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W.W. Smith Inn

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

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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.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.6

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Good Stay

4.0 on April 15, 2015

It was fun, cozy and romantic. The Inn Keeps were nice and knowledgeable. I would stay again for sure.

Nice Historic B&B

4.6 on March 22, 2015

Great location, very private and wonderful atmosphere. The service was excellent and the breakfasts were wonderful.

Loft Suite in the carriage house

5 on February 28, 2015

When we arrived Marcia and Leo were very welcoming and gave us a quick tour. They have all the hotel amenities (fridge, microwave, coffee, etc.) and much more (homemade cookies, robes, bath minerals, etc.) The loft space is both comfortable and expansive. I couldn't imagine a better place to relax and warm up after a day out in the Minnesota winter. The morning breakfast and the architectural detail in the main house were both magnificent. Our first experience at a B&B was memorable and tranquil thanks to the wonderful hosts at the W.W. Smith Inn.

What a beautiful, peaceful place!

5 on November 05, 2014

My partner and I had a wonderful time at the W.W. Smith Inn. The house was more than lovely as were the hosts. The breakfast was served in a beautiful setting and was of very high quality. We found the room to be most comfortable, and the large claw foot tub was a great soaking tub. The entire experience was just plain relaxing and enjoyable. I give my highest recommendation!

Fall Retreat for Weary Couple

4.6 on October 28, 2014

We stayed 2 nights and enjoyed the quiet of the setting as well as the outstanding historic beauty of this house. This was the most ornate historic home, yet very comfortable and welcoming. One reason we choose to spend our vacations at a B & B is that we get to meet new people, both guests and Inn Keepers. Leo & Marcia were gracious hosts and gave us more than good service and food, they gave of their time to talk and listen to our interests and the concerns on our heart. It won't get that at a hotel. We needed this break from our daily routine and it exceeded our need. Sadly, it was over much too quickly. Yes, we would go back and recommend this B & B to others.

Smith Inn Octoberfest

5 on October 14, 2014

Owners were very welcoming, clawfoot tub was awesome, breakfast was fabulous, and we hope we can return someday!!

Unexpected surprise in Sleepy Eye

5 on September 26, 2014

The building was gorgeously restored and the rooms were very comfortable and spacious. Breakfast was delucious each morning. I enjoyed the conversation with the other guests. On the last morning, I had to leave early and she gave me muffins to take with me. Also the cookies left hy the coffee were excellent. I stayed there five years ago for my nearby high school reunion and will return again. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.

Welcome Home to a By-gone Era

4.6 on August 27, 2014

Why stay at a chain hotel when you can experience a pleasant, relaxing, historical stay at W.W. Smith Inn. My daughters and I enjoyed every moment of our stay, exploring the details of the property, reading on the porch and relaxing in our bathtub. Leo and Marcia were welcoming and served a delicious breakfast!


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.

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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

Nightly Rate: $110 - $110

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

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

Nightly Rate: $95 - $95

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

Nightly Rate: $160 - $160

Nightly Rate: $160 - $160

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $100

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Location Type

Small town


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

Directions to property:

From East: take RT 14 to Sleepy Eye, turn left at first traffic light (1st Avenue South) go four blocks to Linden Street SW, Inn is on corner of Linden and 1st Avenue. From West: take Rt. 14 to Sleepy Eye, turn right at second traffic light (1st Avenue South)go four blocks to Linden Street SW, Inn is on corner of Linden and 1st Avenue. From North: take Rt. 4 south to Sleepy Eye, stay on Rt. 4 through first traffic light (intersection with Rt. 14), go four blocks and turn left on to Linden St. SW. Go two blocks, Inn is on the right at the corner of Linden and 1st Avenue South. From South: take Rt. 4 north to Sleepy Eye, turn right on Linden St. SW. Go two blocks, Inn is on the right at the corner of Linden and 1st Avenue South.

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: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other
  • 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

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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


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

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