Minnesota Tundra Swan Migration

Early in November the Tundra Swans will arrive in Brownsville,  MN on their annual migration. Brownsville is located 10 miles south of LaCrescent, MN on MN state Hwy 26.  The US Fish and Wildlife Services has created an overlook just south of Brownsville on the Mississippi River where the swans and migrating ducks can be seen by the thousands.

Tundra Swans on the Mississippi River

Swans In Flight

The swans are graceful birds with a wing  span of over seven feet!  The swans migrate from their summer habitat near the Arctic Circle to their winter habitat in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.

The swans fly non-stop from the Arctic Circle to the Mississippi River where they refuel for the next leg of the migration.  They remain in Brownsville until the colder temperatures and reduced feeding habitat pushes them on.  They may stop in Lake Erie for another refueling stop.

Tundra swans on Mississippi River Sand bar

Tundra swans on Mississippi River Sand Bar

The photos really don’t do the experience justice.  The sound is nearly deafening. There are places where the sand bars are white with birds.  It looks more like snow in the distance!

The Mississippi River backwaters provide the aquatic plant life that the swans need to refuel for the next leg on their migration.  Brownsville is an hour’s drive from Lanesboro through the beautiful Root River valley.

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November 1 Classes at Root River Skills School

LL Artistry in Gifting poster

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Southeast MN Trout Fly Fishing



The southeastern counties of Minnesota have over a hundred different trout streams, most of which receive very light fishing pressure after the big opener in mid-April. Some of the best-known streams near Lanesboro are Trout Run Creek and the creeks that feed the Root River.  

Many of the streams are spring fed and quite clear.  When you are taking a break from fishing, you can visit the Minnesota DNR fish hatchery just outside Lanesboro where they raise 100,000 pounds of rainbow and brown trout each year.

I took one of our guests out one evening to a creek near Lanesboro.  Amazingly, at dusk the webFlyFish1conditions were nearly mosquito free.  Our guest had success as you can see from the photo.  The streams are quite shallow and easily waded. 

Visit us and I can recommend other streams that guests have found to be worth the trip.

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Lanesboro MN Summer Live Theatre Offerings

webCommonwealStageIn Lanesboro we are blessed with wonderful live theater.  The Commonweal offers two shows running in repertory from Memorial Day through October.  The offerings this summer are two great plays:  Arsenic and Old Lace  and Around the World in 80 Days. Performances  are scheduled Thursday through Sunday.  Starting September 12 Tony award winning Arcadia begins and runs through October.
Theater is not limited to the professionals in Lanesboro.  Lanesboro Community Theatre presents Fiddler on the Roof    July 18-20 and 25-27.  Tickets are in high demand because there is a cast of 45. The play will showcase the talents of our creative community.  Contact the Lanesboro Arts Center for advance tickets.


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Bed and Breakfast near Rochester Minnesota

The business district is on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Are you visiting Rochester, Minnesota and looking for a short day trip? The Bed and Breakfast capital of Minnesota is only 35 miles away.  Lanesboro, a town of 754, has ten B&Bs  waiting to welcome visitors.

Just 3 blocks from downtown you’ll find the Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast.   Our spacious, inviting guest rooms offer you plenty of room to relax.


webBreadNew1Traditional furnishings are accented with antiques and a touch of Amish influence.
Awaken each morning to just-baked home made bread delivered quietly to your door with a beverage of your choice. Later enjoy a hearty breakfast in the dining room featuring fruit, and a main entree.

You can find many things to do to make your visit to Lanesboro worthwhile.  Visit Lanesboro.com to learn more.

This blog is authored by innkeeper Marv Eggert from the Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast.  Marv and Carol can help you get the most out your visit to our beautiful corner of Minnesota.

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Enjoy Girls Day Out This Saturday May 3

GirlsDayOutImageGrab your girlfriends and celebrate spring’s arrival at Lanesboro’s Girls Day Out on Saturday May 3.  Join us for shopping, side-walk sales, street music, a walking fashion show, classes, book signings, food, drink, entertainment …. and more.

Promotions and sales will be available all day throughout downtown Lanesboro.  Click here for a full schedule of events.

Make it a weekend by staying at the Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast.  Three of our rooms are well suited to girlfriend getaways with sleeping room for up to 4.  Awaken to the aroma of bread baking in the oven and allow us to pamper you for the weekend.

Give us a call at 507 467 3079 or book it online.

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Cross County Ski – Sleigh Rides in Laneboro’s Winter Wonderland

cross country ski

miles of groomed trails await you

A White Christmas has come and gone; now we are on to the new year.  We have lots of options for fun in the winter wonderland surrounding Lanesboro.  Travelandleisure.com recently named Lanesboro one of America’s prettiest winter towns.  Cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, snowmobiling and horse drawn sleigh rides are all available.  

The Root River State Trail is groomed for many miles of cross country skiing.  Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center has cross country, snow shoe and snow mobile trails for your enjoyment.  Snow shoe up the bluff at Isinours Junction along the Root River State Trail.

Horses | Hot chocolate | warm blanketsCall us to schedule a sleigh ride along with your stay.  Tammy and Duane will take you on a tour of the bluffs overlooking the Root River valley.  At the half way point warm up with some hot chocolate in the in their cabin in the woods.    Then return to your guest room to snuggle up by the fireplace to warm up.

Awaken to the aroma of home made bread baking each morning at the Hillcrest Hide-Away  followed by a hearty breakfast in our dining room.  We hope you make a new years resolution to visit Lanesboro this year.  Your innkeepers – Marv and Carol Eggert.

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Come Play in Lanesboro – Commonweal Theatre Performances

After nearly 10 inches of rain in May and continued dreary skies into June, I think summer has finally arrived in Lanesboro.  We’re celebrating three consecutive days of sunshine!  With summer comes a new theatre season and a few new arrivals around town.
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen is entering it’s final week at the Commonweal Theatre.  The last show is Friday June 14.  Blythe Spirit opened on May 10th and has been receiving great reviews.
Sherlock Holmes: the Final Adventure opens on June 21 and runs through the end of October.  Enhance your theatre experience by booking a Romance and Relaxation Package including dinner for 2 at the Intermission restaurant.   The theatre is also offering a “Date Night” package including 2 tickets, champagne, gourmet desserts, reserved seating, and concierge service.  Contact the box office at 800 657-7025 for more details.
A number of downtown buildings have under gone a facelift.  Pedal Pushers Cafe has a new fresh look with an updated menu.  Rhino’s Pizza and Subs is now Gil B’s Pizza and Subs with a restored historic store front.  Lanesboro Local has moved 300 feet south and has more space for many new locally produced items.  Amish Experience has expanded to a 2nd store front with new merchandise lines.  Get Fresh Vintage offers a variety of creatively re-purposed articles to tickle your fancy.  Little River General Store has new items for fishermen to take advantage of all the great trout streams near by.
There are new things at Hillcrest Hide-Away too.  Our landscape labyrinth has a number of new perennials to add more color and variety.  Marv has been dividing many of the garden perennials and would be glad to share some of the extras with guests as long as they go to a “good home”.  Carol has been working hard in the kitchen on new recipes for our guest enjoyment.
The Root River valley offers fun ways to fill your time away.  In addition to the trail, river sports, shopping, Amish tours and theatre in Lanesboro, you can browse antiques in Harmony or sample win at two wineries within a half hour of Lanesboro each with their own tasting room.

Visit Seed Savers in rural Decorah where you can find great gardening ideas along with a unique supply of heirloom seeds.

Remember that when you stay 2 nights at the Hillcrest Hide-Away Sunday through Thursday, you are eligible for our mid-week discount of $10 off per night.  Make sure you note that when making your reservation.


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Enjoy the Holiday Season in Lanesboro

Holiday Sing a Long in Downtown LanesboroDowntown Lanesboro is decorated for Christmas.  We might get some snow soon to get us in the holiday spirit.  Snow or no snow, there are fun reasons to visit Lanesboro in December.

The Commonweal Theatre presents – “The Christmas Carol”  The Commonweal’s unique adaptation  of Dickens’ holiday classic returns.  A miserly, covetous old sinner is given one last chance at redemption through the visit of three Christmas spirits.  Will he see the error of his ways in time to save his soul?

St. Mane Theatre EVENTS:
Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.

“Have Yourself a Halfway Decent Christmas” with Butch Thompson & Stephanie Ann Stephens, soprano This concert will feature sacred and profane songs — like “Lest the Winter Come Too Soon” and “A Simple Wish: To Be Rich, Famous & Powerful” and “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep”.  Sing-alongs, too, like “Deck the Halls” and “Winter Wonderland”.

Widely known for his 12-year stint as house pianist on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, where the Butch Thompson Trio was the house band, Butch Thompson continues on the show as a frequent guest.  Stephanie Ann Stephens is a native of Omaha, NE and currently resides in Pepin, WI. She studied and performed in New York for many years, and for the past 17 years she has been an Artist in Resident with the Red Wing Elementary Public School system while continuing to perform concert and cabaret programs.

Tickets are $12 / $10 LAC member, available in advance at Lanesboro Arts Center, 507-467-2446, or at the door.  The St. Mane Theatre, at 206 Parkway Ave N., is handicapped accessible.

Christmas Sing-a-long with Dan Choinard

Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Annual Holiday Sing-Along with Dan Chouinard & Friends
A sing-along treat for all with our favorite sing-along leader, Dan Chouinard. Dan will host the evening, with his fantastic piano and accordion playing, and his gentle spirit and genuine appreciation for sharing stories with the audience.  He will bring along special guest Beth Gilleland, actor, playwright, and longtime company member of Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop (Minneapolis).  The evening will also feature local talent including the Bethlehem Boyz, the Rutabaga Brothers, the Rhubarb Sisters, Accordionation (duo of Barb Keith & Bill Swanson), the Lanesboro High School Carolers, Walter Bradley & Tom Schramm, and our favorite whistler Carla Noack.  Come share your holiday spirit with Dan and everyone!

Tickets: Free-will donations (suggested minimum donation $10), in support of the St. Mane Theatre.  Advance purchase recommended; available at LAC 507-467-2446, and at the door as available.

Can you smell the bread baking?  Guests who stay at the Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B awaken to  a  basket of just-baked bread delivered to their room.  Call us at 800 697-9902 to make a reservation.

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Deer Hunting Widows – Girl’s Weekend in Lanesboro Nov. 2-4

Girls just wanna have fun!  While the hunters are away, the girls will play.   Deer hunting opens November 3rd … do we need a better reason to celebrate?  We think not. GETFRESH Girl’s Weekend is a place where kindred female spirits can come to unwind, kick back and get refreshed in the stunning surroundings of Lanesboro, Minnesota. This little slice of heaven is one of the best kept secrets in Minnesota. You will understand when you drive down the hill, cross the bridge and enter this quaint little community. All your troubles will melt away and make room for nothing but smiles!

Deer Hunting Widow - Girls Weekend

Fun Shops in Downtown Lanesboro

A sample of fun activities includes:
Friday Nov. 2,
5 – 8 PM:
Enjoy the jazz sounds of Debbie Bigelow and Dean Kleven live.  Food tasting provided by Gracie’s Pantry.
6-9 PM: Paint your own pottery class at Potiche Pottery.
Saturday Nov. 3:
8 – 9 AM: Yoga at Coffee Street Fitness
9:30 – 10:30: Annie Sloan Painting Demo
11:30 – 2:30: Fashion Show with clothing, jewelry and accessories from Lanesboro retailers (includes lunch).


Sunday Nov. 4
9 – 10 AM: Pilates at Coffee Street Fitness
10:30 – 11:30: Annie Sloan Painting Demo
1:30 – 3:30: The Drawer Boy at the Commonweal Theatre – a heartwarming story of relationships and commitment.

Girls Weekend Deer Hunting WidowsClick the logo to the left for a more complete schedule of events.  Proceeds from this Girl’s Weekend will benefit Family & Children’s Center in Winona –  the largest private provider of human services in Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota. Family & Children’s Center serves individuals of all ages with a continuum of evidence-based services to meet specific community needs.

Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B is one of the sponsors for this event.  We will donate 10% of room rentals to the Family & Children’s Center for those women attending the event.  We’re ready to pamper you with just-baked home made bread delivered to your room each morning.  A hearty breakfast follows in our dining room.  Join us for the GETFRESH Girl’s Weekend.


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