A more intimate experience than your average hotel or motel, bed and breakfasts provide that special brand of service that seems to get lost in the hustle and bustle of today’s fast-paced world. You can really kick back and relax at these cozy alternatives to the big hotel model, so put your feet up, enjoy a glass of wine and let your worries float away. And then enjoy complimentary breakfast in the morning.
100 Harriet Island Rd B3
St Paul, MN 55107
Anchored on the Mississippi, in the grand shadow of downtown St. Paul, a restored tugboat bobs gently in the waves. No, this isn’t a Mark Twain story, this is a description of one of the coolest B&Bs you’re likely to find. The boat offers not only great views of the city, the surrounding river and the tree-lined bluffs, but the rooms are surprisingly spacious while still being cozy and comfortable. You’re unlikely to find a more pleasant stay on the river. The mighty Mississippi will be your home for the night, and there’s nothing cooler than that.
The Elephant Walk
801 Pine St W
Stillwater, MN 55082
In beautiful, historic Stillwater, this Victorian mansion offers tastes from all around the world. Each room is designed after a different part of the world, and it’s not some kitschy, tourist-trap type of experience either. The owners traveled the world to discover what makes staying in other countries so special, and then brought it to one of the most picturesque cities in Minnesota. Oh, and the service and food are top-notch as well. Who needs to go on an expensive vacation when the world is brought right to you?
Como Lake Bed & Breakfast
1205 W Como Blvd
St Paul, MN 55103
Right on stunning Lake Como in St. Paul, you won’t have to sacrifice any of the seclusion you look for in this B&B in the heart of the city. Not only are there dozens of attractions nearby, including Como Zoo and Conservatory, Lake Como Pavilion which hosts music and other entertainment, but the downtowns of both major cities are just a short drive or bus ride away. The hostess will make sure you have everything you need and that your stay in beautiful Como Park is nothing short of wonderful.
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A G Thomson House
2617 E 3rd St
Duluth, MN 55812
Duluth is one of Minnesota’s best getaway cities, ideal for a short vacation or longer stay. Sure, there are plenty of corporate chain hotels offered around the city, but if you really want to enhance your experience, reserve a room at the A G Thomson house. This early 20th Century mansion feels like home as soon as you walk through the doors, and that’s only the beginning. Historic touches to each room make for one of the coziest stays, while providing all modern comforts and amenities. You won’t find a more intimate experience anywhere in this great city of the north.
Ann Bean Mansion
319 Pine St W
Stillwater, MN 55082
Choose from one of the beautiful suites in this majestic mansion that’s stood since the logging boom at the turn of the 20th Century. Relax next to the fireplace on cold winter nights (a different style in every room), or take a stroll around the neighborhood when the weather warms in the summer. Close to historic downtown, where shops and restaurants make for an enjoyable day with a loved one, but tucked away in an area free of tourists, this is a truly peaceful, romantic getaway only a short drive from the Twin Cities.
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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.