Serving Peach Chutney at our Bed and Breakfast

Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Peaches

Fresh Peaches from the Food Co-op

We usually serve the peaches as fresh fruit with breakfast.  This year Carol is expanding her horizons by canning peach chutney.  We came home from the food Coop in Decorah, Iowa with a box of peaches and Carol started slicing and dicing the ingredients.  Three hours later we had 14 jars of canned peach chutney.

Freshly canned Peach chutney

Chutney is defined as: “A pungent relish made of fruits, spices”.  Carol plans to serve the chutney as a side dish with some of our savory breakfasts.  Carol alternates between sweet and savory entrees for our breakfasts.  So if you stay with us at least two nights, you might get to sample some of Carol’s new peach chutney.

This blog is written by Marv Eggert innkeeper at the Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro, Minnesota.  We start your day with a just-baked loaf of home made bread delivered to your room – followed by a hearty breakfast in our dining room.   Lanesboro is located in Southeast Minnesota and has been named the Bed and Breakfast capital of Minnesota.  To learn more, visit

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Canoe Trip Down Minnesota’s Root River

According to, “Southeastern Minnesota is a paddlers paradise for both canoeing and kayaking. The Driftless Area of Southeastern Minnesota is quite different than the rest of Minnesota as it contains no natural lakes and the terrain is quite rugged with spectacular scenery.”

Canoe Minnesota's Root River

North Branch of the Root River

On Saturday, I paddled a section of the North Branch of the Root river northwest of Lanesboro, MN.  We put in the river on near Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.  The weather was hot and muggy.  But the river was cool and clear.  A nice breeze wafted through the valley making for a pleasant afternoon on the river.

The river is great for canoeing and kayaking.  The river is shallow and clear allowing us to see bottom for the entire stretch.  With extra rain this summer the river is high enough so there is no danger of bottoming out.  For a canoe novice like me, the river is just perfect.

The stretch of river surrounding Eagle Bluff is quite scenic with Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures riding the updraft along the 400 foot bluffs that border the river.  Fishing is great along the tributaries of the north branch of the Root River upstream.

Minnesota River Kayak

Kayaks on the North Branch of the Root River

The Root River’s superlative scenery and characteristics make it suitable for many types of recreation.  Family canoe trips are very popular.  Those more adventurous can take advantage of the canoe campsites for overnight trips.  A map showing camp sites and canoe launches can be found on the Minnesota DNR web site.

Outfitters in Lanesboro, MN offer canoe, kayak and tubing trips on the North and Middle branches of the Root River.

Lanesboro, the Bed and Breakfast capital of Minnesota offers 25 lodging establishments to suit any taste.   The historic downtown offers shopping, restaurants, an art gallery, and a live theatre that performs 5 days a week during the summer season.

This blog is edited by Marv Eggert co-owner of Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B in Lanesboro where you awaken each morning to a just-baked loaf of bread delivered to your room.  Come mid-week to enjoy the peace and quiet of the river.  Stay 2 nights and receive a $10 discount per night on your stay.









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Mid-week Live Theatre in Lanesboro, Minnesota

The Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minnesota announces a mid-week theatre series from August through October 2010.  Treat yourself to the theatrical tour-de-force of one-person shows! Commonweal’s 2010 summer series features performers from across the world taking to the Commonweal stage in solo performances that’ll bring you to tears, to laughter, and everywhere in between!

General Admission – $15
Season Ticket Holders & Students – $10

To reserve tickets e-mail the Box Office or call (800) 657-7025.

Curtain time for Commonweal Presents is 7:30 PM

Blue Collar Diaries – August 10 & 11
Written and performed by Michelle Myers Berg

Minnesota Live Theatre

Michelle Myers offers a glimpse of some of the memorable characters that drifted through her St. Paul blue collar neighborhood in the 60′s and 70′s. Their personal stories go far beyond the names stitched above their left breast pockets. Exploring both the larger world of the neighborhood around her and the epic silence of her Korean War vet father with humor and poignancy, Myers celebrates the individual inside the uniform in this original one-woman show. Named one of the top ten performances of 2009 by the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Dominic P. Papatola.


Min mor (“Mother”)
Dramatised and directed by Anne-karen Hytten
Performed by Bente Børsum
Wednesday September 15 – one night only!

Minnesota Performing ArtsBente Børsum, actress with the National Theatre in Oslo, Norway, presents Min Mor (translated “Mother”), a collection of monologues based on the books, articles, and letters of Lise Børsum, the upper-class-wife, war-prisoner and fighter for human rights, who, in 1943, was arrested and sent to Ravensbrück, a concentration-camp in Germany. The Commonweal is proud to welcome one of Norway’s most prolific actresses in a piece that has received international recognition. “An incredibly forceful show about a past that repeats itself every single day in every scene of war in our own time.” Arendals Tidende

Passion of the Hausfrau
Adapted from the novel by Bess Welden, Annette Jolles & Nicole Chaison
Performed by Bess Welden
October 5 & 6

A one-women show about the hilarious misadventures of a mom who discovers that the roller coaster ride of raising young kids is actually the path to creating her own masterpiece. “Bess Welden made it impossible not to laugh, as she dramatized the trials and hysterical tribulations of motherhood . . . Kids or no kids, this energetic woman’s portrayal of the crazy life and conflicting demands of a young mother . . . is comic genius.” The Portland Phoenix


Lessons from Cancer College
Written by Nancy K. Barry; Directed by Eva Barr
Performed by Kristin Underwood
October 19 & 20

Lanesboro Minnesota One Man ShowWhat happens when a middle-aged college professor finds herself enrolled in a nine-month course of treatment for breast cancer? This one-woman show explores the anxiety and questions that emerge when the teacher becomes the student–of a disease, of a battery of treatments, and of her own changing body. Assuming it will be a manageable task to continue teaching through cancer, she’s is surprised–and ultimately healed–by the revelation that somehow cancer is teaching through her. Kristen Underwood performs this original adaptation that resonates with power and humor.


Need a place to stay in  Lanesboro?  The Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast offers midweek specials for guests staying 2 nights Monday through Thursday. Visit our web site for more details.

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Sweet and Savory Eggs For Breakfast

Carol (resident chef at Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro, Minnesota) likes to alternate between sweet and savory entree’s for breakfast.  Some days when she can’t decide, Sweet and Savory Eggs fit the bill.

Minnesota Bed and Breakfast - breakfast entree

Sweet and Savory Eggs with tomato and fresh pepper garnish

Carol likes to use fresh ingredients as much as possible in her recipes.  We have large sage and chive plants in our garden that provide two key ingredients to this recipe.

Apples offer an unexpected sweet surprise once you bite into the omelet.

Paired with one of Carol’s scones straight from the oven, this breakfast is one you’ll remember.

People have visited Lanesboro, MN for more than a century to enjoy its natural beauty. Located south east of Rochester, Minnesota, bluffs, valleys, meadows, rivers and wildlife are all part of the natural collage that surrounds Lanesboro.

Whether you enjoy the arts, biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, shopping – or just relaxing, Lanesboro has something to offer.  Remember us when you plan your next getaway.

Carol’s Sweet and Savory Eggs recipe is in her recipe book  “Hillcrest at Home“.   Here is the recipe for you to try at home.

Sweet and Savory Eggs

Served at Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast – Lanesboro, MN

2 tsp. butter or margarine
1 large tart apple, peeled, cored and sliced thin
1 small sweet onion, finely diced
6 oz. ham, chopped
8 large eggs
1/4 cup chopped chives or green onion tops
freshly ground pepper to taste
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
1-2 T. fresh sage or 1 tsp. dried sage

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In skillet, saute’ the onions in the butter or oil.   Add the ham, apple, chives or green onion tops, and sage.
When onions and apple are soft, spread mixture evenly in bottom of 8″ square glass baking dish.
Mix eggs and cheese; then pour them on top of other mixture in baking dish.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from oven and let it sit about 5 minutes until set.  Cut and serve.

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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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