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2017 Area Guide

Welcome to Lanesboro!




Tucked along the banks of the Root River in Southeast Minnesota you’ll find a hidden gem―Historic Lanesboro.

Discover a slower pace of life with no chain stores, fast food franchises or stoplights. This quaint townsite offers invigorating outdoor adventures, breathtaking views, rich artistic and cultural experiences, unique shopping, locally grown foods and fine dining. Come see why visitors love Lanesboro and return year after year!

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“This quaint small town-known for it's natural beauty, arts scene and popular

restaurants-offers an ideal weekend getaway. In fact, it's worth repeating!

- Sam Patet, Minnesota Good Age

2017 Calendar of Events Lanesboro, the heart of Bluff Country, is an escape any time of year, offering festivals and events in all seasons. Come and enjoy ! Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition Jan 7–Feb 19

Whalan Stand-Still Parade | May 20

It’s a parade like you have never seen before, the parade “Stands Still” while the spectators move around it. Enjoy music, artisans, crafters, great food-fun for all ages!

One of only six Minnesota cities chosen by the Smithsonian, Lanesboro presents events, programs, residents’ stories and the Smithsonian’s interactive interpretive exhibition focused on the impact of water on the history, culture and lives of the Lanesboro community.

Bluff Country Gathering | May 18-22

Concert: May 20 | Barn Dance: May 21, at the Lanesboro Community Center and Sons of Norway Hall. Live music, calling and teaching.

Whalan Candlelight Ski | Feb 4

Ski or walk on 1/2 mile of illuminated Root River State Trail with a bonfire at both ends. Enjoy a soup and sandwich supper in the historic Whalan Town Hall.

“Over the Back Fence” at St. Mane Theatre Mar–Nov, 2nd Friday of the Month at 7:30 pm

A Lanesboro community variety radio show featuring musical guests, comedy, drama, skits and audience participation.

International Festival of Owls | Mar 3-5

Enjoy a weekend in Lanesboro and take a day trip to the Owl Festival in Houston, the only North American, full-weekend, allowl event that inspired owl festivals in Italy and Nepal.

Ibsen Festival | April 21-23

Memorial Day Program | May 29

Commencing at 10 am in Lanesboro at the Community Center, honoring our fallen comrades with a parade, a program of patriotic music, speakers and a gun salute with taps.

Rhubarb Festival | June 3

Celebrate rhubarb, Minnesota’s sweet-tart favorite. Free tastings of rhubarb delights, games, music and entertainment in LanesboroThe Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota. 5K and 1-mile Rhubarb Run at 8 am.

Art in the Park | June 17

Annual fine art festival in beautiful Sylvan Park in Lanesboro, 90+ exhibitors, delicious food, live music and entertainment.

Enjoy a weekend of Scandinavian culture in Lanesboro, special presentations and more. The highlight of the festival is Commonweal Theatre Company’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s When We Dead Awaken.

60-Mile Garage Sale | June 23-24

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour | April 28-30

Lanesboro’s city-wide festival, marketplace, food booths, entertainment, dances, volleyball and softball tournaments, grand parade and fireworks.

Shop the nine cities along the Root River Trail and everywhere in between.

Buffalo Bill Days | Aug 4-6

Begin at the Juried Sales Gallery at Lanesboro Arts then travel scenic back roads to the studios of the area’s finest artists.

Taste of the Trail | September

Lanesboro Farmers Market at Sylvan Park May–Oct, Saturdays from 9 am–noon

Sample the cuisine and culture along the Root River State Bike Trail! Three weekends in September. Sept 9: Lanesboro/Whalan/Peterson Sept 16: Fountain/Harmony/Preston Sept 23: Houston/Rushford/Rushford Village

Local products, produce, plants, baked goods, preserves, meats. July 29: Kids' Day Sept 30: Customer Appreciation Day Oct 28: Oktoberfest

Girls Day Out | May 13 and Sept 23

Small Business Saturday | Nov 25

Held in downtown Lanesboro, this event includes a style show, live music, street market, drawings and special discounts in the participating stores. Great day to get away with your friends and explore beautiful Lanesboro. Join us for the fun.

Come enjoy a day of holiday shopping and entertainment; support your neighborhood businesses in Lanesboro.

Lanesboro Holiday Dinner Dance | Dec 2 Live entertainment, social hour, dancing and fine cuisine.

Christmas Inn Tour | Dec 3

Showcasing Bed & Breakfasts and Inns in Lanesboro charmingly decorated for the holiday season.

Check out the full calendar of events

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Lanesboro is alive with the arts and history! Take in a spirited comedy or stirring drama in a state-of-the-art professional theatre. Enjoy an inspiring regional art tour or gallery opening. Catch a concert or unique film event. Delve into genealogy, old photos or local history at the Lanesboro Historical Museum.

The Black Crow Gallery 110 Coffee St E | 563-419-0727 Find us on Facebook Decorative, wearable, and functional art.

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour Join us April 28-30 for the 17th Annual Bluff Country Studio Art Tour. Travel the scenic byways of the Bluff Country region to tour studios of the area's finest artists and artisans.

Cheryl Lamon - Artist 108 Coffee St E | 507-467-4466 One of my greatest joys is working with bright, bold color. I blend colors to make things out of fabric and add decorative stitching to create motion and depth. Each piece is made with creative artistic energy whether it is a quilt or wall hanging.

“Quirky crossroads of

the arts and outdoors”

– Minnesota Monthly

Commonweal Theatre Company 208 Parkway Ave N 800-657-7025 A year-round professional live theatre in its 29th season, offering a lively mix of plays—comedies, dramas, musicals and more! See more than one play most weekends of the year!

David Tacke Photography 201 Ridgeview Ln S #102 952-484-7345 Stunning landscape and nature photography. Prints and greeting cards available for purchase. See website for details.

Lanesboro Area Art Trail Lanesboro | 651-307-6373 Visit Lanesboro’s vibrant community of artists during these self-guided studio art tour weekends held in Aug, Sept and Oct.

Lanesboro Arts 103 Parkway Ave N | 507-467-2446 Multi-disciplinary arts organization offering year-round programming including artist residencies, a sales gallery featuring 90+ artists, a rotating exhibition gallery, arts education, and the annual "Art in the Park" fine art festival.

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he Lanesboro Arts Campus is a layered and memorable arts experience integrated into the fabric of Lanesboro. It builds on, and is designed to enhance and connect, existing assets― the river, scenery, recreation, history, and downtown― while extending art into the community. By utilizing art, design, and history to maintain, strengthen, and link what's unique and authentic about Lanesboro, the area's active and engaged community has made visible progress in stimulating economic growth and improving quality of life. From the Explore Lanesboro Medallion Walking Tour, the Poetry Parking Lot, and the Art Car to the Coffee Street Walking Bridge, the County Rd 8 bridge underpass and downtown's artful wayfinding signs, Lanesboro itself is an inviting and attractive destination for exploration by pedestrians and cyclists. The town's restored historic buildings, scenic parks and trails, and professional theatres and art galleries provide charming and idyllic settings for reflection and community interaction. Lanesboro's cultural institutions are also committed to activating the community beyond the confines of any one building. The Lanesboro Museum presents History Alive!, a touring set of historical pop-up plays featuring costumed locals, music and dancing. This year Commonweal Theatre Company is launching a new second stage series called Wealhouse. This will allow the professional company to break out from the Commonweal Theatre building to perform new kinds of stories at alternate indoor and outdoor sites. In addition to organizing the annual fine art festival Art in the Park, Lanesboro Arts activates various locations throughout town each summer with Surprise Sculpture, a free drop-in collaborative art education program where area youth create temporary, site-specific sculptures using a mixture of upcycled, recycled and fine art materials. In September of 2014, the City of Lanesboro unanimously passed a resolution declaring the entire town of Lanesboro an Arts Campus, becoming the first rural town in America to make such a declaration.

Lanesboro Community Theater 206 Parkway Ave N www.lanesborocommunitytheater. LCT presents a winter play, a summer musical and silent movies in the park in the fall. Look for us on Facebook to learn about auditions and performances.

Lanesboro Historical Museum 105 Parkway Ave S 507-467-2177 Experience the culture and values of the people. Three floors of history with new Water/Ways, technology and photography displays. The museum is part of Lanesboro's voice to the world.

Peterson Creative Photography & Design 30601 Grouse Rd | 507-421-9906 Specializing in professional highquality portrait art for your home. Portrait sessions offered on location or in our country studio. Schedule your apointment for beautiful portraits that you'll treasure for years to come.

St. Mane Theatre 206 Parkway Ave N 507-467-2446 Intimate performing arts venue presenting a full schedule of concerts, film screenings, professional drama and community theatre productions. Home to "Over the Back Fence" variety show, second Fridays (Mar-Nov).

“ Minnesota Farm Country’s newest crop: the arts”

– Star Tribune

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mall town, unique meetings, big results! Schedule your conference, reunion or retreat in the unique setting of Historic Lanesboro. It’s all available – from conference/presentation facilities and entertainment to catering, team-building, group tours, photography and more – make your group event the best experience yet! Group Facilities & Rentals

Cedar Valley Resort & Outfitters 905 Bench St, Whalan 507-467-9000 Year-round-Family reunions, holiday gatherings, group retreats, girls get-a-ways, project weekends. 3-8 bedroom cabins.

Lanesboro Community Memorial Center 202 Parkway Ave S 507-467-3722 Year-round-Business conferences, reunions, weddings, dances. Capacity: 400 people.

Dining & Spirits

Off bike trail, between Preston & Lanesboro. Award winning food. Full bar. Numerous TVs. 276 site campground, with a pool. 18 hole golf course. Desserts. Treats. Beverages. l 507.467.2512

Nearby Group Facilities

Sons of Norway Heimbygda Lodge 108 Parkway Ave S 507-467-0100 (David Susag) Year Round―Rental $125/day for-profit groups and $100/ day for family gatherings. Full kitchen. Capacity: 100 or 60 at tables.

Old Barn Resort & Rivers Bend Golf 24461 Heron Rd, Preston | 507-467-2512 Seasonal—Large banquet rooms perfect for reunions, rehearsal dinners, tour groups and company outings. Ideal choice for golf events. Large RV groups welcome. Full menu. Full bar. Even a great winter choice for snowmobiling.

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The Lanesboro area is known for its great restaurants and fresh locally grown food! Whether it’s a romantic dinner with wine and candlelight or

a down-home local experience, we’ve got your tastes covered. You can delight in outdoor dining, gourmet cuisine, scrumptious breakfasts, pie and ice cream. Relax and enjoy yourself at the local bars and restaurants.

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Another Time Ice Cream Parlor & Chocolates 100 Parkway Ave N 507-467-3556 Find us on Facebook



Aroma Pie Shoppe 618 Main St, Whalan 507-467-2623 Find us on Facebook

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The Bite 111 Parkway Ave N 507-467-2200 Find us on Facebook


Granny's Liquor 113 Parkway Ave N 507-467-2700


High Court Pub 109 Parkway Ave N 507-467-2782



Old Village Hall Restaurant & Pub 111 Coffee St E 507-467-2962



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Pedal Pushers Cafe 121 Parkway Ave N 507-467-1050

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“ Best little town in MN, maybe in the

whole USA! Good food, great sleeps,

wonderful bike trails and beautiful people.

Nearby Dining & Spirits Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery 78757 State Hwy 16, Spring Valley 507-346-7300 Old Barn Resort 24461 Heron Rd, Preston 507-467-2512




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For reservations call


Bed and Breakfast

njoy a most relaxing retreat in this 1897 Queen Anne Victorian. Comfortable, quiet rooms, with scrumptious breakfasts.

706 Fillmore Ave. S., Lanesboro, MN 55949 507-467-3560 •

209 Parkway Avenue N., Lanesboro s

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The Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Capital

offers a diverse array of lodging choices! Use this guide to find quality accommodations and the preferred amenities you’ve come to expect. Access our website and use our convenient search tool to check lodging availability.

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Lanesboro B&Bs

Anna V’s B&B 507 Fillmore Ave S 507-467-2686 Rates: $130–170 Rooms: 4 1 night wknd: ask

Berwood Hill Inn 22139 Hickory Rd 800-803-6748 Rates: call for rates Rooms: 5 1 night wknd

Country Haven B&B 32324 County Rd 12 507-765-3389 507-696-2268 Rates: $95–125 Rooms: 3 1 night wknd

Habberstad House 706 Fillmore Ave S 507-467-3560 Rates: $149–229 Rooms: 6

Historic Lodge Inn B&B 105½ Parkway Ave N 507-886-2409 Rates: $80–255 | Rooms: 3 1 night wknd: Year-round

Lanesboro B&Bs

Historic Scanlan House 708 Parkway Ave S 507-467-2158 800-944-2158 Rates: $100–225 Rooms: 6 | 1 night wknd

James A. Thompson B&B 401 Parkway Ave S 507-467-2253 Rates: $115–$140 Rooms: 3 1 night wknd: ask

Mrs. B’s Historic Inn 101 Parkway Ave N 507-467-2154 Rates: $120–180 Rooms: 9

O’Leary’s B&B 707 Parkway Ave S 507-467-3737 Rates: $95–120 Rooms: 5 1 night wknd

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Scandinavian Inn 701 Kenilworth Ave S 507-467-4500 Rates: $130–159 Rooms: 5 1 night wknd: ask

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Nearby B&Bs

The Crossing B&B 427 Prospect St, Peterson 507-875-2725 Rates: $80–120 Rooms: 5


Oakenwald Terrace 218 Winona St, Chatfield 507-867-3806 Rates: $110–235 Rooms: 6, 1 night wknd

Cedar Valley Resort 905 Bench St, Whalan 507-467-9000 Rates: $150–1,120 Cabins: 11

Old Barn Resort 24461 Heron Rd, Preston 507-467-2512 Rates: $36–46 Hostels: 4-rooms, 38-beds

Lanesboro Hotels

A Guest Hus Motel & Cabins 610 Parkway Ave S 507-438-5272 Rates: $79–99 Rooms: 7

Coffee Street Inn 305 Coffee St E 507-467-2674 Rates: $60–310 Rooms: 8 1 night wknd: Nov-April

Cottage House Inn 209 Parkway Ave N 507-467-2577 Rates: $75–105 Rooms: 15 1 night wknd

Lanesboro Hotels

Green Gables Inn 303 W Sheridan St 507-467-2936 800-818-4225 Rates: $78–180 Rooms: 15

Eagle Cliff Hotel 35455 State Hwy 16 507-467-2598 Rates: $77–92 Rooms: 5

Grandma’s Inn 100 Elmwood St E 507-467-2144 Rates: $85–95 Rooms: 8 1 night wknd: Nov-April

Nearby Hotels

Iron Horse Outfitters & Inn 100 Coffee St 507-951-2955 (text preferred) Rates: $125–150 Rooms: 4, open year-round

Stone Mill Hotel & Suites 100 Beacon St E 507-467-8663 Rates: $85–240 Rooms: 13 open year-round

Andor Wenneson Inn 425 Prospect St, Peterson 507-875-2587 Rates: $85–129 Rooms: 9 1 night wknd: Nov-April

Trailhead Inn & Suites 112 Center St, Preston 507-765-2460 Rates: $69–159 Rooms: 24 1 night wknd: Nov-Aug

Lodging | 11 Lanesboro Apartments (nightly rentals)

Art Loft 103½ Parkway Ave N 507-467-2446 art-lofts/ Rates: $100–135 Rooms: 1 | Sleeps 6 1 night wknd: Nov-April

High Court Loft 109 Parkway Ave N 507-951-4483 Rates: $190–225 Rooms: 1 1 night wknd: Nov-April

Marquee Suites 204 Parkway Ave N 507-467-3474 Rates: $110–210 Rooms: 2 1 night wknd: Nov-March

Riverside Suites 208 Ashburn 507-467-2144 Rates: $125–275 Apartments: 2 1 night weekend

Whole House Rentals (nightly rentals)

Bluff View Guest House 111 1st Ave, Whalan 507-459-3314 Rates: $900–1,100/week Sleeps 6

Cozy Quilt Cottage 23824 Holly Rd 507-459-8722 Rates: $230 | Sleeps 9 1 night wknd: ask

Cyclin-Inn 439 Half St, Whalan 507-251-5101 Rates: $120–250 | Sleeps 7

Cyclin-Up Inn 920 Bench St, Whalan 507-251-5101 Rates: $120–250 | Sleeps 8

Health & Wellness

Treat your mind and body! Keep up with your workout or relax with a massage.

Helen Sutter CranioSacral Therapy 507-208-8002 | Lanesboro―Call for directions This modality uses light touch on the head and clothed body to free up tension in fascia, resulting in reduced pain and improved movement. Ages 0-99.

Coffee Street Fitness & Dance 102 Coffee St | 507-272-3731 A full-service fitness center that offers everything a person needs to maintain their health and fitness goals! Guest passes available for 1-day, 2-day or 1-week to work out in fitness center.

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Oakenwald Terrace Bed & Breakfast

Call for Reservations: 507-467-2144

National Register of Historic Places

Experience the elegance of this 1897 Victorian House adorned with exquisite woodwork, museum-caliber collectibles, warm parlors and grand porches. Enjoy the entire home, then retire to a luxurious suite with private bath. In the morning gather for a four-course breakfast in the glamorous dining room. A destination unto itself, yet only 20 minutes to Rochester and Lanesboro.

218 Winona St, Chatfield, MN


s Rooms or Suites s Pets Welcome s Indoor Bike Storage s Fully-stocked kitchens s Steps from Root River & Bike Trail

100 Elmwood Street East, Lanesboro, Minnesota

Relax, RefResh & Renew! Anna V’s Bed & Breakfast, nestled in a quiet Lanesboro neighborhood just blocks from downtown and the Root River Bike Trail, offers relaxed, comfortable elegance, and a friendly atmosphere in a beautiful 1908 Queen Anne Victorian home. Our delicious breakfasts feature local and seasonal ingredients. Welcoming, uncomplicated, exceptional service—that’s Anna V’s! Our four tastefully decorated rooms each have a private bath, a/c, fireplace and complimentary Wi-Fi. Two cozy parlors and outdoor porches invite conversation-or a good book! Locked indoor bike storage.

Make your reservation soon


anna V’s B & B!

507 Fillmore Ave. S., Lanesboro | s (507) 467-2686

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30 acres of paradise in the heart of the Root River Valley

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Located on the Root River Bike Trail & Root River. Just 5 minutes east of Lanesboro on Hwy 16.

507-467-9000 l 905 Bench St. Whalan

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32nd year!

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Celebrating our Bed & Breakfast Inn

Enjoy an Exceptional Victorian Lodging Experience in this

Historic 1889 Queen Anne Victorian Masterpiece. The property is one of the oldest & most recognized Bed & Breakfasts in Minnesota, complete with all of its original woodwork and stained glass windows.

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“The quintessential B&B” –Minnesota Monthly Lovely Panoramic View of the Root River Valley from our Rooftop Gazebo

1892 Victorian in Historic Lanesboro l Elegant breakfasts with organic and local fruits and vegetables, free-range eggs and meats, local dairy, fair-trade coffees and teas l Five guest rooms l Five blocks from bike trail l Geothermal heating/cooling system 701 Kenilworth Ave S, Lanesboro, MN 55949 507-467-4500 115 Parkway Ave N, Lanesboro


Modern convenience in a quaint country setting.

303 West Sheridan St., Lanesboro, MN 55949 Tel: 507-467-2936 Fax: 507-467-2970 Toll-free: 800-818-4225 Email:

Affordable Trendy Fashions for all Ages

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Lanesboro merchants offer it all! From fine

to funky, practical to quirky. You’ll find bicycle accessories, camping supplies, sportsmen’s convenience items, DNR licenses cross-country ski passes, apparel, artisan goods and inspiration for your next quilting project. Browse home decor and fine art or sample a locally grown treat.

Amish Experience 105 Parkway Ave N | 507-467-2992 Year-round-Books, specialty foods, Willow Tree, jewelry, clothing.

AVIAN ACRES’ Wild Bird Supply 32637 Grit Road | 507-467-2996 Enjoy flocks of colorful backyard birds up close on this former rustic farm! Also discover numerous bird feeders and birdhouses along with custom seed blends, birding expertise and more! EXPERIENCE AVIAN ACRES!

Beautiful Something 106 Coffee Street 507-272-1257 | 507-272-6638 Antiques and Boutique. We offer something for everyone. Unique clothing for women and children and don't forget the antiques for the collectors. Inventory constantly changing. Come check out the eclectic atmosphere.

Cedar Hollow 905 Bench St, Whalan 507-467-9000 Open year-round-Our quaint gift store offers a unique variety of area products, handcrafted items and seasonal apparel, accessories and jewelry.

Iron Horse Outfitters & Inn 100 Coffee St 507-951-2955 (text preferred) Travelers gear, hotel rooms, motorcycle accessories and clothing.

Lanesboro bp Food Shop 100 Sheridan St W 507-467-2121 Year-round­­­-Your small town convenience store with quality gas, groceries, snacks, DNR licenses. 24-hour pay at the pump available.

Gourmet Foods | Jams & Jellies | Home decor Cheryl’s Fabric Garden 108 Coffee St E 507-467-4466 Come and see Cheryl's beautiful quilts on display, with many of them for sale. Fabric, thread and notions available. Sewing classes and quilting retreats also available. Stop in and see Cheryl.

E2 Boutique 115 Parkway Ave N 507-467-2994 Year-round-Affordable trendy fashions for all ages. Come in and see our wide variety of kids and adult fashions and gifts.

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Jewelry | t-sHirts | Bike decor amisH tours | GiFts | Books | candy

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Little River General Store 105 Coffee St E | 507-467-2943 Bicycle, canoe, kayak and tubing rentals and sales.

Stone Mill Clothing & Gifts 100 Beacon St E | 507-467-8663 Visit the Stone Mill Hotel & Suites gift shop to discover unique clothing, jewelry, Baggallini, Amish baskets, cards, and home decor. We also have the Amish Backroads Tour CD available for rent.

Give the gift of Lanesboro!

Shop locally using Burro Buck$. Available for purchase by calling 507-467-2696.


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Eagle Cliff Campground 35455 State Hwy 16 507-467-2598 Rates: $25–40 Tents: 55 | Campsites: 226 Elec: 120 | Seasonal: 90 Hotel: 5 Rooms, 11 beds

Gud-i-Nuff Campsites 23653 Hickory Rd 507-421-8008 507-421-8001 www.gudinuffcampsites. Rates: $14–18/tent/night single or group sites

Old Barn Resort 24461 Heron Rd, Preston 507-467-2512 Rates: $36–46 Campsites: 276 sites Seasonal: 153 sites Hostels: 4-rooms, 38-beds

Sylvan & Riverview Campgrounds City of Lanesboro 202 Parkway Ave S 507-467-3722 lanesboro-campgrounds.php Rates: $20–30 Tents: 60 | Campsites: 43 Elec: 43

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“A stunningly beautiful campground in the heart of bluff country.” u u u u u u u u

226 Sites (Tent, RV, Permanent) RV sites with Full Hookups Seasonal Sites with Full Hookups 5 unit hotel sleeps up to 22 guests Tube, Canoe and Kayak Outfitting Banquet Facility: seats 80 plus On the Root River Access to Root River State Bike Trail

35455 State Hwy 16 E, Lanesboro

Bluff Country's Award Winning 18 Hole Golf Course l 507.467.2512


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Adventure abounds in this gorgeous Driftless Region of Southeast Minnesota! Experience

a bike ride on the famous 60-mile paved Root River State Bike Trail, a canoe, kayak or tubing trip down the Root River, the joy of bird watching or a round of golf. Enjoy the view, whatever you do!

Outdoor Adventure

Nearby Outdoor Adventure

Cedar Valley Outfitters 905 Bench St, Whalan 507-467-9000 Year-round-Canoes, kayaks, tubes, bikes, cross-country skis, snowshoes, guided fishing trips.

Gator Greens Mini Golf 439 Half St, Whalan 651-202-1845 | Seasonal-9 hole Mini Golf Course, Open Thurs-Mon 11am-5pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Call for tee-times during off hours.

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center 28097 Goodview Dr 888-800-9558 (MN,IA,WI) 507-467-2437 | Year-round-Find outdoor adventures and inspiring retreat spaces at Eagle Bluff; where learning and discovery is to be had! Join us for a scheduled event or stop by the Visitor Center to walk, ski or geocache.

Lanesboro Public Golf Club 900 Parkway Ave S 507-467-3742 lanesborogolfcourse/ Open to public. No tee-times are required. This 9-hole golf course offers several elevation changes and gives all players the opportunity to challenge their game. Restaurant available in the club house.

Eagle Cliff Campground Outfitting 35455 State Hwy 16 | 507-467-2598 Eagle Cliff Campground offers a variety of rentals, including: canoes, kayaks and tubes. 2 or 4 hour trips and shuttle service available.

Little River General Store 105 Coffee St | 507-467-2943 Seasonal-Bikes, recumbents, canoes, kayaks, tubes, rentals, sales and repairs. RV and camping supplies; bait.

International Owl Center 126 E. Cedar St., Houston 507-896-6957 Year-round-Experience the whoosh of an owl’s wings up close and personal at the only owl education center in the USA! Open Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon. Programs at 11 am, 2 pm and 3:30 pm. Call for winter hours.

Old Barn Resort & Rivers Bend Golf 24461 Heron Rd, Preston 507-467-2512 Seasonal—Scenic 18 hole, par 70 golf course. On-site tubing. Full restaurant and bar. 276 campsites. 38-bed hostel. Indoor heated pool. Multiple access points to bike trail. Dedicated trout stream.



Houston, Minnesota Open FRI/SAT/SUN/MON 10 AM–5 PM Programs at 11AM, 2 & 3:30 PM Adults: $5/Ages 4–7: $3/3 & under: FREE 507-896-OWLS (6957) • Please call or check our website for winter hours.

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Celebrating 29 Years in Business!

Little River General Store A Full Service Outfitter l Rent l Retail l Repair

Canoe l Kayak l Tube l Bike l Recumbent l Fishing Gear

Check out our SUPER SPORTS Store! RENTALS & SALES Located just off the Root River State Bike Trail behind the bank in downtown Lanesboro l

Bike Accessories & Parts


Bike Rental & Sales


Bike Mechanic


Bike Shuttle Services


Bike Clothing & Helmets


Welnolnah Canoe/Kayak Rentals, Sales & Equipment

Bikes are NEW at start of season


River Tube Rentals


Terra Trike Recumbent Sales & Rentals


RV & Camping Supplies


Clothing, Bait & much more!

507-467-2943 l l 800-994-2943

Tours | 21

Guided Tours of Old Order Amish

A step back in time Lanesboro, Minnesota

Step back in time and tour Old Order Amish at their farms and shops. Learn about the Amish culture while munching on buttery, sweet Amish cashew crunch! Fully narrated with a respectful, professional guide in an air-conditioned van or bus. Step-on guides available for large tour buses.

Daily Tours

April–October 10 am & 1:30 pm Saturdays in November No Sunday Tours


Stone Mill Hotel & Suites 102 Beacon St E, Lanesboro 507-467-3070

E xperience a culture rich in history and

a landscape of natural beauty! Enjoy the

charm of the Lanesboro area with an Old Order Amish tour, visit a cold-water fish hatchery, explore amazing caves, take a walking tour of Historic Lanesboro and tour an Historic Inn.

Amish Backroads Tour CD Rent at Amish Experience or Stone Mill Hotel & Suites, Lanesboro. 507-467-2992 | 507-467-8663 Year-round: Mon-Sat-Drive in your car at your own pace to Amish shops and sites guided by a pleasantly narrated audio CD.

Amish Tours by R&M 105 Coffee St E 507-467-2128 | Year-round-2 1/2-hour tour of the Amish lifestyle with various Amish stops.

State Fish Hatchery 23789 Grosbeak Rd 507-467-3771 Year-round-One of five Minnesota DNR cold-water trout hatcheries. Gates open Mon-Fri, 7am-3:30pm.

Niagara Cave & Mini Golf 29842 Co Rd 30, Harmony 507-886-6606 Seasonal-Rated one of the top caves in the U.S. and voted "Best Family Destination." Underground waterfall, stalactites, fossils and more.

Join us for

3 hours in Amish Country!

Bluffscape Amish Tours 102 Beacon St E 507-467-3070 Seasonal-Educational, respectful and fully narrated 3-hour Old Order Amish tours visiting farms and shops.

Stone Mill Hotel & Suites Historic Inn Tour 100 Beacon St E | 507-467-8663 Year-round-Free self-guided tours of the themed rooms and suites of our renovated 1884 historic hotel.

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Amish Tours by R&M

Departure from The Little River General Store 105 Coffee St. E., Downtown Lanesboro

Southeast Minnesota’s Oldest & Lanesboro’s Original Amish Tours Scenic Tours Through Amish Country Amish Woodworking Shop Beautifully Handcrafted Gifts Amish Bakery Amish Furniture Builders Amish In-home Tour ~ when available Step-on Guide Available for Buses Wagon rides at an Amish farm when available. Ask for more information.

Call for Reservations

Daily Tours Mon.–Sat. Year-round 10 am | 1 pm | (4 pm Season) Oct.–April Reservations Required


Local Services & Community | 23

Lanesboro has a thriving business

community that supports residents and visitors alike! Come for a day, stay for a lifetime!


Lanesboro Area Community Foundation 507-696-1889 The Lanesboro Area Community Foundation preserves and enhances cooperative efforts for a good life for the residents and neighbors of Lanesboro.

City of Lanesboro 202 Parkway Ave S 507-467-3722 Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8-12 and 12:30-3. After hours by appointment.

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center 100 Milwaukee Rd | 507-467-2696 Your information source for the Lanesboro area. Find a place to stay, menus, maps, event announcements, helpful staff.

Lanesboro Public Library 202 Parkway Ave S 507-467-2649 Excellent full-service library open Mon-Sat. Comfy chairs and wifi. Ongoing book sale. Summer programming. Visitors welcome.

Lanesboro Public Schools & Child Care Center 100 Kirkwood St E | 507-467-2229 LPS offers an excellent core-course education, affordable in-house daycare and preschool, a strong community connection, and a caring and safe environment.

-Kenilworth Apartments 607 Kenilworth Ave S -Sylvan Manor Apartments 503 Parkway Ave S, Lanesboro 507-467-2222 | 507-451-8524 tdd 507-451-0704 Spacious smoke-free rentals for seniors (62+) or people on disability. Pets allowed with deposit. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Stop by the Lanesboro Visitor Center and say "hello!" Enjoy a bike ride on 60 miles of paved bike trails Take home a unique keepsake from a local shop Rent a canoe and explore the river Sit on a porch and rejuvenate Wander through a local art exhibit Discover a “secret” fishing hole Meet an actor or actress Dine with friends on great food Relax & enjoy!

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Lions Club of Lanesboro "We serve." Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion. Lions are friends, family and neighbors who share a core belief: community is what we make it.

Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery 715 Highway 52, Preston 507-765-7320 Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery – Preston. Providing a dignified final resting place for Veterans and eligible dependents.

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Local Services

AcenTek 207 E Cedar St, Houston 507-896-3192 | AcenTek provides a full range of communications services in 20 communities in southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa and 14 communities in Michigan.

Bunge Construction 100 Alley Dr | 507-251-7952 Licensed General Contractor (MN Lic. #7867) serving the Preston and Lanesboro area with residential and light commercial construction services since 1980. We specialize in developing highly efficient, low maintenance, accessible, singlelevel living residences (pictured) in configurations ranging from twinhomes to four-plexes. Please call us for your construction needs.

The Country Corn Maze 30796 Co Rd 8 | 507-467-4670 Open weekends Oct.1-29 Fri (6pm-10pm), Sat (Noon-10pm) Sun (Noon-6pm). Admission $7; kids under 4 free; $5 groups of 15+. Pumpkins, gourds, squash sold separately. Enjoy concession foods during open hours.

F & M Community Bank 100 St Anthony St N, Preston 507-765-3823 “We make banking easy!”™ Simplify your banking with these easy to use services: online banking and bill pay, mobile app featuring instant balance, remote mobile deposit and person-to-person payments.

Good Job Handyman 808 Auburn Ave S 507-450-6030 or 507-467-3029 All services can be provided to residential or commercial properties. Over 20 years of experience including lawn care, snow removal, interior/exterior painting, pressure washing. Insured.

Haakenson Electric 326 Parkside Drive SE, Preston 507-765-2297 | 507-251-5535 Agricultural, industrial and residential electrical service. 24-hour service.

Lanesboro Car Wash & Laundromat 102 East Auburn | 507-951-7451 A self-serve car wash with two bays, year-round service, and a Laundromat with 8-20lb washers and dryers and one 35lb washer and dryer. A change machine in the Laundromat takes $1-$20 bills. Laundromat open 6am-10pm.

Merchants Bank, N.A. 118 Parkway Ave N 507-467-2145 | 507-467-2654 Fax Merchants Bank offers business, ag, SBA, home and consumer loans, lease financing, business and personal checking and savings accounts. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Nethercut Schieber Attorneys PLPP 32 Main Ave N, Harmony 507-886-6131 Nethercut Schieber Attorneys PLLP is a general practice office in Harmony, Minnesota serving businesses, residents, and local governments in the Bluff Country region of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa.

Thrivent Financial 102 Sheridan St W 507-467-3370 Walter Bradley is your Thrivent Financial representative helping people in the Lanesboro area be wise with money and live generously.

RLH Grain, LLC (Rich Horihan) 18 Beacon St | 507-467-2300 Grain handling, storage and trucking.

MiEnergy Cooperative 31110 Cooperative Way, Rushford 24049 Highway 9, Cresco 507-864-7783 Tri-County Electric Cooperative and Hawkeye REC merged in 2017 to form MiEnergy CooperativeTM. MiEnergy is a wholesale electricity provider to the City of Lanesboro.

Local Services & Community | 25 Friends of the Chamber The Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank those individuals who support the Chamber’s efforts to promote our lovely community. Ceil Allen Duane and Angel Bakke Michael and Charlene Brown Kirk Domine Philip and Heidi Dybing Kenneth and Therese Graner Dick and Diane Haight Wes and Judy Harding David Harrenstein David and Nancy Harrison Kay Johnson Fred and Sandy Kiel Robin and Bethany Krom Don Lukkason


Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Evangelical Lutheran

Church in America

200 Kenilworth Ave S 507-467-3344 Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located on the hill overlooking downtown Lanesboro. Everyone is welcome to attend our Sun worship at 9:00 am, followed by refreshments and Christian education.

Lanesboro United Methodist Church 507 Parkway Ave S 507-467-2646 Lanesboro United Methodist Church is an active congregation serving the people of Lanesboro and surrounding communities. Join us! Sun mornings at 10:30am.

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 100 Ridgeview Ln | 507-467-2480 Mass is Sat at 5pm.

Elstad Lutheran Church 37784 Dogwood Rd 507-467-3034 The Elstad Lutheran Church is a welcoming church in rural Lanesboro, surrounded by the fields and hills of southeastern Minnesota.

Nancy Martinson Brett Sprecher William and Karen Swanson Ed Taylor Pam Watson Krage Insurance Agency La Crosse Graphics Lanesboro EDA Preble Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Preston Specialties

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E njoy Lanesboro’s beautiful Sylvan Park!

Sit back and relax on 11.5 acres located in the center of town. Two spring-fed ponds, picnic shelters, electricity and bathrooms are available to picnickers and campers. Other amenities include two lighted regulation-size tennis courts, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball courts and a kids playground, as well as a gazebo for concerts, weddings, festivals and events. Visit to discover more!

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce PO Box 348 Lanesboro, MN 55949



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Lanesboro Tourism Guide 2017  

Tucked along the banks of the Root River in SE Minnesota you’ll find a hidden gem—Historic Lanesboro. Discover a slower pace of life with no...

Lanesboro Tourism Guide 2017  

Tucked along the banks of the Root River in SE Minnesota you’ll find a hidden gem—Historic Lanesboro. Discover a slower pace of life with no...