We celebrated our first Valentine's Day at this Inn in 1984, and with our children finally old enough to be left home alone, we went back to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary. We plan to return again! We stayed in the Christina Rossetti Bedchamber, since I am a fan of Pre-Raphaelite art. It was lovely--cozy, comfortable, and very clean. (A very large person may not be comfortable in the attached bath, since it is a very efficient use of space.) There are curtains separating the bath from the bedroom--no door, which is fine for intimate couples. The ventilation was great, with a remote controlled AC unit as well as a gas fireplace in the room.
Check-in time is 4 pm, and if you are there promptly, you will be able to see the other rooms before they are occupied. They are all different, so it is fun to include this on your tour of the house.
The food and wine were great. There was a bottle of wine waiting for us in our room (along with bottles of water). The social hour from 5-6 pm offered delicious snacks (cheeses and crackers, including one that was homemade using cheese, salami, fruit, etc.). Get there early though, since the offerings were not replenished.
Breakfast was served at 9 AM, and we came downstairs to find beautifully set dining room tables. The five courses filled us up so much that we didn't eat again until 5 PM. It was very delicious, health-conscious food, prepared in house with fresh, local, and organic ingredients. It was presented beautifully, and the chef explained each course.
The porch and gardens of the beautiful property were also very inviting, and we look forward to sitting outside during our next visit. The house is located in a quiet neighborhood up the hill from the downtown, an easy walk.
- 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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