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.
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.
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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.
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.