Historic Inn in Stillwater Mn

Aurora Staples Inn

Just three blocks from historic downtown Stillwater, Minnesota, the Aurora Staples 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 – Stillwater, MN


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.

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 gathering. Contact us and let us help with your planning. 


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Contact Rachelle if you need a printed copy of your gift certificate.


We will no longer offer breakfast at the Inn. In lieu of this, guests are offered a $30 gift certificate to a local restaurant. 

All Our Rooms

Aurora Staples Inn is a great retreat to rest and relax, celebrate a birthday or an Anniversary, or just get away.

All rooms feature private baths and a gas fireplace. 

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. TVs are available in the St. Croix Suite, Peacock Room, Giverny Room, Riverview Suite, Carriage House.
Some rooms have views of the St. Croix River.


House Rules:

  • Self check-in anytime after 4:00pm; check-out time is 11am. We do not offer early check ins due to cleaning and disinfecting rooms or preparing rooms.
  • Please remove shoes/boots off when entering the inn…slippers are welcomed!
  • Please, no smoking, candles, rose petals, or pets. There will be a $200 fee for those who smoke in the rooms.
  • Please inquire about bringing children.
  • All rooms including the Carriage House are limited to 2 guests MAX due to fire code. 
  • Stay 2 or more nights during the week at get a 10% discount! (Rates do not reflect state, local tax and fees)
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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!

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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 for two in your double whirlpool tub (no stand-up shower) while enjoying a warm fire.
Stay awhile!

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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

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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, TV, 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!

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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, TV, a comfortable sitting area and an incredible king-size bed. Be our guest!

About the Innkeepers

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How Rachelle acquired the Inn

As a teenager, I used to walk by Aurora Staples Inn and dream about this home.  I’d wonder what it looked like inside and about all the people who once lived there. I grew up four houses away from Aurora Staples Inn, on Mulberry Street and even worked at a couple Bed and Breakfasts myself.  I asked the previous owners of Aurora Staples Inn if they would sell it to me.  They said, “YES!” After negotiations, everything fell into place and I had exactly enough money for the down payment. This was an answer to prayer!

Location, Location, Location…Is one of the reasons this Inn is popular.  It is located in Stillwater, the birthplace of Minnesota. This Queen Anne Victorian overlooks the St. Croix River from some rooms and was built on a hill. It’s been a part of Stillwater’s history for over 131 years. It’s unique architecture is eye-catching and the inside is breathtaking.  The Inn takes you back in time.

About the Innkeepers, Rachelle and Eddie:
Rachelle graduated from the College of St. Catherine in 2003 with a B.S. in Education (kindergarten-8th grade). She loves to read and write poetry.  She is currently finished a poetry book.  One is called, “A Rose in a Teacup and Other Poems,” by Rachelle Nevaeh Rose and the second book will be coming out in the next couple of months.   She is a former teacher, gymnastics coach and salsa dancer.  Rachelle loves tea, nature, hiking, running, Zumba, listening to music and traveling.
Eddie, her husband, is a native to Philadelphia and He enjoys cooking, music, singing, and helping Rachelle at the Inn.


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Aurora Staples Inn was built in 1892, during the Lumber Boom.  This home was a gift from Isaac Staples to his youngest daughter Aurora & her husband, Adolphus Hospes, a civil war veteran, one of the six survivors from the Battle of Gettysburg.  He was founder of the Last Man’s Club from Company B.  Aurora & Adolphus had three children: Olivia, Louis & Eva.  

One of Stillwater’s Pioneers, Isaac Staples, arrived in Stillwater in 1853.  Legend has it that he stood over the bluffs of the St. Croix River over-looking the great white pine forest & exclaimed, “I can cut those trees down,” and he did.  He had some help from Eastern investors.  He went on to become a Lumber Barron & one of Minnesota’s first Millionaires.  He was also involved in many enterprises such as banking, flour milling, saloons, steamboats, 3,000 acres of farms and even race horses!  

The architecture is unique to the Boom Town Period which is seen in different types of wood used throughout the home.  You will find bird’s eye maple, pine, oak, ornate inlaid flooring and wood carvings featuring Isaac Staples signature oak leaves and acorns around the fireplaces and doors.  There are leaded glass windows, wood & coal burning fireplaces, pocket doors, a servant’s stair case.  Originally, the kitchen was in the basement & the third level was a ballroom.  A beautiful open staircase leads to four guest rooms.  There are flower gardens in back and a Carriage House, which is renovated and made into a guest suite.  The St. Croix Suite was Aurora’s bedroom until 1924, Her original dresser is still there and her bed is currently in the Gallery Room.

Our Inn offers a unique getaway experience with a balance of period décor, romantic ambience & modern amenities.  All rooms have gas-fireplaces, jetted tubs, soft sheets, comfortable beds, A/C, and televisions.  We now offer a delicious breakfast to the Lowell Inn, Mon petit Cheri or Oasis Cafe.

We invite everyone to visit one of the oldest towns in America where you can enjoy: old buildings, shops, fine restaurants, Breweries, Award Winning Wineries, lunch & dinner cruises, kayaking, art galleries, wedding venues, gondola rides, Segway & trolley tours, biking & walking trails, cooking classes & parks.  All with a great view of the St. Croix River.  Stillwater hosts many events such as Lumber Jack Days, a 4th of July celebration with fireworks over the river, gondola races, art fairs, Oktoberfest, Ice Castles, hot air balloon rides and much more!  Stillwater is a great place for a weekend getaway!  Be sure to check out our Inn.  We welcome you to have a unique experience in Stillwater!


Recent Reviews

  • star rating  We are so glad we decided to stay here! The location is perfect. We walked to dinner and had drinks on our way home. There were delicious cookies and coffee... read more

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    November 26, 2022

    star rating  This inn was quite nice. While many parts of it are no longer being used (e.g., no breakfast at this inn - a voucher for Lowell Inn), the room... read more

    Dan L
    October 17, 2022

    star rating  This is the second time I've stayed here, the first in the carriage house. We loved it. It was large and beautiful, quiet and inviting. The hosts were perfect --... read more

    Julie B
    December 1, 2021
  • star rating  The Aurora Staples Inn is a very lovely B&B. The breakfast was wonderful and the staff catered to our tastes and dietary needs. The room was filled with... read more

    Richard F
    September 26, 2021

    star rating  Friends had recommended a visit to Stillwater in early April to launch our extended road trip west, so being our first visit, we opted for this bed and... read more

    May 12, 2021

    star rating  A beautiful 19th century home of architectural significance. The carriage house is renovated, but in keeping with the style of the main house. We stayed in the carriage house, which... read more

    May 10, 2021
  • star rating  My husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at Aurora Staples Inn and couldn't have been more pleased. We were genuinely welcomed into beautiful, comfortable accommodations. The house is... read more

    May 4, 2021

    star rating  Beautiful bed and breakfast! Perfect location for visiting Stillwater!!
    Loved the giant whirlpool tub and breakfast the next morning was delicious! Cute little garden out back and it was... read more

    January 26, 2021

    star rating  This was our second stay at the Aurura Staples Inn. We went to Stillwater to take in the Christmas lights. This trip we stayed in the Carriage House partly because... read more

    December 17, 2020
  • star rating  I loved my stay at the Aurora Staples Inn.

    Room: Stayed in The Giverny, which has a king-sized bed and a jacuzzi but no shower (there is a detachable... read more

    November 30, 2020

    star rating  I loved my stay at the Aurora Staples Inn.

    Room: Stayed in The Giverny, which has a king-sized bed and a jacuzzi but no shower (there is a detachable... read more

    November 29, 2020

    star rating  This Inn has it all!!! Beautiful, clean, excellence to detail, wonderful host, and one of the best breakfast we've ever had....don't pass this one up!!!! We loved our stay and... read more

    November 22, 2020
  • star rating  Perfect little getaway for our 25th anniversary! The Carriage House was beautiful and the added privacy was very nice. Breakfast was amazing and the warm hospitality (even during... read more

    November 12, 2020

    star rating  The room was comfy, the fireplace warm, the jacuzzi tub relaxing, but the real delight here is the giant platter of breakfast foods brought right to the room! There was... read more

    November 12, 2020

    star rating  Beautiful house, awesome room, and within walking distance of bars and restaurants.

    Breakfast was exceptional, and Rachelle and Eddie are welcoming and helpful.

    We had a great... read more

    November 11, 2020
  • star rating  My partner and I scheduled a much needed getaway to coincide with our 4 years together. Having stayed at numerous B&Bs and many Victorians, this is the most elegant and... read more

    Petra C
    September 21, 2020

    star rating  My husband and I just returned from a two night stay at the Aurora Staples in Stillwater. We were greeted by Rachel who was the ultimate host. Our accommodation, the... read more

    September 13, 2020

    star rating  My boyfriend brought me there for a birthday celebration and am very glad he chose this place! The rooms were authentic with period-style details, very clean and with a comfy... read more

    September 8, 2020
  • star rating  My husband and I recently celebrated our 20th anniversary with a stay at Aurora Staples Inn. We stayed at the Carriage House of the Inn. We were welcomed to... read more

    July 14, 2020

    star rating  My husband and I recently celebrated our 20th anniversary with a stay at Aurora Staples Inn. We stayed at the Carriage House of the Inn. We were welcomed to... read more

    Penny K
    July 14, 2020

    star rating  Aurora Staples provides the perfect setting for our 25th Anniversary celebration. The Riverview Suite was charming with its own private sun porch, which was the perfect place for sipping a... read more

    July 5, 2020
  • star rating  My husband and I stayed a night at the Aurora Staples Inn for our mini-moon. After a long week of wedding festivities, this was the PERFECT place to relax, feel... read more

    June 23, 2020

    star rating  Our stay couldn't have been more perfect. The home is gorgeous and close enough to downtown and the river that we could walk. Delicious breakfast and a wonderful hostess.... read more

    June 14, 2020

    star rating  Our stay couldn't have been more perfect. The home is gorgeous and close enough to downtown and the river that we could walk. Delicious breakfast and a wonderful hostess.... read more

    Tracy S
    June 14, 2020

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Join us at Aurora Staples Inn on Sunday afternoon, December 17th from 4pm-7pm for our Christmas Open House.  Have you ever wanted to view our rooms and see our glorious Victorian Inn?  We will have a drawing for a free night stay, music from a harpist, and offer...

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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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"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
Matthew 5:9

Breakfast and Our Health & Safety Protocols

Due to COVID-19 outcomes, supplies and rising costs, Aurora Staples Inn has made the decision to move from a Bed & Breakfast to more of an AirBnB model. We are no longer are serving breakfast or wine/beer trays in our room packages. Instead we will be offering a gift certificate to one of the fabulous dining establishments in Stillwater for you to enjoy when you check in.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the following restaurants with your reservation:

Monday-Tuesday: Guests will receive a gift card to Oasis Cafe or Mon Petit Cheri (a $30 value)
Wednesday-Sunday: Guests will receive a breakfast voucher for the Historic Lowell Inn (a $30 value)

Safety continues to be our first priority.  We aim to protect our employees and guests, so we ask if you have an existing reservation and you are feeling sick or have symptoms of COVID19, please reschedule or cancel.  We continue to have high standards of service and health protocols.  We have increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols, etc.  Because of this, we cannot allow an early check-in. Please respect our check-in hours.

If anyone is ill or becomes ill at the Inn, we will ask you to leave immediately for the health and safety of our guests and staff.  

We now offer Contactless Check-in and Contactless Check-outs – we’ll contact you within a few days before your reservation with an entry passcode number and instructions will be in their rooms. This is a new service we started offering since the COVID-19 Pandemic and it’s been a hit with our guests.

Because we are a small Inn in a small town, with a handful of rooms, we must limit the number of guests per room to two.  Wedding parties and receptions are currently on hold.

We hope to see you soon!  Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

– Rachelle, Innkeeper/Owner