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

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.

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.

Cannon Falls is a small town with no live theater, and performances of
any kind are somewhat rare. So when the Cannon Falls High School does
their spring drama it adds a nice touch of culture in the only real
auditorium in the city (located at the high school).

This year the students are putting on a production of “Our Town,” by
Thornton Wilder. The play is set in a tiny New Hampshire town known as
Grover’s Corners in the early 20th Century. This is a charming,
evocative and touching story. And the drama program at Cannon Falls is
actually pretty good, the students do a nice job of staging and
performing by high school standards. In short, this is $8 well spent if
you enjoy live theater.

There will be 4 performances of Our Town this May, Saturday the 12th,
Friday the 18th & Saturday the 19th all at 7:00 p.m. – plus Sunday the
13th at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be at the Cannon Falls High
School Auditorium (820 East Minnesota Street). Tickets are $8 for adults
and may be purchased at the door.

Chamber Merchandise Certificates

…A Great Way to Support the Local Economy

Need a gift idea? Want to purchase something that will please anyone on your list? Want to do something good for the local economy and support local businesses at the same time? Why not purchase Chamber Merchandise Certificates this holiday season?

Chamber Merchandise Certificates can be ordered and purchased through the Chamber office. The certificates are done in increments of $5 or $10 and can be redeemed at ANY CF Chamber member business in exchange for goods or services. There is no expiration date on the Chamber Merchandise Certificates.

If you are planning to give Chamber dollars away as Christmas gifts, please purchase them prior to December 21st.

We are Chamber members and will be accepting these at the Quill and Quilt Bed and Breakfast. This is a fantastic gift idea for friends and family. Give them to your co-workers or where ever you are having a hard time thinking of gift idea. These keep on giving to the local community. So please support Cannon Falls!

President Obama visited Cannon Falls today on the beginning of his tour through the Midwest. He came in at about noon and gave a speech at the local park in a town meeting style and then went through downtown on his way out. He stopped at the Old Market Deli and had some lunch before leaving. A big congrats to Gary and crew over there as they do an amazing job and it was nice to see them rewarded in such a nice way.

The local and national press were all over Cannon Falls. Fox news had done some footage in the Cannon River Winery which aired this morning. I saw some live coverage of the event on CNN and it really made the Cannon River look amazing as a backdrop for his speech. Overall it was fantastic for Cannon Falls and the town responded in kind with cheering his bus as it rolled through downtown.

I personally was surprised at how emotional I felt upon seeing him. He is the President and thus commands our great country. It was a great day to be an American in Cannon Falls.

One of the places in Cannon Falls that tends to get overlooked, but is truly unique and worthy of a stop is Lisa Dolezal’s Frog Creek Pottery. The studio and retail store is located just west of Cannon Falls and is open essentially every day, just follow the sign off MN Hwy-19 for Frog Creek Pottery…  One reason I want to highlight Frog Creek right now is because their annual Harvest Festival is coming up the weekend of September 17-18. At this festival you can enjoy a delightful autumn day in the country… And, discover a cornucopia of clever ideas for Fall decorating or some early holiday shopping…This festival features some of the area’s finest artisans and growers. It starts at 10am and ends at 5pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.You can stroll around the pond and enjoy pottery (of course), hand blown glass, metal work, painting, photography, massage, pumpkins, scare crows, corn stalks, squash, gourds, mums, apples, honey, bees wax candles, handmade soap, bird houses, bird feeders, yard art, handmade hats, clothing, jewelry, and (truly) much more! — Keep in mind that Frog Creek does more than just this one festival. Lisa offers a range of classes, does some demonstrations, and there are interesting group tours available.  You can see all they offer at http://www.frogcreek.com  I highly recommend paying them a visit next time you are near Cannon Falls!

Some reasons to visit Cannon Falls in the winter… First, don’t forget about the excellent on-site massage & spa services right here in the house – you never have to go out in the cold after your massage. Plus all 5 of our rooms have a nice whirlpool & a fireplace – it is fun to watch the snow fall from inside a cozy place…The Cannon River Winery stays open most days all winter and provides music on the weekends….Welch Village is an easy 15 minute drive away, where they have great skiing & snowboarding and an outstanding chalet…The Cannon Valley Trail is groomed all the way to Red Wing for cross country skiing, or cross country ski in the Big Woods State Park… If you have snowmobiles, bring them, this area has some great trails! Hjermstad Hardware rents snowshoes and there are lots of places to snowshoe…  And if you want to stay inside, 4th & Main Fabrics offers seminars in their studio…

Cannon Falls is a year around destination. As well as all the rooms at the Quill and Quilt are equipped with a fireplace or stove. Snuggle up in front of the fire while watching a DVD from our library and just stay out of the cold.

On Monday, President Barack Obama is going to do a town hall meeting in Cannon Falls, MN. The event will be held at 11:45 am at Lower Hannah’s Bend Park. Tickets are free and available to the public beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cannon Falls City Hall. They are on a first come, first serve basis so don’t delay.

The meeting is part of a Midwest tour of meeting to discuss the economy. It is to start in Cannon Falls and then go on to Iowa and Illinois. The president will be discussing what can be done to grow the economy and strengthen the middle class.

Cannon Falls and the Minneapolis area should view this as an opportunity to see the president and hopefully get some of their concerns aired. if you plan to attend, avoid bringing lots of stuff. Security will be tight. ““For security reasons, do not bring bags and limit personal items. No signs or banners permitted. All attendees will go through airport-like security. Due to limited space at the event the White House will only be able to fulfill a limited number of requests for tickets.””

The event is a long walk from the Quill and Quilt Bed and Breakfast. We are currently full Sunday night but have plenty of openings for Monday. Make your reservation early if you want to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

This is the first Presidential visit to Cannon Falls in the last hundred year or so. When the Colvill monument was dedicated, we had a president Coolidge visit. I asked the Chamber of Commerce about how this visit came about. Pat responded, “I wish I could take some of the credit…but actually seems as though a couple of White House staffers were in CF (likely scoping out locations)…had lunch and liked what they saw…everything snowballed from there. Its going to be a wild ride! Tons of phone calls and emails already :-)

 

Getting it made to display at the Quill and Quilt

 

Here is the actual banner which we got up last night. The Cannon River Winery also a similar one up so great minds must think alike. hahaha