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“A Couples Retreat in a fun City!” 5 of 5 stars
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303 North Fourth Street, Stillwater, MN 55082   |  
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Ranked #4 of 8 Stillwater B&B and Inns
Buffalo, Minnesota, United States
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“A Couples Retreat in a fun City!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

My husband and stayed two nights over the July 3 and 4th Holiday in 2013. We had a wonder stay in the PeakCock Room. This is a beautiful home with little touches everywhere that make you feel like how it must have been to live there in the late 1800's. We were just 4 blocks walking distance to a busy old down town. The antique shops were so much fun there are several right down town that are full of things to look at and bring back your home memories of childhood. We spent the evening downtown having dinner right near the St Croix River and walked back to Inn which is in a stately quiet neighborhood.

Both mornings we spent with a great cup of coffee on the wrap around porch enjoying the yard. Breakfast is a three course meal that you will not have anywhere else. Breakfast was so much fun we met couples from all over the world.

If you need a little romance and a time to reconnect with your special someone this is the place! Our room was beautiful with a whirlpool, robes, and a fireplace. May favorite thing was all the pillows! Can never have enough of those.

Room Tip: 3 out of the 4 rooms have a whirl pool. Two of the rooms face the St.Crox River and are larger suit...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora50, Owner at Aurora Staples Inn, responded to this review, July 13, 2013
We are so glad you were here over the 4th. It was wonderful to meet you. Thank you for all your kind words, and we hope we'll see you again real soon. Just a note, in case you'd like to try a different room on your next stay, all the rooms do have double whirlpool tubs in them. Thanks again. Cathy and Jerry
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Asked my husband to help me write this review...and we agree we've stayed at other nice b&b's over the years but we agree everything here was just a little bit nicer & "above & beyond" our expectations. We were in the area to attend the annual Back to the Fifties car show in St. Paul but choose to relax a day or two beforehand in beautiful Stillwater. Stayed two evenings & arrived late the first nite & Jerry welcomed us graciously & we truly enjoyed the glass of wine he offered after a long day. Met his lovely wife Cathy the next morning at the first of 2 wonderful breakfasts. My husband still is talking about how she brought him a cup of coffee outside when she saw him washing his antique car (which by the way we appreciated using Jerry's hose). Loved the room service coffee delivered to our room while I relaxed in the beautiful St Croix suite.
We had friends fromTexas join us for our 2nd evening & I know they truly enjoyed the Riverview Room with the adorable porch. Again, second morning coffee service & breakfast great again.
Property is close to downtown , menus available to look at from many area restaurants and beautiful front porch and backyard seating all open for us to enjoy. Would not hesitate to recommend to anyone and do hope to return there ourselves next year.

Room Tip: Each room is a little bit unique...S Croix suite largest but no shower which was fine for us...large...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora50, Owner at Aurora Staples Inn, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Lee and Kathy, thank you so much, and we would look forward to seeing you again next year. You were absolutely delightful, and we love the old cars in our parking lot. Thank you again. Cathy and Jerry
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We had an excellent stay in the carriage house. Our first experience with a B & B and we were not diasppointed, The grounds are lovely, everything within walking distance.We have been coming to stillwater from milwaukee for many years and thought we would try a new place.
Thank you Kathy & Jerry for the gracious hospitality, the food was delicious as well as meeting the other people staying here!
Blessings ~
Roxie and Jim Rupnow

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora50, Owner at Aurora Staples Inn, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Roxie and Jim, it was certainly wonderful to meet you both. I'm hoping sometime you're able to ride your bikes here! Thank you again for coming, and we'll see you again. Cathy
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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We stayed two nights at the Aurora Staples Inn recently because we needed to be in the area for medical appointments. Cathy warmly welcomed us, provided generously for us in many thoughtful ways, and we loved staying here.

The food was delicious, the inn was quiet and the bed was supremely comfortable, and the fireplace in our room (Giverny) was fantastic since the weather was cold and sleety.

Highly recommend.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora50, Owner at Aurora Staples Inn, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Thank you so much Julie, It was great getting to know you and your friends. We'll be praying for you on the 10th, but let us know if the husbands need a place to sleep. Our home is always open to you. Bless you, Cathy and Jerry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Well appointed property within easy walking distance to historic Main Street in Stillwater. Quiet and comfortable with an amazing breakfast each morning. Gracious hosts made our stay special. We stayed in the St. Croix Suite. There was a nice view of the river.

Room Tip: The St. Croix Suite has a two-sided fireplace you can see from the bed/sitting room and from the jac...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora50, Owner at Aurora Staples Inn, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thank you so much. It was great to meet both of you, and we hope to see you again when you visit Minnesota. Cathy and Jerry and Zoe too!
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St. Paul, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The Aurora Staples B&B is a wonderful oasis in the heart of Stillwater. The rooms are beautiful, well decorated, the beds are super comfortable, and the evening wine and hors d'oeuvres is a very nice, get acquainted time.

We had the St. Croix Suite this time and loved it. The fireplace is warm and welcoming, and we loved the jacuzzi tub. Also the fireplace is viewable from both the living area and the jacuzzi tub. Order one of their red or white wine baskets (additional fee) and enjoy the complimentary wine glasses that come with it.

The owners Jerry and Cathy are wonderful hosts and will make you feel right at home. Breakfast is truly a masterpiece of excellent food. Cranberry medley was the first course, then a cheese quiche... both were excellent. We stayed for two nights and both breakfasts were wonderful... WE love Aurora Staples B&B.

Room Tip: St. Croix Suite is the largest if you can't get the Carriage Suite... see through fireplace... l...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora50, Owner at Aurora Staples Inn, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Thank you so much for all your kind words. People who come again and again are such a blessing to us. Until we see you next time, we hope you are blessed. Thank you again. Cathy and Jerry
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed in the carriage house (separated from the main house) for new year's eve and although it was freezing outside we had a great time. It's a wonderfully romantic spot with nothing but charm. The owners were very friendly and welcoming, they would bring evening wine and morning tea straight to our door. The breakfast in the morning was delicious and the company around the table were all happy to be there.

There's lots to do in Stillwater and I look forward to going back in the summer!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora50, Owner at Aurora Staples Inn, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us. We really apprecitate it. Cathy and Jerry
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Address: 303 North Fourth Street, Stillwater, MN 55082
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Stillwater
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service
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Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Stillwater
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Number of rooms: 5

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