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)
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
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!
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!
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- Greg J
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
- Jessica B
From the moment we walked in we were welcomed and greeted with a glass of Wine,and beer. The room was clean and beautiful,The hospitality was great!,the breakfast was fanamonal!! The bed and pillows were so comfortable!! We had a very special night. I definitely and...More
Rachelle puts on a beautiful breakfast each morning with an exquisitely set table, after delivering coffee to our rooms each morning at 8 a.m. which was also delightful! The guest rooms are very unique, the beds are extremely comfortable. It should be noted there are...More
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
- Barb H
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
We loved our stay at Aurora Staples Inn. It was perfect in every way. It's a beautiful, historical mansion. The St Croix Suite was spacious and perfect. One of our favorite things was the 2-sided fireplace, open to the sitting room and to the whirlpool...More
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
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
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
- Jack H
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
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
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
- Sara H
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
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
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
- Brian D
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.
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!
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 having your own private English cottage. The main house's common rooms are expansive and wonderfully decorated...More
Stay and Play in Stillwater
These are just a few of the things you can do while exploring Stillwater: Gondola Romantica Segway Tours of Stillwater Guided Bicycle Tour – Bridges and Booms River City Sculpture Tour Historic Stairs (For amazing views and take selfies) Live Music at Ziggys or Liftbridge Brewery Nelson’s Ice Cream Parlor Wedding Venues
Capturing Incredible Memories!
Available year ’round
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 email@example.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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