With the COVID-19 pandemic, guests have areas of the inn for dining and relaxing dedicated to their exclusive use. We regret that we are unable to offer our outdoor porches or our parlor, living room, dining room, second floor Turret Room or third floor common area for general guest use – they are now dedicated to specific suites. We will continue to make our Butlers Pantry and our gardens and grounds available to all guests.
Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are available 24/7 in our Butler’s Pantry, right next to the dining room. The Butler’s Pantry also has a microwave, sink, wine glasses, cups and mugs, plates and bowls, silverware and napkins, corkscrews, and other items, all for guest use.
Gardens and Grounds:
Flowers are in bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall — tulips, daisies, monkshood, lilies, irises, spiria, blazing stars, azalea, lupine, roses, black-eyed Susans, and others. An elderly flowering crab apple tree adds its color and fragrance to the springtime lawn. Because we use no synthetic chemicals on our lawn, you’re likely to see clover and a dandelion or two, and for the same reason you’ll also see birds and butterflies and bumblebees and fireflies. Best of all, Lanesboro has practically no mosquitoes!
In the fall, our maples, dogwood, and sedum turn the colors of autumn. Just outside the living room window, our backyard maple becomes an especially brilliant shade of red. Deer are often seen in our yard by early risers. One year two young mourning doves were raised by their parents near our rosebushes, hopping around relatively unafraid of people.
In November 2006 we broke ground on an addition to our home, now open to guests. The door and window hardware and the wooden trim were chosen to match that of the original house.
Deep beneath the lawn’s surface lies Lanesboro’s only geothermal heating system. Geothermal heats the addition and air conditions the entire house.
The text and images below are features of our inn available under “normal” conditions, if you are looking to stay with us once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
“Bed and Breakfast” quietly understates what our inn has to offer. We are far more than a sleeping room and breakfast table; explore the home and you will find pleasant surprises around each corner, culminating in Lanesboro’s only rooftop gazebo.
Outdoors, shaded, gentle breeze, and no screens necessary in Lanesboro’s virtually mosquito-free environment. Our porch has been restored to its inviting turn-of-the-century architecture — a popular place for guests and an occasional innkeeper. Two rocking chairs and a small chair-encircled table await a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, and friends.
The heart of our home is our main floor, with its foyer, living room, parlor, and dining room. Step back into the late 1800s and admire the original detailed woodwork, high ceilings, aged hardwood floors, and period furnishings. Relax, find a book, engage in conversation, put on a little music, watch a few birds, play a tune on the piano, and make yourself at home.
In the morning our dining room comes to life, with a warm welcome and a sumptuous, made-from-scratch breakfast. In afternoons, evenings, or in rainy weather, the dining room table often hosts Scrabble, cribbage, chess, other games from our living room cabinet, or an occasional Ukrainian Egg decorating lesson.
Upstairs Commons and Breezeway:
A cozy sitting room is just next to the morning coffee area on the second floor, where guests often like to have their morning coffee/tea with a magazine or newspaper. On the third floor, a well-used oak table offers more space for Scrabble, cards, and puzzles, with seating for four. Just outside is our third-floor breezeway – a pleasant open-air common area tucked between the older and newer sections of the home, with a table and outdoor seating for six.
Climb the spiral staircase from the breezeway for a unique 360-degree overlook of the Root River Valley and town of Lanesboro. You will find two chairs and a small table to set your glass or cup and catch the morning light or evening sunset.