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“First visit to Stillwater” 5 of 5 stars
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303 North Fourth Street, Stillwater, MN 55082   |  
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Ranked #5 of 8 Stillwater B&B and Inns
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“First visit to Stillwater”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We stayed in the coach house "cottage" in August 2013. We arrived late and Cathy was extremely gracious and friendly. The garden and grounds are wonderful. The town of Stillwater has a bunch of public stairways (like San Fran); one stairway is next to the inn and takes you down to the river. Jerry was a pleasure to talk to, especially about the inn and improvemts made and planned. Great place!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We stayed at the Aurora Staples in March 2013 with our entire immediate family, and were married at the inn! It was an amazing experience from start to finish. Cathy was incredibly helpful and consistently went above and beyond our expectations. She was accommodating of my dietary restrictions (vegan), as well as providing kid friendly breakfast options for my husband's 2 1/2 year old niece.

We could not have asked for a better experience or a more perfect wedding! We will definitely be back many times.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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, August 7, 2013
Erin and Grant, thank you so much for your kindness. We loved hosting your wedding, and will look forward to seeing you again real soon. Blessings on your life together. Cathy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Cathy was a great host. She toured us around the house common areas and our suite upon arrival. We enjoyed the wine & hors d'oeuvres while we took some time to unwind on the porch of the Riverview Suite before walking down to downtown Stillwater for dinner. Very relaxing place, tranquil garden, tiny view of the St. Croix River bluffs from the porch and a tasty breakfast in the morning too. A great way to celebrate our 10th anniversary!

  • Stayed July 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, August 7, 2013
Thank you for coming to celebrate your anniversary, and we'll hopefully see you on the 11th! Cathy and Jerry
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Winnipeg, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary along with my brother in law and his wife. This was our second visit to Stillwater and our second stay at Aurora Staples Inn. We chose the Inn again because of its charm and peaceful environment. Upon our arrival we were greeted by Cathy with a glass of wine, cheese and crackers and felt comfortable immediately. We stayed in the Riverview Suite attached by a lovely sun porch where we enjoyed our morning coffee. Coffee was brought up to our room at 8:00 am every morning followed by a delicious breakfast served in the dining room. The home is a very beautiful Victorian mansion surrounded by beautiful grounds heavily linked to the history of Stillwater. Although complete with all the modern conveniences, the home still retains most of its original splendour. The hosts Cathy and Jerry are welcoming, gracious and friendly. The Inn felt like coming home after a full day of shopping and dining in Stillwater.
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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, August 30, 2013
Thank you Michele and Barry, it was so nice to see you again. Hope we see you again next summer. Cathy and Jerry
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We love Stillwater, MN and this was our second B&B experience there. The Victorian house is beautiful and not overly Victorian in decor, which we like. Jerry and Kathy were wonderful hosts...very friendly and accommodating, but didn't overtake the experience...(an inn keeper at the last B&B ... We knew her life story in the first 5 minutes.) We stayed in the Carriage House, separate from the main house...private, spacious, relaxing. My only complaint was "no view". The view out all four windows was of parking lots. The one wall with no window is a missed opportunity which would be a view toward the river...maybe no actual river view but at least a view of tree tops. That sitting area would have been a more wonderful place to sip my morning coffee if there was a window there. The gardens are beautiful and immaculately kept. The food was delicious and conversation with other guests at the breakfast table was enjoyable. We will visit Aurora Staples again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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 18, 2013
Hi Kristy, thank you so much for taking the time to write about your stay. We would have loved to put a window on the back wall of the Carriage House, but the City has some ordinances that did not permit us to do that, but it is a great idea. We will look forward to seeing you next time you're in the area. Thank you again. Cathy and Jerry
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

我们来之上海,4人中三人第一次住B&B. 维多利亚式房子虽老,但是维护的极好并且很有分格。夫妇两人给我们的服务也温馨。早餐也满意!

We were a group of four from Shanghai! It was first time for three out four to stay in a B&B. We all enjoyed the well maintained old house and services given to us by Cathy and Jerry. The breakfasts were great too!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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 18, 2013
Jeff, I wish I could write this in Chinese, it is so beautiful! It was a pleasure meeting you and your friends, and I hope to see you again next year during camp week! Thank you. Cathy
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Buffalo, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
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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.

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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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Address: 303 North Fourth Street, Stillwater, MN 55082
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Stillwater
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Ranked #5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Stillwater
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