One of the most comfortable and handsome homes in Lanesboro.  The Journal, Sept. 1892



Back in the mid-1800s, a young Ole Habberstad immigrated from Norway, together with his parents and siblings, to Lanesboro.  In 1892, after achieving success in the building materials business, he began construction on a stately Victorian home.  His home is now the Scandinavian Inn, a bed and breakfast named for its Norse heritage.  With his wide array of building materials to choose from, Ole saw to it that the home featured ornate Southern pine woodwork, multiple stained glass windows, hardwood floors, high ceilings, hot water radiator heat, transom windows, spacious grounds, and an inviting front porch.  Still retaining all of its original charm, the Scandinavian Inn today includes additional guest rooms, air conditioning, several outdoor seating areas, and a picturesque rooftop gazebo, all of which preserve the original nineteenth century style and character both inside and out.


Residing in a quiet neighborhood, decorated with a pleasant mix of period furnishings and travel mementos, the Scandinavian Inn is well-regarded for its warm hospitality, socially- and environmentally-aware operation, and magnificent breakfasts.  Guests are welcome to use the numerous indoor and outdoor common areas.  Lanesboro itself is a most captivating small town tucked into the Root River valley, with professional live theater, excellent restaurants, an historic waterfall, a verdant central park, and an active arts community.


Lanesboro is the hub of one of Minnesota’s most popular and scenic bicycle trails, offering three different routes of travel. Amish neighbors produce goods such as furniture, quilts, and preserves, which are available for purchase in Lanesboro and locations nearby.


From the Scandinavian Inn, all locations in Lanesboro are easily accessed by foot or bicycle. The innkeepers are happy to make arrangements and reservations for you and to help you plan your stay in the area.


We are developing a separate web page for this.  In the meantime, this will have to do.

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Mystery Night at the Scandinavian Inn

This is going to be fun!  Peter always wanted a house with trap doors and secret panels – enough said.  The Scandinavian Inn now offers MYSTERY NIGHTS, held in a B&B specially designed for the Mysteries it will host.  Yea!

Think Agatha Christie.  Think of a time in history where a table-top telephone and a vacuum-tube radio were the peak of technology, when paper was the common medium of communication, when fingerprints were the ultimate means of identification.  Think of characters gathered with a common interest, all with secrets of their own to conceal.  Think not of a murder mystery, but a how-did-it-happen puzzle to solve.

We are trying these out on Saturday evenings throughout March and the first three Saturdays in April.  Because we are newly launching into this, we our offering Mystery Nights included with a minimum one-night stay at our normal lodging rates, plus an additional $10 per person.  We would need 6-8 people and at least three rooms to make a Saturday Mystery Night happen.  (We are contemplating Sunday evenings with no overnight stay required, so stay tuned.)

Consider the following – an example of a scenario sent to Mystery Night guests:

The year is 1946.  World War II has ended, and Europe is working to rebuild itself.   An American represents a private contractor that procures basic goods for the US military.  By all outward appearance, this American is a talented businessman, performing his job with remarkable skill and efficiency.  Under the surface, however, he is a dealer in black-market goods, including the buying and selling of stolen artwork.  His current location in occupied Germany is ideal for such activity; because of the chaos left by the Nazis as they accumulated artwork from the war-torn countries, it is unclear which works of art survived the destruction of WWII and which were destroyed.

Mystery Night participants

 Many works of art that were believed to be destroyed during the war actually survived.  Such a climate is ripe for exploitation – illicitly-gained pieces of art could be sold in secret with little chance of being discovered because the rightful owners had given up all hope that their artworks had survived.

The American has acquired a painting that he wishes to profit from.   He has sent out feelers to those he believes would be interested in the masterpiece, and he has received responses from three interested parties.  The three parties are sending representatives to the American’s home this evening to place bids on the painting.

Five of you will be the interested parties, and one will be the American dealer.  It is our plan to independently e-mail each participant with more information about the characters.  We are hoping you can come dressed (to the extent reasonable) in clothing of the era.  For example, an accessory appropriate to your character would be great.  It’s not crucial, but it will add to the fun.  We expect to suggest an item or two to wear when we send you your individual character info.  Also, if anyone plays piano well enough to lead a short sing-along, it would be a fun addition to the evening.

 Participants are on their own for dinner.  We will provide dessert as part of the mystery night.

If you are interested, we encourage you to gather up friends and reserve 3 or 4 rooms for a particular Saturday night listed above.  As time passes, we hope to come up with a method of people reserving room by room, but for starters we need to reserve rooms as blocks to ensure that the evening will happen.  Breakfast is, of course, provided as part of your B&B stay.

So, wish us luck and we hope to hear from you!  – Peter and Vicki

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