Mrs. B's Historic Lanesboro Inn & Restaurant

101 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro, Minnesota 55949
Innkeeper(s): Terry & Ginger Neumann
 
  • Introduction

    Plenty of Places to Relax & EnjoyMrs. B's Historic Lanesboro Inn & Restaurant is located on the bank of the Root River, in one of Minnesota's most ancient and picturesque valleys. Restored to include modern conveniences, while keeping a comfortable and eclectic Victorian decor. In the yard between the inn and the twisting river, the conversations of birds, the sound of flowing water, and a lovely garden offer a peaceful place to relax. Looking from Mrs. B's windows outside is a scene that could have been painted by Thomas Cole or Grandma Moses. Our decks await your enjoyment and a full creative country breakfast is served each morning. Mrs. B's Gift Certificates are always available.

     

    While staying with us please be sure to ask about places to enjoy lunch or dinner.
    We will be happy to make reservations for you.

    Mrs. B's Inn is featured in "My Favorite Minnesota"
    a list of romantic getaways on www.exploreminnesota.com

    Life Magazine says, "Stay at Mrs. B's while visiting Lanesboro."

    Mrs. B's Inn has been featured in the September Issue of Minnesota Living 'Best of the Midwest'

    Our Garden is Certified as an Official Wildlife HabitatOur Garden has been Certified as an official Wildlife Habitat
    by The National Wildlife Federation.
    ~ A Birder's Paradise ~

    The Root River runs all the way to the Mississippi, and runs right behind the inn. We are surrounded by nature and its wonderful sounds. There are benches to sit on in our Zen garden and in the lower garden allowing for wonderful relaxation and peace. We are also surrounded by the beauty of the limestone bluffs of Bluff Country.

    Booking a room at Mrs. B's gives you the ability to step out of our front door into the town and walk or bike. No car needed - simply park it! We're on the Root River Trail and on the Root River ~ Fly Fish from our waterfront location.

     

    Short Walks To...

    Carriage Rides ~ Trolley Rides ~ Amish Tours ~ The Commonweal Theatre
    Cornucopia Art Gallery ~ Great Restaurants ~ Wonderful Shops
    Bike, Canoe, Kayak and Tube Rentals ~ Farmer's Market

     

    Not to Mention...

    ICE CREAM!
    Come and enjoy ALL the Flavors of Beautiful Lanesboro

    "A Feast For The Senses"

    Ginger & Terry prepare and serve a full gourmet country breakfast that is designed to please
    your palate and hopefully help remind you to come for another stay with us at Mrs. B's Historic Inn. 

    All of our accommodations offer warmth and quiet comfort to welcome you. Each is uniquely decorated and appointed with period furnishings and a wide variety of traditional and modern amenities. All rooms have private baths and a rubber ducky in every tub/shower to welcome you. Some rooms have whirlpool tubs and all rooms have gas or electric wood stoves. The inn is air conditioned during the summer season. Rooms have new plush Serta mattresses (Room 3 has the only King bed). All room rates are for two persons with full gourmet country breakfast but do not include local and state taxes.

     

    Give someone special a Gift Certificate from Mrs. B's Historic Inn. A wonderful gift for Christmas or other Holiday, such as Valentines Day, Mom's or Dad's Day, Birthday, Wedding, Anniversary or for any special occasion.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ginger and Terry Neumann for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Convenience to downtown. Biking our 65 miles of paved bike trails through Bluff Country and a world class performing arts theater. Fly fishing.

    1. What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Mrs B's Inn is the first inn in southern Minnesota. Our inn started the rebirth of Lanesboro in 1983 and was the home of Dr. David Powell, business partner of William F Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill. It is said that over a couple of bottles of whiskey one day, Doc Powell and Buffalo Bill formulated his Wild West Show right in this building!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    It's the only place in Minnesota that wasn't overrun by Ice Age glaciers, so we have hills and valleys and great bluffs overlooking the town.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Best compliment was from the general manager of the Hilton Minneapolis who said the reason he booked with us was the absolutely spotless condition of the inn and the extremely high ratings on Trip Advisor, which he eluded to that "he wished his establishment could compete with based on the numbers of guests versus negative comments."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Great trout fishing right from our backyard!

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Bike the trail during the day, rent a kayak or tube and float down our lazy river, enjoy fine dining and a world class theater.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Everything to do in Lanesboro is within walking distance from the inn, so park your car until you leave. No need to get in your car every time you need to come to town as with outlying inns.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    In town. Tops: Old Village Hall restaurant & Pub. Next, Intermission. Next, Riverside on the Root. Our favorite restaurant, located just 15 minutes away, is Quarter Quarter, located in the neighboring town of Harmony.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The Lanesboro Visitors Bureau.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 9 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    Unfortunately, our kitties that live in our personal space, but not in the inn, don't approve of any 4 legged friends in the inn and as some people have allergies, we cannot accept pets. Check with the Lanesboro Visitors Bureau for current accommodations for pets.

     

  • About Your Innkeepers - Terry & Ginger

    We are not newcomers to innkeeping, having entertained many guests from around the world at Kokoke Lani Bed & Breakfast Inn in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii for a number of years before selling it to move back to the mainland. Terry built the two homes on the property that became the inn, overlooking a 180 degree view of the blue-green Pacific. Truly a master of all trades, Terry has built eight houses in his lifetime, owned the Orchid Isle Appliance Service Co. in Kona as well. He lived in Hawaii for 15 years.

    Being the chef at Kokoke Lani allowed me to be very creative. The abundance of fine foods with which to create the dishes we served our guests seemed endless. 300 white pineapple plants grew on the property, along with papayas, mangoes, guava, tree grape, Tahitian limes, and other delectable fruits. The flowers are beautiful and were used to dress the plates for morning breakfast. I bring to you some of the recipes I created in Hawaii. One of our favorites is Kokoke Lani French Toast a la Grand Marnier, but that is only the beginning. A love of cooking began as soon as I could see over the counter in the kitchen...preparing and presenting wonderful breakfasts for our guests is something I thoroughly enjoy. Terry and I live at Mrs. B's, this is our home as well as the B&B Inn we run. Together we share a love of meeting people and providing them a place to relax and unwind after a day of bicycling, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, shopping or birding. All of these things and so much more, are available here in beautiful Lanesboro.

  • Gardens

    Upper Vegetable GardenWe have attempted to create garden areas wherever we have a place that something would grow, and even in places that would not allow for ground planting...we have used pots to create green areas with succulents and flowering plants as well. The garden is always a work in progress. You can see it below and will find Taro, (Elephant Ear) growing there. Some types of this plant are used to make poi in Hawaii. The leaves can grow up to 5' wide. Very beautiful and as close to tropical as we could get. We have also planted some lovely different kinds of grasses below...in keeping with the natural rivers edge.

    The Zen garden is a space for contemplation and nature watching. Watch the birds, listen to the music of the river and the kakei fountain. We ask that you do not take food or drink into this part of the garden. The two lower levels of the garden have seating you may use (we also have outside decks with chairs and tables for enjoying snacks and drinks.) We do not use poisons on our plants. Keeping the garden organic means you are not ingesting poisons on your food. Of course the entire garden, Inn and surrounding property are completely smoke free.

    The Zen garden Phlox with View of the River

    Please take a moment or two to enjoy the garden while staying at Mrs. B's Inn. Not only is this a peaceful place, but during times when the flowers are blooming, we have many butterflies as well as lots of nesting birds and water birds...ducks and Herons. It is a birder's paradise.

  • How To Find Us

    Parking

    There is no public parking behind Mrs. B's Inn. You must park out on the street (with the exception of Wednesday night. Lanesboro sweeps the streets and you will be ticketed if you park on the main in town. You may also park in the public parking lot across the bridge.

    From Minneapolis:

    1. Start out going NORTHWEST on S WASHINGTON AVE / MN-65 N / CR-152 N / WASHINGTON AVE S toward S 3RD AVE / MN-65 / 3RD AVE S. <0.1 miles Map
    2. Make a U-TURN onto S WASHINGTON AVE / MN-65 S / CR-152 S / WASHINGTON AVE S. <0.1 miles
    3. Turn RIGHT onto S 4TH AVE / MN-65 S / 4TH AVE S. Continue to follow S 4TH AVE / MN-65 S. 0.6 miles
    4. Merge onto MN-65 S via the ramp on the LEFT. 1.0 miles
    5. MN-65 S becomes I-35W S. 4.4 miles
    6. Merge onto MN-62 E via EXIT 11B on the LEFT. 4.0 miles
    7. MN-62 E becomes MN-55 E. 13.3 miles
    8. Take CLAYTON AVE E / US-52 S / MN-56 S toward ROCHESTER. 0.3 miles
    9. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto CLAYTON AVE E / US-52 S / MN-56 S. Continue to follow US-52 S. 92.1miles
    10. Turn LEFT onto MAIN ST / CR-33. 0.3 miles
    11. Turn LEFT onto CR-8. 8.8 miles
    12. Turn LEFT onto MN-250 / CR-8 / PARKWAY AVE N. <0.1 miles
    13. End at 101 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro, MN 55949-9796, US

    Total Est. Time: 2 hours, 23 minutes; Total Est. Distance: 125.35 miles

    From St. Paul:

    1. Start out going NORTHWEST on WABASHA ST N toward 4TH ST E. 0.3 miles
    2. Turn RIGHT onto 7TH ST E / MN-5 E. 0.7 miles
    3. Turn RIGHT onto LAFAYETTE RD N. <0.1 miles
    4. LAFAYETTE RD N becomes US-52 S. 105.9 miles
    5. Turn LEFT onto MAIN ST / CR-33. 0.3 miles
    6. Turn LEFT onto CR-8. 8.8 miles
    7. Turn LEFT onto MN-250 / CR-8 / PARKWAY AVE N. <0.1 miles
    8. End at 101 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro, MN 55949-9796, US

    Total Est. Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes; Total Est. Distance: 116.39 miles

    From Rochester:

    1. Start out going WEST on 2ND ST SW toward 6TH AVE SW. 0.9 miles
    2. Turn LEFT onto W FRONTAGE RD SW. 0.3 miles
    3. Merge onto US-52 S. 30.0 miles Map
    4. Turn LEFT onto MAIN ST / CR-33. 0.3 miles
    5. Turn LEFT onto CR-8. 8.8 miles Map
    6. Turn LEFT onto MN-250 / CR-8 / PARKWAY AVE N. <0.1 miles
    7. End at 101 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro, MN 55949-9796, US

    Total Est. Time: 58 minutes; Total Est. Distance: 40.49 miles

  • Breakfast

    The Bistro RoomSome of the items on our Breakfast Menu are:

    Coffee ~ Assorted Teas ~ Juices
    In season Fruit of the Day

    Kokoke Lani French Toast a la Grand Marnier
    Slices of wonderful French Baguette, dipped in our own creamy orange-cinnamon batter with Grand Marnier. Garnished with fresh sliced strawberries, fresh mint, pecans and served with warm maple syrup.

    Breakfast Bread Pudding
    A delectable concoction of cinnamon raisin bread afloat on a creamy, 'melt-in-your-mouth' custard.

    Crustless Quiche
    Crab or honey roasted ham and some of the finest white cheddar cheese we have found, mixed with eggs and light cream, (and a few 'secret' ingredients) to create this light and fluffy, melt in your mouth quiche. Served with a fresh tomato salsa. We use heirloom tomatoes when available.

     

    Eggs BenedictFresh made Hollandaise Sauce finishes perfectly cooked eggs atop slices of Honey Baked Ham or Canadian Bacon, all nesting on a freshly toasted English Muffin.

    German Puffed Apple Pancake
    Granny Smith Apples are sauteed to perfection in butter, sugar and cinnamon making the filling for this puffed lemon-flavored pancake.

    Omelets and Fritatas
    These are about the easiest way to be creative. Just imagine the possibilities! Fresh young asparagus, new Spring potatoes and Gruyere or sharp Cheddar Great beginnings.

     

    We also serve:

    Assorted Homemade Muffins ~ Croissants ~ Pecan Sticky Buns ~ Sweet Breads
    Bacon, Sausage, Ham and Canadian Bacon ~ Country Home Fries
    or whatever the chef has in mind on any particular day.


     

  • Area Attractions

    Nestled in a deep valley of the Root River, Lanesboro offers tourists invigorating outdoor activities, rich artistic experiences, unique shopping, a local winery, and fine dining. Besides receiving the Great American Main Street Award in 1998, Lanesboro was named one of 100 Best Small Art Towns in America by author John Villani and one of the 50 Best Outdoor Sports Towns by Sports Afield magazine. Outside magazine featured Lanesboro, Minnesota as one of the 20 Best Dream Towns in America to live and play!

    A major attraction is the spectacular paved Root River State Bike Trail, winding 60 miles through the valley with Lanesboro at its heart. Excellent for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and in-line skating, it runs along an abandoned railroad bed through high bluffs, forest lands and rolling fields. When not bicycling, a cool dip in the river with a tube can take you gently swirling down the river where you will almost surely see plentiful wildlife. Or perhaps your day might be spent in a kayak or canoe on this meandering river.

    It is said that one day in Lanesboro is just not enough...don't miss the Amish Carriage rides and tours, the Lanesboro Art Center or a trip to the Farmer's Market. And for the adventurous, check out Niagra Cave in Harmony and Mystery Cave in Forestville!

 
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