Category Archives: Outdoors

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 … Continue reading

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Bed and Breakfast near Rochester Minnesota

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Fall Colors in South East MN

Cool, crisp nights are upon us and the maples are starting to show their fall colors in South East Minnesota.  It looks like colors should peak around Oct 8-15 and we could get 3 good weeks of color in October. … Continue reading

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Lanesboro – A great destination for Road Bikers Too!!

As home to the Root River Trail, Lanesboro has earned a reputation as a great biking destination.  Every summer thousands of bikers visit to enjoy the trail and everything else that Lanesboro has to offer. Recently we had guests that took … Continue reading

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Commonweal Theatre Summer Season in Full Swing

Many visitors come to Lanesboro, MN to ride the “Cadillac” of bike trails, the Root River State Trail.  Others come for the quiet and the beauty of canoeing or kayaking the Root River.  After a busy day outdoors many guests … Continue reading

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Backyard Visitors to our Garden

Last week a fawn was born in our neighborhood.  He laid under the neighbor’s board fence for most of the afternoon.  It is not unusual for the mother deer to leave new fawns unattended – even in town.  They are … Continue reading

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Finches and Grosbeaks and Orioles Oh My!

It is spring birding time in South East Minnesota.  The birds are flocking to our front and back yard feeders.   Some are just passing through but some of them stay all summer.   Our guests at Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed … Continue reading

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Blue Flags in our Garden

One of my favorite early season flowers are “Blue Flags”.  They are a member of the Iris Family that  grow to be around six inches tall. Blue Flags have a special memory for my family.  They used to grow along … Continue reading

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A Welcome/Unwelcome Back Yard Visitor

We’ve had a recent back yard visitor that has been fun to watch.  Prior to the past 3 weeks I had seen him only 3 times in the past 2 years. However, in the past three weeks, he has been … Continue reading

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