LANESBORO AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
PO Box 348
Lanesboro, MN 55949
June 29, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After fifteen years of operation, the Habberstad House Bed & Breakfast in Lanesboro will transition to new owners on June 30th, 2015. The previous owners, Dave and Nancy Huisenga, originally came to Habberstad as guests in June of 2000 for their anniversary. There was a last minute opening, and by September of that year they had purchased the house from then-owner Nancy Martinson. Within one week, they were welcoming their first guests.
“We fell in love with Lanesboro,” Nancy Huisenga said during a 6/23 interview, stating that the couple is “leaving our legacy behind,” but they are confident the new owners, Mark & Elaine Edwards, “will enjoy living here.”
The Huisengas leave behind an impressive legacy for the venerable B&B: during their time as owners, an architect from the Minnesota Historical Society approved built-on additions for the property, as well as a repainting of the 1897 house to a traditional color scheme. Under the Huisengas, Habberstad expanded from three rooms to six, along with the addition of a replica carriage house designed by Dave from the house’s original layout. Dave and Nancy also requested that their thanks be passed on to many of the local artisans and craftsmen who helped expand and maintain the house over the years.
In fifteen years of operation, Habberstad attracted a fiercely loyal following, with some guests visiting the lodging between fifteen and twenty times. During that time, Nancy performed with the local Commonweal Theatre and Community Theatre, and wrote a book detailing their lives as small town innkeepers. Their time at the Habberstad House saw a great change in the style of inkeeping, going from penciled calendars and black-and-white brochures to high-tech online reservation systems, credit cards, and challenging dietary requirements.
Dave and Nancy described their leaving of Habberstad House as “bittersweet,” and looked back fondly on their time as innkeepers, stating that they want to keep involved with the goings on in town, but are “ready for the next chapter.”
Habberstad House opens its new chapter on June 30th under new owners Mark & Elaine Edwards.