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Alexander Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast

274 East Broadway Street , Winona, MN 55987 USA (Show map)

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Built circa 1886, The Alexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast is an historic gem nestled in the scenic bluff lands along the Mississippi River in beautiful Winona, Minnesota. This distinguished B&B will quickly become your favorite getaway to return to whether with friends or that special someone you share life’s adventures with. The Alexander Mansion is a true river town destination, completely renovated with exquisite decoration and antiques in high Victorian style. It features spacious rooms and suites, welcoming wine and cheese socials, evening turn down service, and formal candlelight gourmet breakfasts prepared fresh with local ingredients. Located in a quaint college town river city boasting an abundance of cultural and recreational activities. The Historic Alexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast provides a high level of comfort, privacy, and friendly service in an environment reminiscent of the quiet elegance of a bygone era.



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

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5 on March 06, 2015

My wife and I stayed at the Alexander Mansion, in the downstairs apartment. The room was outstanding. I am usually not a B&B person, but Richard made our stay a very memorable experience. Every detail was seen to, the service was top-notch. The food was over the top in quality as well.

Can we stay every day? :)

5 on March 06, 2015

Every inch of the house is beautiful and charming, including its amazing and delightful host, Richard. Elegant and formal, yet very welcoming and comfortable - the evening more than exceeded my expectations in every way and I'd be happy to be Richard's guest every night of the week!

If you are staying in or near Winona, stay here.

4.8 on February 26, 2015

The Alexander Mansion and its host are a special treat. Breakfast is amazing as well. If you've ever wanted a five course breakfast that ends with an ice cream sundae, this is the spot. Highly recommended.

Best B&B and intimate wedding venue!

5 on January 11, 2015

My husband and I were recently married at the Alexander Mansion on 12-13-14. I knew this was the place I wanted to be married the first time we went to visit. No expense has been spared in the detail. It is absolutely beautiful! We are actually from Winona but wanted something that was special and intimate for our wedding day. It was important to us that all of our out of town guests had a special place to celebrate into the night and through the weekend! Richard was so kind and accommodating to all of our changes and requests. He made us feel perfectly at home and his hospitality was five star. We stayed in the luxurious Maude suite. The turn down service was such a special touch and Richard truly went out of his way to make it special. He was sure to go above and beyond for our special night. The breakfast was also special. I was impressed with how Richard remembered every one of our 12 guests names and took their requests without writing it down! His care to our experience was evident in his service and he made sure we were well taken care of. We plan on going back many more times!

Wonderful host!

5 on September 20, 2014

Richard made us feel welcome the minute he met us in the grand porch and led us into his beautiful home! What fun to be able to spend time in a mansion built in 1886. Richards' wine social, where we learned about the mansion and had a relaxing time with other guests staying at the mansion, started off our one night stay at the Alexander Mansion. Richards' dining recommendation was what we were looking for that evening. The formal breakfast was a fabulous meal where we again had time to socialize with the other guests and learn more about the history of the mansion. We took in the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, which was recommended again by Richard, and we thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be able to see masterpieces by Turner, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cassatt, Gauguin, Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, O'Keeffe, Homer, Wyeth, and many more! We would highly recommend a stay at the Alexander Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast in Winona, MN! Thank you, Richard! Rodney & Brenda


5 on September 18, 2014

This is an exquisite B&B. Richard is a warm, gracious host. The house is a beautiful retreat from the modern world. Don't plan on lunch - the breakfast is huge and wonderful!

The most pleasant experience I have ever had !

5 on September 07, 2014

This was my first B&B !! Richard Grabow is certainly an exceptional man ! He is the Perfect host and a wonderful chef. This 2 night stay exceeded my expectations ! The Mansion is Stunning ! The décor is so beautiful and the detail to every single room is amazing. I could have spent hours in each room and nook and cranny just trying to absorb it all. We had a suite with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom. I again wish to say a Special Thank you to Richard who is a warm and welcoming host! The breakfasts he prepared were like non I have ever had and the presentation was breathtaking !! We will go back again......

4 Star Experience for a Very reasonable rate

5 on September 04, 2014

My husband and I planned a get away over Labor Day weekend to celebrate our anniversary. We needed somewhere to stay that was half way between home and our destination so we looked for a B & B. When I saw the Alexander Mansion pop up as an option I immediately thought it would be out of our price range but it was affordable so I booked the Martha Room. Richard, the proprietor, was immediately in contact with me and was even able to accommodate my food restrictions (there are a lot of them). We had all of the amenities we wanted without any of the ones we didn't want. Some rooms are equipped with TV's but thankfully ours was not. We found out that your stay at the Alexander Mansion allows you to receive free entrance to the Marine Art Museum. We asked Richard where we should go to dinner, he made a recommendation, and then made the reservation for us. It was wonderful. We met lovely people and Richard even allowed my husband, who is an organist, play the organ in the dining room. The breakfast was AMAZING! We are telling all of our friends about this gem and will definitely be back!

Charming Host and Site

4.6 on July 21, 2014

Our host met us at the door and gave us a tour of this beautiful residence. We were provided with many amenities, including wine, as part of our stay. The breakfast was outstanding, with commentary from Richard, our host. We plan a return visit soon.

Outstanding visit

5 on June 30, 2014

A beautiful historic home that has been meticulously restored. This is the best BnB I have stayed in. Richard, the innkeeper, is a wonderful person, full of knowledge about the history of the home, and current activities in the area. The breakfasts are amazing five course adventures. A slow relaxed pace and plenty of time to visit with the other guests. We stayed in the Alexander suite, and used our sunroom for a small family gathering seven. I highly recommend this place, and look forward to coming back.

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Rooms & Rates

D.C. Alexander Suite

Private bath with shower, King-sized bed, Fireplace, Four Season Private Sunroom, Comfortable seating, Free Wi-Fi, Hair dryer, Iron, CD/radio, Air-conditioner with adjustable settings, Window seat, Fine linens, Luxurious bath robes, Evening turn-down service. Afternoon wine social, Four-course gourmet breakfast in formal dining room.

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

Maude King Alexander Ste

Spend a night embracing the definition of elegance in a queen-sized antique canopied bed, shadowed by a hand-carved period fireplace. Sip morning tea or evening wine in a lush Victorian sitting area. Allow time for a bubble bath in an original soaking tub and shower. This suite offers every indulgence Maude herself demanded. Private bathroom suite, Separate shower and soaking tub, Queen-sized bed, Fireplace, Comfortable seating, Iron and ironing board.

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

Martha's Room

Martha's is the first bedroom guests usually see at the top of the grand staircase; they are frequently dazzled by its exquisite décor and think it must be our most upscale room; actually it is our least expensive! It has a full size antique feather bed with canopy. Private bath ~ Soaking tub, Full size antique feathered bed, Ceiling fan, Client controlled AC, Window seat, Antique toys and dolls. Free Wi-Fi.

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

Judge Thomas Wilson

Named for our Royal Standard poodle, Judge Thomas Wilson, Ambassador, who was named in honor of the man who built this mansion for his family in 1886, The honorable Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Wilson. Your pet-friendly, private sunny vintage cottage-style suite located in the lower level offers a queen size bed, full kitchen with stove, microwave, blender, refrigerator/freezer, full bath with claw foot tub and shower, living room with comfortable queen sofa sleeper, TV, WIFI, AC, storage area for skis and other outdoor personal equipment and four course gourmet breakfast.

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

Mary's Room

Mary was the well-loved maid of the Alexander family. We have updated her room to make it more elegant than a typical maids quarters, while preserving the charm and simple elegance of a time long past. Featured amenities Queen-sized bed (Firm), Private bath with Shower, Radio, Comfortable Seating, Client-controlled A/C. Free Wi-Fi.

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


Location Type

Mississippi River road, Mississippi Bluff Lands, Coulee Region, Airport, City, Downtown, Small town


Rochester, MN (RST) 45 miles

Directions to property:

Winona is located just off of US Highway 14/61. Turn into town at Huff Street and then right at the second stoplight, which is Broadway/6th Street, and go 1 ½ blocks and we are on the north side of street between Franklin and Kansas. From Minneapolis/St. Paul take US highway 52 to highway 50 and then US 61 into Redwing. Follow US Highway 61 out of Redwing to Winona. From Wisconsin or Illinois take I-90 towards LaCrosse and take Winona exit, Minnesota Highway 14/61. *****Directions from LaCrosse, WI Airport (27miles) - Take I-90 towards Minnesota. Take the Winona Exit and follow US 14/61 to Winona.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, American Eagle Bird Watching, Look-out point, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , tandem bicycle, off street parking, refrigerator

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Wild life refuge, American Eagle Bird Watching, Look-out point, Festivals, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, 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
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Judge Wilson Suite welcomes small to moderate size pets.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: The Alexander Mansion is a small B&B with a limited number of rooms. Due to our small size and the fact that we do not overbook like large hotels, cancellations and changes made to arrival and departure dates affect us significantly. Please read and understand our cancellation policy: Check in time is 4-6pm. If you are unable to arrive by 6pm, please call so we can make suitable arrangements. All cancellations must be made by a person-to-person telephone call. All cancellations are subject to a $25 administration charge per room. If cancellations are made 7-14 days ahead of reserved date, we will process your credit card the full amount and mail you a gift certificate valid for the months of November-April following the date of your original reservation.* All cancellations made within 7 days of your anticipated arrival will be charged the full amount of your stay and will not receive a gift certificate.* Multiple room bookings may require a 50% per room deposit. * We suggest you contact your travel agent for trip cancellation insurance in the event of unforeseen changes in your plans. Extra Persons / Two Beds All rates are quoted based on single/double occupancy. Most of our rooms contain one bed and are suitable for two persons. An extra twin bed may be accommodated in one of our suites. The rate for a third person is $30. Reservations for a third person or a request for a second bed require speaking with the innkeeper before reserving your room.



Richard Grabow

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About the innkeepers

Lynn is employed part-time at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN as a registered nurse. Fred serves as the head of Winona State university's accounting department. Both long time residents of Winona, they enjoy sharing the richness of the life, the incredible beauty, the first class cultural activities and the incredible history of the area with their guests.

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4 course gourmet

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


274 East Broadway Street , Winona, MN 55987 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free gift card up to $150!