Alexander Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast

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


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

Fabulous Anniversary Weekend

5 on April 14, 2017

Our 2 night weekend experience at the Alexander Mansion was an A+. The D. C. Alexander suite provided wonderful accommodations day and night. The breakfast was superb both mornings and the service was personal and elegant. Richard shared a wealth of delightful information about the mansion and the Winona area. We highly recommend this B & B.

This B&B Sets the Bar for Others

5 on October 23, 2016

We have stayed in a few other B&B's, and this one is by far the best. The house is beautiful, and the accommodations are wonderful. We stayed in Mary's Room, which was cozy and comfortable. Richard, the Innkeeper, strives to meet each guest's needs and he does not disappoint! He is a wealth of knowledge about the Winona area. And the breakfast? Delicious! We stayed two nights and hated to leave.

This B&B Sets the Bar for Others

5 on October 19, 2016

We cannot say enough about this beautiful, clean, and comfortable B&B. We stayed in Mary's Room and would do so again. Richard, the Innkeeper, is very knowledgeable about the Winona area and wants to make each guest's stay a memorable one. He does not disappoint! The breakfasts are delicious. Again, Richard and his staff do all they can to accommodate each guest.

Quaint, Quiet and Lovely

5 on October 17, 2016

Incredibly welcoming, and in a good location to walk throughout town. Friendly and knowledgeable host, plus an incredible 4 course breakfast. Small personal touches encourage return visits.

Beautiful & elegant

4.0 on October 15, 2016

Very formal - breakfast is over the top.

Exceeded Expectations

4.6 on September 17, 2016

This Bed & Breakfast exceeded our expectations. This mansion was decorated period correct. The details were over the top. Richard provided wine at 6 to enjoy and we took advantage of the beautiful veranda. When we came back to our room there were treats and a little nightcap. What a wonderful touch! The breakfast was very much over the top. It was served in several courses and all were delicious. Be hungry when coming to breakfast. Richard also featured Watkins products throughout the room. I just cannot say enough about the beautiful and historic B&B. We will definitely be back!!


5 on June 01, 2016

Our stay was perfect. It wasn't anything we expected. Great history of the Alexander Mansion and an amazing innkeeper! Thank you so much for breakfast and hospitality. We will return and recommend this B&B.

Impressed with the Details

5 on March 02, 2016

We called ahead, as our arrival time was late, but Richard greeted us as we entered and helped us with our bags. He offered wine, cordials, tea; then showed us the home, which was beautiful. It was warm and inviting. The home is fantastically restored to it's Victorian splendor. We stayed only one night, but will be going back for our wedding anniversary, now that this "gem" has been found!

A wonderful surprise, best stay!

5 on December 14, 2015

I was so taken back with how beautiful the mansion was. Richard gave such a lovely tour and I wished we had more time to enjoy our stay. If you can stay 2 nights, do it! I am not much of a breakfast person, but Richard's attention to detail and serving wonderful fresh and healthy breakfast, he won me over! The best breakfast! I lost one of my small earrings in the room. I didn't even think to mention it to Richard. After we checked out, and on our way to the event we needed to attend, Richard called to let us know they found the earring! Just amazing service and care to customers! Can't wait to return in the spring or summer. Thank you Richard!

Like visiting an old friend

5 on November 20, 2015

There were four of us celebrating a friend's 50th birthday. We did a vineyard trip down the Mississippi and landed here. It was perfect.The proprietor Richard welcomed us with wine and a tour of the first floor. The structure itself is magnificent and so well maintained. We stayed in the downstairs apartment with a full kitchen. We stayed in and cooked dinner - Richard was generous enough to offer olive oil when we realized we had forgotten it, The quarters downstairs are a little tight for 4 adults, but we were very comfortable. The breakfast in the morning was great food, served with love, and we had the most wonderful time. Be aware that the welcoming/check in process is ~30 minutes (but with wine and a tour!) and the breakfast was about 1.5 hours which was perfect for us. If you are just looking for someplace to crash for the night, you are missing out on the real experience. Thank you, Richard!

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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: 3
  • 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

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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

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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: Limited Adult Facility- Only Suitable for 12+
  • 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.
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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

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