Sponsor of the Hallmark Channel Cedar Cove Series

The Nicolin Mansion is partnering with The Hallmark Channel and iLoveInns.com in celebration of its first original series, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove. The two-hour pilot begins July 20, 2013, and continues for 12 weeks, inspired by Macomber’s twelve volume Cedar Cove series. If you miss an episode, watch the series while you stay with us….

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Hoarfrost Highway

A Saturday afternoon, interrupted I thought, turns into an unexpected unforgettable moment. A drive from Jordan to Maple Lake. Actually 90 moments there. And 90 back. Same estimated time freeway or back way…so back way it is. And leaving Jordan we have no idea what we are in store for. So a couple stops, and…

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Cheers to Life in 2011!

Our family’s favorite toast: Cheers to Life! Inspired by a friend who takes a photo of her feet standing at a special place or event, we began to commemorate some special places and events with a toast. So here’s to 2011 ~ here’s to life! Thank you to all our guests for making 2011 our best…

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Dining Experience: Perrons Sul Lago

Our guests tend to dine at restaurants in Jordan for their evening meals. And though some venture anywhere from Excelsior to downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul, the majority dining outside of Jordan do so within 10 miles in the surrounding communities of Shakopee, Chaska, Belle Plaine, New Prague, and Prior Lake. So Kevin and I…

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Crofut Winery Grape Stomp

While watching Jordan’s local Heimatfest Parade Saturday morning from Nicolin Mansion’s front porch, I turn to our innsitter, Cindy Nevins, and make an offer: you clean the room that’s checking in this afternoon while I finish my computer work and we’ll go on a Nicolin Mansion Fieldtrip to Crofut Winery for the annual Grape Stomp. Deal! So we…

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Innkeeper’s Travelogue: New Ulm

We love New Ulm. We go there alot. Our B&B mentor is from New Ulm. So last Sunday, we took a trip to Kevin’s favorite local brewery, Schell’s. We missed the tour (bummer, so no beer samples for us), but explored the fabulous grounds and reveled in the peacock majesty! A picture perfect pose! After…

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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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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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