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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The Jordan Junker Just Might Have Your Jewel

Jordan attracts the antique seeker, and the antique dealer. Our latest addition is The Jordan Junker, and it certainly will not disappoint the antique enthusiast. The shop is open as an occasional sale store, open posted days during the month with a constantly changing inventory. During my visit in December, a focus on holiday decor…

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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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Halloween at the Mansion

Happy Halloween from Nicolin Mansion

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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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Local Dining: Suzette’s

Suzette’s is likely the most popular dining destination for our Nicolin Mansion guests. And it’s likely the most unexpected in our quaint town.

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Sensational Scones

Served up this morning, our signature scones, which were “heaven” according to our guests. This recipe has even passed the test of our British guests! So, thought it was about time to share – so you can experience a taste of the Nicolin Mansion in your own home. 2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon…

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Carasim serves up Coffee and Collectibles

Carasim Coffee Shop is far more than just Coffee. While it’s true they do serve coffee, espresso, chai, fine teas, Italian sodas and real fruit smoothies, there is a lot more going on in Frank Nicolin’s former Opera House. Dining at the vintage bar or booths not only includes a great nostalgic atmosphere, there is…

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Breeggemann Bath Remodel (And On Time!)

I like to set goals for renovation projects, now that we’re open, specifically on dates for upcoming events. So when we booked a recent courtyard wedding (watch for a future post), I set the goal, well actually Kevin’s goal, to have the only yet untouched room in the mansion completed for that wedding. So when…

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