Tucked along the banks of the Root River in Southeastern Minnesota you’ll find a hidden gem… Historic Lanesboro, population 754. Discover a slower pace of life with no chain stores, fast food franchises, or stop lights. This quaint town site offers invigorating outdoor adventures, breathtaking views, rich artistic and cultural experiences, unique shopping, locally grown foods, wine and fine dining.
Whether you are an individual or Group Tour Planner looking for a location for business meetings, family reunions, weddings, retreats, seminars, or conferences, Lanesboro offers facilities, catering, and itineraries to fit your needs.
Lanesboro is recognized as being the Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota. Be greeted with small town hospitality. Enjoy a wide variety of quality accommodations with all the modern amenities you expect. Bed & Breakfasts offer scrumptious multiple-course breakfasts. Unwind in a historic inn, privately owned hotel, resort or whole house rental. Standardized lodging rates are available for groups.
Lanesboro is known for its scenic beauty and was named one of America’s Prettiest Towns by Yahoo! Travel / Forbes Traveler for scenic beauty and small town charm. Minnesota Monthly Magazine also called Lanesboro “a quirky crossroads of the arts and outdoors” and one of 10 Small Town Weekend Trips in Hidden Minnesota!
In Lanesboro, the arts thrive. Groups can take in a spirited comedy or stirring drama in a state of the art theater, view work by talented regional artists and attend a lively gallery opening. Extraordinary exhibits appear year round at the Lanesboro Arts Center and St. Mane Theater, featuring a variety of regional artists. More than 20,000 people attend live professional theatre annually at the acclaimed professional Commonweal Theatre Company. The Commonweal offers reduced tickets for groups as well as educational talk-back sessions with the actors.
Visitors rave about the spectacular paved Root River State Bike Trail that winds 60 miles through the valley with Lanesboro at its heart. It runs along an abandoned railroad bed through towering limestone bluffs, forestlands, rolling fields and pure inspiration. Lanesboro has an 1868 Hydropower Dam and Falls, masterfully hand build and still provides electricity to the town and is a great photo opportunity for groups.
Lanesboro’s downtown is along a Great American Main Street. Enjoy the beauty and charm of historic downtown Lanesboro. The Lanesboro area is known for its great restaurants and fresh, locally-grown food. Whether your group is interested in a catered meal or off the menu; we’ve got your appetites and tastes covered. You can delight in outdoor dining, gourmet cuisine, comfort foods, or pie and ice cream. Lanesboro’s local merchants offer hand crafted items including fine art, outdoor gear and jewelry from fine to funky. Groups can browse a local resale shop, paint pottery, select locally made soaps and lotions and sample delectable wines made at the Scenic Valley Winery which offers free wine tasting daily.
Experience a culture rich in history and a landscape of natural beauty. Enjoy the charm of the Lanesboro area from an Old Order Amish Tour or Historic Lanesboro Community Tour. Step-on Guides are available to fully narrate your experience. Or tour a Historic Inn or Bed & Breakfast to see why Lanesboro was named the Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota.
Don’t forget to travel on our Scenic Byway Drive – Choose a journey on The Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway. State Highway 16 links together some of the most scenic, historic, cultural, natural and recreational resources in the area.
It is easy to see why people return time and again to renew themselves in Lanesboro’s riches. Come, create your own memories! Individualized group tour itineraries are available.