A Reed and Mary Adventure

Today we headed north to Mantorville, MN and we invited Becky to go along with us. When Reed and I went to Marigold Days in Mantorville last fall we vowed to return so we could eat at the Hubbell House.

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It’s a very historic, award winning restaurant that started in 1854 as a stagecoach stop on the way west.

The rooms are all decorated with antiques, Confederate memorabilia, beautiful china, Victorian mirrors, and Civil War mementos.

We had a delicious lunch of Hubbell House onion rings, salad, shrimp, walleye and patty melt – our own choices and why didn’t I have a picture taken with our delicious food in front of us?

This huge artwork of famous Minnesotans hangs in the restaurant – it is very cool and a key to the portraits is available.

In the lobby is a collection of over 1000 shoes – amazing!

After lunch we visited the antique malls and art center and drove. Y this old log cabin decorated with a huge wreath.

All in all a very fun day but wait – we made a stop in Kasson before we got to Mantorville because we were plenty early. We walked into the used furniture store and I bought a red loveseat for $89 in really good shape. We drove around to the back of the store and shuffled the dog carrier towards the front of the van and shoved the loveseat in and took off — we did all of this in the 10 minutes we had to spare before our reservation. Haha! That’s how I like to shop.

I tried out Facebook Marketplace on Thursday night and sold my big leather couch for $25 — in about 10 minutes. The next day I walk into the used furniture store and there was the loveseat I had in mind. Yahoo!

I won’t even have to guard it from the animals because I just saved about $500! I can buy another one next year and not feel at all guilty- it’s a win-win! Love it!

Here are the red and white chair covers – they look really nice.

It’s been a full day – I still have to find some Christmas music for church tomorrow morning so I’ll say goodnight!

35 thoughts on “A Reed and Mary Adventure

  1. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Congratulations on selling your old couch so quickly AND finding the perfect replacement!! Looks like a fun place to eat, but I didn’t recognize a single person in the picture collage…some of those shoes look familiar as my mom has a small collection of them!

  2. Diana Schumacher

    Love reading about your adventures with Reed!! Things he will remember for years.

  3. Rhoda Ebersole

    What a fund day you had.
    Wish I could shop like you do and buy and sell so quickly.

    I have a friend whose last name is Hubbell.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Rhoda – is your friend from Minnesota? I don’t have time to think about my purchases too long.

  4. Sandi

    I love your red and white covered chairs. I hope you post a picture of your love seat when it’s in place. It looks like you guys had a great day. Hugs,

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sandi – you know I will – show you the loveseat and I have all those wonderful red and white quilts that will fit a loveseat perfectly.

  5. Kathy Hanson

    Oh Mary, you and Reed have such wonderful adventures!! And the perfect love seat as well!!
    My husband and I are having an early dinner there tomorrow night – we had our wedding reception there in October of 2006 as well. It is a very special place and the food is always delicious. So glad you had your adventure there!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy Hanson – You’ll have a wonderful dinner tomorrow night! It was a super fun day as was the day we visited you and your lovely llamas and alpacas, another one of our adventures!

  6. Diane Bauer

    I grew up in Rochester. The Hubbell House was a frequent destination for birthday dinners, Mother’s Day brunch, etc. I don’t remember the shoe collection or the Minnesotan portrait collage—thinking it’s time for a return visit! Love that you and Reed have regular adventures!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane Bauer – I love Rochester and I can certainly see that the Hubbell House would be perfect for those special occasions – so many rooms for private parties, etc. did you read the comment that Kathy is going there tonite with her husband – they held their wedding reception there.

  7. Jo in Wyo.

    Mary, your new glasses look great! Love looking into your sun porch, very festive. The red will be perfect. Looks like Reed, Becky and you had a wonderful day out. The Hubble House appears to be my kind of place. I love that preservation. I did recognize a few faces.
    It’s finally warming up a bit. It’s been fridget cold.

  8. Beryl Hoff

    Makes me want to come home!! My brother lives in Owatonna, his wife’s niece and family are in Kasson and I have a friend in Mantorville! We had lunch there one time too, she lives about 2 blocks from there. My grandmother was born at Havana, just an intersection now, we have relatives buried in a small cemetery near there. Looks like they have about as much snow as we do here in Montana.
    Can’t wait to see your ‘new’ loveseat with the red chairs! I am beginning to think I will need to put quilts on some of my furniture. Your animals are on the furniture all of the time my two babies are too…guess if yours can be on the quilts, mine could too!! LOL!
    Thanks for sharing all of your adventures!!

    1. Sandra Corrigan

      Thank you for sharing your latest adventure. I hope, sometime I am in that area and can visit that restaurant.Just touring the restaurant would be an amazing experience.Your chairs look great,
      Do have a wonderful Christmas.

      1. CountryThreads Post author

        Sandra Corrigan – you will love the place if you are in the area. We will go back some time.

  9. Carolyn

    Mary, your adventures remind me of accompanying my Grandmother and Grandma when I was Reed’s age. Fun times to be forever cherished! Your chair covers are really pretty, they make me want to sew some. My son and I had a similar love seat experience when he went to college. We shoved one from the Habitat Store in my Volvo station wagon and laughed and laughed. That sofa went with him to three places and just was donated again. I am looking forward to seeing yours! We had snow in eastern NC overnight but nothing like you get. Thanks again for sharing!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carolyn – years ago my friend Darlene was with me when I bought a huge oriental area rug at an estate sale. I still have it and we shoved it into a little Colt hatchback with the Labrador dog. Spent $15 for it and it had been owned by Governor Hamill and had been in his home in the mid 20’s. The mate to this rug is in the museum!!!!

  10. Kathy in western NY

    I love a good day spent thrift store shopping and eating out. Reed is a great companion for exploring such a historical place and appreciate its uniqueness. What a fascinating building. It just sounded like one fine day to treat yourselves to with how busy our lives can be. Love your new chair covers and can’t wait to see the quilts on the new find. I use my handmade quilts to cover my furniture cause I would rather see the design than have them folded up! My pets and family sit on them and it doesn’t bother me as I know they are enjoyed for me to see now.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy in western NY – I agree with you about using your quilts. I, too, use my quilts everywhere because I enjoy seeing them and there’s always more quilts where they came from! Haha! I love making them so it’s another Win-Win for all of us!

  11. Sharon Lowy

    You and Reed are such a cute pair! My grandson and I love to shop together. He is always up for an adventure. I shop fast like you and he does too. Well, unless we go to Dick’s Sporting Good where he can spend hours. Lol I try not to whine. Treasure those times. I love your loveseat and all of the red..my favorite color. Your home looks like Christmas!

  12. Launa

    You three had a really fruitful outing to Hubble. Seeing all those shoes made me wonder where my bronzed baby shoe is! What wonderful chair covers you made. Any binding seams get near the corners?
    Thanks for sharing a great adventure on your blog! No new snow here, but it’s 7 degrees @ 7 am.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Launa – yes, the binding seam landed right on a corner – I posted that picture last week and you told me how you fix that problem. I think I’m in too much of a hurry

  13. Kristine

    What a wonderful adventure. We love to eat at the Hubble House and then visit the other little shops, my favorite being the chocolate shop across the street. Mantorville also has a fun old play house and we have attended several productions and make it a point to have dinner at the Hubble House prior to the play. How fun you and Reed are able to explore and experience new places together.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kristine – as we walked by the old opera house Reed wondered if it was ever used. We attended the quilt show there on Marigold Day. What a sweet little town!

  14. Holly Woodyatt

    Mary, how did you keep Hazel from chewing on your chair covers? We just rescued a sweet lab mix-18 mos old and the first thing she did was chew a big hole in my couch cover. I have given her toys and nyla bones but she is still chewing on the couch cover. I am worried she will chew on the couch next. She is sweet but very busy. but we love her. Merry Christmas.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Holly Woodyatt – guess I’m lucky – Hazel is not a chewer but if she was I’d use the citronella collar to correct that bad behavior. Hazel hasn’t worn hers for over a year or more but if she started some bad habit, I’d be getting it our again. It’s not a shock collar but works in the same way by remote control. I wear the control around my neck and hit the first button which produces a beep when she’s doing something she’s not supposed to and if she continues, I hit the second button which produces a spray of citronella right up under her nose. It’s very effective. Now I only have to wear the remote around my neck and I show it to her —- she knows!

  15. Carol

    I oh my, the shoes! Love the shoes! What a labor of love and patience that was, to amass that collection. I looked over the portraits, thought I might have sort of recognized some faces. Anyone there from “Hollywood” …aka “the movies?”

  16. Carolyn Stevens

    Are there directions for making the beautiful chair covers that you made and showed recently? They are beautiful and I would like to make some. Thanks for your help. I love your emails!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carolyn Stevens – the red and white rectangles are cut 2-1/2” x 4-1/2”. Determine your width and length according to YOUR chair. Good Luck!

  17. Linda

    Oh Mary…the porch is so so beautiful…..Love all the plants, the chair covers–everything….

  18. Starrla Opferman

    I love hearing Reed and your adventures. You both are very lucky to have such a warm friendship. Your chair covers are beautiful.

  19. Cynthia Lucas

    I love the red quilted chair covers, are they attached in any way to keep them in place or are you relying on friction. I have an older recliner that needs an upgrade and I think this would work.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Cynthia Lucas – chair cover is tucked into the back of the seat is all and yes, every time a dog gets out of the chair, I straighten it – a small price to pay for good looking chair covers.

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