My husband and I traveled to Stillwater recently to attend a wedding. After looking at various lodging options in the area, and reading the reviews here, I selected the Rivertown Inn. What a perfect choice! We arrived very late on Friday night and it was easy to get in and find our room with the instructions that the house manager provided.
The Lord Byron room was exactly as I imagined from the photos, complete with several books and biographies about the author. The room has its own door to the second-story porch, which has 2 reading chairs outside. While it was way too hot to try the gas fireplace, I can only imagine how cozy it would be to enjoy it during the fall and winter.
As someone with bad allergies, I was wary to try a B&B, especially one with a draped canopy bed. I had zero allergy problems while staying there; the house and rooms are spotlessly clean and airy. I believe I overheard the owner mentioning that all the mattresses are custom-made. The bed was incredible!
One thing to note is that there is no shower, only the giant and lovely whirlpool tub. There is a hand-held shower spray that you can use for a quick rinse if needed. But you’ll want to take a soak for sure. The tub has a light and the bath soaps are wonderful.
There are two seatings for breakfast, one at 9 and the other at 10:30. If the weather is nice you can sit outside at 2 person tables. Otherwise, you eat in the main dining area and share a table with the other guests. Private seating can be arranged, but you have to let the staff know the night before so they set something aside for you. And, you may also ask for breakfast to be brought to your room.
Near the kitchen area is a Kerig coffee maker, with plenty of cocoa, tea and coffee choices in addition to mini fridge with water and soda. They also have a wine bar where you can select a bottle and bring it to your room. The cost is very reasonable.
When I first heard about a 3 course breakfast I thought that would be way too much food. But the portions are perfectly sized, as well as very light and healthy. You walk away feeling satisfied and energized. The coffee is excellent, and on Sundays they serve mimosas or a glass of Cava.
The Inn is a few blocks away from the river and downtown area. There are dozens of great restaurants and shops. And if you bike or run, you’ll definitely get a great workout while enjoying the scenery.
While I don’t think we’ll ever be back to Stillwater, since most of our travels are on the East or West Coast, I do highly recommend selecting this destination. The service was excellent, the rooms interesting and comfortable, and the food was wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1884 at the height of Minnesota's logging boom, Rivertown Inn is a magnificently restored lumber baron mansion turned boutique-style inn offering sumptuous suites, impeccable service and extraordinary luxury. The inn offers seven individual suites and two bedchambers, each with a unique literary-inspired decor featuring elegant furnishings, rare antiques, live-flame gas fireplaces and private spa-quality baths. Indulge in a gourmet breakfast prepared by our chef and in the evening, gather for light hors d'oeuvres and fine wines at evening social hour. Enhance your stay at Rivertown Inn with a variety of unique packages designed to add to your special memories. Rivertown Inn also offers fun and informative monthly cooking classes featuring hands-on instruction and plentiful food and wine samplings. ... more less
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