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The Magic Door

818 Division Street South , Northfield, MN 55057 USA (Show map)
4.6
60 Reviews
$90 - $195
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About

The Magic Door is a stately, three story Victorian located just two blocks from downtown Northfield. The three room inn is quaint and relaxing with beautiful furnishings, quality towels and bedding, Serta Perfect Sleeper pillowtop mattresses and nicely appointed bathrooms. As an experienced B&B patron, I have made every effort to create the type of place I personally would love to frequent by providing all the amenities I hope to find during my travels and getaways. The result is an extremely comfortable, pampering atmosphere that is romantic, rejuvenating and... magical!

Rooms & Rates

Summer Suite

The jewel of the house. A spacious second floor bedroom with gorgeous wood floors, lots of windows and an elegant country appeal. Includes a king-sized pine canopy bed, separate sitting area, and an intimate table for two. The corner gas fireplace warms winter nights while a double whirlpool bubbles in the master bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Spring Thing

Fresh and bright with west facing windows for radiant late afternoons. Two comfortable armchairs are perfect for good books and intimate chats. The queen sized iron bed and free standing gas fireplace have a soothing, old-world charm. A large double whirlpool in the adjoining bath offers both indulgence and seclusion.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Autumnwood

This cozy first floor hidewaway features an inlaid wood floor, teal walls and soft shades of autumn. Furnishings include a four-poster cherry bed, antique marble top nightstands and a grand mahogany armoire. A stunning decorative fireplace provides a beautiful centerpiece for this inviting room. The private bath has a single whirlpool with a stand up shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Reviews

Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Dining4.6

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60 Reviews

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Walk Through the "Magic Door" . . .

5 on August 03, 2013

and you will be delighted. Pamela does it right. Beer, wine, cheese, fruit and cookies welcome you. Some of the things we appreciated were the very comfortable beds; comfortable furniture in the room as well as the common sitting area; games, puzzles, music and movies - and a wonderful breakfast. It's apparent Pamela takes pride in her business. She has even done one of the things that I would suggest every inn keeper do, spend a night in each room. That is the best way to make sure everything is perfect for the guests! The inn is located within easy walking distance of downtown.


Loved loved loved it!

4.8 on July 12, 2012

My husband surprised me for my birthday with a weekend getaway to the Magic Door in Northfield. From the moment we arrived, everything was perfect. Pamela welcomed us at the door and gave us a nice tray of fruit and cheese and a glass of wine (beer for my hubby) to take up to the room. She was friendly and smiley, but not intrusive. We stayed in "Spring Thing". In spite of the heat it was cool and cozy, with the sun shining in the windows. The sitting area was the perfect place to enjoy our snack. We immediately felt relaxed. Dinner out at the Ole Restaurant was awesome (Pamela's 1st choice) and the second night Indian cuisine at Chapati was also delicious. The breakfast's were filling and yummy and we really enjoyed talking with the owner and the other guests. The whirlpool by candlelight was super romantic and we even found time to watch a movie (with no kids interrupting!) It was definitely a magic place and the town is really pretty with plenty to see and do. A great place for a relaxing getaway!


We look forward to returning

4.0 on January 10, 2012

My wife and I felt pampered from when we came in, and Pamela greeted us with a tray of fruit, cheese and crackers, a bottle of wine and a jar of cookies. The room -- on the first floor -- was very comfortable, with a big, soft mattress and a thick comforter for warmth. I was a bit tall for the tub shower, but the detachable handset-showerhead accommodated. Pamela has a wonderful DVD movie collection to choose from. The breakfasts were delicious, beautifully presented and included desserts. We enjoyed and came to look forward to chatting with the other guests and with Pamela over breakfast (she joined with a cup of coffee after all had been served). We usually got out for the day later than we'd planned, because we lingered to talk. Because it's a 19th century home, I had to hunt around a bit for an electrical outlet to plug in my laptop, and dim lighting on one side of the bathroom mirror made shaving a bit of a challenge, but they were minor inconveniences. We hope to stay at the Magic Door again next time we visit Northfield, and would recommend it to anyone looking for some pampering and personal attention. .


A Relaxing Retreat

5 on December 26, 2011

Hi, Pam! I promised I'd write.....can't believe it's taken this long! Your hospitality was fantastic! We loved everything.....the wine & cheese; the wonderful breakfast (but we never did get our dessert---!)--too busy talking to you, I guess! Thanks for the tomatoes, etc. We definitely needed to stay more than one night! Next time we're in Northfield, we'll definitely stay here!


super nice

5 on December 08, 2011

This was our first time staying at a B&B and I think maybe we'll be a bit spoiled because of all the fun extra stuff that Pamela provides that maybe you don't find at every inn. We of course loved the room and the whirlpool and the super comfy bed, but didn't expect to get complimentary wine (beer for the bf), a tray with fruit and cheese and crackers, and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. There was also a great selection of movies and the breakfast was delicious! (we even had dessert!) Pamela, was fun to talk to, and so were the other guests. We didn't want to go home! Can't wait to go back in the summer. Northfield is such a pretty little town. Quiet and friendly, but still with plenty of shops and things to do. The Ole restaurant was a great recommendation.


A good night sleep in a peaceful room

4.2 on October 25, 2011

My room was spacious, and clean and the bed was very comfortable. The location is nice and quiet. The room didn't have alot of lighting in the sitting area, which was not a problem, since I was alone. The bedside lighting was fine for reading. I appreciated the firplace that I could control myself. The bathroom was huge. It took a bit of getting used to the hand held shower system.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your comments! I have added a new lamp in the Spring Thing sitting area to make it easier to read after dark. Just in time for the end of daylight savings! Such a simple improvement... I'm so glad you spoke up. Pamela


Hidden treasure

4.2 on October 19, 2011

We recently spent two nights at The Magic Door. Pam is a low-key hostess who made our visit to Northfield comfortable and easy. On-street parking is a plus, as are the quiet amenities, such as bathrobes, mints, a small fridge in the room, and the comfortable bed. Breakfast of fresh fruit, baked goods, a warm dish (quiche, crepes), and coffee/tea/orange juice kept us fueled well into the early afternoon.


The Magic Door

5 on October 10, 2011

Excellent stay. Would stay again.


A quiet and restful weekend.

4.6 on September 18, 2011

A spur of the moment idea and Pam made it happen for us. Very comfortable, cozy and clean accommodations. I would highly recommend this B&B and we will visit again.


wonderful host

4.4 on September 16, 2011

the rooms were wonderful and the house well located near downtown, but the best aspect of the magic door is it's host Pamela. she is an amazing cook, an attentive but unobtrusive host, and is the single most important aspect in our enjoying our stay.


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Location

Location Type

Cannon River, St. Olaf College, Carleton College, Small town

Airport

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

Directions to property:

Take 494West to 35W South. Follow to Hwy 19 east. Go 8 miles into Northfield, cross hwy 3, make a right on Divsion and go 4 blocks to the corner of Division and 9th.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Big Woods State Park, Carleton Arboreum, St. Olaf & Carleton colleges, Cabela's , Mall of America, Cannon Valley Bike Trail, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Internet Service, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer , afternoon snack with wine or beer, chocolates & candles in rooms, DVD movie collection, complimentary sherry, soda, bottled water, Sunday paper and magazine selection, bottomless cookie jar

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Winter Walk, live music, Jesse James Days, Christmas festival, local theater, day spa, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4pm - 6pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited front porch only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited acceptions made in some circumstances- ask when reserving
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: only on graduation (3 nights) and parent's weekends (2)
  • Deposit Amount Required: Must guarantee reservation with a credit card number or a deposit (cash or check) for first night's stay.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations require a 10 day notice. Those who cancel after the deadline will receive a gift certificate for a week night stay. If your reservation is to be paid with a gift certificate, a late cancellation will render the certificate valid for weekdays only.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Pamela Sanford

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

not allowed in guest areas

About the innkeepers

I am a fitness enthusiast who works out regularly, lifts weights, and practices some yoga. Enjoy reading fiction and spiritual texts. Love the outdoors, cooking, and good conversation. Have been known to sing some karaoke.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: anytime between 7 and 10am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Vegan, Gluten free


Deals


Special Package

Last Minute Special

Take advantage of last minute cancellations and availability for weekend reservations. On Thursday mornings, all open rooms for the upcoming weekend will be discounted by $25.00. Call the same day and receive $30 off. Procrastination can have it's rewards.

Ladies Getaway Special

This one's for the girls: Spend one or two nights at the inn and we'll treat you to a gift basket full of assorted taste treats and pampering beauty products, and bottle of wine or champagne. Spend the evenings at a downtown nightspot, or just hang out in your room chatting or enjoying a movie or two from our video collection. It's the perfect way to spend a restful weekend, but if you can only manage one night, we'll make it a memorable one. Package price is $40 with a two night stay, $50 with a single night.

Anniversary/honeymoon Perks

To make your celebration just a bit more special, we provide a few extras for our newlyweds and anniversary couples. Book a two night weekend stay (including a Friday or Saturday) and you'll be treated to fresh flowers in your room, a complimentary bottle of wine or champagne, and $15 of spending money to use as you please.

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Details

BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection

818 Division Street South , Northfield, MN 55057 USA (Show map)

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