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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


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!

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

  •   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.

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      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

      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 seemed like a waste but even one night in this room was really worth it!...More

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  •   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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      We arrived and were graciously welcomed with a glass of wine and a small cheese plate for each of us. We enjoyed them in the porch in the Riverview suite. Perfect way to start our girls weekend! The owner is very nice and helpful. The...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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  •   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 swing in private 4 season porch adjacent to our room with great view of river...More

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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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      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 hype and surpassed our already high expectations. We booked a last minute, 2 night stay...More

    thumb Jamie W
  •   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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      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

      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 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

      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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      We wanted to try something new and give a B&B a try rather than a hotel and we were pleasantly surprised and very much pleased with our experience. The owner was friendly, nice and personable and made us feel welcomed and rather spoiled with the...More

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  •   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

      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

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      Stayed two nights while we explored Stillwater. Close enough to walk downtown if you can handle the hills! Stayed in St Croix room with the comfiest king size bed. Breakfast was hot and delicious always served with fresh fruit. Quiet neighborhood. Highly recommend.

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  •   Excellent bed and breakfast. Historic home in a great location. The rooms are beautiful, well appointed and very clean. We were wowed by the excellent breakfast served each morning Our Hostess Rachelle was terrific. Will stay again if we are ever back in Stillwater. We...More

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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

    thumb Michael H

      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! We chose the Carriage House room due to the fact that it is separate from...More

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  •   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

    thumb Maddi K

      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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      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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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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