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Habberstad House

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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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.

 

 

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.

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