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!

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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.




Second shot -




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.



Harvest Crew


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.