Serving Flowers for Breakfast?

Flowers aren’t just for the gardens at Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast.  Our guests enjoy blooming plants outdoors from early May through October.  Now that the chance for frost is nearly gone, we are serving flowers for breakfast too.

bed and breakfast gardens

Apple Cheddar Quiche

We regularly garnish our breakfasts with edible flowers from our garden.  The first edible perennial to bloom this year is the “johnny jump-up” pansy.   I planted a few in our vegetable garden last year and they are back this year nice and healthy.

Carol made Apple Cheddar Quiche for guests this week.   The pansy was a perfect complement with some lemon balm from our herb garden.

Guests offered rave reviews for the Apple Cheddar Quiche.  It is a tasty savory entree with a touch of sweet (from the apples).  Carol makes an excellent  pie crust (almost my favorite part) topping it with the quiche filling.

Bleeding Heart, and violets are other edible perennials in our garden that are ready sharing with the guests.  Soon to follow will be Pansies,  Day Lilies, Bee Balm, and more.

This blog authored by innkeeper Marv Eggert from the Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast, Lanesboro, Minnesota.

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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 and Breakfast enjoy watching the birds at breakfast and from our patio and back yard decks.

Orioles are wonderful birds to watch

Oriole

Orioles are abundant in our corner of Minnesota from mid-May through mid-August.  The male Orioles arrive early to scout out a good nesting location.  They stock up on grape jelly at our feeders after the long migration.  When the babies are born, mom and dad bring them to our feeders and we get to watch them grow up.

Gold Finches are with us all winter.   But their beautiful gold color shows up early May.  They have been flocking to our thistle seed feeder where our cat Missy likes to watch them from her perch on the window sill (inside).

mn birds

Rose Breasted Grossbeak

The Rose Breasted Grossbeaks are also a recent arrival.  They feed on sunflower hearts on our bird feeder.  One day they were so hungry they were trying to share the thistle seed with the finches on bird feeder.

When you ride or walk the Root River State trail near our home in Lanesboro, MN, you will see all these birds plus blue birds, cat birds, wrens, robins and hawks.   If you keep your eyes to the sky, you may catch a glimpse of a bald eagle as well.

After time on the trail you can enjoy an evening of theatre at the Commonweal Theatre in downtown Lanesboro where you will also find restaurants from casual to very fine dining.

This blog is written by innkeeper Marv Eggert from the Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro, Minnesota.

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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.

bed & breakfast garden photo

Blue Flags

Blue Flags have a special memory for my family.  They used to grow along the country road between my farm home and the one room school house I attended.  My Mom’s birthday is May 4 and I remember picking Blue Flags for her on the way home from school one day.

Blue Flags have always grown in the flower beds around our farm.  Recently my Mom told me that the Blue Flags in our garden were transplanted from along the road by my Aunt Dorothy when she was a little girl.   Aunt Dorothy would have been 97 this year.

The Blue Flags in our B&B garden were transplanted from our home after my Mom moved off the farm a few years ago.  So my Blue Flags have a bit of heritage from road-side ditch – to farm stead – and now to our B&B garden.   I’m hoping to take some of the Blue Flags along when I go visit Mom next week.

This blog is authored by Marv Eggert innkeeper (and gardener) at the Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro, MN.  The perennials are just waking up in our gardens and we are anxious to start planting annuals once frost is done.

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Maple Syrup Time – Come Lend a Hend

Tired of being cooped up inside?  The first sign of spring is upon us – Maple Syrup season.   Join us and discover how that Maple in the corner of your yard can give you the tastiest pancakes in town. Participants will experience all aspects of syrup making from tree identification, tapping trees, collecting sap, and boiling down to syrup!

Making Maple Syrup Join us at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Lanesboro on:

March 19, 2011
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
$10 per person

Call 888-800-9558 to save your place!

Make it a weekend with a stay at Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B in Lanesboro.  We would be glad to serve maple syrup on our breakfast entree to make your weekend complete.  My favorite is Blueberry Cornbread with maple syrup.

In the evening you can enjoy Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman  at the Commonweal Theatre presented by the Commonweal apprentices.

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Song Writing Workshop Offered in Lanesboro March 12

This blog is written by Marv and Carol Eggert, innkeepers at Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B in Lanesboro, MN.

Attention all potential songwriters ready to grow to the next level: Internationally acclaimed artist JohnSmith (yes he spells it as all one word!) will lead a songwriting workshop on Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minnesota.  Cost will be $20-$40, “Whatever you can afford!” says JohnSmith.

Song Writing Workshop

JohnSmith Singer Songwriter

Workshop participants will be encouraged to cultivate their own unique voice as songwriters. Beginners welcome!  Participants need not even be able to play a musical instrument. JohnSmith will explore the technical ‘nuts and bolts’ of songwriting—verse, chorus, bridge, melody, rhythm, rhymes, etc. Through visualization exercises, group performances, and personal demonstrations, the workshop format will coax and cultivate each person’s inner muse.  In a supportive workshop climate, participants will be giving and receiving constructive feedback as a group. JohnSmith will assist individuals with experimenting and incorporating this feedback into works, bridging inspiration and craft.  If there is interest, he may discuss issues involved with recording and live performances.  Participants should bring an open heart and a curious mind, a simple recording device, and any samples of songs/poems they find inspiring. Registration: day of class at the St. Mane Theatre, 206 Parkway Ave N. in Lanesboro, Minn., or in advance at the Lanesboro Arts Center, 103 Parkway Ave N. in Lanesboro, 507-467-2446, or via the website www.lanesboroarts.org (then go to Education – Classes & Workshops).

Later that evening, JohnSmith will perform a Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m., raising funds for revitalization and renovation of the St. Mane Theatre.  Wisconsin-based singer & songwriter JohnSmith is widely travelled, delighting audiences with song lyrics that are finely shaped and powerfully moving, and voiced with a spirit and soulfulness that is earned through the embracing of the joys and the pains of life lived to its fullest.  John-Smith is a talented word-smith and a Bard. . . The role of a Bard in any society is to hold up a mirror to that society, to convey and reveal – through the mysterious alchemy of music and words and performance – the secret inner language of the heart – delivered with that ineffable feeling called soul.  “. . . What you should know about JohnSmith, is that he is the real deal. A singer/songwriter who has found his voice and his place and will take you there through his music. I think it speaks for itself, directly from his heart to yours. I promise you will be moved.” –-Randy Brown, Mineola, Texas.

Concert tickets are $12 / $10 LAC members, with proceeds benefiting the historic St. Mane Theatre.  Tickets available at the door or in advance at Lanesboro Arts Center, 103 Parkway Ave N, Lanesboro, 507-467-2446.

Make it a weekend by staying at Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B in Lanesboro, where you awaken each morning to a just-baked loaf of bread delivered to your room followed by a hearty breakfast in our dining room.

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Girls Getaway Weekend

Cabin fever got you down?  Looking for a good excuse to get out of town?  Need a place to go just to hang out with your girlfriends for a weekend?  Consider a girls weekend in Lanesboro, MN.  Girlfriends have been enjoying weekend getaways with us for the past 5 years.

Girlfriends Weekend

Girls Getaway with Mom

Last January, eight ladies ( Mom, one sister, five daughters and one grand daughter) enjoyed a girls weekend getaway to celebrate Mom’s 50th birthday.  The daughters planned the whole girls get away months in advance – and were so excited.

The girls “kidnapped” Mom by picking her up at work saying they were “taking out to dinner.”   The dinner trip lasted much longer than Mom could imagine and when they arrived in Lanesboro we helped  five more girls welcome Mom with balloons, birthday cake, flowers, black streamers, etc.

The girls enjoyed a complete weekend of  bonding time including browsing at downtown shops and creating master pieces at Potiche Paint Your Own Pottery studio in downtown Lanesboro.  Beyond that there was much chatter and laughter into the wee hours of the morning.

Each morning we woke them up with just-baked bread delivered to their room along with a favorite beverage.   A hearty breakfast followed in the dining room.

March Madness is coming soon.   It would be a perfect time to plan your own girls weekend getaway to Lanesboro and Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast.  Call us at 800 697-9902.  We would be glad to help you plan your girls weekend.  Downtown shops and fine dining restaurants are ready to welcome you.    We hope to see you soon in Lanesboro, the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota.

Marv and Carol Eggert

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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.

Minnesota Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker Debarking Our Tree

However, in the past three weeks, he has been here frequently.  I can tell by all the missing bark on our tree.  We have had frequent snow this month and after each snow there is new bark on the ground under the tree.

I have not decided yet if he is welcome or not.  My wife has wanted that tree cut for a few years.  She may get her wish next summer because there will be no bark left.

He is a marvelous bird to watch.  He is at least 15 inches tall and comes to work on the tree long enough for me to watch and run and get my camera.

I guess I should count my blessings because once the tree is gone, I’ll likely never see them again.

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Fall Foliage Abounds in SE Minnesota

Glorious fall colors have arrived in the Root River Valley in South East Minnesota.   Plan a mid-week getaway at the Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B in Lanesboro to enjoy the collage of fall colors.  Read on to learn more.

Hibiscus continues to offer color well into the fall season

Minnesota Bred Perennial Hibiscus

The colorful fall colors are not limited to the hardwood forests that surround us.  A wet summer has extended the summer flower gardening season.  Our hibiscus bushes are typically  finished blooming by now.  However this year they will continue to blossom until frost.

Due to the arrival of cool  nights, fall garden flowers are beginning to bloom. Perennial mums  I planted last year have formed  mounds that are nearly three feet in diameter!  They are ready to burst into bloom with hundreds of blossoms.

Asters add to the array of fall garden color

Asters Just Starting to Bloom

These aster plants are in their second year and they have thrived in our wet summer.   My diligent watering during dry spells has really paid off.

Soybean and corn harvest is well under way around us.  The rolling countryside with  alternating ribbons of green alfalfa and harvested corn rows adds to the patchwork quilt of fall foliage that surround us.

Now is the time to plan your fall foliage getaway.  South East Minnesota is filled with rolling hills covered with hardwood forests bursting with color.  Visit us during the

Old Barn Resort surrounded by fall foliage

Old Barn resort surrounded by fall color

week to avoid the crowds.

The Old Barn Resort (pictured at left) is located along the Root River State Trail.  This section of the trail is newly repaved for your rollerblading and bicycle touring.

Book your fall getaway now at the Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast.  We are located three blocks from the Root River Trail near downtown Lanesboro where you can enjoy shopping, restaurants, a local wine shop, an art gallery and live professional theatre.  Stay 2 nights mid-week and receive $10 off per night.

This blog is administered by Marv and Carol Eggert owners of the Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B in Lanesboro, MN.  Awaken to home-made bread delivered to your door at our inn.  We look forward to your visit.

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Raspberries In Season at Lanesboro, MN Bed and Breakfast

Our ever-bearing raspberries are well into their second season and the fruit is bountiful!  We have been featuring raspberries for breakfast at our Lanesboro, MN inn for the last 3 weeks.

Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Fruit Entree

Raspberries and Bananas Drizzled With Dulce-de-leche

Today we served raspberries and bananas topped with dulce-de-leche.  The crop has been so good I  have been freezing the extra raspberries for use later in the season.  Carol uses them in our entrees for Raspberry Cornbread, Yummy Raspberry French Toast, and fruit topping for pancakes.

Lanesboro B&B Pastries

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Carol uses the fresh raspberries in baking too!  Two of my favorites are Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins and Sour Cream Scones with Raspberries.

Last year the frost got the last of our raspberry crop.  This year with an earlier season, we’ll get more for the freezer and the guests.

The fall colors are just starting to appear in Southeast Minnesota.  The cooler days offer great conditions for  biking the Root River State Trail.

The mums and the asters in my garden are just waiting to pop out their colorful blossoms.  I’ve got some hardy perennial mums that will soon become a mound of color.

Consider Lanesboro (the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota) as your destination for your fall color getaway.  We offer a mid-week discount at our inn.  See the details on our web site.

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Minnesota Fall Color Getaway

After a sultry, humid August it was welcome relief this week to feel the cool breezes that remind us that fall is soon upon us.  We have gone from running the air conditioning all night to sleeping with the windows open.  What a relief!

Root River Valley Fall Colors

Southeast MN Fall Colors

Southeast Minnesota beckons you with vistas and valleys, colorful hardwood forests, clear trout streams, beautiful rivers and plentiful wild life.  Farms form a patchwork quilt of crops awaiting harvest on the rolling country side.   The Amish dry their corn the old fashioned way with rows of corn shocks standing tall to catch the fall breezes.

Fall Colors on Root River Trail

Root River Trail Bridge

Lanesboro, Minnesota and the Root River Trail offer an excellent venue for enjoying the fall colors.  Freshly fallen leaves crunch under your bike tires as you ride under the tree lined canopy bordered by bluffs on one side and the Root River on the other.

After an enjoyable day of biking, savor dinner in one of Lanesboro’s fine restaurants and then take in an evening at the Commonweal Theatre.  The theatre features 2 plays this fall season: “Enchanted April” and “The Turn of the Screw”.  Shows are performed Thursday through Monday each week.

Lanesboro has lodging options suitable to any taste from hotels, to inns, and bed and breakfasts.  Your bed and breakfasts hosts are there to help you get the most out of your stay.  Make Lanesboro your destination for your fall color get away.  Mid-week is a great time to visit when you can have the bike trail or the river to yourself.  Check out the week night bargain on our web site www.hillcresthideaway.com for more details.

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