Stillwater's James Mulvey Inn provides an intimate alternative to everyday lodging. The owners have revamped a stone carriage house in a quiet neighborhood and enhanced the location with a carefully tended garden and swimming pool, visible below the second-floor guest rooms (there are two). The inn is a five-minute drive from Stillwater's bustling and ever-so-charming riverfront downtown, which features a terrific restaurant called Domacin. On the banks of the St. Croix and just across the border from Wisconsin, this is a town not to be missed. But I am not a fan of bathtubs in bedrooms, so was somewhat disappointed by the whirlpool steps from our very comfortable bed. Because the inn features itself as a romantic getaway, some may find the so-close bath just fine. Also, no cable, so be prepared. But the owners have made dozens of old movie DVDs available for free to stuff into a TV screen hanging from the ceiling at the end of the bed. Or you could bring your own. If you get bored, read the guest comments in the room's log: Many people seem to spend a weekend and fall in love again. The inn's a bit pricey for what is being offered, but is quiet and unique. And after all, what price tag can you put on love?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Boutique Bed and Breakfast. The Estate of James Mulvey has graced historic Stillwater for 133 years. Located on an acre and one half campus on Stillwater’s south hill area, walking distance for downtown, the Italianate mansion and stone Carriage House have welcomed guests to an historic inn experience for over 20 years. Currently, two luxury suites are being made available for guest reservations in the Carriage House – the Bordeaux Suite and the Art Deco Suite. These rooms have been the luxury suites of the Inn since its beginning in 1992. The Carriage House itself is a unique historic structure. Built originally to house the Mulvey’s collection of carriages and fine horses. Today the Carriage House, with pool, resembles an English cottage in the Cottwolds. Guest visits to our Inn provide a uniquely private bed and breakfast experience. Our arrangements and preparations allow your to feel welcome in our Inn, without a social reception. Likewise, you may enjoy breakfast in your room or share it with your loved one, on white linen at the historic Lowell Inn. Stillwater is the Jewel of Minnesota. Its bluffs hug the edge of one of the most beautiful rivers in the Midwest, and visitors find numerous year-round activities in all seasons to keep this a favorite destination. ... more less