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

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!

Wonderful Stay

3.8 on May 20, 2015

We felt lucky because our room had a deck. It was lovely sitting outside enjoying the day.

First anniversary

5 on May 14, 2015

My husband and I stayed at the scanlan house last year on our wedding night, we knew after that we would be back every year on our anniversary. It's so charming, clean, quiet and romantic. I have no bad words to say about this place. I'm already excited for next year!

Exceptional Accommodations, Service and Breakfast

5 on May 06, 2015

Impressive, from beginning to end. Kirsten, the owner, provided a free upgrade from a room to a suite on the top floor when I checked in. The suite was spacious and tastefully appointed, from the furniture to the decorations and beyond. Breakfast was delightful, which included a Mexican omelet, fresh fruit, and muffin. I plan on visiting the Scanlan again soon!

Love this place

3.8 on May 04, 2015

I had the pleasure of staying at the quaint place. Very nice people and the breakfast is worth the total price! Awesome gourmet breakfast. I highly recommend a stay there and make sure to rent a bike of 2 to hit the trails and enjoy shopping! I am going back for sure!

Anniversary getaway

4.8 on December 15, 2014

The Historic Scanlan B&B was a delight. The Christmas decorations were beautiful throughout the house. I stayed in the Sunset Suite and it was beautiful. Mary, the owner was a wonderful hostess and available to answer any questions. She provided great conversation on the history of Lanesboro and the B&B itself. The breakfast was absolutely delicious! My husband and I had discovered the town while on a bike ride a few years ago and had always wanted to come back down to do some exploring of the city. So glad it worked out!

Amazing service and quality

4.0 on December 10, 2014

I have been to Lanesboro many times but this is my first B&B stay. The pricing was very on par for all the B&B's, we stayed in the Safari Room which is the biggest. We stayed in December, so it was alot more quiet in town....which wasn't such a bad thing. Kirsten was a delight. She has owned this for 20 years- she does all the cooking and I even saw her cleaning. She makes you feel at home and is always available. The breakfast in the morning was ready at 9 and was literally 4 courses of home made awesomeness. I think there is a max of 4-5 rooms, you eat in a common room (elegantly done) with your fellow B&Bers, which was also fun. One note- for some reason I was not able to select 5 stars using Firefox, otherwise I would give them 5 stars all around. The decorations in the parlor and library draws your eye everywhere and there is lots of it! I would definitely go back to this place, the service rooms an overall vibe were well worth it....and it was still within easy walking distance of the main "drag".

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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