We spent quite a bit of time and money last year getting the gardens back in shape. Well to make a point of it, the results are beginning to show. The idea is to have new flowers constantly starting as the summer progresses. This is harder then it looks. But so far so good!

The gardens and lawn are already looking good! An early spring in
Minnesota has given us a head start this year, and it looks like June at
The Quill and Quilt about a month earlier than normal. I think we might
have had some snow piles around last year at this time. But as of last
night (May 8th), we had poppies and iris flowering in the back, although
the tulips and most lilacs have come and gone, and the bleeding heart
plant out front has bloomed and probably won’t show those colors for
more than another week or so. But don’t be discouraged, there are a lot
of colorful plants all around the Quill and Quilt though – so more to

In fact, we did a lot of work over the past couple of years to
rebalance the flowering plants around the property, and plant new ones –
so this year there should be lots of colors popping up all around
throughout the summer and early fall.

We also planted raspberries and strawberries and are hoping they bear
some fruit this year. We did get a fair amount of fruit from our
Honeycrisp apple tree last fall and hopefully this year will be the
same. Guests staying in season for these will be rewarded with fresh
fruit grown right on the property!

Something a little different is occurring on Thursday May 3rd, 2012
over at the VFW, which is about 2 blocks from The Quill and Quilt.
They are calling this “Savory Support” and it is a fundraiser to help
raise money and awareness for local veterans…

The main sponsor of the event is The Cannon Falls Ladies Auxiliary VFW
Post #4452. They have teamed up with Rod’s Liquor store and the VFW
itself to put on a wine and craft beer tasting. This promises to be a
fun and interesting event.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased
at the Cannon Falls VFW and from Auxiliary members.
The Cannon Falls VFW is located at 218 North 4th Street~ Cannon Falls.
The event is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday 5/3/2012

The Ole (Oh-LEE) Store Restaurant in Northfield, near St. Olaf College,
has been a Northfield institution for years – although it did close and
get recreated several times over the years. But in this last iteration
last fall, it came back with significant improvements and a different
feel. If you go, you will notice the overall look of the restaurant is
more sophisticated, not pretentious or even upscale, but quite nice.
They redid the wood floors throughout, added some booths, and opened up
some areas – then sectioned off a small bar area. There is tasteful
art, some of which is local, and the layout is arranged very well.

The new menu has something for everyone. On the one hand, they have
standards like steak, fish, burgers, and the flatbread (pizzas) – but
the steaks can be dressed up, the flatbreads are served with less common
toppings as options and the sandwiches can range from simple to out of
the ordinary. They also change out the menu seasonally, and offer chef
inspired entrees and appetizers.
Over the course of two recent visits I experienced service that was
both genuine and efficient. The restaurant was relatively busy on both
occasions, and food was prepared and brought to us in a timely manner in
all cases.

I was able to try several items including their pork tenderloin special
that was made with a fig reduction sauce and dried fruit, which was not
very sweet and was excellent. Local product is used to some extent,
like the grass fed bison combined with pork in the meatloaf – which I
also tried, and it was perfectly seasoned and delicious. The crab cake
appetizer was one of the best I have had in the Midwest, and like most
everything on their menu was presented beautifully.

There is nothing that feels “corporate” about this place, which I
personally appreciate, yet they do a good job of managing the flow of
food – it is clearly run by experienced restaurateurs. In the bar, they
carry only wine and beer (no full bar), but the selections are chosen
well. They offer some very good wines by the glass in the $5-$8 range,
and a few craft beers with a couple domestics, all for $6 or less – and
over half of these are made in Minnesota.

Kudos to the owners of this version of The Ole Store Restaurant, as it
balances the line between homey and a place for special occasions, with
a strong hook into local support. I highly recommend this restaurant if
you don’t mind the 15 mile drive to Northfield from Cannon Falls.

Ole Store Restaurant

The Cannon River Winery has put out their live music schedule for this summer and it is full every weekend out to August. Nothing better then sipping award winning wine while listening to a local artist ply their trade. Ok one thing makes it better is to spend the night at Cannon Falls only B&B!

For more information visit the live music schedule

Or contact them directly at –

Cannon River Winery
421 Mill Street W.
Cannon Falls, MN 55009


Sign up early if you are thinking of staying with us as our summer weekends do fill up.

We are currently offering the Quill and Quilt Bed and Breakfast for sale. Contact info is below. Please understand this is an ongoing business and as such all viewings etc need to be scheduled.

This beautiful house was built in 1897, in the Colonial Revival style of architecture, and for the family of a prominent physician. The house and property are in excellent condition. There are many features of the home which have been preserved throughout the years. Some examples include the fan-shaped leaded glass window, wood floors, brick, pocket doors, porches and the fireplaces. There are many quality updates and improvements that have been made including 200-amp electrical and upgraded plumbing infrastructure. So, the combination of this has resulted in a charming home with plenty of character, that is also very comfortable and modern in many functional aspects.
There are 8 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms in the house, 5 of which are used a bed & breakfast guest rooms/suites. In the current configuration there are five guest rooms and each has a full size private attached bathroom with a large whirlpool jet tub. Four of the five have two-person whirlpool tubs and a shower built separate from the whirlpool. One has an oversized single whirlpool with a shower structure built into this enclosure. The guest rooms are all on the 2nd or 3rd floor of the house, maximizing privacy for guests and innkeepers alike.
One of the other 3 bedrooms is located on the first floor, and in the current configuration is used for spa/massage services. There is another full bathroom on the first floor. Also located on the first floor, and in what is generally common area, is an impressive parlor featuring an original porcelain tile and quarter-sawn oak fireplace, a library with floor to ceiling shelves, large dining room, foyer and entry area adorned in specialty woodwork, and original wood in excellent condition throughout with fully functional pocket doors separating the rooms, and much more.
The kitchen is located in what is considered private innkeeper space, but also on the first floor. It is spacious with a center island, with lots of cupboard and counter space. Off the kitchen is a combination mudroom/porch, which has a sitting area and a stone fireplace (gas), and access to a private deck which leads around to the dining area.
The lower level of the house is completely private and is also private innkeeper space in the current arrangement. The entire lower level is completely and nicely finished as private innkeeper space. This area has another (3/4) bathroom, as well as the laundry area and space for an office. There are two bedrooms and a living room area. The LL walks out to a large private deck, and has been fitted with egress windows and an air exchange system.
There is a large 4-stall, two level garage – the upper level being a large storage space. The garage has a gas fired furnace for heat (when needed) and considerable electrical capacity.
This is a fully functional, turnkey bed and breakfast. Each of the five guest rooms is outfitted with a quality bed, private luxury attached bathroom with a whirlpool tub, fireplace, wall mounted TV with DVD and cable, d?cor, furniture, A/C, and everything needed to operate as a top quality B&B.
The location of the property is perfect, located just a block or two from the town’s most important attractions – The Cannon River Winery and The Cannon Valley Trail, as well as the downtown section of Cannon Falls, and The Cannon Falls – yet the house is located on a residential street and away from any thoroughfares. The back of the house overlooks a beautiful baseball field, which parallels the Little Cannon River leading up to the falls and city trails.
In relation to the primary market, The Twin Cities, Cannon Falls can be accessed easily on US Hwy 52. It is therefore a very easy 30 minute drive to St. Paul or about 40 minutes to Minneapolis – and is easily reached in 20-60 minutes from anywhere in the metropolitan area. Cannon Falls is also the logical halfway point between Rochester and The Twin Cities.


Thank you for your time,


Todd Burmeister
615 Hoffman Street West
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
Phone: +1-612-803-7066
email: toddburme@msn.com

Spring has come so early that it needs to be discussed. We have green glass and flowers already in the garden. It is a little less pretty then it sounds as some stuff has not responded to the early spring.

The golf courses are all open and actually in really great shape. Golfing on a really nice fairway in April is not that common so it is worth doing.  We have two very nice courses in Cannon Falls so come check them out.

The bike trail has been open for a while but it is now biking through the green pathway along the Cannon River that it was intended to be. I would plan a late afternoon bike ride as we seem to be getting over 60 almost everyday by 3 PM. We are seeing some great days so come down for that.

The annual Nature Valley Bicycle Festival is coming back to Cannon Falls on Thursday, June 14th, 2012. This annual event uses the Cannon Valley Bike Trail that starts in Cannon Falls and goes to Red Wing, MN. This is a great even to come see with the kids and family.

In addition, this year we will be helping raise funds for Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota the new beneficiary for the 2012 event. Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota is the first hospice and respite care home in Minnesota exclusively for children.

Along with helping to raise money for this worthy cause, this event is also great publicity for our community and a great way to let people know what a great place Cannon Falls is to shop in, to bike in, to visit and to live in! It is also a great opportunity to promote the Cannon Valley Trail. Do you know that Cannon Falls receives over $50,000 worth of media and marketing publicity by hosting this event? Check out the website at www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com , click on “Grand Prix” and follow the links to see the great publicity that is printed about Cannon Falls!

Planning is now underway to make this year’s race, expo area, kids race and other activities bigger and better. There will be live music, concessions and other booths in the Cannon Falls expo area located on Mill Street in front of the library plus Nature Valley will be once again hosting a neighborhood picnic at the Eastside Park as a way to say thank you to those folks living along the in-town circuit. The Cannon Falls Community Band will be performing at the Neighborhood Picnic. This is your opportunity to see world-class professional athletes in action and help a worthy cause at the same time.

They are looking for helpers so make a day of it and help a great cause and help promote biking in MN.

Now a family tradition here in Cannon Falls, the annual
Children’s Easter Hunt will be held on Saturday, APRIL
7 at 10 a.m. The Easter Bunny has assured us that he/she
will be hopping in to give us a hand!
Children aged 10 and under are invited to come to the parking lot of the Cannon
Falls Library to get a number that matches a number on a bag of Easter candy at
one of the participating businesses. They are also asked to bring a donation of
food or cash for the Cannon Falls Food Shelf. This event was created as a vehicle
to promote local businesses. Children and their parents go from business to
business in search of the matching number.
Here’s what you need to know to participate in this promotion:
Candy bags will be assembled on Thursday, April 5 at 8 a.m. at the CANNON
numbered and labeled with the business name on them. The day of the event you
either need to set the bags in a window so people can see the numbers OR post the
numbers on your door, so participants know which bags you have. All
participating businesses are asked to send a representative to help fill the baskets.
Remember the old adage…“Many hands make light the work”.
There is no cost to you to participate. Any Chamber member business that is open
on Saturdays is invited to take part in this promotion.
If you would like to be a part of this event, please call or email the
Chamber office BY FRIDAY, MARCH 30TH. Questions??? Call
the Chamber at 263-2289 or email: tourism@cannonfalls.org

The The Cactus Blossoms are coming to Cannon Falls. this is a must see concert in the new auditorium. See more below.

You have to drive no further than Cannon Falls to enjoy world-class entertainment! The Cactus Blossoms, one of the metro area’s top Country & Western bands will be performing a benefit concert in the Cannon Falls High School Auditorium, on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. The concert also includes a special guest appearance by The Dovetailers.


The Cactus Blossoms recorded their debut CD locally, at the LittleBig Studio co-owned by Brent Sigmeth and Jeff McCusker. It is that local connection that has given us the opportunity to hear this group perform. The success of this concert will likely open the door to more and more events of this caliber to be held at the auditorium. Our new auditorium at the Cannon Falls High School provides the perfect venue for events like this.


Proceeds from this event will go toward the installation of new lighting for the auditorium as well as maintenance. Advanced tickets are available online at http://www.cfaud.eventbrite.com Enter promo code: Cactus for $5 off ticket price. Tickets also available at the door for $20.


This is a great way for you to enjoy a great concert and support the use of the new auditorium as well.

After one of the mildest winters in history, we finally have some snow and more on the way. Welch village has been open all year and will continue to the end of the season. But now we have some decent snow scheduled. I do not mind skiing on man made snow as all skiing is good but lets face it, skiing on the real stuff is better. So if you have been putting off your weekend getaway then now is the time. Make it a weekend getaway with a nice stay at the Quill and Quilt combined with a bunch of downhill skiing. We are just minutes away from Welch Village. Get all the comfort and feel of a premier B&B with the great outdoor activity of skiing. Reserve today!