After a number of years, I returned to stay at the Classic Rosewood Inn. I met friends for dinner at the Hastings Country Club which is now open to the public. Only a mile from the inn, you enjoy the view of wooded rollling hills through wraparound windows warmed by a fire. I was told by staff there that they are one of the few golf courses in Minnesota designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sancturary. Dinner was excellent. Back at the inn, before tucking in for the night, I snuck downstairs for an extra log for the fire and a bowl of ice cream with chocolate sauce---talk about feeling at home!---from the help-yourself back porch pantry, an amenity you don't find at most inns: cookie jar, ice cream, fresh fruit, tea and cocoa.
I didn't have the luxury of sleeping in the next morning, but welcomed the fresh coffee tray brought to my room with a knock as my wakeup call. The organic, fair trade coffee was roasted locally, which is important to me. As always, I appreciated the flexibility in breakfast time and location. I chose to dine near a cozy fire in the parlor and was encouraged by Pam Thorsen (the innkeeper) to invite an old friend who lives nearby to join me for breakfast at no additional charge. The three-course, locally sourced, breakfast was beautiful to behold and delicious as well.
As before, the room was spotless, quiet and comfortable with unique architectural details. The pillows were wonderful, and washable, one of many green practices advanced in recent years. Recycling an old building, or two in the Thorsens case, is truly a "green" building practice and the heart of their mission to honor and respect the past, while actively working to protect the environment for the future of their community.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Rosewood. Pam and Dick are wonderful hosts, leaders in the industry and I know they will do whatever they can to make your stay enjoyable and memorable.
- Also Known As:
- Classic Rosewood Hotel Hastings