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W.W. Smith Inn

Sleepy Eye, MN 56085 USA (Show map)
66 Reviews
$100 - $175
per night

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Step back in time and experience turn-of-the century elegance and the relaxed lifestyle of a bygone age in an historic mansion and carriage house in a quiet, tree-lined village neighborhood. Shaded by magnificent maples and willow trees, the Main House features stained glass and leaded, beveled glass windows along with ornate and intricate woodwork in oak, cherry and chestnut. The Main House has three guest accommodations and the Carriage House, done in the style of a country cottage, has a Loft Suite on the upper level and a guest room with private bath on the first floor.

Rooms & Rates

Rose Room

Spacious, sunlighted room with king bed, private bath with claw foot soaking tub, comfortable sitting area.

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

Laura's Suite

Spacious suite with sitting room and bedroom, carved cherry antique bed and matching furniture, gas log fireplace, beautiful chesnut woodwork, period details, Persian rugs, private bath with claw foot tub and shower

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

Cottage Room

Large room with bay window, staned glass details, four-poster queen bed, armoire, period antiques, chairs and reading lamps, private bath with separate shower and bathtub.

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

Carriage House Loft Suite

Our most popular room - a very large suite on second floor of Carriage House. King bed, 2-person whirlpool, private bath with shower, use of gathering room on first floor, very quiet and private - ideal for wedding night, anniversary, romantic get away

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

Carriage House Box Stall

On the first floor of the Carriage House, queen bed, private bath with shower, use of gathering room in Carriage House,two dressers, comfortable reading chairs - quiet and private.

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

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.7

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66 Reviews

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5 on August 13, 2014

should plan on more than one night Chocolate chip cookies were a nice late night treat

Beautful B&B inside and out

5 on July 29, 2014

What a lovely home and a step back in time. Leo and Marcia are very friendly and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Our suite (the Laura) was spotless and beautifully decorated. The bed was comfy and the room felt like home. Our bathroom was also very clean, spacious and nicely decorated. Also our breakfast of French toast apple bake and local sausage was very delicious. I am looking forward to my next stay.

Wonder Loft Suite

5 on July 27, 2014

This was the best experience we every had and the breakfast was amazing. Our host was also wonderful and we are already planning a trip back as soon as possible.


5 on July 16, 2014

Marcia & Leo, Both Rose Ann and I enjoyed the peacefulness and solitude of your inn. It was a very relaxing weekend for both of us. Your breakfasts were superb. We are looking forward to staying with your next summer and exploring the Sleepy Eye area. Thank you and best regards,

Fully enjoyed our stay and hope to have a chance to return

5 on June 23, 2014

The WW Smith Inn is in a beautiful Victorian home with impressive wood work throughout. We did not tour the converted barn but from the house it also looked charming. Each bedroom/bath is comfortably decorated and everything looked and smelled fresh. The owners were very personable and fun to talk to. Great homemade breakfast of pannekoeken/Dutch baby (even better than mine.)

An excellent get-away!

4.4 on February 19, 2014

The owners treat you like family and the house is beautiful. This was my 3rd visit and I'll be going back again. The only down side is there are NO good restaurants in Sleepy Eye. You'll need to drive to New Ulm to have a good meal.

Delightful B&B

5 on October 22, 2013

We stopped here for one night on our trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder sites. We were late arriving but Leo & Marcia were wonderful & gave us a warm welcome as well as having snacks available. The house was beautiful and breakfast was fantastic! Would highly recommend staying here if you're in the area!

Weekend getaway at WW Smith

5 on October 20, 2013

My husband and I wanted to spend the weekend quietly in a bed and breakfast inn. It was our first time to stay in a B&B. We found the WW Smith website and were intrigued by its history and very interesting rooms. We were not disappointed. The inn was fantastic and the hosts were very warm and hospitable.


5 on October 16, 2013

We had a great time and will definitely be back!

Lovely, relaxing getaway

5 on October 12, 2013

What a beautiful B& B. Extremely clean. Relaxing and peaceful!

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Location Type

Small town


Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl.) 125 miles

Directions to property:

Take 494 East from Airport to 169 South. Follow 169 to Mankato, MN. Exit to Rt. 14 West. Follow Rt. 14 through New Ulm to Sleepy Eye, turn left ar first traffic light (1st Avenue South) go four blocks to Linden Street SW, Inn is on corner of Linden and 1st Avenue.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Laura Ingalls Wilder Pagent, New Ulm Festivals, Shells Brewery, Petroglyphs, Fort Ridgely, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

CD player, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

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

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 12:00 PM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposit Amount Required: One room night
  • Cancellations: Cancellations made more than seven days prior to your arrival date will incur a $10.00 booking fee and your deposit will be refunded. Cancellations made less than seven days before your visit will be charged the full amount of your stay. If the room is rented, you will receive a gift certificate for a future visit. If you must cancel a reservation please call us or send an e-mail and we will give you a cancellation number. Leaving a message on the answering machine is not sufficient to cancel a reservation; you must speak to us or send an e-mail reply to get a cancellation number.



Leo and Marcia Derkowski

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Cooking, camping, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, golf, travel, canoeing, painting and drawing, photography

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  • Time Served: 8:00 - 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Details Diamond Collection

101 Linden Street SW , Sleepy Eye, MN 56085 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $60 gift card with a $300+ purchase