Steve and Susie Harris have been Innkeepers at Anna V's since 2009. They love living in and enjoying the "simple pleasures" of Lanesboro and Historic Bluff Country with it's beautiful countryside, amazing bike trails, wonderful local restaurants, rich history, local arts and music, friendly people, and the consistently wonderful guests of Anna V's!
Susie grew up in Central Minnesota, and loves cooking, antiquing, fishing, gardening, and biking (or cross-country skiing) on the Root River Trail whenever she gets a chance.
Steve grew up in Santa Clara, California, but has been through enough Minnesota winters to earn his snow shovel. His hobbies include writing, reading, and trying to get better at golf at the many local courses. He continues to think that a bike trail with strategically-placed pie shops is a pretty terrific idea.
This Victorian home, built in 1908 by Anna Vickerman, was designed in the classic Queen Anne style with a wraparound front porch, intricately designed filigree, carved woodwork, and a distinctive turret.
Local legend says Anna, recently widowed after the death of her husband, Isaac, sat on the front lawn in her rocking chair and personally inspected the construction of the house. We think she had a good eye and would still be proud of her home more than a century later!
Anna and her two daughters (Hazel and Ola) lived here for about a decade, followed by a number of other families (including that of beloved Lanesboro historian Don Ward). In 1998, the home was transformed into Anna V's Bed and Breakfast by Tammy Steffke. After Tammy, Mike and Gail Eckerman were Innkeepers, followed by current owners, Steve and Susie Harris.
The home's main floor has Gentlemen's and Ladies' parlors, a Dining Room, and Kitchen. There are three guest bedrooms on the second floor: the Rose Room, the Heritage Suite, and Anna's Suite. The third-floor is our Brooklyn Suite, our largest guest room. There's a century-old horse barn on the property, and our garden provides fresh fruit and vegetables, including raspberries, apples, and rhubarb.