A weekend in Lanesboro is perfect for everything from a bike ride to a trip to the theater.

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Tucked deep in southern Minnesota’s bluff country lies Lanesboro—the perfect getaway for a day or two on two wheels or four.

Root River State Bike Trail

Image by Todd Buchanan/Greenspring Media

Nestled in the bluffs of the Root River Valley is the hidden gem of Lanesboro in southeastern Minnesota. It’s no wonder so many of the establishments along the charming main drag here have bikes—and canoes and kayaks—for rent. The town’s greatest appeal, arguably, is the Root River State Bike Trail, rated one of the best trails in the Midwest.

Winding some 60 miles through the valley, the trail runs along an abandoned railroad bed through towering 300-foot limestone bluffs, forestlands, river beds and rolling fields. In the winter months, this vast network becomes fertile stomping ground for snowshoes and cross country skiing. There are also more than 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in and around town.

In warmer months, take a leisurely and refreshing float down the river, toss in a fishing line or just enjoy one of the many serene picnic spots flanking the river banks. Then unwind in the parlor of one of the many bed and breakfasts that have earned this town with a population of just 800 the title, “B&B Capital of Minnesota.”

Interior shot of Surly Brewing with a full crowd of people

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Take in a spirited comedy or stirring drama at the Commonweal Theatre—a state-of-the-art theater known as the “rural Guthrie,” a nod to not only the furnishings that made their way from the downtown Minneapolis establishment to their current home in Lanesboro, but also to the incredible performances on its stage at any time of the year.

Small town charm with all of the big city amenities await in Lanesboro. Get going.


City Secrets

Snag room No. 5 at The Scandinavian Inn B&B and relish the rare treat of waking up to breakfast lifted directly to you on a dumbwaiter. You can even tell the kitchen exactly what you would like to eat through a speaking tube. For good eats, don’t miss Pedal Pushers Café, a throwback in décor but forward-thinking in food: Most of their menu is locally sourced. Or get cozy in a booth or on one of the stools at the Spud Boy Diner.

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