll find places to eat, drink and shop.

Our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast blends historic charm with modern amenities.

Here’s Where to Stay for Root River Trail Adventure

There’s no better way to begin and end a day of Root River Trail adventures than at our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast.  Nestled near the historic heart of bucolic Lanesboro, which itself is nestled in the heart of beautiful Bluff Country, our inn is the where to stay — the perfect place for a relaxing getaway, with its stunning blend of historical ambiance and up-to-date luxury amenities in each of our six guest suites.

You’ll love our cozy common areas, where you can help yourself to coffee, cookies, and chocolates any time you please,  sit a spell on our porch or take a stroll through our peaceful gardens. And, of course, our delicious and hearty two-course breakfasts are not to be missed. Also, you’ll love our easy access to the shops and eateries in Lanesboro, just a six-block stroll away.

So plan your Root River Trail getaway right away. And start by checking out our vacation specials, and answering the question of where to stay by booking your room at our Lanesboro Bed and Breakfast today!


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