Ladies in Lanesboro
By Kelly Fitzgerald
Girls night out, ladies getaway—however you word it, I've searched it. In fact, if there were an Olympic sport for planning gatherings that involve females, gifts, and cocktails—and no fiancés, spouses or children—I'm pretty confident I'd be on that podium.
Now a third sibling is set to walk down the aisle and I'm back on the hunt for ways we can celebrate in a unique way. The general formula I follow is setting, fun, food, but above all, relaxation. (Because let's be honest, we're no longer in our 20s, and wedding planning—or just life in general—can be exhausting.) Along the way, Lanesboro keeps crossing my path, so I decided to investigate.
More than anything, it's known for its bounty of quaint accommodations, from the Historic Scanlon House to Hillcrest Hide-Away, Cedar Valley Resort, Grandma's Inn, and every B&B, motel, and resort in between, earning the naming rights as The Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota. Yahoo! Travel/Forbes Traveler also listed it as one of America’s Prettiest Towns, and Minnesota Monthly mentioned it as a hidden gem.
And the activities are abundant. Go biking. Golf. Float down the river. Get a massage. See a play. Or just meander through the small town and trails, and do what ladies do best with few distractions: talk and toast! It's even a good getaway come the holidays.