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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. 

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. 



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 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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      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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      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

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  •   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 took the opportunity to walk to downtown Stillwater. Rachelle (Innkeeper) is absolutely the finest host. A...More

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      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

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      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

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  •   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.

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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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      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. The Inn is beautifully decorated. Rochelle, the Innkeeper, does an amazing job making sure service is...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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      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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      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!

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  •   I stayed at the Aurora Staples Inn for a solo year-end retreat. This was my first time there, but it won't be my last. The historic house has been beautifully restored & furnished with gorgeous antiques. The owner, Rachelle, gave me a tour & recounted...More

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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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      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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  •   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!

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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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      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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  •   We were fortunate enough to stay in the Riverview Suite, a beautiful, spacious room with a huge bathroom and gorgeous 2nd floor porch with ceiling fan, swing and romantic table for 2. Rachelle, the owner, welcomed us with a lovely individualized tray of snacks and...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 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 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

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      We can really recomend a stay at this lovely b&b! The breakfast was something special, served by the nice owner of the small hotel. Our room where really magical, we have not seen anything like this before! Perhaps not so suitable for familys with small...More

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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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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 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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