Summit Inn Bed & Breakfast

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

About

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.

Reviews

Overall
4.8

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

Amazing, relaxing getaway

5 on July 04, 2016

My fiance and I needed to get away for the weekend, and the pictures sold us on this B&B. The pictures didn't even do justice! If you arrive at night time, a beautiful lit arch greets you, as well as Elaine, the innkeeper. Elaine is so wonderful in so many ways, I can't even begin to explain how kind, warm, and loving she is. The house is well decorated and has a light, airy feel. We stayed the Dr. Gunz's Study, and it was perfect. The bathroom was smaller than I expected, and I wish there was a tub in the room, but the other two rooms are provided with tubs. The bed was comfortable and had wonderful views of the nightly lit gazebo and lake. I'm not the type to sit around, but that's all I wanted to do there! I could have sat in the gazebo, in the room, in the garden, wherever on this property and felt the cool breeze from the lake and listen to the birds chirp for hours. She provides MANY books, games, and movies for your enjoyment, as well as a hospitality room where there are a variety of teas, wines, and k-cups. When you arrive, you're greeted with cheese, grapes, and crackers. And, in the evenings, she makes you yummy treats! Her breakfast is wonderful as well. She'll even ask if you want to be greeted an hour before breakfast with coffee waiting at your door. There isn't too much to do in the immediate area, you have to drive a little ways to find stuff to do in towns. All the locals recommended visiting Taylor Falls and the wineries. We also drove 45 min to Stillwater, and it was beautiful. We ate at the Pizza Pub and Swenson's and both were delicious. I can't say enough great things about this B&B, and highly recommend to anyone.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for such a wonderful review. We are SO glad you enjoyed yourselves and found peace and serenity while here. It is our goal to make sure every guest leaves knowing they are important. Glad to hear you felt the care we intended to give! Check in once and a while and let us know how you two are doing. Many Blessings on your future together!


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.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your review. I hope you will come back and watch the gardens change. It is a wonder! I'm trying to post more pictures on Facebook so our friends can enjoy the views from afar so check in there occasionally to see what is happening. If you do, please check in and let me know whats going on. I love to catch up with all my guests.


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!


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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

Location Type

Lakefront, Village

Airport

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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Policies

  • 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.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Elaine Sommer

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Koi and goldfish

About the innkeepers

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

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: Varies
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian