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Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour draws hundreds for holiday cheer


LANESBORO, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's a Christmas tradition that has only been around for five years, in homes that have been standing for than one hundred.

"It gives people a chance to tour these homes that they wouldn't normally ever have the chance to get inside of," said Peter Torkelson, owner of Scandinavian Inn. "So we like the chance to open our doors and decorate the whole place up for Christmas, and people are very appreciative."

Lanesboro's Christmas Inn Tour offers a little something for everyone. Whether it be the home-made food, the endless decorations, or the crew of Victorian carolers.

It's the round-the-clock preparation that transforms these old homes into cozy Christmas havens.  Each one inviting visitors in with its historic charm.

Kirsten Mansing, who owns the Scanlan House Bed and Breakfast says it's this quick trip back in time that leaves each visitor with the reminder that Christmas is more than just the gifts and the glitz.

"It's not all about buying a present, or you know, who's got what and how much money to spend," said Mansing.  "This is really just a matter of checking out older homes and seeing how they lived in the past and throwing Christmas along with it in a lot of its natural glory."

Eight bed and breakfasts took part in the Christmas tours this year.  Every inn has its own unique theme--whether it be edible decorations or simple color coordination.

After months of preparation, the innkeepers open their perfectly decorated homes to the public for one day only. Imparting the feeling of good will and Christmas cheer upon all who enter.

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