Rivertown Inn

306 W Olive Street , Stillwater, 55082 USA (Show map)


Built in 1884 at the height of Minnesota’s logging boom, Rivertown Inn is a magnificently restored lumber baron mansion turned boutique-style inn offering sumptuous suites, impeccable service and extraordinary luxury. The inn offers seven individual suites and two bedchambers, each with a unique literary-inspired décor featuring elegant furnishings, rare antiques, live-flame gas fireplaces and private spa-quality baths. Indulge in a lavish gourmet breakfast prepared by our chef and in the evening, gather for light hors d’oeuvres and fine wines at the nightly social hour. Relax, rejuvenate and reconnect in the height of Victorian splendor.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Wonderful experience!!

5 on August 27, 2018

My husband and I have stayed at the Rivertown Inn on 2 occasions in the past 2 years. The first in the Agatha Christie Suite and recently in the Lord Byron Suite. The rooms and grounds surrounding this beautiful historic home are amazing! The service we received, social hour and breakfasts were outstanding! We highly recommend the Rivertown Inn and look forward to our next stay!

Stay of a Lifetime!! What an Experience!!

5 on August 09, 2018

“The Rivertown Inn is a fabulous boutique B&B Inn with all theme-based rooms dedicated to exceptional authors. I stayed in the Agatha Christie Suite and my stay there was an exquisite once-in-a-lifetime experience. I highly recommend anyone travelling to the Minneapolis area journey to the lovely quaint town of Stillwater and pay a visit to the historical Rivertown Inn Victorian Mansion built in 1884. The staff are amazing, and the chef’s homemade gourmet breakfast was an absolute work of art. Thank you so much Rivertown Inn for your superb hospitality!!”

Didn't want to leave!

5 on October 17, 2017

My fiance and I celebrated our anniversary at the rivertown inn and so glad we did. We had heard so many good things and saw pictures online, but this place is truly a must see. We got to experience the real beauty of the rivertown inn and are looking forward to our next trip. Only thing we said we would change is making it a long stay!!

Our 56th anniversary

4.8 on September 06, 2017

Everything was great. One of the best B&B's we have stayed at. One small comment, The hot tub(spa) and shower are one and same. The shower may be a little difficult to into if you are older or less physical. We would recommend it.

Absolutely Perfect

5 on July 27, 2017

Our group of four couples stayed for three nights and truly enjoyed the Rivertown Inn. Impeccable attention to every detail and the staff consistently anticipated our needs. From morning coffee on the patio, to a private dinner catered by Chef Maggie, to the great times in the gazebo - it was something that created wonderful memories for all of us. Diana & Bob Placko

Love this place

4.8 on June 30, 2017

We stayed in the Oscar Wilde room in their carriage house and we loved it. The food, service, and location were perfect for a get away........

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again in the near future.

- Larry Loyer (innkeeper)

Stillwater's BEST Bed & Breakfast

4.4 on June 12, 2017

My boyfriend & I stayed at the Rivertown Inn over Memorial Day Weekend and could not have been more impressed. My previous experiences with Bed & Breakfast have always been a little odd and over-sold. But this mansion had so much character, charm, private space and was operated at the next level in regards to hospitality and customer service. The location is also perfect. Although it sits on the hill feeling very secluded, we were also within walking distance to the main strip of Stillwater both days, and felt very comfortable walking to and fro, coming and going as we pleased! Highly Recommend!

Romantic Birthday Weekend in Stillwater

5 on April 26, 2017

For my 34th birthday my wife surprised me with a two night stay at the Rivertown Inn. Our experience did not disappoint. We arrived on Friday evening later than anticipated due to heavy traffic from the cities. Despite our late arrival we were met warmly by our in-keeper Sheila Marie who had left the wine out for our enjoyment, and offered absolutely anything we possibly needed prior to her departure for the evening. She also took us on an extensive tour of the main house, carriage house, and grounds. To say that the beauty is in the details would be an understatement. We settled into our room – The Longfellow Suite. The king-sized bed is the focal point in it’s dark wood period appropriate floor to ceiling frame. The mattress and pillows were unbelievably comfortable. I have back and neck problems and this is the first stay away from home where I have not needed my own pillows. The bathroom is sufficient and boasts a jetted tub that is large enough for two adults to share comfortably. Such a stunningly handsome room. A three-course breakfast was served promptly at 9:30am by the Inn’s on site chefs and was delicious. We enjoyed a nice variety of locally sourced foods prepared very well. Each course was properly portioned so the meal left you feeling full, but not overly stuffed. The Inn staff helped my wife book reservations at a fine dining restaurant – Domacin Wine Bar – at the time of her room reservation for the night of my birthday. They made all the arrangements for a three-course dinner with wine pairings, and all we had to do was arrive for our reservation and present our document provided by the Inn. Every aspect of our stay at the Rivertown Inn could not have been better. The inn keepers go out of their way to ensure their guests have the best, most relaxing experience possible. We certainly will be going back.

Innkeeper Response
We are so glad you had such a memorable birthday celebration with us. We wish you many more happy and healthy birthdays!

- Larry Loyer (innkeeper)

Anniversary getaway

5 on March 06, 2017

This was our second stay at the Rivertown Inn and it won't be the last!! Of all the B&B's we've stay at, this is our favorite. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. They went out of their way to make our stay memorable. We will be back.

Thirty-year Anniversary / Valentines Get-Away

4.8 on February 16, 2017

Could not have been better. The Inn, our suite and the staff were all above and beyond. Chef Maggie prepared our anniversary "dinner for two" with amazing skill and elegance - four delicious courses each paired with a perfect wine complement, and gracious conversation. We'll be back!

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Rooms & Rates

Oscar Wilde Grand Suite

This handsome sleeping chamber features a pentagonal bed draped in posh fabrics, tufted leather furniture, stained glass windows, and an ornate Victorian fireplace.Antique French doors lead into an enormous bath where guests will luxuriate in an ultimate spa experience. Elegantly tiled in Italian Travertine marble, the bath features antique crystal chandeliers, a private water closet, a deep, step-up Whirlpool tub, and a large walk in steam shower with an overhead Rainfall shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $425 - $475

Agatha Chrisite Suite

Step into the pages of the mystery writer's classic, Murder on the Orient Express, in a suite that conjures images of the magnificent train that was the ultimate mode of European travel between Paris and Constantinople in the 1800s. The opulent private suite features a berth-style king size bed, elegant seating area with fireplace, Tiffany-style lamps, and a private outdoor garden terrace. Guests will feeling like they stepped into a lavish bath in Istanbul with special amenities including a tiled steam room with a rainfall shower. A separate whirlpool room features a deep, over sized tub.

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

Nightly Rate: $425 - $475

Browning Suite

Draped French doors open into this magnificent suite with its spectacular Rococo Revival half-tester walnut bed, down-filled couch, wallpaper featuring richly-colored birds and urns on a chocolate brown background, and built-in bookcases flanking the fireplace. Large windows give guests tranquil garden views below, and a beautiful stained glass window adds to the serenity of the bath.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $375

Lord Byron Suite

This second floor suite features the inn's only private entrance off a small balcony, a regal four-poster Bristol Colonial canopy bed draped in splendid fabrics, and handsome high-backed chairs upholstered in animal hides. A step up into the bath reveals a striking stained glass window and enticing double whirlpool tub with underwater lights and cascading waterfall faucet.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $375

Lord Tennyson Suite

A grand 1870's hand-carved walnut bed adorned with cherubs and fishing scenes is the centerpiece of this luxurious light-filled two-room suite. Pictures of Tennyson's beloved home hang on the walls while an ebony screen adds a demure touch to the large double whirlpool tub across from a cozy seating area and fireplace. Emily's Room, a sunny adjoining sitting parlor named for Tennyson's wife, is the ideal place to read a book or sip a glass of wine. This cozy room tucked under the eaves, features walls upholstered in raspberry Toile fabric, and a second fireplace.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $375

Rossetti Bedchamber

This fabric-draped bedchamber features gorgeous feminine tones of twilight blue silk, misty taupe and copper-brown in a stunning space that celebrates the author’s Italian roots and her preoccupation with love and world beauty. Richly painted woodwork, a built in wall cupboard filled with antiquarian books and objet d’art, and a showpiece 1800s Renaissance Revival four post canopy bed heightens the suite's dreamy romance. Please note: The period bed in Rossetti Bedchamber is fairly short, and therefore unsuitable for guests taller than about 5'10(178cm).

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

Nightly Rate: $225 - $250

Longfellow Suite

As the most popular American poet of his day, Longfellow was revered for his lyrical poems that celebrated mythology and legend. This warm and secluded-feeling suite of natural elegance and harmony features soft teal green walls and welcoming fabrics in hues of spicy plum. A partial canopy over the bed, bullion-trimmed draperies, a restored antique Chippendale writing desk, and a fireplace with a grand Victorian-era mantel set the mood for romance. A hidden bath features luxurious marble tile work and a complementing paneled tub surround.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $375

Jane Austen Suite

Escape in the romance of this enchanting, English cottage-style bedchamber featuring a built-in king size bed draped in sophisticated moss-green and blush fabrics, delicate crystal chandelier, cushioned window nook, and cozy fireplace. An arched stained glass window adds to the delightful decor of the chamber's private bath which features a large Jacuzzi whirlpool tub, underwater light and waterfall faucet.

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

Nightly Rate: $325 - $375

Lewis Carroll Bedchamber

This charming bedchamber provides an enchanting get-away with a king-sized bed, and a surprise in every nook and corner. An elegantly framed portrait of a mischievous Cheshire cat, a top hat fit for a Mad Hatter, dangling pocket watches, old box cameras, vintage Queen of Hearts playing cards, and a quirky wall mirror framed in a fantastical mosaic will delight overnight guests. A corner fireplace and a Whirlpool tub with underwater lights and waterfall faucet complete the magical setting.

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

Nightly Rate: $225 - $250

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Location Type

Small town


Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl.) 30 miles

Directions to property:

From Minneapolis/St Paul on Hwy 36: turn left on Greeley St, 1 mile, turn right on Olive , down the hill, 7 blocks on the left-hand side. Located on the corner of Olive St. and 5th St.Parking is available in the parking lot located behind the Inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Piano, Private entrance, Telephone, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Bose Stereo Systems, Spa-Quality Bath Products, Luxury bathrobes, towels, bed linens, and comforters, Climate control air conditioning with individual remote,Complimentary bottled water, coffee, tea, soft drinks and ice available in our beverage area, champagnes and fine wines available for purchase, guest passes to area fitness center available upon request

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Spas & Salons, Trolley Rides, Restaurants, Wine Tastings, Gondola Rides, Hot Air Ballooning, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 12:00 pm
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited We welcome guests 12 years of age and older only
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We do not required a deposit, only a credit card number to hold the room.



Larry Loyer

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  • Time Served: 9:30am Fri-Mon, 8-10am T-Th
  • Serving Location: Front Porch - Weather Permitting., Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian Vegan, Gluten-Free and other dietary restrictions may be accommodated upon request.