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Aurora Staples Inn

a Stillwater Bed & Breakfast

Just three blocks from historic downtown Stillwater, Minnesota, the Aurora Staples Bed and Breakfast Inn will help bring out the romantic spirit in you. Our beautiful Victorian B&B offers period decor in rooms and suites with 21st century amenities such as private baths, whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces and comfortable beds for a good night’s rest.

Aurora StapleS Inn – Bed & Breakfast


Imagine life in the late 1800’s… horse drawn carriages… ladies in flowing gowns and flowered hats… gentlemen smoking pipes in their private libraries…and shopping in an array of unique stores on Stillwater’s Main Street with a saloon or two thrown in. One can still experience this genteel time when staying at the authentically restored Aurora Staples Inn Bed & Breakfast.

Upon check-in you will be warmly greeted and treated to a complimentary glass of wine from St. Croix Vineyards or a glass of beer from Liftbridge Brewery. Other beverages include apple cider, hot chocolate, a variety of teas, sparkling juice, local wines & beer, champagne, water, soda. We also have a Keurig machine available for your use in our Parlour.

Let Aurora Staples Inn be a part of your love story!


Challenge your taste-buds with a variety of flavors at our Inn

At Aurora Staples Inn Bed and Breakfast we celebrate the art of food and dining. Your morning begins with our special Tanzianian Peaberry coffee delivered on a tray to your room. This special brew is “a full bodied, medium roast with notes of citrus and Concord grapes coupled with a chocolatey finish” and the proceeds from the coffee help fund schools and jobs in Tanzania.

“Coffee beans are Sun-ray beams.”

Then, your choice… Our full three-course breakfast is served in our dining room at 9AM or, if you prefer, your breakfast can be delivered to your room.

We accommodate dietary restrictions such as Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarians, food allergies, lactose intolerance and other dietary needs. Please give us a 24 hour notice for special requests.

All Our Rooms

Aurora Staples Inn is a great retreat to rest and relax, celebrate a birthday or an Anniversary, get away with the Ladies, accommodate wedding parties, Mother-daughter getaway and more… 

All rooms feature private baths and a gas fireplace. At 8am, a tray of specialty coffee from Tanzania or teas will be delivered to the privacy of your room. What a great way to wake up!

Each bed features the “Comphy” brand of incredibly soft sheets.  Our guests love them so much we decided to sell them. Each of our spacious rooms has a gas fireplace and soft robes, A/C, bath spa amenities, internet access, cold bottled water and sodas. Some rooms have views of the St. Croix River. Enjoy a complimentary glass of one of our local wines or craft beers when you check-in. Check-in anytime between 3:30-5:30pm and check-out time is 11am.  Please, no smoking, candles, or pets. Please inquire about bringing children.
Stay 2 or more nights during the week at get a 10% discount! (Rates do not reflect state, local tax and fees)

The Peacock Room

This room is mesmerizing…it is surrounded by windows, this Eastlake period-designed room welcomes you with a cozy gas fireplace and a whirlpool tub and shower.  The bed is extremely comfortable and there is a Private bathroom. Relax and Rest!

The Giverny

This Charming Monet inspired room features Monet prints from his studio in Giverny, France.  This room has a King size bed, a gas fireplace and a private bathroom. Take a luxurious soak in your double whirlpool tub while enjoying a warm fire. Stay awhile!

The Riverview Suite

View the beautiful gardens and the St. Croix River as you relax in the wicker swing on your indoor four-season porch. Slip into a warm, soft, cozy robe and snuggle by the fireplace after taking a bath in the whirlpool tub. Why wait? Book online or call 651-351-1187.

The St. Croix Suite

Feel the luxury by sitting next to the double-sided fireplace in this enchanting room.  This is the largest room in the house.  This elegant Suite has a comfortable King-sized bed and some original furniture given to Aurora Staples from her parents as a wedding gift. The only thing missing is you! Come stay with us!

The Carriage House

Imagine your own private cottage where your world consists of just the two of you…. Our romantic Carriage House features a three-sided fireplace for optimal viewing, a large double whirlpool tub, a comfortable sitting area and an incredible king-size bed. Be our guest!

Specials and Discounts

Clergy Specials

Clergy Specials

Time for your clergy and spouse to have a quiet time away? Please give us a call and we will help you arrange something special. Clergy discount offered Sunday-Thursday only.

Military Specials

Military Specials

In honor and appreciation of the men and women who serve our country, we are pleased to offer a 10% military discount to all active military personnel.

Seasonal Rates

Seasonal Rates

Effective November 1st through May 15th our rates are lower to encourage you to enjoy Stillwater during our incredibly beautiful winter season.

Downtown Stillwater shops and restaurants are open year-round. Rates are subject to change without notice.

Multi-Night Stay Discount

Multi-Night Stay Discount

Stay 2 or more nights and receive a 10% discount, valid Sunday through Thursday only. Weekends and holidays are not included. Not valid with any other offers or gift certificates.

Ask about our business and extended stay discounts!

Recent Reviews

  •   We were in town for a wedding and are so happy we found this place. We stayed in the carriage house and it couldn’t have been more perfect. It was warm, cozy and spacious. From the welcoming glass of wine to the delicious breakfast before...More

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      We stayed at the St. Croix suite recently the room was fantastic! Rachelle was so nice and the breakfast was delicious! The home is full of history behind it. Some of the furniture were even original. We hope to return again another time. It is...More

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      We were guests in the St. Croix room for one night (wish it were more!). My husband and I were on a little getaway and when looking for accommodations, found Aurora Staples Inn and we're so happy we did! Rachelle greeted us, showed us around the Inn and to our room. In moments she delivered a welcome tray with wine, grapes, cheese spread and crackers. She made dinner suggestions and we had a near perfect meal at Marx, which was a short walk away. Our room had everything we needed, was perfectly clean and furnished beautifully. The next morning coffee was delivered to our room in advance of breakfast, which was a really nice touch. Breakfast included a fruit bowl (much more special than this sounds), a souffle, and a raspberry scone. We were thrilled with our stay and will recommend it to others plus hope to be back. More

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  •   Rachelle and staff were wonderful. Great breakfast and beautifully decorated, spacious room. Carriage room was great for our honeymoon. House is walking distance from downtown Stillwater. My wife and I will definitely be back!

    thumb David L

      We spent two nights at the Aurora Staples Inn - carriage house. It was a beautiful, well-maintained and spacious room. The main house is very nicely decorated and well cared for. The innkeeper was kind, friendly and gracious. We enjoyed a beer and wine upon...More

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      My boyfriend and I took a weekend trip here and we loved the Aurora Staples Inn. The innkeeper Rachelle was so nice and accommodating. We stayed in the Riverview Suite which has a four seasons porch and it was so cozy. Not to mention the...More

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  •   Rachelle made us so comfortable in this sweet B&B. She brought afternoon refreshments to the room, which was large and had a spa tub. The breakfast was inventive and delucious. Would certainly recommend staying there!

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      My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Aurora Staples Inn and look forward to coming back next year!! Rachelle knows how to serve her guests and made us feel special with attention to detail and a caring personality.

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      This B & B is warm, welcoming, and the perfect place for a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle. We were greeted by Rachelle the inn keeper with a glass of wine, fruit & cheese when we checked in. We stayed in the Riverview...More

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  •   Fantastic Bed and Breakfast! The Inn Keeper is delightful and all the details have a personal touch, starting from check-in with a wine and cheese tray! We had a room with a 4 season porch overlooking the gardens and in the near distance, the St...More

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      We stayed in the Carriage House this last weekend for one night. We wanted to get away and saw that it was available for one night. One night would have seemed like a waste but even one night in this room was really worth it!...More

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      My husband and I enjoyed our stay in the Riverview Suite. Our room was clean and comfortable and we loved having the porch. It had a nice swing for relaxing and a little table where we ate breakfast each morning. Breakfast was delicious: pumpkin bread/pancakes (we weren’t really sure what to call them but we ate them down to the crumbs), pesto quiche, scones, and fruit. We decided to have breakfast served in our suite so we could enjoy it on the porch. Rochelle, our host, was the perfect combination of solicitous and unobtrusive.

    One note: if you are thinking of going downtown, you might as well leave your car at Aurora Staples and walk (particularly if it is a weekend and the weather is decent). By the time we found parking downtown, we went much closer than we would have been if we had walked. Plus, given the size of the breakfast, we really needed to get in a few steps!

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  •   My wife and I stayed in the Peacock room at Aurora Staples and had a wonderful time. The amenities were above-average and the breakfasts were outstanding. I highly recommend this B&B for a weekend getaway/romance.

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      Jamie and I had a great time at the Inn. Rochelle was great and the breakfasts were really good! The rooms were cozy and the location was close to town which made it nice. We would recommend this to anyone coming to Stillwater.

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      We stayed in the carriage house room at the Aurora Staples Inn. While you should know that the room is actually not connected to the main house, this lends for more privacy than you would typically get at a B&B. The room was very well...More

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  •   This is a lovely, well-preserved property. Rachelle is a delightful innkeeper who tries so hard to please. A warm greeting, a tour of the home, a very nice breakfast. The total package! All of the wonderful aspects of staying in a historic inn with the...More

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      Rachelle is a sweet and attentive hostess. And a pretty good cook. Each breakfast was a thoughtful and tasty upgrade from the usual version of each receipe. But my wife us still talking about the pumpkin pancakes.
    In case you're wondering about a February visit, the heat works just fine. The high temps were 20 degrees, but we bundled up and walked down to Main Street. The restaurants were full of happy people, and there are good antique / flea market opportunities, as well as upscale shopping.

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      I visited this charming Inn on New Year's Eve 2017 and had a delightful experience so much so I felt compelled to write this review 8 months later. My fiancé and I checked in with little fanfare the owners met us with a cheerful greeting...More

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  •   My husband and I stayed one night in the carriage house and wish we would have stayed another night. We were looking for a quiet, romantic getaway to celebrate our anniversary and to not be disturbed. The carriage house was so private, it was exactly what we were looking for. Loved that it had a covered parking space right next to the door. The room was clean, extremely spacious with separate bathroom and lots of great books, some games and even enjoyed the classical music selection and CD player, something we typically wouldn’t have used. Lots of cute small extras in the room, wine and snacks brought to the room when we arrived, sittinging room with blanket and books. Great bonus was the hidden TV and WiFi. The jetted tub is what made us choose this room with the 3 sides fireplace and it did not disappoint! But probably the best part of the stay was the large, extremely comfortable bed. We have 3 small children so to get a quiet, restful nights sleep is priceless. The bed was so comfortable and the sheets were soft and smooth. Not sure if it was a weighted blanket or what but it truly was just the most comfortable bed. I’m not a huge breakfast food person but this breakfast was one I more then enjoyed! The butterscotch waffles were amazing and the coffee was unique and delicious. Everything on the tray was fresh and tasty. We will be back for sure!

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      We wanted to try something new and give a B&B a try rather than a hotel and we were pleasantly surprised and very much pleased with our experience. The owner was friendly, nice and personable and made us feel welcomed and rather spoiled with the...More

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      It's so amazing to support a local business when you know the innkeeper's heart and soul have been poured into it because every little detail is covered to make sure the guest experience is perfect. Rachelle is by far the most dedicated innkeeper I've met,...More

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  •   This B & B is warm, welcoming, and the perfect place for a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle. We were greeted by Rachelle the inn keeper with a glass of wine, fruit & cheese when we checked in. We stayed in the Riverview Suite which has a four season porch and ensuite bath with a jetted tub. The bed and bedding were extremely comfortable and did I mention the romantic gas fireplace? The 3 course breakfasts were amazing. Loved the pumpkin baked pancake and fruit cobbler. Breakfast was so ample that we didn't have to eat until dinner! We didn't have a T.V. in our room (didn't miss it) which provided the opportunity for two big games of Scrabble in the parlor. Loved getting to know Rachelle and the history of this beautiful Victorian home. More

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      This inn is very well maintained. We had a lovely stay the weekend of Stillwater's Fall Art Festival. Loved being able to walk down to the river and visit shops. With the bridge under renovation, downtown Stillwater is really revitalized itself. Breakfast was delicious. We...More

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      We really enjoyed our stay at the Aurora Staples Inn. It's in a perfect location just a short walk from downtown and the river yet in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood. Our room was spacious and the bed was very comfortable. Breakfast is provided and was...More

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Capturing Incredible Memories!

Available year ’round

Photography Sessions

Aurora Staples Inn Bed and Breakfast is perfect for Weddings, Senior Pictures, Family Portraits

Photography can be taken by your own photographer or by our personal local, talented photographer, Angela Doherty with Angela Doherty Photography. Angela Doherty has been a photographer since 2012 and specializes in family, modeling and event photography. Angela is a member of TCPPA and PPA and volunteers her time to photography families with terminal illnesses through Magic Hour. She graduated from Stillwater High School, so Stillwater is like another home to her. Many couples treasure their time here at the Inn. Why not capture some of those special moments with a photography session?  Angela can create a masterpiece for families, couples (Wedding/Engagements) and personal portraits including Graduation & Senior Pictures. Please contact Angela Doherty at (612)568-7876 or via email at for special Aurora Staples pricing. Feel free to visit her website for a sampling of her work. If you would like to use your own photographer, please contact the Inn. 651-351-1187

Aurora Staples Inn may be used for private photography under the following terms and with these fees:

  • Family Photos – sessions may be booked year round, and are 2 hours only.  The fees for a family of four is $50 and $20 extra for each additional person.
  • Wedding/Engagement – Photography for engagement or wedding couples. The session may include the photographer and the engaged/wedding couple only.
  • Graduation/Senior Pictures – photo sessions are limited to one student and the photographer. Additional students will require a second fee.  Changing and restroom facilities are available.
  • Prom – These sessions are subject to availability. If multiple sessions are to be done at the same time, a discounted rate will be available.  Park on the street in front of the house. Photo sessions are limited to 15 minutes per couple and 1.5 hours for groups of up to 15 couples.

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Spring Newsletter 2019

Spring Newsletter 2019

Spring Specials at the B & B:Book two or more nights during the week and receive 20% off!  Book three or more nights any day of the week and get the 4thnight FREE! These offers are good through April 1st, 2019. (discounts are applied at check-out)  In the...

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