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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

Welcome

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!

Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

  •   Eat breakfast elsewhere. If the breakfast is supposed to be the climax, the highlight of the stay, you will be disappointed. We certainly enjoyed our room, exquisitely decorated with a beautiful view of the river. The breakfast was a huge flop. We were hungry an...More

    thumb Denise K
    11/20/2018

      My husband and I love unplugging by finding new places to experience and explore. This location is perfect! The owner personally greeted us, helped us get situated and created the most delicious breakfast delivered right to our door in the Carriage House. Stillwater has a...More

    thumb leigheral
    1/14/2019

      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

    thumb Janet325
    5/04/2018
  •   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

    thumb Greg J
    10/22/2018

      This was our first experience staying at a B&B. We were celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary and wanted to stay close to home, but at a location different from home. We truly enjoyed the inn. It was Victorian in style, the room was huge(!) and...More

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    11/06/2018

      Attended a friend's wedding in Stillwater and stayed overnight. Was able to get an early check in to be dressed and ready for the 4:00 wedding. Everything was as advertised. Clean room, great service and an excellent breakfast.

    thumb Brian D
    8/27/2018
  •   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

    thumb Barb H
    8/22/2018

      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
    12/05/2018

      We stayed in the carriage house for our visit. Very well kept, private and spacious. 10 minute walk to Main Street and restaurants. Coffee and delicious breakfast were served in our room. We’ll definitely be back!

    thumb chrisbrowndad
    5/14/2018
  •   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

    thumb Michael W
    7/14/2018

      We stayed at the Aurora Staples for two nights while visiting Stillwater. Aurora Staples is a well maintained old house now serving as a B&B. It is conveniently located a short walk to the main downtown area. With that said, it is a short but...More

    thumb Stuart S
    6/30/2018

      We are a group of high school friends that travel together every year. We so enjoyed our time here. Two in the group had the room with the little porch that was ideal for us to sit and visit without bothering anyone else. Walking distance...More

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    10/08/2018
  •   I strongly recommend the Aurora Staples Inn to anyone staying in Stillwater! My wife and I stayed in this Bed & Breakfast for our second wedding anniversary and the experience exceeded all our expectations. We stayed in the Carriage House which is a private room separate from the main house that includes a parking space under a carport. The location is convenient and only around an eight-minute walk to central downtown Stillwater and the riverfront.

    Upon arrival we received a warm greeting from the Innkeeper who told us about the history of the house, gave us a tour of the various rooms and lounge area, and delivered a wine and cheese assortment to our room. Breakfast and coffee were also delivered the next morning; it was a great variety of food and everything tasted great. Checkout was quick and easy.

    thumb Element2001
    3/17/2019

      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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    10/22/2018

      We had a pleasant stay at Aurora Staples Inn. The room was clean and conveniently located a few (walk-able) blocks from cute downtown Stillwater. We thought it was odd that we were offered the option to eat breakfast in the dinning room or have it...More

    thumb Alison C
    7/23/2018
  •   We just returned from two nights in Stillwater. My brothers and sister occupied all 5 rooms Rachelle has listed on her website( she actually has 6 rooms if you need an extra room for your group).I've stayed in numerous B&B's over the years and have...More

    thumb Jack H
    7/09/2018

      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

    thumb Osolucky
    3/16/2018

      My wife's first B&B and she is hooked! We both were pampered and treated as royalty. Wonderful room and relaxing atmosphere. She can't stop talking about the bathrobe. Great breakfast and the best part was enjoying conversation with the other guests!

    thumb Kevin S
    4/30/2018
  •   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... 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! More

    thumb A TripAdvisor Member
    3/20/2019

      We spent a night in the Carriage House on this property. We loved the privacy provided by having a room separate from the main house. It is a very large room and has parking right outside the entry door. We loved the fact that the...More

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    3/14/2018

      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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    1/01/2019
  •   We saw all the rooms in the main house and they were all tastefully decorated. The common areas were very nice as well. Breakfast was tasty. We were there on a short get away for our 35th anniversary and really enjoyed the time away in the peaceful setting close to downtown shops and restaurants.

    thumb ThriftyJulie
    3/19/2019

      We loved this B&B! Rachelle,the inn-keeper, was very friendly and personable. Appetizers and wine were served when we arrived. The room was beautiful and ours had it's own porch with a heater.. How fun to sit there even though it was cold outside. Loved the...More

    thumb joancampe
    3/31/2018

      We enjoyed a night in the carriage house. The room was spacious, clean, and decorated beautifully. For dinner we ate in downtown Stillwater and came back to relax with a glass of wine and chocolates. In the morning we opted for breakfast in our room,...More

    thumb Sara H
    11/23/2018

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 angela@angeladohertyphotography.com for special Aurora Staples pricing. Feel free to visit her website for a sampling of her work. www.angeladohertyphotography.com 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 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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