Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast
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Welcome to the Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast, located in the historic Bluff Country's river town of Lanesboro just 45 minutes from Rochester and the Mayo Clinic. Located in a quiet residential area, the Habberstad House is 6 blocks from downtown and bike trails. Built in 1897, the beautiful original oak woodwork, pocket doors and floors have been refurbished and renovated. Cool, quiet central air conditioning has been added. The exterior has been painted 3 shades of green with cream and red accents to compliment the style and period in which it was built. The spacious yard has been landscaped with a fountain and pond, gardens, and seating areas for your enjoyment.
Your hosts are Nancy and Dave Huisenga. If you would like to find out more about our home or the Lanesboro area, please feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you! Please note that from May through October weekend stays require a 2 night minimum stay that includes both a Friday and Saturday night stay.
"You can hardly go wrong with the Habberstad House, a century-old Queen Anne that's painted in umpteen shades of green and red..."
Outside Magazine, "20 Dream Towns & Adventure Hideouts, & Sweet Land Deals" featuring Lanesboro, Minnesota.
Also named one of "the area's ten most remarkable retreats" by Minnesota Monthly Magazine
Habberstad House Common Areas
Built in 1897, our home is a fourteen-room Queen Anne Victorian house. Featuring the modern touches of central air conditioning and WIFI access, each room has its original oak and fir woodwork, each decorated with individual decor.
Step back in time as you enter the foyer and main stairway, lined with its wainscoting made from the precursor to linoleum and fashioned to resemble dark tooled leather. Pass through each of the main floor's eight-foot tall pocket doors and discover the original front parlor and sitting room, with its carved, oak-mantled gas fireplace, which originally housed a coal fireplace that heated the home.
A beautiful, intricate, built-in oak buffet graces the home's dining room. Graceful latticed "moongates" decorate porches on both the first and second floors and are reflected in the carvings of its original and intact dining room buffet. Each of the home's five guest rooms is furnished with comfortable period furniture and antiques, and each has its own private bathroom.
Having owned an antique business in the past, Nancy brings her knowledge of antiques to the Habberstad House decor. She and Dave have combined modern furnishings and antiques together in a classic, uncluttered, comfortable style that is not overdone. They will share with you the history of this banker's home, including the hospital years, when the woodwork was all painted white and then when the main floor was eventually stripped with a toothbrush, and restored over a five year period by a previous owner. Enjoy the warmth and comfort of the Habberstad House, and you'll want to return, again and again, as so many of our guests have over the years!
Habberstad Grounds and Gardens
Enjoy sitting on our large front porch or stroll the spacious, open grounds and quiet neighborhood that surround the Habberstad House, providing a perfect place for rest and relaxation. A tiered fountain with a pond and various gardens dot the large yard. Seasonal shrubs and flowers such as peonies, rose bushes, hydrangeas, bridal wreath, star magnolias, clematis, Japanese anemones, asters, lilies, tulips, daffodils and annuals add color and grace to the gardens.
Seating areas, including a shaded pergola with an Amish swing, are located throughout the grounds. Watch the varieties of birds, including nesting blue birds, orioles, goldfinches, house finches, chickadees, woodpeckers and cardinals. Red and gray squirrels play in the trees and the yard gardens. Sit out at night and enjoy the star-lit sky - the Lanesboro bluff country area surrounding the Root River rarely has mosquitoes to pester you!
Guest Rooms & Rates
Six unique guest rooms are tastefully decorated, all with private bathrooms, some with two person whirlpools and private second floor balconies. Choice of rooms with king, queen or two double beds. WI-FI, secure indoor bike storage, complimentary beverages upon check-in include wine, beer, iced/hot tea, coffee, soda pop. All rooms are air conditioned and heated, most with individually-controlled thermostats. Comfortable, well-lit, seating areas are perfect for relaxing or reading a book. Comfortable beds and linens ensure a restful night’s sleep all year long.
All rooms include a full, hearty breakfast, served family-style in the dining room at 8:30 a.m., except the Carriage House, which has a slightly modified, hot breakfast brought to the room each morning. Nancy and Dave love to cook, and the Habberstad House takes pride in serving a full breakfast, family style, in our dining room each morning. You will not leave the table hungry! We strive to use the freshest locally grown and often organic ingredients whenever possible. A typical breakfast includes coffee and tea, juice, a fresh fruit, home-made dessert-type baked item like a filled crepe or cranberry cake with warmed butter sayce, or carrot cake or lpound cake with home- made salted vanilla ice cream and a swirl of chocolate sauce, then an entree, such as a Dutch apple pannekoeken and bacon or savory cheddar cheese and ham waffle served with Scotch eggs, or a crepe-style omelet served with sausage and hash browns.
Complimentary Wine and Cheese Reception during 4-6 p.m. check-in on Fridays, May – October. We also offer a full concierge service for dinner, discounted tickets to the Commonweal Theatre Company, and assist with arranging Amish Tours and other area activities. Brochures for dining, theatre, and local activities are located in the foyer.
Rates from $126 – $219 per night.
Services — We're here to serve you and make your stay relaxing and memorable.
- We have a Guest Safety plan in place at the Habberstad House - please review the Guest Safety book, located in each guest room. This will provide an action plan for weather, fire, water or medical emergencies, should they occur during your stay with us.
- We offer full concierge service and will gladly assist you with dinner, theatre and entertainment reservations and arrangements to make your stay with us delightful. We provide our guests with a $5.00 discount on all regular adult Commonweal Theatre tickets, passing on to our this "perk" that we have as Core Million Dollar Club Members with the Commonweal Theatre Company. You must not pick up or pay for your tickets until you have a special voucher in hand, however.
- Limited space is available for refrigeration of foods upon request. The Amish Suite and the Carriage House have refrigerators.
- Complimentary wine, beer, soda, tea, and coffee (also lemonade and iced tea in season) are offered to our guests at check-in. On Fridays from May through October a complimentary wine and cheese reception is offered to our guests during our 4-6 PM check-in time. We have menus for the various restaurant choices available to review and discuss, as well as information on activities like theatre, Amish Tours, shopping, cave tours, biking and river activities.
- Parking is available on the Habberstad House side of the street, in front of the house – the rear of the house is not available for guest parking, with the exception of Carriage House guests. We work hard to be considerate of our neighbors, so we thank you in advance for parking on our side of the street.
- The Habberstad House does not discriminate based on race, gender, age, religion or sexual preference; however there are no facilities for the handicapped. All rooms require use of the stairs.
- The Habberstad House requests that guests respect the privacy of other guests and the owners. Please respect any area labeled as "Private".
- The Habberstad House entrance is the front door, which should be locked by guests as they come and go. A key is provided to guests and should be retained at all times for use on the front door. This will protect the privacy and possessions of our home and guests. Please return the key upon check-out.
- Indoor bike storage in our Carriage House center garage stall is available upon request. This is located directly below the Carriage House guest room, so we ask that other guests opening or closing the Carriage House garage door not do so before 8:30 AM or after 10:00 PM, out of consideration of the guests above.
Room rentals include a full, hearty breakfast, served in the dining room at 8:30 AM. If there is room at the dining room table, Carriage House guests will be invited to join the rest of the guests for a full breakfast at 8:30 AM. If there is no room at the main table, Carriage House guests will have a slightly modified, hot breakfast served privately to them on the outside patio (weather permitting) or brought to the room each morning at 9:00 AM. Nancy and Dave love to cook, and the Habberstad House takes pride in serving a full breakfast, in our dining room in the morning.
- A typical breakfast consists of our Habberstad House Blend of fresh-ground coffee, teas, fresh juices, fresh fruit, a baked item (such as crepes, cranberry cake with warm sweetened butter sauce, warm muffins, pies and cakes), and a main course that may include a Dutch apple pannekoeken with bacon, or caramelized strawberry rhubarb French toast served with scrambled eggs and sausage, or potato quiche served with baked ham and grilled French bread, or a Belgian waffle served with fresh fruit and sausage links, or our home-made banana bread French toast with cheese-scrambled eggs and ham, or Eggs Benedict served with our own recipe of American fried potatoes. You will not leave the table hungry!
- As of April, 2012, we no longer provide the option of a private breakfast to guests in the Scandinavian Room.
- We strive to use the freshest locally grown and organic ingredients whenever possible. Our certified organic, free range, “happy” chicken eggs are delivered to us by the local Fendry family’s Summerhill Farms.
- We make every effort to meet the special dietary needs of our guests. If you have special dietary needs or preferences, for example, lactose or gluten intolerance, please let us know in advance so that we can have foods on hand.
- A limited amount of ice is available for your in-room use, your cocktails, or water bottles. If a large amount of ice is required for coolers, we recommend the BP Gas Station on the corner of Sheridan Street (Hwy. 16) and Parkway Avenue (3 blocks away).
- We pride ourselves on providing a clean, uncluttered environment for our guests. We do not allow pet guests and there is no burning of candles,burning of incense or smoking allowed inside the house or Carriage House. We do not spray the house with aerosol fresheners nor do we use plug-in scent fresheners or potpourri. However, we do not provide an environment that is ideal for guests with environmental illness/sensitivities. We have down comforters and pillows in some of our rooms. If you have allergies to down comforters or down/feather pillows, please let us know at the time of making your reservation, or as soon as possible afterwards, so that we can provide you with feather free bedding. Feel free to bring your own "favorite" pillow(s), but be sure to take them home with you when you check out!
“Thank you so much for the warm welcome you gave us into your beautiful home. We greatly appreciated your helpful suggestions for restaurants and places to visit. We’ll take back to the UK lovely memories of your kind hospitality and amazing breakfasts! After a hard a hard week of business meetings it was great to recharge our batteries in such a wonderful place. We look forward to making a return trip on our next visit to Minneapolis!” — Roger and Margaret, Hampshire, England
"Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful space. I can’t imagine staying anywhere else the 1st couple days after we were married. The breakfasts were amazing. What a beautiful and peaceful way to start our lives together." — Shannon and Randall, Port Angeles, WA
"While here I’ve been reading a book, “Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven” I believe you two have given Debbie and me a taste of heaven now. The delicious breakfasts, the warm hospitality, the beautiful landscape, the spacious room, the endearing stories, have all conspired to make these 5 days one of our most memorable getaways. God willing, we’ll return before we get to heaven. —Can’t wait." — Fondly, Steve and Debbie
"This was serendipity – you have though of everything! Our favorites: the porch (thank you for ordering a starlit sky!), the ironed bed lines, the carrot cake for breakfast, and the perfectly groomed lawn and garden, with the fountain. This was truly a respite from our busy lives, and a perfect way to celebrate a birthday. Thank you for your care and attention to our every need." — Brenda and Kevin, Waseca, MN
"On our 6th trip to Lanesboro we have now finally found the B&B we like the best – we’ll be back again and again. Thanks for the friendly care, attention to detail and wonderful breakfasts!" — Don and Bonnie, Minneapolis
"We have been having a fabulous honeymoon here in Lanesboro. You have both been impeccable hosts! Thank you so much for the wonderful breakfasts and great recommendations around town. We loved the Orchid Room….so beautiful, so relaxing. This place couldn’t be more perfect for our honeymoon." — Marty and Andrea, St. Paul, MN
"Thank you so much for being such warm, friendly and attentive hosts. The Orchid Room was so very comfortable, bright and inviting….it was a wonderful place to sped our first week of married life. Your home is absolutely beautiful and tastefully decorated. Everyone in Lanesboro commented on what a wonderful place this is and what a great couple you are. Thanks for all the great ideas on how to fatten up my husband - what superb breakfasts! We are looking forward to spending future anniversaries here!" — David and Billie, Fort Dodge, IA
"This concludes our 5th trip to Lanesboro and to the Habberstad House. We always come for a week each time and find that it is scarecely enough. For the first time we biked over 200 miles – what a treasure this area is! We appreciate Nancy and Dave more each time….and we are booking our next stay today ….before we leave. Thanks for everything!" —Doug and Martha, Des Moines/Iowa City, IA
"What a beautiful room and home. It easily lives up to the picture in the B&B booklet and on the internet. Thanks for making all our reservations – that certainly made this a real mini-vacation. The family breakfast was fantastic." — Ron and Arlene, St. Paul, MN
"Even better the second time around. We are now looking forward to our next visit." — Beryl and Bernard, London, England
"Even more impressive in person than on the web or in the B&B booklet!! Beautifully restored, landscaped and maintained! Peaceful and fresh and clean! Gracious hosts. A lovely place to visit again and again." — Ruth and Wendy
"Staying in the Heather Room was a wonderful way to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We loved relaxing in the whirlpool tub with soft music playing in the background. The house and grounds were spectacular with all the surrounding colors of fall. We slept well! Thanks for a wonderful, refreshing experience (our first at a B&B). Great breakfast! Awesome conversation!" — Devry and Elaine, Wahpeton, ND
"They say the second time is charmed but for us it's the third. We've stayed at two other B&B's in recent years but they don't compare. The upkeep and overall decoration of this house and the gardens surrounding it are simply wonderful. My wife and I enjoyed very much our time here in Lanesboro, especially our decision to stay at the Habberstad House. Thanks!! For the enjoyable getaway." — Bill and Ellen, Bemidji, MN
"I'm writing this on the balcony on Sunday morning and the sun is up, the birds are chirping and the church bells are chiming - serenity revisited! You have a wonderful place here, made all the more enjoyable by the warmth of your hospitality. Thank you for a great time." — Malcolm and Sheila, Plymouth, MN
"Absolutely superb! The beautiful home, furnishings and locale is only matched by the gracious hospitality of our hosts - David and Nancy. I'm sure we'll be seeing you again in the not-too-distant future." — Mike & Sharon
"Thank you for once again making my birthday weekend a relaxing and fun get-away. We love Lanesboro and all its small-town charm, but having the two of you to come back to each year truly does make it feel like we're coming home." — Fondly, Kim & Matt,Eagan, MN
"We can summarize our great time here:
1. Nancy charms
2. Dave cooks
3. Flora rocks!
— Susan & Steve, Shoreview, MN
"Thank you for providing a gracious home for us to share for a short while. We enjoyed hearing the history of the house & its former occupants. The grounds are lovely - especially enjoyed the perennial garden & fountain. We look forward to returning!!" — Bob & Dee, Bartlett, IL
Things To Do
In Lanesboro, the "Little Town in the Valley", there is something for everyone. The area is best known for its spectacular Root River Trail. This old railroad bed has been transformed into a paved trail for bicycling, groomed cross-country skiing, in-line skating and hiking. The trail winds more than 60 miles through the valley with Lanesboro at the center. It provides a beautiful journey along the river, through peaceful small towns, towering limestone bluffs, upland prairies, 48 bridges, dense hardwood forests and working family farms. Bicycle, canoe, kayak, tub and ski rentals are readily available.
A Few Lanesboro Area Links:
But, the trail is only one of the great variety of attractions - explore the possibilities below:
- Biking along the asphalt covered Root River Trail which has been recently repaved and widened to the west. The east path will be updated in 2011. Ride down our country roads for a nostalgic glimpse of rural life and to view the spectacular autumn colors of the State Hardwood Forest. We recommend renting your bikes from The Little River General Store, which has all kinds, sizes and shapes - tandem, recumbant, double tandem, surries that accommodate 4 people, regular uprights, and more. Look at buying their current season's inventory at the end of the year at tremendous savings. Bike to Whalan, 4.5 miles or so east of Lanesboro, and be sure to stop to play mini-golf and to have a piece of pie down the road from the golfing at the world famous Pie Shop.Yummy!
- Canoeing, kayaking and tubing on the Root River (rentals readily available). We recommend renting canoes and kayaks from Kenny Soiny's River Rats Outfitters. He provides personalized service and guidance regarding the river route and conditions, all at a very reasonable price. He also provides shuttle service for river and biking activities. We'll help you make reservations, or call him direct at 507-429-7202. Click here for his web site: River Rats Outfitters. For tube rentals, we recommend the Root River Outfitters. Call them at 507-467-3400 or go to their web site for pricing information at www.riversideontheroot.com/rro-tube.php
- Horseback Riding and even a steak dinner around the fire at Stone House Stable in nearby Preston sounds like fun! Contact them at 651-470-9195 or 847-370-7788.
- Fascinating, educational "Old Order" Amish tours, where you can witness what it was like to live in simpler times, and have an opportunity to purchase hand-crafted quilts, baskets and furniture from the makers. Check with us for schedule - no tours are operated on Sundays. We recommend Bluffscape Amish Tours, offering 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM tours during the spring, summer and fall. Here is their link: www.bluffscape.com
- Some of the finest hunting and trout fishing in Minnesota - visit the Trout Fish Hatchery just outside of town for an educational and informational tour. Trout fishing is out there for you fisher-fiends......
- Hike miles of groomed trails at the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center and then try their high-ropes confidence course or guided Eco-Tours. Their phone number is (507)467-2437 or Toll Free: 888-800-9558 and their web site is www.eagle-bluff.org
- Golf at Lanesboro's beautiful and challenging 9 hole course, or the 18 hole course at the Old Barn Resort. Check with us about rates.
- Bird lovers — enjoy some truly great bird watching and then get supplies and information from Bob at Avian Acres, an aviary with all the trimmings. Bob is very knowledgeable and truly conversational! 507-467-2996. Here is the link to his web site: www.avianacres.com
- Snowmobile enthusiasts and cross-country skiiers — ride some of the most scenic snowmobile trails in the state and cross country ski on the groomed bike trail. Cross country ski equipment is available for rent at the Cedar Valley Resort (advance reservations required). .
- The Commonweal Theatre Company has been built a new theatre and it’s great! Five shows run April through December. This professional theatre company has been in existence since the 1980’s, and has built a solid reputation for fine plays and acting. Nancy performs with the Commonweal Theatre Company when she is able, getting to use her theatre training in the perfect setting! She has been seen in Enchanted April, (where she spoke only Italian!), Rosmersholm, Harvey, Hedda Gabler at the Commonweal, as well as The Odd Couple (female version) and in the world premiere of Forest Musselman's play, Five Flowers and Nunsense at the Lanesboro Community Theatre. The Commonweal Theatre's new space is amazing, complete with the seats and lighting donated by the Guthrie Theatre from their original space in Minneapolis. Five shows run from April through December. The 2012 season includes the following plays; Henrik Ibsen's Pillars of Society, the Alfred Hitchock thriller spun out in new form as 39 Steps, the romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story, a touching drama, The Drawer Boy,a nd finally, the Christmas producation of the classic A Christmas Carol. We are happy to make reservations for you and provide you with our special $5.00 discount per adult ticket, bringing the price down to $25.00 per ticket. We also arrange for our guests to have preferred, VIP reserved seating at no extra cost! Let us make your reservations at no charge to you so that you can enjoy these special benefits! For more information on the theatre season, go to their web site at www.commonwealtheatre.org
- The Lanesboro Arts Center showcases local talent and a growing regional art community, has art in every shape and size, and features constantly changing displays by artists spotlighted in the gallery - wonderful hand-made jewelry, silk work, blown glass, ceramics, pottery, wood, paintings in all mediums, photography art, and more! The Center also programs concerts and events at the St. Mane Theatre Open year round. Here is their web site www.lanesboroarts.org
- The Lanesboro Community Theatre performs 2-3 productions annually. Nancy and Dave will let you know what the current production is.
- Sunday After Hours features shops that are open until 7 PMon Sundays, and feature specials to catch your attention.
- The Lanesboro Historical Museum provides a look at Lanesboro's past. Open Saturday and Sunday afternoons, they have 3 floors of exhibits. Located on the bike trail on Parkway Avenue, next to the Riverside on the Root Restaurant
- There is a Farmer’s Market held on Saturdays during the warm months (9-12 noon) and several Amish families are also present (9:30 AM or so until around 4 PM) selling their wares in Sylvan Park. On Wednesdays, the Farmer’s Market is also available from 4-6 pm.
- Shop our interesting stores including the Lanesboro Arts Center, Crown Trout Jewelers (international design award-winning Liz Bucheit is amazing!), Amish Experience, Frank Wright’s Spoon Shop, Olivia’s Attic, Essence of Lanesboro, Slant Avenue Mercantile, the Windy Mesa (Native American art and jewelry), Lanesboro Local (featuring foods and other items from the region, and more. Many stores are closed in the winter.
- The Scenic Valley Winery makes fruit wines from an old German method – enjoy samples and take home a case! Browse the section of the store dedicated to antiques and collectibles.
- Therapeutic massage in a variety of techniques are available at Prana Healing and Massage Center. Certified therapists Sue Betts will take good care of you. Go to www.lanesboromassage.com. Also check out the Stone Mill Suites Day Spa for massage therapy. Check with us for information and appointments.
- Work out at the Coffee Street Fitness Center – day passes are available
- Explore Niagara Cave in nearby Harmony or Forestville State Park and the Living Historical Museum in Forestville during the summer months. Here is the link to Niagara Caves: www.niagaracave.com. Forestville Stae Park and the Living Museum links are: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/forestville_mystery_cave/index.html
- Ada’s Mohair Goat Farm and Shop is located just outside Harmony on County Road 21 – she has wonderful gift items made with mohair, great Red Hat Society gifts, wonderful hand-knit clothing, mohair rugs, hand-spun yarns, goat meats and more! Go and see the lovely goats while you’re there.
- On your way to Ada’s, stop into R&J Woods Amish Furniture Store and Warehouse, which is located on the left side of Highway 52 just as you get to Harmony. Reuben and Jacob were Amish but left the Amish Community and became Mennonites. They have a fantastic supply of Amish-made furniture and décor items.
- Generations Antique Mall, which is located on the left side of Highway 52 as you approach Harmony, is an hour's worth of antiquing fun for you! There is also an antique shop in Harmony, and several shops that feature Amish gifts, located on Harmony's main street.
- The JEM THEATRE is located in downtown Harmony, and shows first-run movies on weekends. It's a family-run theatre, complete with popcorn giveaways at the beginning of the show if you can answer the trivia questions. We love this place! Check with us about the movie schedule during your stay with us.
- Cooking and Wine-Pairing Classes: if you love to cook good food, Steven Larson, co-owner and chef of QUARTER/quarter Restaurant in Harmony, teaches a series of cooking classes - observe him prepare a delicious meal, enjoy eating it while you sip wine at the restaurant. See the following link for more information (advance reservations required, as seating is limited): http://www.quarterquarter.com/In_the_News.html
From Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
MN-52 South to Rochester and follow Rochester Directions.
From Rochester, Minn.
MN-52 South to Fountain, County 8 East (left) to Lanesboro.
From Decorah, Iowa
MN-52 North through Harmony, MN-16 East (right) to Lanesboro.
From LaCrosse, Wis.
Interstate 90 West, Take MN-14/61 South at Exit 275 to LaCrescent. MN-14/61 changes into MN-16, MN-16 west to Hokah through Houston, Rushford, and into Lanesboro.
From Austin, Minn.
Interstate 90 East, Take MN-16 East at exit 193 toward Preston. Minn. 52/16 East (right) through Preston. MN-16 East (left) at John Deere dealership to Lanesboro.
Distances to Lanesboro and Habberstad House from:
- Rochester, MN: 45 minutes
- Austin, MN: 1 hour
- Duluth, MN: 5-1/4 hours
- Mpls./St. Paul: 2-1/4 hours
- Cedar Rapids, IA: 3 hours
- Des Moines, IA: 4 hours
- Quad Cities, IA: 4 hours
- La Crosse, WI: 45 minutes
- Madison, WI: 4 hours
- Milwaukee, WI: 5 hours
- Chicago, IL: 6 hours
- Sioux Falls, SD: 4 hours
- Fargo, ND: 6 hours