We recently stayed two nights at Asahi Loft in Harmony, MN. The Asahi Loft is a great choice if you enjoy having all the comforts of home (and more) when you travel. The pictures on the owners’ website are a true representation of the many amenities offered.
My husband is not a big fan of B&Bs, but Asahi Loft hardly fits that category. The Japanese-themed loft is completely separate from the owners’ home. One does not need to schedule a time for breakfast. Instead the loft has a full kitchen which is stocked with homemade bread, jam, butter, Amish eggs, fruit, crackers, spices, coffee, and many varieties of tea.
There is a notebook which includes information about the surrounding area along with maps and menus for local restaurants. Strolling the streets of Harmony or biking the 18 mile trail between Harmony and Preston was very scenic due to the autumnal colors. And the self-cleaning air tub was wonderful for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing.
The location is a little out of the way but close to trails, breweries, wineries, and shopping. The drive to Harmony provides glimpses of Amish life and vast farmland.
Asahi Loft is an opportunity to experience a touch of Japanese decor and culture. There are small surprises tucked everywhere in the spacious lodging. We found notes explaining the uses of items from Japan and treats made with local ingredients.
Cindy welcomes you with tips on places to stop along your drive to Harmony and provides brochures on other points of interest once you arrive. As guests, you can be as busy or laid back as you wish. Asahi Loft is suited for either!
We were in the area chasing fall color and we look forward to visiting the area in a different season.
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Property is as described and is very peaceful. So happy to have stumbled upon it on Trip Advisor. I hate to give it such good reviews as it might be busy when we want to return but Cindy does a great job with it and deserves the great review!!
We just spent a weekend at the beautiful Asahi Loft for our 22nd anniversary getaway. The owners were super friendly yet allowed for complete privacy. There really isn't one thing I can think to change. The organic eggs, fresh fruit and homemade jam, honey and warm bread upon arrival were a nice welcome and appreciated for preparing a yummy breakfast each morning. The Japanese decor and amenities and comfortable king bed were fantastic! Harmony is a very small, quiet town with a couple great restaurants (we liked On the Crunchy Side and Estelles) and only about 15 minutes to other great small towns Lanesboro and Decorah. Great biking trails accessible right in Harmony or from the nearby towns. Kayaking on the Upper Iowa River leaving from Harvest Farms Campground was also great! Highly recommend the Asahi Loft!
We arrived at the Asahi Lofts to be welcomed with slippers and the most unique accomodations we have ever stayed in. The loft is above the garage of the owners home and is remarkable space. The owners have lived in Japan and have brought this Japanese experience to life here at the loft, from the Perfectly folded Yukatas on the bed, the the Japanese lamps and decor, including dishes. The loft is impecable and has a lovely deck to enjoy your glass of wine and the sound of the tree frogs, and lightning bugs in the evening or morning tea with the sunshine. The owner- Cindy makes home made bread and leaves it for you as well as breakfast items. There is a full kitchen, and a wonderful Air Jet tub for two. It is so relaxing and lovely two nights were not enough. Another great experience is the Jem Theater that we went to one evening. There is an ice cream bucket in the loft that you bring to the theater and you get a discount on your popcorn, with real butter I must add. Also, it is all within walking distance so you get a nice peaceful walk to and from. We took a long walk in the evening and another one during the day - Harmony is such a little peaceful CLEAN town. Cindy the owner went out of her way to accomodate our schedule as we were there for a wedding and I so appreciated everything she did. I would highly recommend staying here, I guarantee you won't be disappointed. We will definitely be back. Thank you for making our stay so memorable!!
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