Local Shopping: The Corner Peddler

The Occasional Sale seems to be more popular than ever. If you are new to the concept, these are stores open occasionally (once or twice a month for instance) for several days in a row. The dealers restock daily while they are open, so selections are always changing and new treasures await every time you…

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Matilda in the Mirror

Jordan is home to some incredible artistic talent. And Mara at 225 Water Street has got to be one of our greatest treasures. She is a photographer, graphic artist, and mosaic tile artist and author (and more…). I first sought her out when she moved to Jordan because of her graphic artist abilities – to turn my historic…

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Vegetable Gardening in the Shade

I missed the large terraced raised 13-bed garden Kevin built for me at our previous house. Last year I was so excited when Kevin built a new raised bed vegetable garden for me. We chose the sunniest place in our courtyard, and I hoped there would be enough sun during the course of the day….

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Scuttled to Cherished, the Steamboat Minnehaha

On Memorial Day we decided to play like tourists and visit one of the nearby attractions. We chose Excelsior, again, for the lake cruise on the Steamboat Minnehaha. Just 18 miles from the Nicolin Mansion, this boat is actually part of The Museum of Lake Minnetonka. And it has a fascinating history. Thomas Lowry’s Twin…

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Happy Memorial Day

Jordan’s Veterans of Foreign Wars In Flanders Fields By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army Written May 1915 In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the…

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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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