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Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast in Historic Lanesboro Minnesota

June 2017 Updates from 706 Fillmore Ave South

Summer is almost upon us and our busy season is well underway. We have been welcoming many new guests and several returning visitors to the Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast. Life is good.

 

On a personal note, Mark and I are grandparents for the first time. We are very excited about the newest member of our family who lives about three hours away. Close enough we can make quick visits.

Soren
Our new grandson

 

Our Guests

This morning four women just checked out: two sisters in their 80s and their daughters. They were first time visitors to a B&B and to Lanesboro. They enjoyed an Amish tour, a visit to a local winery, and dinner at local restaurants. I think they liked the breakfasts too. Mona wanted to know how I got her recipe for rhubarb coffee cake. It is one that has been passed around this neighborhood for years.

 

Tour Groups

Yesterday we had about a dozen team members from Another Time Ice Cream Parlor in downtown Lanesboro tour our B&B. They were on a fun day, visiting local B&Bs and were also going on an Amish Tour. By being more familiar with local establishments, the staff can answer questions that many of the visitors to Lanesboro ask them. Kathy and Ron Kasten are the owners of the parlor and always take one day during the season to have a fun outing with their young staff.

 

Updates

We are continuing to make updates to the B&B. In the next couple of weeks, we will be replacing the deck flooring in the Scandinavian Suite and also some of the front porch flooring. Mark had to really research to find the right boards for the front porch. We will have to post a picture when we get that fixed. We have two new patio umbrellas on the property and lots and lots of flowers planted. Now if we can just keep ahead of the weeds.

We are also participating in the summer community theater production: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”  If you are in Lanesboro the last two weekends in July, try and take in a performance.

Lanesboro Community Theater
Lanesboro Community Theater

Miles is up to his usual antics, sleeping and entertaining guests. Yesterday he got to sit on the porch swing with one of our guests for quite a while. Nothing like a spoiled Goldendoodle.

Lanesboro Inns Open Doors for Christmas Tour

Mark and I are excited for our first Christmas Inn tour here in Lanesboro.  Set for the first Sunday of December, the tour will feature beautiful homes, seasonal decorations and holiday treats and entertainment.

Christmas decor at Habberstad House
The Habberstad House at Christmas.

Seven participating inns will be decorated for the holidays as Lanesboro area innkeepers welcome you to visit at this special time of year. Set for December 4 from 2 to 6 p.m., the tour will feature beautiful homes, seasonal decorations and holiday treats and entertainment.

Tickets for the tour are available through the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce or 507-467-2696. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour. Those staying at participating inns will receive half-price admission to the tour.

Many Lanesboro downtown businesses and restaurants will be open the day of the tour for holiday shopping and enjoyment.

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What Happened to Summer?

Really August? Are you half over already? Where did my summer go?

These are the “Not” things I am fretting about:

  • Not having enough time on my bicycle.
  • Not tubing down the river yet this year
  • Not enjoying enough of the music opportunities here in Lanesboro.
  • Not building our raised vegetable beds.
  • Not getting enough miles with Miles, the resident Goldendoodle.
  • Not attending yoga class. I have only made one class this summer (because it occurs during the breakfast hour!).

But wait. Let’s look at summer through the “glass half full” option.

  • Mark and I entertained fantastic guests this summer, most of them from here in Minnesota. But others from Singapore, England, Canada, California, New York, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, New Hampshire, North and South Dakota, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, New York, and Virginia. It could be I have missed a state or two in my roundup!
  • Mark and I enjoyed seeing The Commonweal Theatre’s productions of Three Musketeers and Souvenir this month.
  • I have read several outstanding books this summer, including “Me Before You,” “Bohemian Flats,” and “A Backpack, a Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka.” I am currently reading “Dear Committee Members” and “April 1865.”
  • We participated in Lanesboro’s Buffalo Bill Days parade, sold pies during the Art in the Park on Father’s Day Weekend, and also entered the baking contest during Rhubarb Festival.
  • We have seen many friends and family this summer in Lanesboro and are waiting the arrival of several others.
  • We learned how to make homemade strawberry jam. If only we had made more of this wonderful delicacy!
  • Mark is making dill pickles today. Beet pickles are on the order for tomorrow and sweet pickles later this week, using his mom’s super top secret recipe.

    Making dill pickles
    Mark loves to make pickles…sweet, beet, and dill.

Enough of the half over and the half full. I am going to make a goal of enjoying every minute of this glorious summer, until it gives way to fall.

 

 

Spring Flowers at the Habberstad House

Flowers abound here. Enjoy a virtual walk around the Habberstad House and see our spring flowers. It has been a cool week here in Lanesboro, with a potential frost tonight. The recent rains have provided much-needed moisture for a promising spring bonanza of blooms.

Guests Enjoy the Flowers and Gardens

We don’t have any of our annuals planted yet or our baskets or pots set out. But our perennials have not disappointed our visitors, with a wealth of colors and blossoms throughout the yard. Stone and brick paths lead visitors through the gardens.

Blues, yellows, purples and pink blossoms can be found along with luscious greenery. Thanks to our son, Nathan, for taking these photos for us.

 

ferns
New ferns on north side of house
Pink flowering shrub
Pretty pink flowering shrub
flowers among stones
Flowers intermingled with rocks along the stone path.
flower purple iris
A lone purple iris in the garden.
crab apple
Beautiful pink blossoms on the crab apple tree in the gardens.
Brick path
Our new brick path connects the Carriage House to the main walkway.
Johnny JumpUps
Purple and yellow Johnny JumpUps peak through in the garden.
Purple flowers
Pretty little blossoms peak through.
blue flowers
Tiny little blue blossoms can be found in the south gardens.

 

purple flower
Purple flowers from the south gardens

 

blue flowers
Little blue flowers along rock formations.

 

Bleeding heart flowers
Precious bleeding heart blossoms.
purple flower along stone path
Flowers line the stone path on the south side of the house.
Courtyard view
Courtyard view of Habberstad House
Shade-loving perennials.
Ferns, astilbe and hosts along with other plants in the shady perennial bed on the north side.

 

Finally, the New Website

Our website needed help. Since we purchased the Habberstad House last summer, we knew the website was in need of revision. A site that worked on mobile platforms is a necessity for small business owners. Also, we didn’t have direct access to post our own content.

Gail Rocks at Website Design!

Thanks to Gail at CaptureItWebDesign in Rochester, we are up and running with our new site. Mark and I wanted a site that was responsive and had visual appeal. We envisioned an easy-to-read website that told people what they need to know and answers their questions.

Photos are really critical to the website and I hope to replace and add new ones periodically. Since we’ve done some updates to the Rose Suite, we took some new photos. However, some of the winter snow is seen through the windows, so I hope to get new photos when everything turns green and blossoms in the spring.

We have a Blog!

And, having a blog on the site will help us more easily share content and our news.

We also recently updated our reservation system so it works on mobile friendly platforms. A lot of people try and book a room at the last  minute or search online through their smart phones for a B&B.

We hope you enjoy browsing through out new site. Watch for specials to be added and new photos and content.

 

 

2016 Season Just Days Away

Mark and I are excited for February. We open for the 2016 season on Valentine’s weekend, beginning Feb. 12.

If you are considering a break from winter and want to spend a night at the Habberstad House, check our room availability by going to our website. We would love to entertain you this winter.

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2015 Season Winding Down

We want to wish everyone a happy holiday season this year. It has been an honor hosting many guests in our home at 706 Fillmore Avenue in Lanesboro during 2015.

As we prepare for the 2016 season, we hope to make a few improvements at the Habberstad House.

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Breakfast Requests

Mark and I have mastered a few breakfasts, but need to expand our offerings. It is difficult to find the time to practice without our guests serving as official taste testers however.

Today’s disaster: the brownies weren’t done. I baked them in a different pan than I normally do, resulting in an under-baked brownie. That mistake won’t happen again. Our guests never knew that brownies were on the menu. Luckily they were thrilled with the fresh California peaches served during the first course, served with vanilla yogurt and homemade granola.

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Five Weeks and Counting

We started our new adventure as innkeepers on June 30 when we signed the mortgage on this 1897 Queen Anne Victorian home. It is a beautiful house: well built, full of character and still going strong after 119 years since its birth.

These are some of the things we have discovered in the past five weeks:

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