We were, I think, unusual guests at the Rivertown Inn. We were an eight-person group of lawyers, tired and stressed after a long business trip from London through the mid-west. As soon as we reached the Rivertown Inn, we felt the weight lift from our shoulders. Mary, the innkeeper, and a member of her staff greeted us warmly and took us on a tour of the property. She indulged our shrieks of delight (quite literally) as we discovered room after room of Victorian splendor, and gave us helpful information about the practicalities of each room as we figured out who would sleep where. After days of bland corporate rooms the detail and luxury of the Rivertown Inn’s rooms were astonishing and wonderful. Each room is named after an author (mostly 19th century British writers, though there’s also Longfellow, Austen and Agatha Christie) and decorated in a style inspired by the author’s style and with subtle witty references to their works. Each of us was convinced that our room was best – a testament to their individual charms.
We then wandered around the beautiful grounds – we were there in early October and the foliage was stunning – and came back to drinks on the porch, followed by a delicious five-course meal cooked by Chef Ray, served with a different wine each course to complement the food. He also prepared the breakfast next morning – an astonishingly good omelet, apple tarts with whipped cream, homemade muffins and pastries. Having an excellent and creative chef catering to us felt like the pinnacle of luxury.
Apart from this fantasia, Mary was incredibly helpful with small practicalities: transferring luggage, computer access, obtaining particular drinks, and letting us know how to do laundry. Overall, our trip was restful and unusually lovely. The combination of attentive, helpful, welcoming staff and the extraordinary building (and very comfortable beds!) refreshed and relaxed us. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to come here on a romantic weekend rather than business, but it was pretty wonderful for us!
- 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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