Ways to Play in the Root River Valley
Lanesboro's history and art
Lanesboro (population: 788, left), a hub for the river and trail, dazzles with its pretty, walkable downtown and stately church steeples. Many of the rehabbed buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. A number of the historic homes and buildings house bed-and-breakfast inns.
Lanesboro also has an arts scene worthy of a bigger place. The professional Commonweal Theatre offers comedies, family-friendly shows and musicals in a new 200-seat house (800/657-7025; commonwealtheatre.org). The nonprofit Lanesboro Art Center showcases the works of local artists, selling items such as scarves, jewelry and paintings; classes for children and adults also are offered (507/467-2446; lanesboroarts.org).