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Lanesboro Bed and Breakfasts & Inns

If there were only two words to describe Lanesboro, MN, they would probably be “hidden gem.” For such a small town (population about 750), it has a well-respected art scene, a variety of historical landmarks and tours, and direct access to one of the state’s best biking trails.

Welcome to Lanesboro, MN

If you live near or are visiting Minneapolis, you can be in Lanesboro in about two hours. Once you arrive, you can explore the authentic 19th-century downtown, which features a bevy of delicious restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops. Plan a weekend escape to discover all of Lanesboro’s best-kept secrets, including the best places to stay!

Things to See and Do

When you travel, you want to experience something different, right? Rent a bike or bring your own to traverse one of the best biking trails in the state. You’ll find that breathing in the fresh air is like hitting a reset button. Root River State Trail intersects Lanesboro and offers 42 miles of paved trails that run along an abandoned railbed. Plan to spend a few hours taking in the sites, ranging from 300-foot limestone bluffs and forestlands to rolling fields and the Root River itself. Wildlife and wildflowers are abundant, so be sure to bring your camera! Don’t have a bike? No problem. You can walk, rollerblade, or even cross-country ski in the winter! Lanesboro’s history stretches back to the 1850s. The Root River powered local mills and the local economy for many years, which laid the foundation for the charming hamlet Lanesboro is today. Dive deeper into this town’s backstory when you explore the revitalized downtown and visit the Lanesboro Historical Museum. Tours of the nearby Amish countryside are also a must. Take this opportunity to visit Amish farms, an Amish farmers market, and one of the oldest churches in the county. The Amish craftsmanship is known worldwide, and you’ll have the chance to experience it first-hand as well as purchase handmade baskets and furniture to take home!

Where to Eat & Drink

Downtown Lanesboro has numerous mouth-watering options that range from fine dining to quick bites. Establishments typically have “high season” hours and scale back during the off-season. There are staples like Pedal Pushers Cafe, known for its made-from-scratch menu with a concentration on locally sourced ingredients. Then there’s the Old Village Hall Restaurant and Pub for an exceptional dining experience. There are too many delicious restaurants, dessert shops, wineries and breweries to mention. You’ll have to visit multiple times to experience them all!

Best Time to Visit

There is something to enjoy in Lanesboro every season, so whenever you need a getaway, that is the best time to visit! Wintertime is perfect for snuggling beside a fire, seeing the icicles on waterfalls along the Root River, or cross-country skiing on the trail. During the warmer months, you’ll find plenty of outdoor recreation, including biking, hiking, canoeing, bird watching, and more. The fall colors are breathtaking and should be enjoyed annually. The award-winning Commonweal Theatre Company offers soulful performances from March through December.

Where to Stay

Bed and breakfasts abound in Southeast Minnesota, so let us make your decision easy for you: choose a Select Registry B&B! Our properties offer the finest accommodations, personalized attention, and next-level dining. Browse our Lanesboro bed and breakfasts below and make your reservation today to experience this Midwestern gem of a town for yourself.

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