Now it’s Easier Than Ever to Purchase Chamber Dollars

The 3 local banks—Community Resource Bank, First Farmers & Merchants Bank and Merchants Bank—have teamed up with the Chamber to encourage local shopping by making the purchase of Chamber Dollars easier than ever this holiday season! Now in addition to the Chamber office, Chamber dollar certificates will also be available at any of the local banks during their normal banking hours. In an effort to give out minimal change, Chamber dollars are printed in increments of $5 and $10. In addition to the dollar amount, each one is numbered and sealed with the Chamber’s corporate seal.

Chamber dollars are a great way to support your local businesses. Chamber Dollars can only be accepted by Chamber member businesses. Businesses are reimbursed dollar for dollar so all of the money stays right here in Cannon Falls!

You can still order Chamber dollars or pick up your Chamber dollars right at the Chamber office too. The last day to order and pick up Chamber dollars at the Chamber office before Christmas is December 23 from 10 a.m.—4 p.m. You can save time by calling ahead with your order so the Chamber dollar s ar e r eady to be picked up when you arrive.

Support Local Businesses Buy Chamber Dollars!

This is a new restaurant in the old deli location. I thought this was a tough act to follow but they have done so quite well. I had the pulled pork sandwhich which comes lightly sauced and with coleslaw on top. The cole slaw is a really nice addition and something I am seeing more and more of. I love it!


Nick's Diner

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A few shots just to give an idea. They used a lot of the old decor which is a great idea as it has always looked great. I am hoping they are a great success to I can keep digging my way through the menu.

It is time again for the grape harvest at the Cannon River Winery. I did this last year and really enjoyed the experience. It is four spent on the hill side near Cannon Falls in the vinyard harvesting grapes and learning about wine and how they make it. The process  has not changed that much in thousands of years, and I felt the history as I cut a grape bunch of the vine. I highly recommend this.


This is there email about the event -


Experience the Rare Opportunity of the Fall Grape Harvest
Weekends, Beginning Mid-September
$10 per Person. Includes snacks, water, catered meal and wine tasting.
Returning Harvesters Use Code:  HARVEST2014

We invite you back to join our Fall harvest crew. As a former harvest crew member, we’d like to thank you for your loyalty by offering you a discounted price of $10 per person for the harvest (regular price is $20).

As the warmth of summer begins to wane, our grapes reach the critical balance of sweetness and acidity, signaling the start of the harvest. At their peak of ripeness, we pluck the grapes from the vine with our very own hands to preserve the integrity of the fruit and to ensure our wine is of the highest quality. It’s an age-old tradition that connects us back to the earth and to simpler times.

Your journey for this exclusive event begins at our nearby Vineyard, where you’ll get the unique opportunity to pick grapes by hand amongst the lush rolling hills of the picturesque Sogn Valley. You’ll learn about the history of the vineyard and the art of growing grapes as you breathe in the crisp Autumn air and feel the warm Indian summer sun on your back.

After working up a hearty appetite, you’ll dine alfresco with the gorgeous vineyard as a backdrop. You’ll be treated to a well-earned catered meal and we’ll guide you through a tasting of our vast selection of handcrafted, award-winning wines. From dry whites to full-bodied reds and luscious blushes, you’ll taste our passion for perfection in every single drop.

Once you’ve had a chance to relax, we’ll travel back to our historic winery, where you’ll see our experienced winemaker in action as he de-stems and crushes the grapes from the day’s harvest. Then he’ll guide you through the winemaking process and give you a tour of our working winery. With limestone walls, rustic d?cor and an antique tasting bar, the winery’s atmosphere is the perfect accompaniment to our sumptuous wines.

If you’re not quite ready for the day to end, we invite you to take a seat in our tasting room – and if you stay into the evening, you just might catch a live musical performance.

Your grape picking experience wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the wines you helped to create. In March, we’ll invite you back for an exclusive tank tasting so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Reservations are required for this exclusive event. The harvest fills up quickly, so please register today!

I just wondered the yard for a bit and took some photos. The flowers are just stunning this year with cooler temps and abundant rain.

Decide for yourself.


Cannon Falls Flowers

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Come on down and see for yourself. Still plenty of rooms to book a romantic getaway.

This could be a fun thing for the Southern Minnesota corridor. I would love to see this get the go ahead and give a boost to our wonderful part of Minnesota. Here is an excerpt from the latest news -

Zip Rail Public Comment Period Extended to Aug. 22

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In response to public interest, the Minnesota Department of Transportation extended the comment period to Aug. 22 on a plan for passenger rail service between the Twin Cities and Rochester. MnDOT is preparing a Tier I Environmental Impact Statement in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Olmsted County Regional Railroad Authority to evaluate passenger rail alternatives for the Rochester-Twin Cities Rail Corridor Investment Plan, also known as the Zip Rail. .  The impact statement is in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

Lets hope this is a go!

Quill and Quilt Logo
615 Hoffman Street W - Cannon Falls - MN
2-Nights + Wine + Cake = $179The 2013 Qpon from Quill & Quilt

Tired of big coupon deal companies? Looking for a cool Christmas present?
Maybe just want a great deal? Well, this year we are offering a Qpon deal
of our own – and it works similarly to the coupons from those big coupon
companies. And like those coupons, our Qpon will only be available online
for a short time (10 days) or until we sell out. On the website you will
see the $179 Gift Certificate listed at the top as “2013 Qpon”, that is
the one you want! So follow this link to purchase your Qpon ...

And this deal can be purchased as a gift

This Qpon is $179 and includes a two-night stay from November 1, 2013
through June 7, 2014 PLUS the


* A bottle of wine from The Cannon River Winery
* A “Great Little Chocolate Cake” (for two)


Facebook bonus: ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page, then ‘SHARE’ the 2013 Qpon
offer, and we will give you a handmade Quill & Quilt pottery mug after
your stay – in addition to everything else!




Additional Information


We added two great aspects to the B&B in 2013: Satellite TV/music to
all rooms AND breakfast served in-house all days.


Guests will be presented with at least two options for the bottle of
wine from Cannon River Winery at check-in


The Qpon can be used to reserve rooms:


* Friday & Saturday night in a Queen room (Ruthy’s or Conley)
Weeknights (Sun-Thurs) in a King Room (Quilters Haven, Colvill Suite,
Writers Loft)
* You will be sent a unique electronic certificate with a promo code
upon purchasing the Qpon – which you can use to make your reservation
at your convenience.
* If purchased as a gift, the recipient must be specified.
* Sales tax is not included in the Qpon price.
* Paid value of $179 does not expire, the discount & extras expire
June 8, 2014.




Fine Print


This deal cannot be applied to any reservation existing in our system
as of 10/15/2013.
Valid for TWO consecutive nights, in the same guest room
Blacked out dates: Coupon cannot be used the nights of February 14-16
of 2014 (all rooms), or May 25, 2014 (just the king rooms)
Cake is provided in room day of check-in, professional decorating is
not available.
Subject to availability (online calendar is always accurate).
This deal cannot be combined with any other special offer or discount;
or purchased with gift cards, promotional credit from 3rd parties, gift
certificates, or any other form of credit or discounted credit.
All standard reservation policies apply.


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Cannon Falls usually has its best color at about October 15th. But a little known thing is some of  the trees that people like best are the early ones. Below is a perfect example and it will be in full color probably the first week of October. The sugar maples and the like come early. Yes it will be against a back drop of green but I think that only heightens the color of the ones that have already turned.

We have plenty of good rooms open in and around this time of year. Schedule for the end of October and the hill side surrounding Cannon Falls with be bursting with color and the in room fireplaces will be quite inviting after a walk along the Cannon River.

Book now! :)


Maple out front

KTTC mentioned us in their “On The Road” series. Thank you very much!

And then on Fox 9 News here.

I will not spoil the read with recapping our mentions too much but it was really fun for us. “Biggest Bang for the Buck!” was how we were mentioned. How cool is that?

Thanks for noticing all of our hard work.

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.




Here is their email -

Cannon River Winery is excited to invite our past Harvest Crew members back for Tank Tasting!

Saturday, March 9th
12-5 pm

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.