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Aurora Staples Inn

303 N. Fourth Street , Stillwater, MN 55082 USA (Show map)
93 Reviews
$139 - $269
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*Quality Assured Inn of the Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Guild. Queen Anne Victorian built in 1892, overlooking St. Croix River. Only three blocks from the historic Main Street. Antique shops, bookstores, restaurants, Riverfront Park, and historic Lift Bridge. Five guest rooms with private baths, whirlpools and fireplaces. Wrap around porch with formal gardens. Parlor, Library, and Dining Room open to guests. Full breakfast.



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

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30th Anniversary

4.8 on August 27, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. We stayed in the Riverview Suite. The service was great. Breakfast was amazing! Definitely would like to return. Close to restaurants and shopping.

Wonderful experience at Aurora Staples

5 on June 16, 2014

As a surprise for our 40th anniversary my husband planned an overnight at this very nice B&B. Beautiful restoration and very nice rooms. Loved the private porch swing in our own four season porch overlooking St. Croix River. Great food and friendly service. Close to quaint downtown Main Street with many dining options and interesting shops. Very quiet and comfortable stay. Very romantic gardens. Highly recommend this for a special get away or a very small intimate wedding.

above and beyond our expectations

5 on June 13, 2014

This Inn is beautiful, peaceful and wonderfully managed. I can't remember the last time we felt this relaxed and carefree! The service provided exceeded our expectations - they managed to accommodate my food allergy without ever missing out on taste and even when there was an unexpected loss of power, our coffee was still waiting for us right outside our door on time. I highly recommend this location to anyone, we were celebrating an anniversary and would happily return to celebrate another! thank you for such a wonderful experience.

Wouldn't change a thing!

5 on November 02, 2013

We spent a wonderful fall day at the Aurora Staples Inn. It was warm, peaceful, relaxing ... just what we were looking for! The food was awesome and the room was charming and very clean. We will definitely be back!

Clean and hospitable

4.8 on October 10, 2013

My husband I happened upon the Aurora Inn and knocked on the door to the Inn without a reservation or any notice. Cathy and her adorable and polite granddaughter welcomed us right in. Cathy seemed genuinely happy to have unexpected visitors. We were delighted to have our choice of rooms and selected the carriage house. The entire Inn is impeccable. The grounds/landscaping well maintained. Wine and appetizers outdoors, coffee delivered to the Carriage House in the morning...they paid attention to each and every detail. We ended up staying two nights we enjoyed it so much. We will return!!!

The Best Getaway

5 on July 21, 2013

My husband and I spent our 15 year anniversary here. The Innkeepers are such wonderful hosts. We had wonderful food, a great reception and a very pleasant stay. We will definitely be back again.


5 on June 04, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the inn for our anniversary and we thought it was wonderful. Definitely a place we are looking forward to coming back to. We stayed in the Riverview Suite and loved the little porch as well as the view of the gardens. Jerry and Cathy have done a great job of making sure we felt welcome. We had to leave before breakfast our second morning but Cathy was nice enough to bring muffins and coffee before we left. How great was that!!!!! We would recommend this inn for anyone wanting somewhere special to stay. May just make it our annual anniversary get away.

What a wonderful gift!!

5 on January 20, 2013

Our stay at the Aurora Staples Inn was from a gift given us from our children. What a wonderful charming home! This Queen Anne is elegant in its own right but made grand by the taste and warmth of the innkeepers Cathy and Jerry. The food was delicious, the service outstanding and their hospitality so warm and gracious!

Aurora Staples Inn Is Absolutely Beautiful & so Relaxing

5 on January 06, 2013

My husband and I had the most enjoyable weekend get-a-way at the Aurora. Cathy and Jerry were very helpful and a treat to get to know. The Inn is very clean and tastefully decorated and we feel blessed to have had the opportunity to enjoy their Christmas display. We were welcomed with a glass of wine and appetizer, treated to morning tea and coffee followed by a delicious breakfast. I highly recommend this B&B.

The Aurora was amazing

4.8 on November 27, 2012

We love History & this town was full of it, starting with the Aurora! Cathy & Jerry were SO warm, inviting & DEFINITELY are doing what they're supposed to be doing! What a treasure of a find. We had the 'perfect room' in my opinion as we had the Riverview Room; it was SO wonderful! My hubby & i are not living in the same state due to his work & we have five of our seven children living in our home SO the peace of this particular room was PERFECT for what we needed. We also saw that the Carriage House was out of this world incredible! The other rooms are so beautifully decorated but my kids must have known what we needed because this room was exactly what we needed. The breakfasts' were AMAZING & we ate ours up in our little porch as we wanted our alone time as much as we possibly could. We would LOVE to have the dining room experience though when we do this again! The house was all done up beautifully& the fireplace crackling in the fireplace when we walked in was just so perfect. We were warmly greeted & felt right at home as soon as we walked in the door. It is so close to downtown that if it'd not been 15 degrees we COULD've walked BUT we did do a LOT of walking all over town already so we were glad that we drove the short distance. We even got to go on a sleigh ride! The shops were so quaint, fun, interesting, beautiful, unique & were exactly what a small town should have! My favorite shops were the spice a dream come true! LOVED them! They also had make your own olive oils to a massage place to the biggest antique stores that I've ever been in to book stores to ice cream shops to coffee bars to a HUGE array of restaurant styles! IF we could go every month....i would go to the Aurora EVERY time and choose a different room each time and it would NEVER get old! You will NOT be disappointed! Scott and Connie L.

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Location Type



Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl.) 20 miles

Directions to property:

494 East to 694 to Hwy. 36. East on 36 into downtown Stillwater.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Historic train rides, Riverboats, Trolly ride, Victorian Homes, Wine Tasting, Winter Sports , Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Ceiling fans, Conference Rooms, Copier, In-room internet, Desk, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Newspaper delivered daily, Game Room, Carriage House, bottled water and pop, all rooms with jacuzzi, all rooms with fireplaces

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Bicycling / Jogging Trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4-6pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations: Full refund if cancellation is made one week prior to first night stay.



Cathy and Jerry Helmberger

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  • Time Served: 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

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303 N. Fourth Street , Stillwater, MN 55082 USA (Show map)

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