Scandinavian Inn

701 Kenilworth Avenue S , Lanesboro, MN 55949 USA (Show map)

About

Back in the mid-1800s, a young Ole Habberstad immigrated from Norway, together with his parents and siblings, to Lanesboro. In 1892, after achieving success in the building materials business, he began construction on a stately Victorian home. His home is now the Scandinavian Inn, a bed and breakfast named for its Norse heritage. With his wide array of building materials to choose from, Ole saw to it that the home featured ornate Southern pine woodwork, multiple stained glass windows, hardwood floors, high ceilings, hot water radiator heat, transom windows, spacious grounds, and an inviting front porch. Still retaining all of its original charm, the Scandinavian Inn today includes additional guest rooms, air conditioning, several outdoor seating areas, and a picturesque rooftop gazebo, all of which preserve the original nineteenth century style and character both inside and out. Residing in a quiet neighborhood, decorated with a pleasant mix of period furnishings and travel mementos, the Scandinavian Inn is well-regarded for its warm hospitality, socially- and environmentally-aware operation, and magnificent breakfasts. Guests are welcome to use the numerous indoor and outdoor common areas. Lanesboro itself is a most captivating small town tucked into the Root River valley, with professional live theater, excellent restaurants, an historic waterfall, a verdant central park, and an active arts community.

Rooms & Rates

Treetop Suite (Room 1)

Our most spacious room inhabits a generous share of our third floor, with soaring ceilings, tiled bathroom, and cheerful colors. Relax and enjoy sunsets over Lanesboro’s western bluffs. Off the main room is a cozy “writer’s garret”, with a lovely round-topped window, built-in bookcase, and antique fainting couch. Queen bed, antique armoire, parson’s table, ceiling fan, and thick woolen rugs scattered atop bamboo flooring. Bedside tables with reading lamps on either side of the bed. Large bathroom with shower, vanity, antique ceiling fixture, and a view of the northern bluffs of the Root River valley. A two-night minimum stay is generally required on weekends, May through October, but we sometimes have flexibility to make other arrangements, so feel free to call us.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $159 - $159

Morning Sun Room (Room 2)

This lovely room occupies the southeast corner of the house and captures the warm morning light. Center stage is the queen bed, with a traditional quilt and pillow shams made by our neighbor, a talented local quilter. Bedside tables with reading lamps are on either side of the bed. Antique oak dresser (with handkerchief drawers), coat rack, luggage stand, ceiling fan, transom window, Nepali hand-made wool rug, and a period corner chair. The attached bath has a vanity and tub/shower. A two-night minimum stay is generally required on weekends, May through October, but we sometimes have flexibility to make other arrangements, so feel free to call us.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $130 - $130

Garden View Room (Room 3)

This south-facing room overlooks the lawn and flowerbeds, with an attractive four-poster queen bed in the room and single-person Jacuzzi tub/shower in the attached bath. Nightstands with reading lamps are on either side of the bed. Antique mahogany bench, Nepali hand-made wool rugs, ceiling fan, transom window, antique Bachelor’s chest, and coat rack. A two-night minimum stay is generally required on weekends, May through October, but we sometimes have flexibility to make other arrangements, so feel free to call us

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $130 - $130

Cadbury Room (Room 4)

We believe that the Cadbury Room may have housed staff that served in the home. It once had a second door leading to a back hallway and stairway to the kitchen. That second door now leads to the room’s attached bath and small closet. The bath has a tub/shower and Amish-made vanity. The bedroom overlooks the town of Lanesboro and distant bluffs. Above the bed hangs what we believe to be a lovely reverse glass painting depicting a young man wooing a wealthy young lady. The room has good natural north light and is furnished with a queen bed, an antique marble-top dresser with spoon carving, antique parlor chair, a bedside table, luggage stand, and fan. If you stayed with us before 2007, you may remember this as one of two rooms sharing a common bath. No longer. Often people are having their first B&B experience and just want to dip their toe in the water. For such guests, the Cadbury Room is our one room where we do not request a two-night minimum stay.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $130 - $130

Balcony Room (Room 5)

With breakfast delivered by dumb waiter from the kitchen directly into your room, you can dine either at your room’s table or on your personal balcony outdoors. Your balcony overlooks the lawn and flowerbeds of the inn, and it is great for bird-watching. From the balcony, a spiral staircase ascends first to a breezeway and then to the rooftop gazebo for a panoramic view of the Lanesboro valley. The room is furnished with a queen bed, an antique dresser, ceiling fan, closet, table and chairs, and a lamp and nightstand on either side of the bed. The bath has a tub/shower and Amish-made vanity, antique light fixture, and antique mirror. A two-night minimum stay is generally required on weekends, May through October, but we sometimes have flexibility to make other arrangements, so feel free to call us.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $159 - $159

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Location

Location Type

Countryside, Rural, Small town

Airport

Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl.) 116 miles

Directions to property:

From Minneapolis St. Paul International airport, take eastbound I-494 10 miles to southbound US Hwy 52. Head southbound on 52 100 miles (through Rochester) to the town of Fountain. Turn left onto eastbound Hwy 8 in Fountain, proceed 10 miles to Lanesboro. You are now very close. Turn left onto Parkway/Hwy 250 at the first stopsign you come to. Head southbound 1/2 mile on Parkway, turn left at the next stop sign at Hwy 16. Head 1 block on eastbound Hwy 16, turn right onto Kenilworth. Park in front of the first home on your right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Amish, cross-country skiing, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Parking, Piano, Telephone, Workout facility

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Wi-Fi

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 or later
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking is only permitted off of our property
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends (except Cadbury Room) May through October
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We request a credit card deposit of $50 per night per room.
  • Cancellations: Deposits are refundable if you cancel at least two weeks prior to your arrival date; if you cancel within two weeks of your arrival date, we will refund your deposit if we are able to book the room. If we are unable to book the room, we will issue a gift certificate for the value of the deposit, valid for one year during low-occupancy times (typically Sunday through Thursday evenings). If you cancel on your arrival date itself, you are responsible for the cost of the room if we are unable to re-book it.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Vicki and Peter Torkelson

Languages spoken

Nepali, some Arabic, English

Resident Pets

Cats

About the innkeepers

Peter and Vicki err on the side of liberal-arts educations and both have lived overseas extensively. Raised in the rural Midwest, they hold on to small town values. Vicki lived a total of twelve years overseas, Nigeria, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia. She enjoys cooking and reading and reading about cooking. Peter lived in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer. His dream as innkeeper is to host mystery weekends, modifying the inn to include hidden cavities, turning bookcases, etc.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:30 AM. Single seating.
  • Serving Location: Balcony Room by dumb waiter, Dining Room

Special meal options

Vegetarian Special diets can be accommodated as we are able, including gluten-free and lactose-intolerant. Please let us know in advance. Our breakfasts are fine for vegetarians who include eggs and dairy.


Signature Dish

Persian Omelet
We have never seen this offered anywhere else. Persian Omelet is like a crustless quiche, with chard, spinach, parsley (lots of parsley), pine nuts, walnuts, lemon juice, onion, and Feta cheese, garnished with tomato. Often the parsley and chard are fresh from our garden. Potatoes (often local) are served on the side.


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