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Lanesboro

Our check-in time at the Habberstad House begins at 4 p.m. Many of our guests arrive in time to enjoy a glass of wine on the porch.

Most weekends, the Commonweal Theater offers two different shows, so many of our guests plan to go the theater on both Friday and Saturday nights. Matinees are also offered Saturdays and Sundays. An early dinner is necessary if you are going to the theater at night.

Biking the Root River Trail with a trip to the Aroma Pie Shop in Whalan is usually on the agenda.

Alternatively, many of our guests enjoy live music offered most weekends at many of the venues in town, from the St. Mane Theater to the High Court Pub.

If a local Amish Tour is desired, plan to spend at least three hours on a guided tour, offered both mornings and afternoons, six days a week from April through the end of October. Otherwise, self-guided tours are an option for a more leisurely tour.

What to do in Lanesboro

Root River Adventures
Explore the scenic Bluff Country and Root River through river sports or land adventures. The Habberstad House is located three blocks south of Sylvan Park and just six blocks to the bike trail and the Root River.

Lanesboro has several outfitters who can assist with your adventure. Canoes, kayaks, tubes, bicycles, cross-country skis, snow-shoe sand snow-tubes are available for rent. The 61-mile Root River Bike trail is well-maintained and leads bikers through many scenic areas of the Bluff Country.

Root River Rod Co.
Fly fishing is a favorite activity of many who visit Lanesboro. Visit Lanesboro’s Root River Rod Co. for information on guided tours and custom bamboo rods. 116 Parkway Ave. N

Little River General Store
Outfitter specializes in bicycle and recumbent rentals; also kayaks, canoes, and tubes. Shuttles. 105 Coffee St.

Root River Outfitters
Renting canoes, tubes, kayaks and bikes. 101 Parkway Ave. S

River Rats Outfitters
Canoe and kayak rental. 401 Parkway Ave. N

Cedar Valley Outfitters
Rentals for canoes, kayaks, tubes, bikes, cross-country skis, snow-shoes and tubes. Shuttles available. 905 Bench St. Whalan

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
Non-profit residential environmental education programs and outdoor adventures. Also adult learning opportunities. 28097 Goodview Dr. Lanesboro

Niagara Cave
Explore this underground marvel, one of the premiere caves in the U.S. Also mini-golf. 29842 County 30, Harmony

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
Historic Forestville is a restored 1800s village. Mystery Cave features stalactites, stalagmites and underground pools. 21071 County 118, Preston

International Owl Center
Dedicated to teaching people about owls. Live owl programs daily. Closed to the public Tuesday through Thursdays. Check website for hours. 126 E. Cedar St. Houston

National Trout Center
Open Thursday through Saturdays, come and learn about trout fishing in the Driftless Area, the unglaciated region of the upper Midwest. 120 St. Anthony St. S Preston

Avian Acres Wild Bird Supply, 32637 Grit Rd Lanesboro

Lanesboro Events

Bluff Country Gathering
Four-day event/workshops focused on traditional American music, dance and singing styles. The third week of May. Public concert on Friday night; square dance Saturday night.

Rhubarb Fest
Spend a day in Minnesota’s Rhubarb Capital and enjoy celebrating this unique vegetable with hundreds of other rhubarb lovers. First Saturday of June. Sylvan Park.

Art in the Park
Juried Art show held the third Saturday of June. Sylvan Park. 90 plus fine art and craft booths with live music and food.

Buffalo Bill Days
Annual city celebration held the first weekend of August. Dances, softball tournament, volleyball, kids activities, parade, and fireworks.

Farmer’s Market
Spring through Fall, Saturday mornings at Sylvan Park

Lanesboro Area Dining

The Habberstad House B&B is an easy walk to many of Lanesboro’s restaurants and bars. Lanesboro offers a variety of unique dining options during the high season, featuring local foods, spirits, and pie. Many of our area restaurants are open year round.

Area Dining
The Habberstad House B&B is an easy walk to many of Lanesboro’s restaurants and bars. Lanesboro offers a variety of unique dining options during the high season, featuring local foods, spirits, and pie. Many of our area restaurants are open year round.

Spirits and Ice Cream and Pie

  • The Granary – Enjoy coffee, smoothies, ice cream, wine, artisan beers; 100 Beacon St. W
  • Another Time Ice Cream Parlor – Coffee and Espresso bar, ice cream, chocolates, 100 Parkway Ave N.
  • Granny’s Liquor – Beer, wine, spirits; 113 Parkway Ave N.
  • Aroma Pie Shoppe, Whalan
  • Pie, lots of pie. – 618 Main St. Whalan
  • LuLu’s Funhouse – Tea. 115 Parkway Ave. N
  • Hawaiian Shaved Ice – 401 Parkway Ave. S
  • High Court Pub – Craft Beer, spirits, flatbread pizza. Also live music. 109 Parkway Ave. N
  • Karst Brewing, Fountain (open weekends) – Craft-brewed beer.
  • American Legion – Spirits, pizza, 103 Elmwood St. E
  • Root River Saloon – Wine, beer and spirits. 112 Coffee St.
  • Parkway Market – Corner grocer and coffeehouse. 201 Parkway Ave. N

Lanesboro Dining

Additional Area Dining Options  – Many Open Year Around Dining

  • Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery, 78757 State Highway 16, Spring Valley
  • Estelle’s, 121 Main Ave. N Harmony
  • Burdey’s Café, 417 Mill St. Peterson
  • II Luigi Italian Restaurant, 100 W. Jessie St. Rushford
  • Jessie Street Java, 116 W. Jessie St., Rushford
  • The Creamery, 407 S. Mill St. Rushford
  • Norsland Lefse, 210 W. Jessie St. Rushford
  • Stumpy’s Restaurant and Bar, 122 W. Jessie St. Rushford
  • Branding Iron Supper Club, 1100 Circle Heights Dr. Preston
  • On the Crunchy Side, 31 Main Ave. N Harmony
  • B&B Olympic Bowl and Restaurant, 401 Kansas St. NW Preston
  • The Sweet Stop and Sandwich Shoppe, 110 St. Anthony St. Preston
  • Los Gables, 122 Highway 52 S Fountain
  • Village Square of Fountain, 99 Main St. Fountain
  • Village Square Restaurant, 51 Main Ave. N Harmony
  • Wheelers Bar and Grill, 605 Main Ave. N Harmony
  • A&W Drive-In, Highway 16, Spring Valley

Lanesboro Arts and Entertainment

The arts are alive in Lanesboro. The area is a hub for creative, artistic individuals and non-profits that support the arts.

  • Lanesboro Arts. Regional art center, gallery. 103 Parkway Ave. N
  • Commonweal Theatre Company, professional theater in historic Lanesboro. Productions offered April through December. 208 Parkway Ave. N
  • St. Mane Theatre. Performance Art theater. 206 Parkway Ave. N
  • Lanesboro Area Art Trail. Opportunity to visit with artists in their studios. Self-guided tours.
  • Lanesboro Community Theater. Offering winter and summer productions and others on occasion.

Lanesboro Boutiques and Galleries

Amish tours
We are fortunate to have the Amish community living outside of Lanesboro. Enjoy a tour and visit to many shopkeepers of our Amish community. Bluffscape Amish Tours, 102 Beacon St. E. or R&M Amish Tours, 105 Coffee St.

History Alive
Original Lanesboro area history programs through the arts. Offered last two weekends of September.

Lanesboro Museum
Dedicated to telling Lanesboro’s stories through historical and genealogical artifacts. 105 Parkway Ave. S (photo)

Lanesboro History

Lanesboro is located in southeastern Minnesota community and is a destination for thousands of visitors. Its roots are from the building of the historic Lanesboro Dam 150 years ago. It owes much of its current success to the conversion of an abandoned rail line into a paved bicycle trail.

Located in Fillmore County, Lanesboro is located along the Root River and surrounded by rolling countryside and rocky bluffs. It was a milling community in the 1870s, when most of the downtown commercial district that remains today was built.

Nearly 100 years later, many of the downtown buildings were in disrepair and the old theater closed. The railroad no longer came through town and removed its depot.

Using our Natural and Cultural Assets
The depot’s reconstruction served as a catalyst for cultural and commercial revitalization. The city government, local nonprofits, and citizens worked together to develop a collaborative plan focusing on Lanesboro’s natural beauty, the arts and historic preservation.

At the same time, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) obtained the old railroad right-of-way with plans to convert it to a recreational trail: a 60-mile paved route following the Root River through picturesque limestone bluffs and many small rural towns—including Lanesboro.

Also in 1974, the local Amish Community chose to settle in the Canton/Harmony/Lanesboro area, relocating here from Ohio and is Minnesota’s largest Amish settlement with seven church districts and nearly 1,000 people.

Lanesboro’s livable rural community can be traced to pairing the town’s natural and cultural assets to accessibility.

Today, people bicycle, canoe and even cross-country ski along the Root River State Trail. Once in town, it’s an easy walk to the Commonweal Theatre, the Lanesboro Arts Center, the local history and natural history museums, farmers market, or art galleries, restaurants, and our many bed-and-breakfasts. Lanesboro is not only as a tourist spot but enjoys a diverse economy based on agriculture, manufacturing, retail businesses, and the arts.

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