Historic Scanlan House Bed & Breakfast Inn

708 Parkway Ave S , Lanesboro, MN 55949-9733 USA (Show map)


An Exceptional Lodging Experience in One Of Minnesota Most Recognized Bed and Breakfasts! Romantic and stately Queen Anne Victorian mansion (1889). Elaborate woodwork, stained glass windows, antiques. All Guest Rooms and Suites have Private Bath, 2-Person Whirlpool and/or fireplace, T.V., AM/FM/CD Stereo, hairdryer, full array of bath amenities, air-conditioned. Rates Include our complimentary world famous multi-course breakfast. Near antique shops, live theater, Root River trail for biking, hiking, and in-line skating, canoeing, tubing, tennis, Amish tours, winery, specialty shops, gourmet dining and more. Bike and canoe rentals available. Recognized as "One of the top ten places to wake up in the state of Minnesota" and "One of the top 15 Bed and Breakfasts in the USA with the friendliest staff"




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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Great time at a great place

4.4 on October 23, 2015

We had a wonderful time. Our hostess Kirsten was very friendly and helpful. We were in the Masquerade room and enjoyed the huge whirlpool and the nice balcony. The breakfast was amazing! Thank you for giving us such a nice stay!

Scanlon House, 10-10-15

4.4 on October 19, 2015

We spent our 35th anniversary celebration at the Scanlon House in Lanesboro, MN. It was a beautiful B&B and we had the Sunrise Suite. The grounds were fantastic and we played cribbage outside on one of the patio tables. The flowers and foliage were unparalleled and well maintained. The room was fantastic with plenty of space, great furniture and classic decorations. The Sunday breakfast was very good and offered a variety of scrumptious selections. The only addition I would recommend would be to have the hostess go to the dining tables and give a short history of the house and its previous inhabitants. It would seem more life-like and give all the guests a reason to tell others about it.

Wedding Night Stay

5 on September 30, 2015

The Safari Suite was the PERFECT room for us to stay in on our wedding night!!! This Bed and Breakfast has to be one of the best ones in town. Super clean! Extremely friendly! AMAZING three course breakfast!! We couldn't have asked for anything better!!


5 on August 12, 2015

Beautiful B&B. Nice people and excellent breakfast.

Exceptional experience!

5 on August 05, 2015

I love my first experience so much, we booked three rooms for next year to invite friends. Mary was a peach. Thanks so much for the great experience. Peter G

Historic B&B nestled in a sleepy little river valley town in SE MN

4.4 on August 05, 2015

Beautiful summertime destination on the Root River bike trail and scenic canoeing river. Lanesboro has preserved the old town charm but still has a lot to offer like top quality theater and a incredible art gallery. The Scanlan House retains its original charm and has some added amenities like whirlpool tubs and a new, cable TV system in the rooms. The grounds are well kept with lots of flowers and private areas to sit outside and talk. Both the food and the service are excellent here. It's a real hidden gem in the midst of summer, the best time to enjoy all that this area has to offer.

We love Scanlan!

4.8 on June 18, 2015

Kirsten and Mary are just splendid! They are great hosts, providing everything you could possibly need and then some. We loved the Masquerade Room with its charming turret balcony. Breakfasts were the best we've ever had at over 100 B&B's we have stayed at nationwide. The lawn and gardens are meticulously kept & SO beautiful this time of year! This is a great home base for biking the Root River Trail. We'll be back!

This was amazing!

5 on June 10, 2015

We had never stayed in a B & B before, and Scanlan House really set the bar high! The room was lovely and comfortable, the breakfast was amazing, and the staff and atmosphere of the whole house was welcoming. We will definately book another stay at Scanlan House. Thank you to Kirstin and David for making our 25th anniversary so special.

first time at a B & B

5 on June 03, 2015

We received a gift certificate from my fiancé dad for xmas. we decided to use it for our 5th yrs. anniversary. We arrived early and stopped in to let them now we where in town and the owner was very happy to show us around and go over things. We left to go check out the town and arrived back at check in time. The room was amazing, and they had our extra's pack in our room for us. It was a beautiful bouquet of roses, champagne, assorted fresh fruit and chocolates. The private balcony was wonderful. The next day we went down to eat our breakfast. Wonderful to seat and talk with others who where staying there as well. Now the Breakfast was 5 star good. Fresh fruit, yogurt parfait, a wonderful egg soufflé homemade sausage and muffins and then dessert of homemade apple dumplings with ice cream. all the food came out at different times so it was a 3 course breakfast. Amazing!!!!! we had never stayed at a B & B but we will be doing it more. I highly recommend it.

This is a great place!!!

5 on May 26, 2015

The facilities are amazing and the food is incredible! Kirsten and Mary are great hosts and neat people. We have been going to the Scanlon House for 16 years and love it!

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Location Type

Small town


Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl.) 95 miles

Directions to property:

Follow Highway 52 to Fountain. Take Hwy 8. (Left Turn) Follow to Stop Sign Right Downtown Lanesboro. At Stop sign turn Right. We are the last house on the left on that street. Can't miss us! Big Victorian Home with Big Sign!

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Amish Tours, Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobiling, Natural Caves, Carriage Rides, Trolley Tour, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Internet Service, Library, Telephone, Videos

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Amish Tours, Live Professtional Theatre, Trolley Tours, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4 pm
  • Check Out:: 12 noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A credit card or a check for the amount in full in advance.
  • Cancellations: A $15 Bookkeeping fee is charged for any cancellation. Should you cancel though 7 days or less from the date of arrival there will be a full charge unless we are able to rebook the room.



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  • Time Served: 9 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Sugar Free