Crazy. It’s been a crazy couple of months with creative differences, sweat, laughing and fun. It has been a lot of work for the team and I lost a few hours of sleep. So I thought a good vacation is what I needed, it just happened to coincide with my wedding anniversary. After much research my wife and I decided to go to Lanesboro, MN, the bed & breakfast capitol of the world (ok, maybe just Minnesota). We looked at places to stay, places to eat, and things to do. What a coincidence. This was right up my new alley… So we thought we had it in the bag.
We found a fantastic B&B called Berwood Hill Inn just outside Lanesboro, MN. The pictures on the website looked great, the garden was exactly what my wife wanted. She loves her gardens. She wanted to see if she could get any ideas for her garden, and I have to admit the garden was pretty cool. They had many different sitting areas with gazebos and we wandered from one to another observing all the plants, flowers and lawn art along the way. I figured I could sit and read Steve Jobs’ biography in the garden, or read in the spectacular loft we stayed in. The place was cool and we had the whole place to ourselves (except when the red hat ladies club came for lunch, but that’s another story….) The Owl Room loft we stayed in was very cool. It was a Victorian design, but comfortable and I’ll always remember the breeze that blew through the windows from one side of the room to the other. We had a neat little bathroom and small hot tub in the room. The 5 course breakfasts were delicious and the service was great. Berwood Hill Inn, check it out.
Now that we have our place to sleep, where are we going to eat? The chamber site had most of the places in town listed, but not all of them. We decided the first night to go grab a quick meal and return to our B&B and have a bottle of wine. We went to a BBQ, that was relatively new and not listed anywhere, we found after asking a few of the shop owners where they go to eat. The food was adequate, but hey, we didn’t care too much because we had the B&B to ourselves with a couple bottles of wine.
The next day we could have gone biking on the Root River’s 60-mile trail through some beautiful country, or we could have gone canoeing, kayaking or rafting down the Root River. We could have gone shopping, but we already did that before we checked into our B&B. We wanted to explore the area. It was going to be 85 degrees that day, so with our top down in our convertible we headed out. We heard about the “Stand Still” parade that was about 10 miles away in a small town called Whalen, MN. The parade sits still and the crowd walks past it. Quirky. We showed up late and there were only a few of the “floats” still there. Oh well, by the looks of it we didn’t miss much. We hung around for a while and talked with some of the art vendors. Daylight was burning and we wanted to continue our exploring and go check another town.
We ended up in Preston, MN, and it just so happened they had a trout festival going on. Boring, but it was a small town festival. Perhaps we got there too early, (2 hours ahead of the parade) nothing but a car show and kids jumping on rides. I’d seen enough and wanted to get back to nap in the garden under a gazebo and get cleaned up so we could go out and see a blues band back in Lanesboro. So we purchased a few items from an Amish booth and headed back to Lanesboro.
We went to a restaurant we found on the river. It had an outdoor deck and a small martini bar inside upstairs. We thought the place must be popular because we saw a line the night before while leaving the BBQ joint. The food was much better than the night before. We sat out on the patio to watch the much anticipated blues band. The performers were good but not great, and the service was horrible. It wasn’t the waitress’s fault. We watched the owners as they sat there drinking, ordering drinks for their friends, the band, and the locals. This was a bit frustrating being a visitor in town.
The experience left me thinking about our new product, the Community Guide & Calendar, how cool would it be to have one online guide and calendar. A business list and event calendar of what is in the surrounding area. I would have found this very beneficial on our trip to know what was happening on this weekend and beyond. is it 2B Marketing has created and built a community guide, and a community calendar for our local area, Hudson WI, and we are just about ready to launch another for River Falls. Our plan is to launch a community guide and calendar for New Richmond, WI and Menomonie, WI followed by Woodbury, MN and beyond. This trip enlightened me on how we need to sell this guide and get the word out. Our Mobile app is almost completed, and our e-newsletter is in design for June. Check us out at http://www.hudsoncgc.com and http://www.riverfallscgc.com soon.