Monday, May 4th, 2015 | Posted under Travel
Last week, Erik and I went on a little overnight adventure in southeastern Minnesota to get away from the craziness of work and school. Even though it was a weeknight, Erik had an extra day off from working overtime and I wasn’t scheduled for work, so we were able to take advantage of the lower price for a bed and breakfast. It was also, coincidentally, the 5th anniversary of us getting engaged! I can’t believe it’s been that long!
On Thursday afternoon, Erik and I drove down to Lanesboro, which we had briefly visited last summer. We arrived at the Scandinavian Inn, which was a few blocks away from the downtown business district. The house was cute and charming, but it wasn’t overly decorated with doilies and grandmotherly decor. We felt like we were staying at a B&B but without being overly inundated with CUTE. We were the only ones staying at the inn that night, so we had our choice of rooms but we went with the room that I originally liked when I saw it online.
We went to the Old Village Hall for dinner. It was Dining Out For Life night in Minnesota, so restaurants all over the state were donating a portion of the proceeds to the Aliveness Project, which helps support people living with HIV and AIDS. It was nice to know our dinner was going to a good cause! The restaurant was sort of an interesting experience, because it was a very casual atmosphere with very good (and expensive) food. The tables were green laminate and the walls had quilts hanging up, but our dinner was one of the more expensive meals that we’ve had in Minnesota. It was definitely a study in contrast. But the food was delicious so we didn’t too much.
When we got back to the inn, we spent the evening in the living room reading magazines. I regretted forgetting the book I’m reading at home, but between reading and chatting with the innkeeper’s wife, we were able to pass by two hours pretty quickly.
The breakfast is really the reason that one stays at a bed and breakfast instead of a hotel, and our breakfast was delicious! We had puffed apple pancakes, sausage, poached eggs, and the most delicious chocolate muffins (we even got some to go!). The breakfast was entirely filling so we didn’t end up eating again until mid-afternoon.
We did head into town for a bit to look at some of the shops, but Lanesboro was still pretty quiet because we were out pretty early in the morning and it was still technically off-peak season so there wasn’t as much to do. We only walked around for a couple of hours before we decided to take off for greener pastures. Originally we thought we would go hiking, but most of the trees were still not blooming and we didn’t think hiking around barren trees would be very fun. Then we thought about going to Forestville and the Mystery Cave, which is a park not too far from Lanesboro, but you need tickets to see the cave and they were already sold out! So our last option was driving to Decorah, Iowa, which is about 45 minutes south of of Lanesboro. It’s home to Vesterheim, the Norweigian-American museum, and being that Erik is Norwegian, we’ve been talking about going for awhile.
The museum is actually the largest ethnic museum in the country and it was definitely worth the 10 bucks a person! We were there for a couple of hours, and there was still a bit more to see. But I was getting a bit hangry, so we strolled down the mainstream, grabbed some Mexican food (with super yummy margaritas) and continued window shopping. We also stopped by a taproom, the Toppling Goliath, so that Erik could get his beer fix.
The drive back wasn’t too bad. We made a quick pit stop at Four Daughters winery, but they didn’t have the same baked brie that we had last summer which was disappointing. Our waitress said they are always rotating the menu and just to keep an eye on it. We definitely will — that baked brie is the best! Totally worth the two hour drive!
Have you ever stayed at a bed & breakfast? Where’s your favorite place to go on an overnight vacation?