They are featuring a great article on soybean planting today. Pretty good idea for those of us in the area that are thinking about that exact topic. Overall it is a pretty good read as they tend to have the local city news and also a good blend of the Dakota County news thrown in. They are just a few minutes up the road from us so I would have thought they were still in Goodhue County.

We share links with them as Hampton does not currently have a Bed and Breakfast. So we are the closest and hopefully can serve their needs. Keep up the good work Hampton News!

We have found a decent new directory and would like to show it off for folks. It is a work in progress so give them a break but it is growing Blue Lands

Happy Mother’s Day from the Quill and Quilt! We did run a mother’s day weekend special but I think we started marketing it too late. I am always surprised we don’t get more people who are going to be in town to visit relatives. Still it is a beautiful day on a beautiful weekend. I hope you are all enjoying it.

This is a great stop if you on Highway 52. It makes for a nice change from the fast food fare that lots of places have on the highways of America. Get a great meal at decent price with some small town flavor thrown in. No need to dress up or worry about any of that as the place is casual but delivers more then is promises.

Breakfast, that is the best they have to offer. You can get a huge amazing breakfast for about $5. So if you are looking for a great deal on breakfast are in the Southeastern Minnesota are then this is the spot. Of course if you have just stayed at the Quill and Quilt Bed and Breakfast, then you don’t need this tip.

Hampton is a just a few minutes north of Cannon Falls on Highway 52. They do not currently have a Bed and Breakfast like the Quill and Quilt but we are so close we hopefully can fulfill that need.

Update:

So… We made it over to Little Oscars this weekend. Again, they are open on Sundays, although we went on Saturday in the mood for a little diner grub. It turns out they make their soups (in fact most things) there, so the vegetable beef had nice big chunks of carrots and other veggies, cooked through but you could taste them – and interspersed with a substantial amount of different size pieces of beef indicating less machine processing – think Mom’s soup, not Campbell’s. Anyway, great diner food and you can sit in the restaurant dining style room or the diner style room. Either way, they have breakfast all day, a range of food and classic diner sandwiches – I had the spaghetti, which was clearly homemade and with fresh grated Parmesan. One fun thing is the trolley, (see photo)– you just don’t have a trolley going around the dining room in most restaurants anymore – Mr. Rogers would be proud. And then, get this! Yeah, I drive by every day but I never noticed, they have a huge very well done garden out back. (see photo). This is unexpected but a really nice touch, it helps to take the edge off the “right on US Hwy 52” effect. So, wander through a beautiful garden and enjoy a home cooked tasty diner style dinner for two on a Saturday night, for about $20. Nice.

Fourth and Main Fabrics in Cannon Falls finally has a web site. If you like fabric and are anywhere near this place, you have to stop by. I am not in the know so i am not sure why but every time I am in there, there are folks from Iowa, Southern Minnesota or Wisconsin. Fabric people and you know if this applies to you, go crazy over this place. Well the good news is now you can get a peak online so you can share the excitement.

They also own the local deli which is delightful so it makes it easy to make a day of it.

$25 for One 18-Hole Round of Golf with Golf Cart at The Summit Golf Club (Up to $52 Value). This is a Groupon deal so is good today only I think. anyways it is a great deal on golf at a really nice course that is in better shape then some of the twin cities courses this time of the year. Do not pass this one up.

If you missed the deal it is still a great course that opens early in the year. Combine it with the Quill and Quilt Bed and Breakfast for a great golf weekend.

Girls Day Away at the Cannon River Winery is this weekend. The winery is open to local crafts people to sell handmade jewelry, soaps, etc. Makes for a nice way to spend the day before Mother’s day. Make sure to take the full wine tasting as it is a very nice way to get to know the local wines. I personally really liked the whites. I have now been several times, and I plan on going several more times.

The Red Wing Garden Tour is on Sunday July 11th. I know this is aways away but it is always good to get this on the calendar.If you have never done this you are missing a real treat. 6 gardens are open to be toured this year with live music, master gardeners to answer questions and more. I try to get there every other year even if it is just for the stroll on beautiful summer day.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased a head of time. Call 651-388-7569.

The Cannon Valley Trail is celebrating its 25th anniversary on the 4th of June. Activities scheduled to take place at the Welch Station Access. The program starts at noon with some special guest speakers. This is a great chance to visit the town of Welch if you have not already done so.

The Quill and Quilt Bed and Breakfast can provide trail passes to our guests. We also have a package that allows bikers to go Red Wing and stay at a B&B there. Their luggage is transported for them so they can bike back the next day.