Bed and Breakfast Guests Arrive By Bike and Tractors

Our guests have used unique modes of transportation in the past few weeks.  Two weeks ago a couple arrived by bike – having parked their car at the trail head in Houston (32 miles away).  They packed their clothes in  saddlebags and rode the bike trail to Lanesboro.  On Sunday they biked back to their car, showered and drove home.

On Friday Lanesboro was visited by over 172 farm tractors on the North Iowa Tractor Ride.

Tractors visit Lanesboro Minnesota Bed and Breakfast

Tractors from the North Iowa Tractor Ride

Tractors of all sizes and vintages participated in a scenic ride through South East Minnesota.  Old tractors like “Johnny Poppers,  IH Farmalls, Fords, Allis Chalmers, Minneapolis Molines and Olivers were included in the group.  My Dad would only drive Case tractors when I was a kid and there were 2 of them among the tractors on the ride.

Breakfast had to be early for this group.  We normally serve breakfast at 8:30.  The farmers rose early and enjoyed muffins, an egg bake, sausage, fried potatoes and fruit for their 7AM breakfast.

First Group of Tractors Depart

By 8AM the first group hit the road with fresh home made bread to sustain them on their sunny ride back to Cresco, Iowa.

Many of the farmers promised to bring their wives back for a visit in the future.  We hope they do.

What unique sort of transportation can you use to visit us?  Include the Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast Lanesboro, Minnesota in your future travel plans.

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Lanesboro, Minnesota Live Theatre Season in Full Swing

The Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, MN is in the midst of their summer theatre season.  Each summer the Commonweal Theatre hosts two plays  in repertory.  This year’s live theatre offerings are: Enchanted April by Matthew Barber and Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin.

Enchanted April Play Character

Enchanted April: This 1920s romantic comedy breathes new life into the most stifled of souls.  On the most basic level, Enchanted April is a success as a romantic comedy because it’s both comic and romantic. In telling the story of four English women who break free of their rain-drenched sorrows and oppression for a month in a rented Italian castle, there’s plenty of opportunity for surprises and redemption, hopes that Barber never squelches.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Steve Martin’s comedy is sure to have you roaring with laughter from start to finish!  Two guys walk into a bar, order up one part Einstein, one part Picasso, and add a splash of the zaniest characters to ever hit our stage “all shook up.”  We promise a rollicking good time.

Plays are performed Thursday through Saturday and Monday evenings with matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.  Visit the Commonweal Theatre Lanesboro, Minnesota web site for schedule details.

Theatre is just a part of what makes Lanesboro a great destination.  The Root River State Trail, winds 60 miles through bluffs, forests, and rolling fields. The trail traverses Southeast Minnesota’s Bluff Country offering a variety of attractions for all ages and interests with welcoming trail towns often along the trail.

Lanesboro is near one of the largest Old Order Amish settlements in America. The rolling countryside offers an ideal location for their life style. Educational tours are available to see the Amish as they really live, and the items they produce and sell (baskets, quilts, furniture and crafts). The tours offer an appreciation for the Amish way of life.

Lanesboro’s historic downtown has been revitalized; the arts flourish, gift shops intrigue, and restaurants satisfy a variety of tastes. Horse drawn buggy rides offer a perfect ending for the day.  Come and see for yourself why people return time and time again to renew themselves in Lanesboro’s riches and immerse themselves in the “ Art of Living Well”!

As the Bed and Breakfast Capital of MinnesotaLanesboro offers lodging to suit all tastes: country inns, restored Victorian Homes, and a restored mill.  The Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B offers large comfortable rooms, hearty breakfasts, and welcoming gardens.   When you stay with us, you are eligible for a $5 discount voucher for attending plays at the Commonweal Theater.

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Bed and Breakfast Garden Labyrinth

Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Labyrinth

Backyard Garden Labyrinth

A year ago we installed a landscape labyrinth in our back yard.  My gardening rule of thumb is that it takes 3 years for perennials to get established.  As you can see from the photo, our labyrinth is ahead of schedule.  The labyrinth has 20 varieties of perennials of varying heights with a bubbling fountain in the center.

Landscape garden labyrinth

Red Yarrow Blossoms

One of the most prolific plants is  red Yarrow.  It has bushed out nicely in only a year.  I have already done some dividing and moved starter plants to other locations in the garden.

Other plants include Day Lilies, Lambs Ear, Black Eyed Susans, Asters, Carnations, Creeping Thyme, Bachelor Buttons, Geranium and Mullien.

Bee Balm - Monarda

Tasty Bee Balm Petals

Some flowers have two purposes: to adorn the garden and decorate our breakfast serving dishes.  Bee Balm (Monarda) has dainty petals that are very sweet to taste and add a nice touch to fruit entrees.  Hibiscus petals are edible and we have one that is taking hold nicely.

The plants we chose are “mostly” distasteful to deer.  But the Day Lilies need regular treatment to keep them safe from our four legged friends.

You can enjoy a morning walk in our garden by visiting our bed and breakfast – Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B.  We are located in Lanesboro, Minnesota 45 minutes southeast of Rochester.   Lanesboro offers lots of things to enjoy (an art gallery, live theatre, the Root River State Trail) and plenty of places to stay including more than 12 bed and breakfasts.  Lanesboro has been named the Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota.  Visit us to discover a beautiful corner of Southeast Minnesota.

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Couple Announces Engagement in Lanesboro

Engaged Couple Enjoying our Garden

Chad and Amy (pictured here) visited us on Memorial Day weekend.  They had a lovely alfresco dinner Sunday evening at the Old Village Hall in downtown Lanesboro.

At breakfast, Amy announced that that Chad had “popped the question” the night before.  We hope that Lanesboro and the Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B will always hold special memories for them.

Consider visiting us when you plan your next celebration.

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Girls Getaway Weekend in Lanesboro

A few weeks ago a Mom and three of her daughters came to Lanesboro for a girls getaway weekend.  They stayed together in the Hope Room which has plenty of space inside  to relax and a lovely view of the gardens from the covered patio outside.

girls getaway weekend

Mom and girls refreshed after a weekend away

A special bonding time was shared with many laughs til the wee hours of the morning answering questions from “If … Questions for the Game of Life” book.

Everyone left with a souvenir Hillcrest Hide-Away mug or “Hillcrest at Home” recipe book.

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Go Red Spring Girls Getaway

webHeartHeart disease is the number 1 killer of women in our country today.  We are thankful for Carol’s return to the kitchen after successful open heart surgery on February 1.

To celebrate, we invite you to a spring girl’s getaway weekend at the Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro, Minnesota.  Mention this blog entry when making your reservation and we will donate $10 for 1 night stays and $25 for 2 night stays between now and Mother’s Day to the Go Red campaign sponsored by the American Heart Association.

Lanesboro offers plenty of things to do the next 6 weeks:

March 26 and 27 Commonweal Theatre presents: Death and the Ploughman
April 10:
Ladies Day in Lanesboro including a Fashion Show sponsored by Cheryl’s Apparel
April 16, 17:
Commonweal Theatre Ibsen Festival Weekend
April 23, 24: Bluff Country Studio Art tour and Earth Day in Lanesboro
April 30 – May 1
: Commonweal Theatre presents: John Gabriel Borkman

First Crocus of Spring

First Crocus of Spring

Let us  pamper you for a weekend away.  Awaken each morning to the aroma of just-baked home made bread delivered to your room followed by a hearty breakfast in our dining room.

Schedule a massage or a manicure.  Take an Amish tour.  Visit the unique shops of downtown Lanesboro.

The crocuses are stretching their little heads to catch the warm sun.  Other bulbs are sure to follow.  Kiss winter goodbye and welcome spring in Lanesboro the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota.

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Celebrate Ibsen Festival in Lanesboro, MN

Goodbye Winter, Hello Ibsen!
It’s that time again! It’s Commonweal Theater’s 13th Annual Ibsen Festival – a celebration of Scandinavian art and culture, April 16 – 18 in Lanesboro, MN.   Spend the day taking in concerts, films, lectures, and artisan displays, then stay at night for the theatre opening weekend of John Gabriel Borkman. This rarely-produced Ibsen classic about an unscrupulous banker will be a brand-new adaptation from Minnesota’s premiere theater playwright, Jeffrey Hatcher. It is directed by Risa Brainin (Mixed Blood, Guthrie Theatre). Visit to see a summary of Commonweal Theatre’s commitment to Ibsen and download a pdf file for the Ibsen Festival schedule of events.

Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast will have the welcome mat ready for you to enjoy the full weekend of events.  Awaken each morning to the aroma of just-baked home made bread delivered to your room followed by a hearty breakfast in our dining room.  Kari’s, a new Scandinavian restaurant in Lanesboro, will be serving special treats for Ibsen Festival weekend.

Experience Lanesboro, the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota.

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Girls Getaway Weekend

In 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 weekend months in advance – and were so excited.

The girls snuck into Mom’s house to gather clothes for the trip and then two daughters picked her up at work with a plan to “take Mom out to dinner.”   The dinner trip lasted much longer than Mom could imagine and when they arrived in Lanesboro there were five more girls welcoming Mom with balloons, birthday cake, flowers, black streamers, etc.

Girls Getaway Weekend

Girls Getaway Weekend

They enjoyed a complete weekend of girl 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 they awoke to 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.  Cabin fever is setting in.  It would be a perfect time to plan your own girls weekend getaway to Lanesboro and Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and BreakfastDowntown shops and fine dining restaurants are ready to welcome you.  Amish tours are also available.  On March 9th, April 9th, and April 16th there are live performances at the St. Mane Theatre. We hope to see you soon in Lanesboro, the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota.

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MN Cross Country Ski/Snowshoe Journal

Thursday Feb 11, clear blue skies, bright afternoon sun, 30 degrees, 6 inches of fresh snow – a perfect day for snowshoeing.  I’ve been away from the trails for 3 weeks.    I didn’t feel like trail blazing today.  So I drove near the Old Barn Resort, where there is a striking rock cut along the Root River State Trail.

Root River Trail Groomed for Cross Country Skiing

Root River Trail Groomed for Cross Country Skiing

The sun was at a rare good angle for photography.  The trail was freshly groomed with plenty of room for me to snowshoe at the packed edge of the trail.

Once again, I was struck by the quiet of the woods.  No road noise, no wind, just quiet.  A few crows cut the silence with their annoying call, but not enough to be a true distraction.

Bridge on Root River State Trail

Bridge on Root River State Trail

About 1/4 mile into my hike, the trail curved and revealed one of the many bridges over the Root River.

Arriving at the bridge I found a hawk and a mourning dove perched in trees along the river.  From the bridge I could hear the gurgling of the river where the fresh water broke through the ice encouraging me that spring may be coming soon.

Cross Country Skiiers and their companion

Cross Country Skiers and their companion

Further on down the trail I met Steve and Brenda accompanied by their German Short Hair “Hunter”.  Brenda remarked how great it was to get away from the hustle and noise of life to take in the beauty of the trail.

Hunter was wearing a harness and Brenda had a strap with a line attached around her waist.  When she got tired of skiing or faced a small uphill climb, Hunter was enlisted to play the role of “ski dog” and pull her along the trail.

I watched her hook Hunter up and he pulled Brenda more than 100 yards.  At that point, Hunter got distracted by something he saw along the trail and true to his name he dashed off to check it out.  Needless to say, Brenda had a small crash landing – but no harm done.

The long range forecast looks like we won’t have a thaw any time soon.  So snowshoe and cross country ski conditions should be excellent all along the miles of groomed Root River Trail through the rest of the month.

Lanesboro, the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota is located near by.  Bed and Breakfasts and Inns to suit any taste await your visit.  A new restaurant “Kari’s” has opened this winter featuring authentic Norwegian Cuisine.   It will be open on weekends throughout the winter.

This snow shoe blog is authored by Marv Eggert owner of Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B where we feature just-baked bread delivered to your room each morning.   Happy Snowshoeing!!!!

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MN Cross Country Ski by Candle Light

Lanesboro, the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota invites you to enjoy our winter wonderland in Southeast Minnesota.  The Root River State trail is groomed with dual tracks and ready for cross country skiing.

Candlelight Ski on the Root River Trail

Candlelight Ski on the Root River Trail

Make plans now to join us February 5 – 7 for a “Flurry of Fun in February”  highlighted by the 18th annual Whalen Candlelight Ski on Saturday evening.  Start at the Whalen Town Hall at dusk, ski for a mile by candlelight and warm yourself by the bonfire.  Then ski back to Whalen for another bonfire, homemade soups, sandwiches and hot beverages at the Whalen Town Hall.  Skis can be rented at Cedar Valley Resort.

Lanesboro’s downtown district will be candlelit at dusk where restaurants, shops, Bed and Breakfasts and the Lanesboro Art Center await your visit.

Visit and click on the Winter Weekend link to see a full calendar of events.

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