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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Summer Celebration – Art, Bikes, Kites and Pork

A small town in summer packed with fun! That was this Saturday in Jordan, Minnesota. The summer celebration featured not one, not two, but four great events – the Jordan Art Festival, the Jordan Valley Bike Tour, Minnesota Kite Society Fly, and Jaycee’s Pork in the Park. Plus Sunday after second day of the art…

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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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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: Primary Colors

We’ve enjoyed the growing trend of an artist community in Jordan, and Primary Colors is a fantastic new addition. In June, our friend (and inn-sitter) Cindy Nevins, opened the new gallery with 16 (and growing) local and regional artists, next door in “The Hub,” home of Frank Nicolin’s historic opera house.

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Jordan Art Festival 2010

This past weekend, June 26th and 27th, was the 7th Annual Jordan Art Festival. It was great to see our town all dressed up, bustling with artists and visitors! Each year I look for a few treasures to add to our mansion, and I found some great ones. From 225 Water Street’s Flea Market I found 2…

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Crystals Restored to Art Festival Arbor

The crystals have been returned to the Arbor we purchased at the 2007 Jordan Art Festival! Greeting you as you enter the courtyard garden, the crystals send rainbow lights dancing through the gardens. When we first brought the arbor into the courtyard, we didn’t have it anchored down. Strong wind blowing through the courtyard would knock…

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