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Gunflint Trail’s Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B Snowed-IN.  Twenty-seven inches of snow in the last twenty-four hours and it is still coming down. Our four foot snow gauge registers 41″ of snow on the ground. Can’t even move our plow truck. It likely will be a few days before we can even get our plow truck out of the parking lot and get our two miles of road plowed.

Snow gauge- april 19, 2013

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Ski the Gunflint’s Banadad in the Spring

April First and this is not an April fools joke. The skiing is great!

April 1, 2013- skiing the Banadad Trails

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February means Bock Fest 2013 in New Ulm, MN

February is a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors, music, games, food and beverages.  The August Schell Brewery sponsors this fest and you can enjoy your first caramelized beer when standing around the campfire at the brewery grounds. Last year the weather was great and the crowds enjoyed the music immensely.  Now is the time to make your accommodation reservations at one of the Bed & Breakfasts in New Ulm, both of which are only five minutes from Schell’s.  Check out the website for Bock Fest 2013

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Skiing on the Gunflint-We’ve Got Snow

A new year is coming up.  Head to the Gunflint Trail and cross country ski one of the nation’s largest and most diverse interconnected Nordic Trail Systems- the 200 Kilometer Gunflint Nordic Trails. The trail system included the Piston Bullied groomed Central and Upper Gunflint Trails connect by the BWCA’s longest tracked trail the Banadad. Lodging on the trails is available at six lodges, a  B&B and wilderness Yurts.


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Afton House Inn Italian Wine Dinner – January 18th

6-Course Italian Wine Dinner

Friday, January 18, 2013, 06:30pm – 09:30pm

Join us Friday, January 18th
6-Course Italian Wine Dinner with
Chef Ryan

Chef Ryan has composed another great wine dinner event, that you won’t want to miss. Seating begins at 6:30pm with first course served at 7pm in the Afton House Inn’s Wheel Room along with Owner Dave Jarvis

6-Course Dinner Paired with 6 Wines
$65.00 per person plus 15% gratuity

Butler Passed Appetizers-Ruffino Prosecco

Lobster and Rissoto Cakes-Fennel pollen, lemoncello vinaigrette-Ruffino Unoaked Chardonnay

Arugula-white beans, sicilian olives and lemon-Ruffino Orvieto Classico

Black Spagetti-mussles, rock shrimp, tomato, extra virgin olive oil, parsley-Ruffino Fonte Al Sole-Sangiovese & Cab Blend

Cassis-Gran Marne Sorbet

Grass fed Bison-osso buco, gremolata and soft polenta-Ruffino il Ducale Toscana IGT Super Tuscan

Pistachio Cannoli-chocolate sauce-Ruffino Moscato d’Asti

Call 651-436-8883 today for reservations

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Lanesboro MN Christmas Bed & Breakfast Tour Dec. 2

The popular Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour is coming this weekend on Sunday December 2 from 2 – 6 PM.   We invite you to visit the Bed & Breakfasts and inns that have made Lanesboro the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota.

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B&B Decorated for the Holidays

This self-guided tour will take you through Victorian homes to  European style farmhouses, all charmingly decorated for the holidays.  Each inn will offer a warm welcome to their special home  and serve holiday treats.   Visit the inn tour web site to see the inns participating in the tour.


Tickets are limited and may be purchased in advance for $20 and $25 on tour day. Guests who are staying at any of the sponsoring inns that weekend will receive half-price inn tour tickets.

Enjoy the charm of Lanesboro and the beauty of the decorated B&Bs as a way to begin your holiday festivities.   For more  information, call 800-944-2670 or 507-467-2696.  Tickets can be purchased online at or in-person at the Lanesboro Visitor Center in downtown Lanesboro.

Make your visit to Lanesboro complete by dining downtown and attending the “Christmas Carol” at the Commonweal Theatre.  See you at the 4th Lanesboro Holiday Inn Tour!

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Afton Holiday Weekend November 30th & December 1st.

Afton Village Holiday Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2012

The charming St. Croix river town of Afton, MN, will be transformed into a winter wonderland for its annual “Village Holiday” event, November 30 and Dec. 1, 2012. “Village Holiday,” presented by the Afton Area Business Association, features two days of festive, old-fashioned fun.

CANDLELIGHT LIGHT, Friday November 30, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Starting at 5 p.m., the village of Afton will “light up” with festive lights and torches. This romantic evening includes:

- Free horse and carriage rides
- Festive shopping with special discounts and complimentary treats and beverages. Participating shops include Creative Cottage, Baglio’s of Afton, Chelsea Rose Antiques, Squire House Gardens, JJ’s Boutique, and Afton Leather.
- Complimentary wine tasting at Swirl Wine Shop
- Afton Museum – Help decorate the holiday tree (bring an ornament) plus complimentary refreshments
- Free chair massages at Calla Lily Day Spa
- Strolling carolers
- Live music at Sail Away Café
- Food/drink specials at the Afton House, Sail Away Cafe and Current
- Complimentary Cookies and Cider at Afton House Inn
- Complimentary old-fashioned mulled wine at Squire House Gardens
- Home baked treats, cider and cocoa at Afton Care Senior Homes
- Complimentary Ginger Cookie S’mores and coffee at Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour

FAMILY DAY, Saturday December 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is packed with fun for the whole family. Events include:

- Breakfast and photos with Santa plus frame decorating at the Historic Afton House Inn
- Kids Stocking Promotion – pick up a holiday stocking at Sail Away Café, the Afton House or Selma’s and collect free treats and toys at Afton shops and restaurants.
- Free Horse and Wagon rides (10 am to 3 pm)
- Old-fashioned kids crafts at Afton Care
- Strolling carolers
- Lunch with Santa at Sail Away Café
- Cookie decorating and holiday ice cream flavors at Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour
- Sample holiday entertaining food samples and complimentary homemade mulled wine at Squire House Gardens.
- Letters to Santa station in Market Square. Cocoa and treats.
- Festive hair tinsel hosted by Making Waves Salon, in Market Square (fee applies).
- Free kids Christmas goody bags kits at Creative Cottage (while supplies last)
- The Afton Museum – see our exquisite holiday train, face painting, crafts, refreshments and more.
- Taste of Christmas at St. Mary’s Church of Basswood Grove – featuring traditional Christmas treats to sample and buy, such as spiced cider, fruit soup, roomigrot, rice pudding, jula kaka, wild rice soup, cookies and candy. Plus a bazaar with unique gift items.
- Afton Historic Walking Tour (Pick Up a Map at Afton Museum)
- Live music at Sail Away Café (starts at 6 pm)
- Open Skating at St. Mary’s Point Arena (6:15 to 8:15)
- Taste of Christmas at St. Mary’s Church Basswood Grove – Bake sale, traditional holiday food, craft bazaar

Guests are asked to please bring donations for the 3rd annual Afton/Lakeland Girl Scouts Mitten Tree, located in front of Baglio’s. Warm hats, coats, mittens and scarves will be donated to Valley Outreach, serving area families in need.

Afton Village Holiday is Sponsored by Windmill Marina, Lighthouse Yacht Sales, Xcel Energy, New Horizons Academy Oak Park Heights, Kitchens of Stillwater and the Pioneer Press.

For more information on Village Holiday, visit www.aftonholiday.com

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Girls Weekend in Lanesboro Nov. 2-4

Girls just wanna have fun!  While the hunters are away, the girls will play.   Deer hunting opens November 3rd … do we need a better reason to celebrate?  We think not. GETFRESH Girl’s Weekend is a place where kindred female spirits can come to unwind, kick back and get refreshed in the stunning surroundings of Lanesboro, Minnesota. This little slice of heaven is one of the best kept secrets in Minnesota. You will understand when you drive down the hill, cross the bridge and enter this quaint little community. All your troubles will melt away and make room for nothing but smiles!

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Interesting Shops in Downtown Lanesboro

A sample of fun activities for the weekend includes:

Friday Nov. 2,
5 – 8 PM: 
Enjoy the jazz sounds of Debbie Bigelow and Dean Kleven live.  Food tasting provided by Gracie’s Pantry!
6 – 9 PM: Paint your own pottery party at Potiche Pottery.

Saturday Nov. 3:
8 – 9 AM: Yoga at Coffee Street Fitness
9:30 – 10:30: Annie Sloan Painting Demo
11:30 – 2:30: Fashion Show with clothing, jewelry and accessories from Lanesboro retailers (includes lunch).

Sunday Nov. 4

9 – 10 AM: Pilates at Coffee Street Fitness
10:30 – 11:30: Annie Sloan Painting Demo
1:30 – 3:30: The Drawer Boy at the Commonweal Theatre – a heartwarming story of relationships and commitment.

Nov. 2-4 will be a great weekend for a girls getawayClick the logo to the left for a more complete schedule of events.  Proceeds from this Girl’s Weekend will benefit Family & Children’s Center in Winona –  the largest private provider of human services in Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota. Family & Children’s Center serves individuals of all ages with a continuum of evidence-based services to meet specific community needs.

Your MBBA members in Lanesboro: Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B,  Scandinavian Inn, and Anna V’s B&B have the welcome mat ready for you to enjoy this event.  We look forward to your visit.

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Take A Drive to Afton on the St. Croix River!

Fall is in the air and its the perfect time to drive to Afton and visit the St. Croix River Valley! Stop in any of the restaurants in town, shop in the quaint village, have a picnic lunch to go from CURRENT Restaurant and stroll to the park. Sip Wine at the Swirl Wine Bar and Visit the newly re-opened Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour. The Afton House Inn and CURRENT Restaurant is starting to prepare for the apple season with tasty appetizers, salads and entrees all made with locally grown apples. Visit Soon and don’t forget to sit by the Firepits in the evening. Stay and Play in Afton!

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Duluth is Open for Business!!

The Historic Bed and Breakfast Inns of Duluth want to reassure all of our guests that the city of Duluth is open for business!!!

While we had quite a bit of heavy rain over a short period of time, the city of Duluth has fared very well, with all of the main tourist attractions, highways, restaurants, shops, downtown and Canal Park  ready and eager for your business.  There are a couple of attractions that are currently not operating so we would suggest checking out the specific websites of those attractions you would like to visit and confirm their status.

Interstate 35 is open, as well as Highway 61 up the North Shore.  There is a detour around the Knife River Bridge, but travels up the North Shore have no major issues.

We are aware of the news reports in the press suggesting that Duluth is devastated, so we just wanted to reassure everyone that it is not the case.  Many of the photographs and areas being reported are far south of Duluth in the Moose Lake area, Jay Cooke State Park, and Carlton County.

You can also visit our convention bureau’s website for up-to-date travel information at Visit Duluth.

Duluth and the Historic Bed and Breakfast Inns are eager to greet you and continue to share the incredible beauty and serenity that our city and our Inns excel at!

The Historic Bed and Breakfast Inns of Duluth look forward to welcoming you!!


A message from Mayor Don Ness on June 21, 2012:

Duluth is open for business!!! Please spread the word that it IS safe to travel to Duluth and travel our city streets. Crews have worked diligently over the past 36 hours to blockade those unsafe streets – other streets are safe for travel. Please do come to Duluth and support our local businesses – they could use the support.

We can’t afford a lost weekend in late June – these days are critical to the success of our local business owners. If you’re able, get out an spend a few dollars – it’ll help get these businesses through a tough time.

The League of Minnesota Cities is having their convention, right now. Over 300 people from across the state made it safely to Duluth. We have great events this weekend including the Park Point Art Fair. Please help spread the word to the region that these events ARE going forward and it would be a huge boost to our community to have successful events.

Stay vigilant and use common sense. Don’t approach the streams and DON’T drive around barricades!

More updates to come – it has been a busy but very productive day. Thanks for all of the support, prayers, and offers to help. Right now, the best help you can give is to your neighbor and your favorite small businesses – the larger community projects will come down the line.

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