Minnesota B&B Blog

Easter Snow Conditions on the Banadad

While the last groomer set tracks on the Gunflint’s  Banadad Ski Trail  earlier this month there still is plenty of snow Easter east endon the eastern end of the trail. Four inches of new snow fell yesterday and another 3 inches today leaving over eighteen on the trail.  Right now there is more then enough snow for backcountry skiing and since the trail is no longer tracked for the remainder of this winter snowshoers and dogsledder are welcome also.

Looking for a place the stay? Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B is located at the eastern end of the Banadad.

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Ultimate Girls Night Out in Afton! – – Register for a free Ultimate Swag Bag!

Ultimate Girls Night Out! Thursday, April 17th – 5 – 8 pm  – Register to win the Ultimate Swag Bag – a value of over $250.00

Free Wine Tasting at Swirl Wine Bar & 50% off any Fireplace and Jacuzzi Room at the Afton House Inn.  Mention this discount when reserving.  Not valid on previously booked reservations.

Girls! Girls ! Its Ultimate Girls Night Out in Afton. The theme this month is Happy Spring.  Happy Hour for cocktails and Appetizers at  CURRENT Restaurant.   All Events start at 5pm.  Drink specials at CURRENT Restaurant www.facebook.com/ultimategirlsnightout 651-436-8883

Visit the shops in Afton for special discounts.

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Spring Events in Afton, MN

Spring Fever? Its time to get away to Afton and visit the Historic Afton House Inn, CURRENT Restaurant and the Swirl Wine Bar. We have so many fun eventscoming up.

Ultimate Girls Night Out in April 21st 5-8pm – Register to Wine the Ultimate Girls Bag.
Couples Dinner and Dance Retreat April 26th – dance lessons, dinner, stay and breakfast.
April 20 – Easter Sunday Brunch at the Afton House Inn
May 11th – Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
May 11th – Mother’s Day Brunch at the Inn
May 26th – Memorial Day Weekend Stay discounts

Call for Reservations and details at 651-436-8883
You will fall in love with Afton.
Don’t forget to stop in Swirl Wine Bar for a free wine tasting every Friday at 6:30pm

Visit our website at www.AftonHouseInn.com or StCroixRiverCruises.com for information or pick up the phone and give us a call at 651-436-8883
Happy Spring!

SAVE THE DATE:  Afton Strawberry Festival – June 28th and 29th – more information:  AftonStrawberryFestival.com


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Come Play in Lanesboro – Summer Theatre Season in Full Swing

After nearly 10 inches of rain in May and continued dreary skies into June, I think summer has finally arrived in Lanesboro.  We’re celebrating three consecutive days of sunshine!  With summer comes a new theatre season and a few new arrivals around town.webDowntownMorning

Blythe Spirit opened at the Commonweal Theatre on May 10th and has been receiving great reviews.
Sherlock Holmes: the Final Adventure opens on June 21 and runs through the end of October.  Enhance your theatre experience by booking a Romance and Relaxation Packageincluding dinner for 2 at the Intermission restaurant.   The theatre is also offering a “Date Night” package including 2 tickets, champagne, gourmet desserts, reserved seating, and concierge service.  Contact the box office at 800 657-7025 for more details.
A number of downtown buildings have under gone a facelift.  Pedal Pushers Cafe has a new fresh look with an updated menu.  Rhino’s Pizza and Subs is now Gil B’s Pizza and Subs with a restored historic store front.  Lanesboro Local has moved 300 feet south and has more space for many new locally produced items.  Amish Experience has expanded to a 2nd store front with new merchandise lines.  Get Fresh Vintage offers a variety of creatively re-purposed articles to tickle your fancy.  Little River General Store has new items for fishermen to take advantage of all the great trout streams near by.
The Root River valley offers fun ways to fill your time away.  In addition to the trail, river sports, shopping, Amish tours and theatre in Lanesboro, you can browse antiques in Harmony or sample win at two wineries within a half hour of Lanesboro each with their own tasting room.

Visit Seed Savers in rural Decorah where you can find great gardening ideas along with a unique supply of heirloom seeds.

Lanesboro is the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota.  Your MBBA member inns Scandinavian Inn and Hillcrest Hide-Away B&B are ready to help you have a great time in southeast Minnesota.  We hope to see you soon.

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Mother’s Day Cruise and Brunch Buffet Afton Hudson Cruise Lines and Historic Afton House Inn

TREAT MOM! The Historic AFTON HOUSE INN is offering 40% off any Jacuzzi Room with River Cruise Reservations on Afton Hudson Cruise Lines or at the Historic Afton House Inn. Call 651-436-8883 for Reservations and information on menus.

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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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