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 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

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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. 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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Four New Lanesboro Restaurants for 2012

With the early arrival of spring the 2012 visitor season in Lanesboro is off to great start.  This year there are four new restaurants to tingle your taste buds after a busy day out doors.

Lanesboro MN restaurants in downtown

Downtown Lanesboro Welcomes You

First, and the most unique restaurant,  is the Spud Boy Lunch. Gordon and Val Tindale have completed 4 years restoring this 12 seat diner car as a marvelous addition to downtown Lanesboro.  The Tindales serve classic diner fare for breakfast and lunch. The waffles are light and crispy and are served with real maple syrup.

Across the street is Another Time Ice Cream Parlor & Chocolates Formerly the Picnic Basket, Ron and Kathy Kasten have provided a new landmark to downtown with a bright pick exterior.  The Kastens continue to serve Minnesota’s very own Bridgeman’s ice cream along with Caribou coffee, truffles and chocolate pretzels.

Further north on Parkway adjacent to the Commonweal Theatre is Intermission. Intermission offer casual fine dining. Menu items change weekly including pastas, steaks and seafood. Open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays for dessert after the theatre.

The last new restaurant is Smokey River Barbeque.  Chef Bret Stecher from the Lanesboro Pastry Shoppe has opened a very casual barbeque joint with locally smoked ribs, beef, chicken and turkey.  Just follow your nose down the alley behind the Lanesboro Feed Supply at the north end of downtown.

Smokey River Barbeque and Intermission are open on weekends.  The Spud Boy Lunch and Another Time Ice Cream Parlor and Chocolates are open seven days a week.

Of course the Commonweal Theatre offers two great plays in repertory all summer: “The 39 Steps” by Patrick Barlow, and “The Philadelphia Story” by Philip Barry.  Guests who stay at the Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B are eligible for discount tickets to all theatre performances.

Join us for a great summer outdoors in Lanesboro.

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Ski Lanesboro MN by Candle Light

Lanesboro looks good in snow.  We received a fresh covering in the past week that has transformed the Root River valley into a winter wonderland.  The Root River Trail is groomed for cross country skiing for over 20 miles.  There are also two great snowshoe trails nearby.

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Downtown Lanesboro ------------- Root River Trail Groomed for Skiing

Schedule your two night winter getaway at the Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B through the end of March and receive a complementary soup supper with dessert served in our dining room (a $22 value).  Through February we are offering a “snow guarantee” – make your reservation now – if there is no snow for skiing when you come, you can either cancel your reservation with no penalty or receive a $20/night discount for your stay.  You can check trail conditions at:

We’re ready to help you with your winter getaway.  Cedar Valley Resort rents cross country skis and snow shoes.  Enjoy a horse drawn sleigh rides in the bluff tops. Savor a couples massage at the Prana Healing Center.  Chef Brett from the Pastry Shoppe has his smoker going on weekends at the “Smoky River Barbeque”.  It is a quaint joint near the river that has received rave reviews.

In February Lanesboro begins to wake up from its winter hibernation.

Feb 4: 20th Annual Whalen Candle Light Ski – The Root River Trail is lit with candles for a mile with bonfires at both ends.

Feb 4: Flamenco, Pure and Strong at the St. Mane Theatre, with dancer Deborah Elias and guest singer Vicente Griego - feature raw, soul-baring solos, lustrous and spirited company dances and driving guitar rhythms.

Feb 4: Dinner on the Bluff Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center hosts dinner and and a presentation by Gene Merriam, of the Freshwater Society sharing the status of the protection, enhancement and restoration of our freshwater resources.  Dinner menu include: strawberry-orange salad, roasted red pepper & tomato soup, trout, wild rice stuffing, roasted asparagus and cheesecake with assorted fruit topping.

Feb 10 7PMOver the Back Fence – locals call this Lanesboro’s version of A Prairie Home Companion, An hour and a half of fun entertainment plus 30 minutes of pre-show live music.

Feb 10, 11, 14, 17, 18 The Old Village Hall features a special four course dinner with optional wine pairings to share with your special Valentine.

Feb 27, 28: Lanesboro Community Theatre presents: “Moon Over Buffalo”-up It’s 1953 and a washed up acting duo, George & Charlotte Hay, are touring New York.. BUFFALO, New York.  They just one shot at leading roles in a film by THE Frank Capra, and he’s coming to see today’s matinee!  Everything goes wrong – with hilarious results!  This plan is nothing less than a love letter to live theatre.

All of our guests awaken to a just-baked loaf of home-made bread delivered to their room – followed by a hearty breakfast.  Our rooms are large and comfortable.  Curl up in a warm blanket with a good book in front of the fire place to create your personal winter retreat.


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