Here at the Quill & Quilt we believe in minimizing our impact to the
environment through common sense measures. We endeavor to educate
staff, and demonstrate leadership through our processes and decisions as
they impact the environment. We believe it is equally important to
understand the reasons behind a decision, as it is to implement the
decision. It is through this ongoing demonstration and experience that
we feel we can have the most impact. Therefore, one thing we focus on
is presenting our customers with high quality, locally produced
consumable products during their stay. This includes many of the
ingredients used for breakfast, as well as cleaning & spa products
provided to guests. This goes hand in hand with another focus, which is
to minimize the amount of fossil fuel needed to sustain the inn. To
that end, and in addition to utilizing many sustainable and organic
products: we provide filtered tap water and never purchase water bottled
in plastic containers, utilize concentrated cleaning products, purchase
many products made with recycled materials, get 100% of our electrical
power from wind, and recycle all cardboard, plastic and other recyclable
materials. In closing, we want to state this is not borne of a belief
system, but rather a reaction to a real situation. The management of
this inn joins with The National Academy of Sciences, The
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, The Weather Channel, The
Union of Concerned Scientists and others in stating that we realize the
temperature on Earth is rising, and it is our opinion that this is
clearly the result of human activities, including but limited to the use
of fossil fuels as energy. The policies of this inn in regard to the
environment are clear choices of responsible behavior, pointed very
clearly at reducing global warming. It is our sincere hope that common
sense measures will be adopted beyond the inn by those who have
encountered this inn as a guest, through the community, or as a member
of the team.

I cannot say enough about this place. The deli was remodeled and opened a few years ago. The d?cor is right out of the 1920’s. The tin coved ceilings and the hexagon tiles with the name in it are just some of the fantastic period remodeling that went into the restaurant. The owner, Gary had a real vision of what he wanted, and he nailed it. The chairs and table are real wood but in a comfortable way with a substantial feel. The large deli counter is the feature of the place in that you obviously have to mosey on up to order but not in an intimidating way. If you have been to a place that is a bit out of the ordinary and found yourself wondering what do I do here, then this bit of info makes sense. The whole thing could be taken right from time square or a backstreet of Chicago. All he is missing is the accent and the grime (the place is immaculate!). Plenty of seating while you wait for them to bring your order to you.
Now for the food. Being as you have just stepped in from a Southern Minnesota small town street, you are expecting a certain cuisine even if the name deli is on the door. Well you are wrong. the honey mustard has a bite. You want some fresh avocado on that? No problem as they have it. Overall, I thought the menu was maybe a little too risky for small town tastes but I am clearly wrong as show up during a rush and you will have a hard time finding a table. They do daily soups and everything is customizable to taste so do not fear that you will be gastronomically pushed during your lunch hour if you don’t want to be.
Now for the best trip. Go during a sunny day and eat on the patio to the side of the building. We ate and watched the hummingbirds fly in and amongst the flowers. Totally delightful!
The Quill and Quilt uses the Old Market Deli for our days when someone wants to eat at an odd hour or some other special request. We have a deal with them where our guest can go over and order whatever they want and charge it back to us. This has proven very good for all involved as the Deli does a great breakfast with lots of options.

The Old Market Deli
331 Mill St W
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
(507) 263-8888

Dudley’s Pizza & Sandwich Shop of Cannon Falls is a lical sandwhich and pizza shop. I have had teh delivery a few times and honestly vouch for this pizza. I like it. This is a high quality flavorful pizza. It does not resemble the major delivery brands in that it is going have more flavor and a bit more grease then those brands but in a good way. The big size is really big. Feeds a good five people well. We had a group of six and ordered two extra large and we way over did it.
The B&B works well for this if you have a large group over night and want to keep to our common rooms and chat. We had the whole B&B so we ordered the two and then sat around to all hours of the night having a good time. They deliver right to the Quill and Quilt so no need to go out. It is a great way to keep the flow going if you are enjoying the fireplace on a chilly night or back patio on a summer evening.
I have no experienced the sandwich side of the shop but I was talking Lisa from Frog Creek Pottery and she uses them to make her picnic lunches in the summer. Her opinion was that it was a great sandwich at a good value. Who doesn’t like that? They pride themselves on making a lot of the stuff from scratch with high quality ingredients. Sort of makes you want to pick up the phone and order doesn’t it? They also offer dine in.

Dudley’s Pizza & Sandwich Shop

320 W Mill St
Cannon Falls, MN 55009-2045

It is easy to forget about dinner at The Cannon Golf Club.
But, you should try and remember it for a few reasons. To start, they
are only about 3 miles from downtown Cannon Falls. You just go north on
Hwy-20 to the sign for Randolph (Goodhue 17) and go a mile or so on 17,
and look for their clubhouse off to the left. Also, the atmosphere is
very pleasant, either overlooking the golf course from the very nice
inside or sitting outside on their patio. Then, one of the best things,
is there is some creativity going on with the food – which is
inexplicably lacking in Cannon Falls. They offer good flatbread pizzas,
and some interesting entr?es that are not on their online menu but are
rather tasty – since it is Cannon Falls, they have plenty of burger
options too. Important to some of us, they also have a respectable bar
selection with good choices in beer and wine. And finally, the cost
when considering everything is quite reasonable. The only thing that can
get in the way of all this value, is they don’t have a separate room for
banquets. This means they have to close the dining room and are not
open for dinner when they have an event. So, save yourself some
trouble by calling ahead to verify they are open for dinner, especially
on Saturdays. Their menu is here.

8606 295th Street East
Cannon Falls, Minnesota 55009
Phone: 507-263-3126 Fax 507-263-9486

Cannon Falls offers a few venues for antiquing. And being less then an hour from the Twin Cities, really makes it a desirable location for doing such. No one wants to drive too long with their brand new treasure strapped to the roof.
Country Side Antique Mall has a lot of smaller dealers all in one location. We have done well with finding nice pieces for the Bed and Breakfast as most dealers specialize in some niche or another once you realize that, it makes finding what you want a lot easier. We have a rough sawn oak theme to most of our major pieces and we found some excellent ones there. But the real gems are in the smaller items. and they have tons of them. You can browse for hours in the aisles just looking for the ideal lamp or ceramic piece. The prices are labeled but like in most good antique stores, it is open to interpretation. This is not a flea market in Mexico so don’t expect to get them down by half but most of the dealers will drop a bit for a reasonable offer.
Schaffer’s Antiques is another nice location. They have big and small with a fair amount of everything. It has the perfect feel in that it looks like it was just all thrown in there haphazard and opened for business. Not the case as the owner is very helpful and knows exactly what he has and where it is. Don’t be shy about asking.
I hope this helps you find that perfect center piece the next time you are going through Cannon Falls. Or the next time you want to stay at a great B&B and take more time to peruse, just let us know. We have a room for you.

The 2011 “Cannon Falls Wine and Art Festival” is now in its 2nd year – at least in this format. This is a different festival from the “Cannon Falls Art Festival” which you may recall from a few years back – held on Mill Street in front of the Cannon River Winery.
The new format is much more pleasant and brings more attention to wine and music. Hannah’s Bend Park is beautiful and spacious. It is laden with 100+ year-old trees, borders the Cannon River and is the site of a Frisbee golf course (except for this weekend of course). You can easily walk or bike from the center of town.
There is no charge for the festival which opens at 10am and runs to 5pm on Saturday & Sunday (7/16 & 7/17). There is also a variety of music and other entertainment – the sort of which you might expect at an outdoor wine and art festival, again, all free. It is, after all, a wine & art festival, so you can assume that you could purchase wine & art – and in fact that is the case.
If you would like to sample the wines, there is a $20/person fee and you must be 21 years old. You will be granted opportunity to sample wines from 12 of the best wineries in the region, and talk to representatives directly involved in the operation of producing these wines. The wine tasting is from 12pm-4pm each day.
This festival has a strong local element; some may say it is their focus. There will be locally sourced food products, local wines, and naturally local artisans. Prominently, there is a good variety of local art represented and much is very accessible. Proceeds go toward a local memorial the town wants to build to honor Veterans – in another park just down the river from Hannah’s Bend.
It is hard to beat the combination of beautiful nature, live music, interesting art, and the opportunity to check out the wines of 12 local and unique wineries at the same time.

I recently did a quick stop at Dan’s Bar in New Trier. I was surprised by how nice and well… how nice it was. New Trier is a decent looking little town and you wouldn’t miss it if you blinked but you could yawn your way through it pretty easily. So Dan’s is one of one in the town. This is not always a good thing. But in this case it is. The place seemed very kept up and even inviting. The deck off the side seemed perfect for a Sunday night with friends.
I was not able to partake when I was there but I have heard they have a fantastic fish fry. I look forward to seeing if this is true as I can haul them in with the best of them. I also heard tales of an amazing Bloody Mary. Again worth pursuing. Maybe getting a good group together and looking into both of these at the same time would be the ticket.
New Trier is really just a bout a blink away from being missed but Dan’s is right in the middle of town on the main road so there is no way to miss it if you are at all trying to find it.
And we are the Quill and Quilt would be your closest Bed and Breakfast option so feel free to include us in your plans to visit this fun small town hot spot.

King’s Place in Miesville, MN was surprisingly packed for a nice summer afternoon. I had to sit at the bar which then soon began to fill in. I was right before noon so that might explain some of it but wow. I had been told to expect a good hamburger and sports bar atmosphere. The atmosphere was sports bar but definitely seemed fine for a family lunch though too. Roomy place with lots of character. Pretty nice small town bar was more of the feel when i walked in and then saw a few kids eating with mom and dad. So overall it was an anything goes setting. A patio was on the side but didn’t seem that inviting as it was just off the parking lot.
Never one to have to be told twice, I ordered a hamburger. You could tell by the menu that this was what was expected of me. The whole right side is hamburgers. Fine by me. I have have been dieting so I went for a bacon burger with fried onions. Oops. I would skip anything with bacon as it was ground bacon bits and not slices. Not bad but struck the wrong chord. I was looking for a big high calorie burger to break my long streak without and bacon bits on top was not the thing. That being said the burger was really good and went down fast. I am actually hard pressed to give more details as I pretty much just inhaled it. The chips and soda were well chips and soda.
I can see where it is a nice place to stop in if you are going here to there or live in the area and want to have some food and fun. Again the Quill and Quilt of Cannon Falls is the closest Bed and Breakfast to them so look for us if you want to stay near Miesville.