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Summit Inn Bed & Breakfast

208 Summit Ave. , Center City, MN 55012 USA (Show map)
63 Reviews
$125 - $195
per night

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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.

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

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Very impressed, highly recommended!

5 on September 04, 2014

Elaine didn't miss a beat, she was very attentive. Wonderful breakfast and great little surprises throughout our stay.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review. I really enjoy making the "little surprises" happen. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay here.

Just what we needed

5 on June 18, 2014

Summit Inn was just what we needed, T.L.C. during busy days. Elaine's breakfasts set us up for the long day ahead, and her and Sandy's kindness and understanding made us feel so comfortable. Beautiful gardens, too!

Great place to get away to

4.6 on June 14, 2014

Elaine is a wonderful host. Very sweet lady who really strives to make your stay as relaxing as possible. The food was great. My favorite spots were the gazebo and the study. The library had an excellent selection of classics to relax with while sinking into a comfy chair. My wife and I will be going back!!

Unique Experience

5 on June 03, 2014

Elaine has the right combination of Minnesota Hospitality and a quiet relaxed atmosophere. The Breakfast offering is fantastic....Elaine is both imaginative and just an outstanding chef. Lots of eligance yet comfortable.

Very nice.

4.2 on May 26, 2014

Quiet, sweet, personalized - just what I like in a B&B. I recommend Summit Inn if you are in the area.

Summit Inn

5 on May 20, 2014

Just a quiet and wonderful place to stay. Your host Elaine will make your stay worth your trip there. I highly recommend the Summit inn Center City Minnesota.

Exceptional hospitatlity at the historic Summit Inn Bed & Breakfast

5 on May 02, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to stay at the beautiful, historic, Summit Inn Bed & Breakfast for four days and five nights. This beautiful and serene bed & breakfast, operated by Innkeeper, Elaine Sommer was my place of respite after some major surgery. It was a beautiful place to heal and relax my mind and Elaine was so sweet and kind. Each morning Elaine would deliver a tray with coffee to my room. Later in the formal dining room, breakfast was served. Each course was a culinary delight, made with fresh healthy ingredients and served in an elegant manner. My room was beautiful and cozy and the sheets were of the finest fabric. Each evening Elaine would bring me a bed time snack. Every room of this bed and breakfast was warm and inviting and I long to spend some more time there. I left feeling renewed and finding a wonderful new friend in Elaine. I miss you dear friend and will never forget your hospitality.

Warm, wonderful stay!

4.8 on February 07, 2014

Everything about our recent stay at the Summit Inn was lovely. The Innkeeper made us feel welcome and at home from the minute we stepped onto her back porch. Elaine cheerfully made dinner reservations for us for the evening, encouraged us to help ourselves to her generously stocked Hospitality Room, left a tray of scrumptious cookies for us to return to that evening, provided a lovely "first thing in the morning" tray of coffee, and treated us to a delicious 3 course breakfast and warm conversation. It was a warm and wonderful mid-winter stay. We look forward to taking in the Inn's lake view again soon - maybe from the gazebo in the summer time! Thank you, Elaine.

Thanks Elaine for an awsome experience! Wonderful food,lots of unexpected extas like the raspberry deserts under a domed glass in each bedroom. Hospitality+++++.

5 on January 03, 2014

Thank you so much Elaine. Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!!

All the way around a wonderful experience!

5 on August 20, 2013

The service, food and accommodations exceeded my expectations. The staff was beyond friendly and helpful. I so much enjoyed spending time there. Thank you!!!

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Location Type

Lakeside, 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.3

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: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Prior approval from innkeeper required
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited

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

Details Diamond Collection

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

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