Carol and Marv Eggert pose on the Tuberculosis porch of their Craftsman style home, Hillcrest Hideaway. The porch is an architectural feature of the 20s, which was meant as a sunny place, which was well-ventilated, yet separated from the home. The sick could absorb plenty of Vitamin D while they recovered from their illness.
Carol and Marv Eggert pose on the Tuberculosis porch of their Craftsman style home, Hillcrest Hideaway. The porch is an architectural feature of the 20s, which was meant as a sunny place, which was well-ventilated, yet separated from the home. The sick could absorb plenty of Vitamin D while they recovered from their illness.
The Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota invites you to celebrate Christmas in Lanesboro.

The Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour is Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 6 p.m. and features 11 beautifully decorated inns.

This self-guided tour will take visitors through Victorian homes to European style farmhouses, all charmingly decorated for the holidays. Enjoy holiday treats and music as you discover the beauty and majesty of these historic homes.

Tour locations:

Stone Mill Suites - This lovingly restored mill will be adorned in modern day decorations, bringing the past to the present.

Scandinavian Inn - Circa 1892 Queen Anne Victorian built by Norwegian immigrant Ole Habberstad. Ole, who co-owned the Lanesboro Lumber Company, ensured the home had solid construction and wonderful trim work.

Berwood Hill Inn - Built in 1870, this historic country estate is filled with European antiques and three generations of family heirlooms. Enjoy this fabulous estate nestled in the rolling hills of Lanesboro's bluff country.

1898 Inn - A boutique bed and breakfast in a graceful turn-of-the-century Queen Anne, is warm and inviting wreathed in holiday greenery and gorgeous flowers. This classically decorated home and its lovely winter floral display will delight you with truly unexpected charm.

Anna V's B&B - Enjoy the taste, beauty and sounds of the Christmas holidays in a 1908 Queen Anne Victorian home. This bed and breakfast offers beautiful craftsmanship, three period-decorated rooms, comfortable parlors and a spirit of holiday welcome.

Habberstad House - This restored 1897 Queen Anne Victorian home was built by banker Olaf Habberstad. Enjoy the Dickens Christmas Village and live music performed by local musicians.

The Fillmore House B&B - Dressed for the holidays and filled with Christmas cheer, this 1912 white four-square with front porch and pillars will be filled with music, decorations, treats and history about Lanesboro and the original 1912 owners, Dr. and Mrs. Palmer.

Historic Scanlan House B&B - Lanesboro's first B&B and the only house listed on the National Register, this house was built by Michael Scanlan, whose family was among the founders of Lanesboro.

Art Lofts - Located in the 1870s brick commercial building above the Lanesboro Arts Center galleries, the Art Lofts provide a quiet space from which to enjoy Lanesboro in all seasons.

Inn at Sacred Clay Farm - This country inn is tastefully decorated with extraordinary internationally and locally-produced artwork, rugs and accessories.

Hillcrest Hideaway B&B - Circa 1927, this Craftsman architecture home was built by creamery manager Elon Tollin. Enjoy a 1920s Christmas with decorations and treats recalling the simpler traditions of the past.

Sharing their history

Dave and Nancy Huisenga, who own the Habberstad House, said they enjoy being on the tour each year and sharing the history of their home.

"The important thing is that we feel we are stewards of this house and it is important for people to understand its history. We like to tell the story of this home, which has served as a hospital, boarding house and nursing home," said Nancy.

Ten years ago, the Huisengas hosted a "baby reunion" and invited people who had been born in the home when it was a hospital or who had babies in the home or who had worked there.

"We even had one of the doctor's daughters come. Learning more about the history of this place makes it really special for people. Being here is like Christmas all year round," she said.

Period Christmas

This year, Carol and Marv Eggert, owners of Hillcrest Hideaway, hope to recreate a 1920s holiday, keeping with the era of when the house was built (1927).

"Our Christmas tree will be authentic and many of the ornaments handmade. We'll have cutout cookies, peanut brittle and caramel corn," said Carol.

Marv has collected recordings from the 20s which will play throughout the day.

"I found Edison phonograph music from the 20s on CD," said Marv.

Carol and Marv noted while their home may not feature all of the ornate adornments of the Victorians, they offer a beautiful place for people to stay while in Lanesboro.

"We don't have all the fancy woodwork, but our goal is to be comfortable and down-to-earth," said Carol.

Environmentally sensitive

Peter Torkelson, who owns the Scandinavian Inn with his wife, Vicki Schambard Torkelson, said the philosophy of their B&B is to be environmentally sensitive.

"That's one of the reasons we have artificial greenery, to forgo cutting down another tree. We also decorate with sumac, milkweed, rose hips and thistles," said Peter.

Vicki added all of the tree's ornaments will be different varieties of cookies, such as rosettes and spritz cookies.

"We'll also be serving lefse and Swedish potato sausage," she said.

Other events

In addition to touring Lanesboro's exquisite B&Bs the public is invited to participate in a number of other events throughout the weekend.

Friday, Nov. 30: The Commonweal Theatre presents "A Christmas Carol" at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1: Enjoy unique shopping in downtown Lanesboro. From 1 to 4 p.m., attend the Plein-air painting demonstration at the Lanesboro Art Center with facilitator Joan Finnegan. Sample unique dining, attend the Lanesboro dinner dance from 6 to 10 p.m., or "A Christmas Carol" at the Commonweal (7:30 p.m.).

Sunday, Dec. 2: The Commonweal Theatre presents a History of Lanesboro at 11 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. enjoy the sounds of the Dave O'Mara Jazz Ensemble at the Lanesboro Art Center.

Tickets

Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event.

For tickets or more information, call 800-944-2670, visit www.lanesboro.com or stop in to the Lanesboro Visitors Center