The Cannon River Winery is having Tank Tasting on March 9th. I did this last year, and it is a fun event. I also did the harvest in the fall which is something everyone should try and do once in their life. Nothing like cutting a bursting cluster of grapes off the vine that is soon to be turned into wine. I am now curious to try that very wine so see you on the 9th.
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Cannon River Winery is excited to invite our past Harvest Crew members back for Tank Tasting!
Saturday, March 9th
Cannon River Winery
This was taken at about dusk with the lights on. You can almost feel the heat from the fireplace. Thanks Holly for taking them.
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The Quill and Quilt makes the perfect winter getaway. Make sure to reserve soon as spring starts to get busy. Thanks.
Pat from the Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce wrote:
“A total of 240 students from 18 high schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin are competing in the 38th annual Welch Village/Hastings H.S. Invitational Alpine Ski Meet on today, Friday, January, 18, 2013 at Welch Village. The conditions should be ideal for racing with our natural and manufactured snow base of two to six feet on the racing slopes, with very mild temps for this time of year. The racers are excited for the event which takes place on Lookout and Bakkelyka.
The invitational race has seen many U.S. Olympian competitors such as Cindy Nelson, Kristina Koznick and Tasha Nelson. It is a forerunner of the sectional and state championship races held in Minnesota in early February, and often foretells the top finishers in later races.”
Welch Village Ski resort is open for business. Combine that with a B&B getaway weekend for fun winter getaway. We are 15 minutes away from the slopes. Look forward to a huge breakfast that we offer and then hit the slopes for a day of skiing then back to the Quill and Quilt for a hot tub soak before going out to dinner. There is not a better way to beat the winter then at its own game.
Christmas is already here and we have been ready for quite a while I just forgot to put up photos.
Fall is definitely here, beautiful warm fall days with just a hint of chill in the morning. I am a huge fan of the fall colors right now. The maples and some of the early turning trees have already burst into color against the backdrop of green provided by the later turners. This creates bursts of color in the green hillsides. I enjoy the contrast. The early sumac has already turned created these lower dashes of red. This is the early birds fall color watching.
The leaves will still be good up until November as the oaks, elms and the later turners are still to come. The oaks provide some of the prettier color in my mind as you can get firey reds and burnt oranges with the then more somber backdrops as you have less green around them.
Time to make your reservation asap! The B&B is filling up and you would hate to miss walk along the Cannon River and picking out your favorite vista.
The Cannon River Winery opens up to the public to come down and help with the grape harvest. You sign up ahead up time here. Each shift is 3 hours long. It starts out with a nice talk about the winery and the grapes you will be harvesting. Then off you go into the vineyard and start harvesting. It is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning. The vineyard is on a hill side over looking a sweeping valley. It could not be more ideal.
After the harvesting they provide a nice lunch catered by the Old Market Deli. We got there at 9 and we were done by 12:30. Very much worth the effort.
Thanks to the Cannon River Winery crew.
I was sitting out on the back deck a couple weeks ago (coincidentally with a guest who works for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) and we noticed these fluttering things hanging around the flowers that looked like hummingbirds. But, they were a little different than a hummingbird. I snapped a few photos but they flutter around and are hard to catch with my smart phone camera.
They seem to like some little white flowers we had at the time, but also other flowers. They are almost exactly the same size as a hummingbird, curious critters.
It turns out they are technically a “White-lined sphinx moth” (Hyles lineata), a species of hawk moth. The caterpillars feed on morning glory plants, elm, apple, 4 o’clocks, and several less well known plants. The moths pollinate just like hummingbirds and defend their nectar sources. They are interesting moths indeed.
A few days before the torrential rains of last week showed up and washed out part of Welch (which is why the Cannon Valley Trail is only open to Welch at the moment), I stopped on the bike and snapped a couple photos of this dedication and a shot of the Welch Station. The dedication has the map of the trail but also some very cool pottery style art. If you zoom in you can see quite a bit of detail went into this. The names of the people and organizations that have donated significantly to the trail are also listed toward the top on the left end. If you have never biked the Cannon Valley Trail, I highly recommend it, it is a really nice trail.
Once the trail gets back to normal operations, they will resume the events they have started to do in the early afternoon on Saturdays. The day I was there they had cantina music and fresh cut watermelon.
I expect this kind of thing will be going again by next weekend.
Mark your calendars and make plans to enjoy the 2012 Nature Valley Grand Prix when it comes to Cannon
Falls on Thursday, June 14! Watch the thrilling race and cheer on the professional athletes! Racers from
across the globe will be competing in this race.
The In-Town Circuit is the same route as has been used in the past. See map highlighting the in-town
circuit. For safety reasons, there will be no parking allowed on the in-town circuit and in the Expo
Area on race day. Mill Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets, will be closed at approximately 1:00 p.m.
to allow time to set up the expo area. If your business is located in the Expo area please advise your
staff and customers. During the race itself there will be BRIEF closures of certain streets and intersections.
The in-town circuit will be closed to traffic just before the first racer
enters the circuit and will remain closed until the end of that race. (approx.
30 minutes). There will be about 30 minutes between the women’s race and the men’s
race when traffic will be allowed to move into or out of the area. The men are expected
to be on the in-town circuit at 6:50 p.m. and their race should end by 7:15 p.m. We expect
the women back in town by 7:45 p.m. with their race ending at 8:15 p.m. At 6 p.
m. we will be having the Shimano Kid’s Fun Race that will involve a portion of the
in-town circuit near the start/finish line. Come for the action and stay for the fun. Live music in the Expo by
Dave Carpenter and Friends, Concessions and more.
This event is not only an exciting race by world class athletes, it is also a fund raiser for the CHILDREN’S LIGHTHOUSE of MINNESOTA ! Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota is the first residential children’s hospice and respite care home in Minnesota. With your continued support we can make this another successful event and our community in turn has received $50,000 worth of media exposure letting people know that Cannon Falls is a great place to visit, to work in and to live in. We work hard to keep disruptions to a minimum and with your cooperation TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Want to be a part of the action? There is still time to volunteer! If you are interested , please contact
PAT JONES (507-263-3791), BOB BOSER (507-263-4619) or the CHAMBER OFFICE (507-263-2289)
Special Google Promotion Details
We are running this summer special through Google. To realize the
discount and benefits the reservation must be made online using the
promotional code (see instructions below), to receive:
1) A 20% discount on your entire stay at The Quill and Quilt provided
it begins any Monday-Thursday during the summer (June-August)
a. Note: ALL Saturdays are EXCLUDED from the discount, as well as
Tuesday July 3rd.
2) (Reservations for 2 or more days) In addition to the 20% discount,
guests receive two wheel passes for the Cannon Valley Trail and a wine
tasting for two at The Cannon River Winery
3) (Reservations for 3 days) Guests receive, in addition to #1 and #2
above, a gift box of truffles from Cannon Falls, and one of our handmade
Instructions for reserving with this special deal:
1) Choose the date you want to START your stay on the calendar.
2) Enter promotional code GOOGLE2012 in the box that says “Promo Code”
and click on “Go”
3) Choose the number of nights of your stay and the room
a. Note: calendar can be viewed for any one room, or all rooms by
selecting in the pull-down menu
4) Once the room and nights are selected, click “Continue”
5) Choose any additional items (you do NOT need to choose anything
included in the deal, you will be charged for any items selected)
6) Agree to the policy information
7) Complete the registration and payment information.
8) Click “Finish”
9) Note that the initial email notification confirms that you have
completed the reservation process. We will verify, and/or correct
amounts in accordance to the terms of this deal before accepting. You
will receive a corrected confirmation with all details once we have
adjusted and accepted the reservation.
Other notes & information:
1) Reservations must be in the same room and for consecutive nights.
2) This deal cannot be combined with any other discount or special
3) The discount does not apply to Saturdays or July 3rd.
4) This promotion cannot be applied to any existing reservation, or to
any reservation not made by reserving online.
5) This promotion is not valid before 6/1/2012 or after 8/31/2012.
6) The discount does not apply to Saturdays although Saturday can count
toward the 3rd day.