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B&B Blog

February 18, 2015 
Don and I both wear many different hats running the Carriage House, but the very best part of the endeavor is meeting the many wonderful guest that come into our lives. Reading a short story on the porch, preparations for a wedding day, poetry at breakfast, book recommendations, favorite sports teams all contribute to a memorable stay for both our guests and us.
Without you, we wouldn't be here. Thank you for giving us so much!
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Letter and Review
May 7, 2014 
As a lodging partner for GRSF, we have teamed-up with the festival to offer you great lodging, fabulous theater, and extra goodies when you come to the festival and book with us. There is just one catch: to get 20% off on your theater tickets, you must call us to obtain a code that shows you have reservations with us. Our number 507.452.6510.
With our B & B just across the street from the theater, this is an offer that can't be equaled. Stay with us for your best Midsummer Night's Dream!
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April 10, 2014 
After a couple of weeks trying to untangle the web, so to speak, our new website hit cyber space this morning. Our fall and winter seasons produced a new look to the old face of things at the Carriage House. Most consuming was the dining room restoration and instituting its companion our Artisan Breakfast--both with fabulous results. Guest enjoy the light, cheerful atmosphere during breakfast while we've discovered the many uses and advantages of the 18' table-Don actually refers to it as The Table. The dining room also has computer and internet capabilities, so we are offering it as a facility for club, board, or business meetings as well as a charming location for a bridal shower, birthday party, or other special event. Contact us at (507) 452-8256 for rates and availability. We recently hosted a Connect Winona meeting, utilized our media, served light morning fare, and relished the opportunity to gather with our fellow members of Winona's fine hospitality base.
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Dining Room with people
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Counters with food
Imagining as well as preparing breakfast claims time both as an art and a science. Constructing seasonal menus with a strong focus on healthy yet delicious foods has transformed our B & B. The growing trend toward buying locally is smart, economical, and savvy. A tomato grown in our town will simply taste better than even the best organic tomato grown across the country. A hearty but not heavy breakfast better energizes us, so we function at our best all day. Along with these ideas, we like to surprise our guests with wonderful house-baked treats. I love cooking and enjoy the pleasure it brings to everyone who stays here.
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October 19, 2013 

Dancing on the Drive

On Friday, September 20th, the Carriage House ushered in the Autumnal equinox with Dancing on the Drive, an outdoor dance and social event. Carriage House guests, neighbors, friends, and a mix of owner and host Don's university economic students greeted the fall season energized by dancing and listening to big band, jazz, and rock-n- roll music while conversation flowed and appetizers passed freely as guests took a break from the floor.

Staff Preparations

Staff member Ethan worked lighting magic on the grounds in the days preceding the party by hanging lights, hauling tables and chairs, creating, along with the beauty of a starlit sky replete with full moon, an inviting, even romantic, atmosphere. Warm evening temperatures added another perfect dimension to the evening. Carriage House staff member Brianna helped to prepare luscious appetizers featuring skewered antipasto bites, Greek vegetable roll-ups, stuffed cherry tomatoes, and chili-cheese dip served on crostini.

Evening events

Party goers began the evening with a pre-party fox trot dance lesson on the drive, mastering the basic step and a few turns and spins. Along with the fox trot, dancers displayed some "mean" swing moves and even swept around the drive in a Viennese waltz. Don broke in his dancing shoes leading every woman present around the drive in a dance.

As if on cue as the party was winding down, a cool fall breeze picked up, and over-night temperatures dropped to remind us that beautiful fall colors are just around the corner. Inspired by the enthusiastic reception, we hope to turn Dancing on the Drive into a semi-annual event as we are already planning a spring celebration. 
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Couple dancing
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Bedroom with bed

Our Newest Guest Room

We now offer a 5th guest room named in honor of former Carriage House hostess Deb. Our largest room located in the main house is available to our guests when the original Carriage House is booked. The room is filled with antique furniture and includes a private, restored, vintage '20's bathroom with shower.

Winona Area Fall Events 

Outdoor recreation, scenic river drives, and cultural events mark life in and around Winona during the fall.

Highlights include:
  • Fall Color Hike the Bluff (Oct 5th & 12th) 
  • Voices from the Past Cemetery Walk (Oct 12th-13th) 
  • Theatre du Mississippi The Drowned Man written by Winona native Dan Munson (Oct 18th-20th) 
  • Trestor Trolly Fall Color Tour (Oct 20th) 
  • Ensemble Galilei concert (Nov 7th) 
  • Holiday Harvest Wine and Food Festival (Nov 9th-10th) 
  • Tundra Swan Watch Bus Tour (Nov 16th) 
  • Winona Art Walk (Nov 23rd) 
  • Artists Holiday Sale (Dec 7th) 
  • Christmas Candlelight House Tour (Dec 8th) 
  • 100 Miles of Christmas (Dec 7th-8th)