Summit Inn Bed & Breakfast

208 Summit Ave. , Center City, MN 55012 USA (Show map)


High above the sparkling waters of Ki-chi-saga (North Center Lake) sits the Summit Inn, a unique combination of tranquility and history. Once the home of lawyers and physicians, (in a community immortalized through the epic works Vilhelm Moberg, creator of the mythical Swedish immigrants, Karl Oskar and Kristina) the Summit Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stroll through our English country gardens. Just a 30 minute drive north of the Twin Cities. Located less than 10 miles from the scenic St. Croix River Valley.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Calm and peaceful

5 on June 02, 2016

Elaine was a kind and gracious B&B owner. Her "sweet treats" were a slice of heaven and the English Gardens were just showing the spring blooms. I would love to come back each month to see the summer and fall blooming seasons. Pam C.

Very lovely, we highly recommend it!

5 on May 28, 2016

Such beautiful gardens, and the food was great. A treat every night that was so delicious. We recommend this B&B highly!

Annual Anniversary stay

4.6 on January 04, 2016

My wife and I stay at a B&B every year for our anniversary and this one was memorable. Great location, host and guests! Lively conversation and just a splendid stay! Highly recommend!

Couldn't have had a better experience!

4.6 on December 10, 2015

A beautiful home and a lovely innkeeper! Food was amazing and we were treated like royalty. We can't wait to go back!

I Dare you to find a better B&B

5 on August 14, 2015

Everything was top notch through and through. Rooms were immaculate, the grounds were reminiscent of an Elven Glade, and the food and service were opulence at its finest. We will be going there time and time again.

Rich In Comfort and Hospitality

5 on June 10, 2015

I would describe my stay at the Summit Inn B&B as a lovely, comfortable and inviting retreat. The innkeeper, Elaine, is warm and welcoming and sincerely cares that all your "creature comforts" are met. I enjoyed beginning each day with a candlelit breakfast! Elaine's homemade breakfasts were beautifully served and tasted fresh and delicious. It's intimate setting was ideal for her guests to socialize or find space to themselves. I know for certain I'll be back!

A Real Treat!

4.6 on March 08, 2015

So lovely to stay here. Elaine made me feel welcome, special and treated me with such care and kindness. The breakfasts were splendid, and Elaine believes in dessert for breakfast! I loved the lace curtain-enclosed claw-foot tub. The sun room with all the healthy plants and plush arm chair were a delight. I would definitely stay here again, in a heart beat.

One of if not the best B&B we have stayed at! And we have stayed at many!!!

5 on November 04, 2014

If you have never stayed at a B&B, I encourage you to stay at the Summit Inn Bed and Breakfast!

One of the best Bed and Breakfasts

5 on October 04, 2014

Incredibly kind and gracious hospitality welcomes you and remains with you long after you leave. The breakfast and welcoming treats are delicious. The whole house is very comfortable and peaceful. The garden and yard provide a very peaceful place to meditate and view the lake across the street. We highly recommend The Summit!

A Trip to the Summit!

5 on October 01, 2014

This Inn is a step back in time with modern amenities. The vintage home is beautifully maintained in a lovely Minnesota location that overlooks a lake. The Victorian rooms are inviting and lush. The baths are elegant and spotless. The gourmet breakfasts are fabulous. Elaine is a wonderfully hospitable hostess whose love of people and the area is contagious.

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Rooms & Rates

The Aerie Suite

Queen size bed with quilt and down comforter Private bath with whirlpool Gas burning fireplace Window seat overlooking N. Center Lake

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Sunset Room

Lace canopied queen size bed with quilt and down comforter Spectacular sunset view over North Center Lake Shared bath with clawfoot tub

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Dr. Gunz's Study

Antique spoon carved Eastlake queen size bed with quilt and down comforter Shared bath with clawfoot tub

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Standard Queen Room

These rooms have a Queen sized bed with quilt and down comforter. They have a shared bath with clawfoot tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Lakefront, Village


Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl.) 35 miles

Directions to property:

Take 35W/35E north to Hwy. 8. Travel approx. 16 miles to the town of Center City. Turn left on Co. Rd. 9. Go two blocks. Take a right on Mobeck Ave., then an immediate right on Center Ave. 3rd house on right(Summit Inn sign at end of driveway). Park in driveway.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Sculpture Garden, Swedish Heritage Towns, Dozens of area lakes, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

DVD Player, Library, Piano, TV, Telephone, VCR

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Prior approval from innkeeper required
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposit Amount Required: $45.00 per night/room non-refundable deposit to reserve room
  • Cancellations: Cancellations within two weeks prior to stay will be charged the entire rate, unless we are able to rent your reserved room for those dates.



Elaine Sommer

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Koi and goldfish

About the innkeepers

Gardening, traveling, reading, local history, cooking, music, antique collecting

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  • Time Served: Varies
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian