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Step Back in Time

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. 

Upon request, we will deliver gourmet coffee from Ethiopia to your room each morning as well as breakfast or enjoy breakfast at the dining room table. 

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

Rent the Entire Inn

Did you know that you can rent the entire Inn for your next event?  We would love to be a part of your next bachelorette party, bridal shower, wedding party, family reunion, or?  Contact us and let us help with your planning. 

 

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 or coffee can be delivered to your room. Only the finest ingredients are used for my breakfasts because I shop for fresh ingredients each day.

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... read more

    thumb Greg J
    10/22/2018

      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... read more

    thumb Janet325
    5/04/2018

      We stayed here on the eve of our wedding and for our wedding night. This was the first B&B I have ever stayed in, and we had a wonderful time!... read more

    thumb Appreciator_of_Food
    1/23/2019
  •   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... read more

    thumb leeski2015
    2/20/2019

      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... read more

    thumb Connector612724
    1/01/2019

      The overall experience we have at the Aurora Staples Inn is always impeccable. We gave it a try last year while visiting family and have gone back several times.... read more

    thumb gingerstone
    7/05/2018
  •   Stayed at the Aurora for our third time and Rachelle's Inn always satisfies. If you can get the carriage house, it is well worth the extra cost. It's like... read more

    thumb krockit
    2/15/2019

      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... read more

    thumb richardsR6442XU
    4/06/2019

      Restful, excellent, 1892 Victorian in every detail, 3 course fabulous breakfast-served with SILVERware, crystal,and china, excellent well sourced coffee, sweet-professional-gracious hostess, quiet setting, quick walk to downtown, whirlpool tub, porch... read more

    thumb mdwestravlr
    4/26/2018
  •   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... read more

    thumb Laura H
    8/06/2018

      My wife and I thought all of these wonderful reviews and comments about the housekeeper, Rochelle, were simply too good to be true. Well, this place lived up to the... read more

    thumb Jamie W
    11/25/2018

      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... read more

    thumb Kevin S
    4/30/2018
  •   We stayed in the St. Croix Suite for our 29th anniversary and this was our first time staying in a bed and breakfast. Rachelle did a wonderful job sharing... read more

    thumb Cyndee C
    5/29/2019

      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... read more

    thumb ThriftyJulie
    3/19/2019

      My husband and I stayed in the Carriage House this past weekend to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The owner, Rachelle, and her staff were wonderful. Super helpful... read more

    thumb brouillardsue
    8/22/2018
  •   We had a wonderful stay here on our 10 year anniversary. This was our first time in Stillwater, and in a B&B. We stayed in the Riverview room... read more

    Christopher C
    8/11/2019

      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... read more

    thumb Jack H
    7/09/2018

      My sister, daughter and niece had a wonderful night staying at Aurora Inn.
    From the first moment we arrived we felt welcomed and comfortable!
    From the check-in, in the lovely... read more

    Cassandra S
    7/09/2019
  •   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... read more

    thumb Tyler D
    2/26/2018

      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... read more

    thumb David L
    12/05/2018

      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... read more

    thumb A TripAdvisor Member
    2/20/2019
  •   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... read more

    thumb Element2001
    3/17/2019

      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... read more

    thumb leigheral
    1/14/2019

      We stayed in the St. Croix Suite, a fabulous! The double-sided fire place was a great way to stay warm during their record setting winter storm (blizzard). We still... read more

    thumb Timothy B
    4/17/2018

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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