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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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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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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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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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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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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Courtyard Blossoms: August

The Hosta take center stage this time of year, with over 350 plants throughout the courtyard, they are a living invitation to the garden.

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Courtyard Blossoms: July

The courtyard blooms continue to come early – some varieties of Hosta are already blooming! And so are the Sedum; I didn’t even capture a photo of the purple sedum.

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Courtyard Blossoms: June

What a beautiful season in the garden. Everything is so lush! With this early season though, it just leaves me wondering what will be left to bloom the rest of the summer. Alas, we still are thoroughly enjoying the beauty! The Tiger Lilies, Daylilies and Climbing Roses were here when we bought the mansion –…

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Courtyard Blossoms: May

A glorious early spring in April has the garden blooming so early this year. Some cold mid-month temperatures threatened to freeze tender buds, but all the garden weathered the dip. And luckily I didn’t fall prey to early planting enthusiasm and put my annuals out before the mid-May last frost date, though it was tempting….

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