Meet the Innkeepers
Mark and Elaine Edwards


Innkeepers, Mark and Elaine Edwards along with Miles, their six-year-old Goldendoodle, are experiencing the adventure of their lives in Lanesboro and embrace the opportunity to welcome you into their home.

Purchasing the Habberstad House and operating a bed & breakfast is a dream come true for them, after being public servants throughout their working careers.

Mark served as a State of Iowa conservation officer, enforcing laws regulating hunting, fishing, and boating for 30 years. Elaine worked at both Iowa State and Kansas State universities as an extension communicator, providing research-based information to help people improve their lives, businesses and communities.

Both Mark and Elaine are active in the Lanesboro community. They were among the 24 Lanesboro area residents who participated in the 2017 Blandin Community Leadership program. Elaine serves on the Lanesboro Economic Development Authority and is a board member for Lanesboro Arts. Mark is a member of the Lanesboro Historic Preservation Commission. Both are active in Lanesboro Community Theater and Over the Back Fence, have been members of Lions Club and active in their church. In 2017, they performed in the Elstad Christmas Cantata.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys genealogy research, gardening and loves to make homemade sausages. He does all of the maintenance at the Habberstad House, and is constantly tinkering with something. Elaine enjoys baking, reading, and quilting. She takes all of the reservations and does the bookkeeping for the inn.

Miles provides lots of companionship, keeps critters out of

Miles waiting for trick or treaters.

the yard and loves people. He is the first one to the door when the door bell rings (not always the correct door however) and lets everyone know when a truck is in the neighborhood.


The past two winters they have spent a month on Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia. Some beach time every day for a month should be in everyone’s wellness activity log! Here’s a short snippet of the Tybee shoreline.