Thorstein Veblen Farm National Historic Landmark
- Smoking Allowed
- Pets Allowed
- Swimming Pool
Enjoy the quiet seclusion of the Thorstein Veblen Farmstead National Historic Landmark. The farm was established on virgin prairie in 1867 by Norwegian immigrants Thomas and Kari Veblen and was the childhood home of their son, internationally recognized economist and social critic, Thorstein Veblen. In l981, after many years of neglect, the farm was designated a National Historic Landmark in honor of Thorstein Veblen's stature as a noted American thinker. In addition to being an important historic site the property is also a flower farm providing an abundance of sustainably-raised seasonal cut flowers for local subscribers, area florists, weddings and other events, as well as special orders for individuals. Nerstrand Big Woods State Park is just a stone's throw away if you would like to enjoy the area's spring wild flowers (including the rare Dwarf Trout Lily), do some bird watching, experience the dramatic fall colors, or snowshoe miles of trails. If a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is what you need then come sit on the porch, turn off your phone and get lost in a good book. It's a scenic 20 minute drive into Northfield, home of St. Olaf and Carleton colleges and Defeat of Jesse James Days, Minnesota's largest outstate community festival, and about an hour's drive to the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Red Wing. If you need help making plans we can provide information about local attractions, events, and shopping. We have three second-floor bedrooms available. This listing is for the largest bedroom with a queen size bed, TV and sunny morning exposure. Please see separate listings for the other two bedrooms. A shared bathroom is just steps away from all three bedrooms. The stairs are somewhat steep, as should be expected for a 150 year old farmhouse. but are manageable by anyone of average fitness. We welcome families, but ask that children be at least eight years old because the farmhouse isn't childproof. A simple, mostly-organic breakfast of yogurt, homemade granola, fresh fruit, toast, orange juice, and coffee, tea, and milk, provided. Please let us know about any food allergies or restrictions so we can accommodate your needs. You'll find cookies in the cookie jar or some other tasty treat for an evening snack compliments of the resident baker. Lunch and dinner options abound. There are several restaurants in nearby towns or, for a reasonable charge, we can provide you with a delectable picnic lunch to take along while you explore an area park or have an intimate picnic in the garden at the farm. A popular dinner option is to join us for a delicious seasonal, local-foods dinner in the evening at the farm. Conversations are lively and the price is comparable to area restaurants--paid to the host at the end of your stay (sorry, no credit cards for this service). Details can be worked out after your reservation is confirmed. We share the farm with our two friendly cats, Teasel and Big Kitty and we'd love to share the beauty and peace of our flower farm on the prairie with you as well. This is a working farm so reservations need to be made at least 48 hours prior to your stay. See the farm on Youtube!Guest Access
The first and second floors and porches of the farmhouse as well as the grounds and flower gardens.Interaction with Guests
Staying at the farm can be filled with wide-ranging conversations or it can be a time of quiet contemplation, we take our cue from each guest.The Neighborhood
The farm is it's own serenely quiet world apart. The thing most people comment on after staying here is the QUIET. It's a flower farm in the country with a very long driveway so there's rarely road noise and the nearest neighbor is 1/3 of a mile away. Once you've enjoyed what could be the quietest night of sleep ever you can visit Big Woods State Park. It's just down the road and has miles of trails, waterfalls and wildflowers.