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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Murder At The Mansion

It’s 1961. One of the wealthiest oil men in the country has invited every one who is any one to his home for a birthday celebration. In attendance are Rita Hayworth, Bob Marley, Fred Astaire, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, to name a few. All friends who want something from their wealthy acquaintance.

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Local Attraction: Jim’s Apple Farm

It’s apple time in Minnesota – and we’ve got a great selection of orchards here in Jordan. One of the most unique is Jim’s Apple Farm. Any Pumpkin $3.98!

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Courtyard Blossoms: September

The flowers in the courtyard continue to provide color even into the fall. They have done so well this year, but I can’t say that about my experimental vegetable garden in mostly shade.

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Unprecidented Fall Flooding: Minnesota River Bridge Closings

The rain this fall has created unprecidented fall flooding in the Southern Minnesota area, including Jordan, which has resulted in numerous closures at river crossings. The following river crossings may effect our guests traveling to Jordan.

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Parade “Small-Town USA Style” Marches in Front of Nicolin Mansion

The locals turned out in great numbers for the Annual Heimatfest Day Parade in downtown Jordan this morning, both as spectators and participants.

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Classic Cars Cruise Past Nicolin Mansion

about 100 classic collector cars were on display and cruised past the Nicolin Mansion’s front porch on Friday evening, September 10th.

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