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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.

 

Finally, the New Website

Our website needed help. Since we purchased the Habberstad House last summer, we knew the website was in need of revision. A site that worked on mobile platforms is a necessity for small business owners. Also, we didn’t have direct access to post our own content.

Gail Rocks at Website Design!

Thanks to Gail at CaptureItWebDesign in Rochester, we are up and running with our new site. Mark and I wanted a site that was responsive and had visual appeal. We envisioned an easy-to-read website that told people what they need to know and answers their questions.

Photos are really critical to the website and I hope to replace and add new ones periodically. Since we’ve done some updates to the Rose Suite, we took some new photos. However, some of the winter snow is seen through the windows, so I hope to get new photos when everything turns green and blossoms in the spring.

We have a Blog!

And, having a blog on the site will help us more easily share content and our news.

We also recently updated our reservation system so it works on mobile friendly platforms. A lot of people try and book a room at the last  minute or search online through their smart phones for a B&B.

We hope you enjoy browsing through out new site. Watch for specials to be added and new photos and content.

 

 

Learn more about Minnesota’s Bed and Breakfasts

The Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast is a member of the Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Association. Our membership helps to keep us updated on the latest industry trends and provides tips on improving our customer service. In addition, we are able to publicize local Lanesboro events or specials for our customers.

But what’s in it for you? Continue reading

2016 Season Just Days Away

Mark and I are excited for February. We open for the 2016 season on Valentine’s weekend, beginning Feb. 12.

If you are considering a break from winter and want to spend a night at the Habberstad House, check our room availability by going to our website. We would love to entertain you this winter. Continue reading

2015 Season Winding Down

We want to wish everyone a happy holiday season this year. It has been an honor hosting many guests in our home at 706 Fillmore Avenue in Lanesboro during 2015.

As we prepare for the 2016 season, we hope to make a few improvements at the Habberstad House. Continue reading

Breakfast Requests

Mark and I have mastered a few breakfasts, but need to expand our offerings. It is difficult to find the time to practice without our guests serving as official taste testers however.

Today’s disaster: the brownies weren’t done. I baked them in a different pan than I normally do, resulting in an under-baked brownie. That mistake won’t happen again. Our guests never knew that brownies were on the menu. Luckily they were thrilled with the fresh California peaches served during the first course, served with vanilla yogurt and homemade granola. Continue reading

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.

These are some of the things we have discovered in the past five weeks: Continue reading

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