Welcome to my Fairy Garden

The beautiful bird cage terrarium planter sitting on the front porch has been begging to showcase something outstanding – and now it has a Fairy Garden! A Fairies-Eye View The Wishing You Blessings Fairy, a WeeFolk creation from our local artist Maureen Carlson, looks like she is basking in her glorious new home. Her garden…

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Blessing of the Blossoms at Minnesota Harvest

We are so excited to announce another apple season at Minnesota Harvest, under new management! K2 Management is none other than our very own innkeeper Kevin Knox, and former innkeeper (when Nicolin Mansion was known as the Nicolin Inn), Kevin Breeggemann! They are kicking off the season with the Blessing of the Blossoms event on Sunday,…

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Triple D Experience: Psycho Suzi’s

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge was our second pick for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives where Guy Fieri went in Minneapolis. An updated tiki bar for the new millennium…we were hoping it would be as interesting as their website made it sound. And we were not disappointed. From the promised giant tiki to the rules and regulations in…

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Triple D Experience: Shamrocks

Guy actually visited The Nook in St. Paul on Diners, Drive ins and Dives, but it was closed since a fire on December 14th. Ted Casper & Mike Runyon started with The Nook, “ the small place with the big burgers”  and later opened a second location, Shamrocks, a larger place with the same great food….

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Triple D Experience: Arnold’s Country Kitchen

One of our favorite shows is Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on Food Network. So on our trip to Nashville, we decided to start going where Guy went. Our inaugural diner was Arnold’s Country Kitchen. It also was our first meat-and-three experience. If you’re a northerner like us, this common southern style of restaurant…

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Meringue Nests With Tropical Fruit Recipe

We made these airy meringues topped with creamy filling and fresh fruit for dessert at breakfast. A perfect winter dessert,  a hint of spring in a snowy shell. 1 cup superfine sugar 2 tablespoons superfine sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 4 eggs room temperature 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar pinch salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups whipping cream mango…

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Soapmaking to Innkeeping

We fell in love with Bed and Breakfasts while honeymooning on Mackinac Island. We fell in love with our mansion while antiquing in Jordan. But it was soap that led us to this chapter in our life at this time in our life. So I’m doing my day gig as a software engineer, but looking…

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First Snow

The first snow of the season was November 13th when we got 6.7 inches in Jordan. That first snow of the season is always a bit magical. The colors of fall erased from the landscape are beautifully repainted with a new palette of glimmering white. The sounds muffled by the thick blanket usher in a new sense of…

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Innkeepers Travelogue: Excelsior

We always get asked: “What got us into innkeeping?” Well, it was falling in love with Bed & Breakfasts as we celebrated our wedding and subsequent anniversaries. This year innkeeper Catherine Dwyer of the Bird House Inn in Excelsior invited us to spend our anniversary. What a fabulous retreat!

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Local Attraction: Maureen Carlson’s Center for Creative Arts

The Scott County Art Crawl was yesterday, October 9th, which included the studio of one of our local downtown artists, Maureen Carlson.

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