The Afton House Inn

3291 St. Croix Trail South , Afton, 55001 USA (Show map)
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Welcome to the Historic Afton House Inn - Voted # 4 in the twin cities area for most Romantic Hotel. The Inn features 25 rooms decorated with the history of the inn in mind. All rooms but 4 feature a gas or electric fireplace and jacuzzi. We have rooms that overlook the Marina and Scenic St. Croix River or the beautiful historic town of Afton. The Inn features The Wheel & Pennington dining areas for fine dining, CURRENT Restaurant for casual dining and Swirl Wine Bar for great wine by the bottle or glass along with tapas & dessert. The Historic Afton House Inn won the 2017 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Visit our website at aftonhouseinn for more information! - Enjoy River Cruises May - October which can be booked through Afton House Inn or




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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.2
  • Value3.8
  • Cleanliness4.0
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Great weekend getaway

5 on January 12, 2018

Easy check-in, nice upgraded room, jacuzzi was perfect after a trapeze lesson earlier in the day! Swirl and Current are great places to relax and unwind - perfect atmosphere.

a quaint and cute place to to stay

5 on August 05, 2016

very nice place to stay .lots to do. nice having the restaurants so close by. great food ,bare was nice. frienldy staff and great service

Jucuzzis and table-side dining for a memorable night!

5 on February 18, 2015

We did the table-side cooking for all courses and this lost art really turns the night into such a memorable experience. We did the table-side ceasar salad, the table-side flaming steak diane and the table-side flaming cherries jubilee. All amazing. A night we will remember forever. If you're in a relationship you must bring your partner here for dinner and then stay overnight in rooms 1 through 8 which are the newest rooms all with a double jucuzzi in the room.

For as long as they have been in business, I expected them to set the standard of customer expectations

1.6 on September 22, 2014

The employees were very nice and friendly, but the entire experience was not what we expected. The room was sweet and had a romantic feel, but it was not clean. it hadn't been dusted regularly, there were cobwebs all over the walls - the thick ones that cluster together along the walls (not the top corners of the walls, but behind the bedside table). something fell under the bedside table and when I went to retrieve it my hand came back very dirty. The floor lamp bases were covered in dust - the thick kind.... and the ceiling fan blades were coated with grime... The grout on the bathroom floor was stained, and I have no idea what it could have been, but I never took my shoes off in the bathroom... One family in our party attempted to use their Jacuzzi tub for bubble baths - the first person had a nice bath, then the water was brown and had rusty sediment in it for the next person.... VERY disappointing!!! We stayed two nights and the room was not cleaned - I had to call and ask for this to be done, and then they only offered clean towels. I had to tell them I wanted it cleaned...... in the main lobby there is a beautiful spiral staircase was covered with dirt and dust and spider webs.. The obvious cleaning was done, but the extra steps were not taken to ensure cleanliness. Breakfast was yummy. We made reservations at Current for dinner..... after an hour we finally were served food - appetizers were served with the main course..... server never asked if how our food was.... charges were not done correctly.... our family had recommended both the Inn and the restaurant, but we will not make any effort to return to either.

Innkeeper Response
First and foremost I apologize that your room was not cleaned properly. I personally went through all the rooms today and found one room that needed attention. I believe you may have been the room that put a do not disturb sign on your door in which the housekeepers would not have gone in to clean the room. We did have a problem with a couple of rooms with the water softner and that has been corrected and fixed today. Again we apologize as we take pride in assuring our guests enjoy there stay and we want to have all our customers have a great experience. Please take the time to give me a call.......Kathy Jarvis, Owner

- Kathy (innkeeper)

Great get away

4.6 on June 28, 2013

My wife and I were looking for a place to get away that was close to the twwin cities for our anniversary. It needed to be quiet, clean, be "not just a hotel room", romantic and have good food and things to do close by. Afton Inn fulfilled all these things with flying colors! It is a old and new establishment with a great resturant, shops, nearby river and state park. Afton is a small community and has just enough things to make it seem not too far from the city, but be close enough to not have to drive too far. The room was great, with jacuzzi. large bathroom and comfortable bed with lots of space for stretching out and relaxing. The dining choices went from casual and outside to a great themed formal dining room with all the choices of food and wine one would want. They also have a wine bar and outside seating (with live music on saturdays). We would recommend this to anyone that wants a simple place to go and unwind and not feel like they are at a hotel.

Great location

4.4 on June 05, 2013

We enjoyed the location and were very impressed upon arrival. My only two issues were the noise of the air conditioner and the bed transmitted all movements. Service was amazing. Building was beautiful. I couldn't believe how clean the room was!

It felt like a hotel, not a B&B

2.2 on August 22, 2010

BACKGROUND: We love staying in B&B's. Therefore, when Afton House Inn appeared on LivingSocial for a Friday night stay and dinner cruise, we decided to purchase and give the inn a try. We called to make a reservation only to find out that the coupon was only valid for certain rooms. Additionally, there was an extra $40 charge for the dinner cruise because it was a comedy night. These restrictions and additions were not stated in the fine print. We were extremely unhappy with the misleading, inaccurate, and incomplete fine print. ROOM: We ended up staying in the Erickson room - 44. The only positives were the jacuzzi and fireplace. The bed was hard; the comforter was full of crumbs. Our "skylight" was literally a 12" x 12" sky hole over the bed. Even so, it still provided light... in the morning when you're trying to sleep - the bed was the brightest part of the room! The Erickson room was also located on the road side. Traffic was loud, and the patio consisted of two chairs and a table overlooking the street. Not only did you get traffic noise, the air conditioner was loud and right next to the bed. Additionally, the room was located on the first floor in a busy hall - you could hear everyone as they walked by. The shower was a joke - we felt like we were in Europe - it was tiny. SERVICE: The staff interaction was similar to that at a hotel. We checked in and we checked out. They never went out of their way. CRUISE: The Duchess was a nice boat. We enjoyed the scenery. Dinner was nothing to rave about - it tasted like any average buffet. Drink service during dinner was incredibly slow. The comedians had their moments, but it was a bit raunchy for our taste. Plus, if you don't want to get ridiculed in front of everyone, don't sit in the front row. FOOD: Breakfast in the morning was served in the Catfish Saloon. It was your standard hotel continental breakfast.

Innkeeper Response
We did a promtion though Living Social, this guest received 50% off the hotel room and received a 2 for 1 dinner cruise with this package. It was a great value. The promotion was clearly stated online what it was valid for and we also let the guests know upon making reservation that if there was a comedy act, it would cost extra, so they could have picked an alternate date. We pride ourselve in great customer service & quality of food. We are not a standard hotel that give you the key and say's "Here's your key"! We show each of our guests to their rooms and try to personalize their experience with us. We apologize if we didn't meet your needs and appreciate your comments.

- Dan Jarvis (Owner)

The Wonderful Afton Inn

5 on July 28, 2009

We were very impressed with the Inn, the staff, the food, etc... We will definitely recommend the inn to others. If I remember right, Penny was the name of the girl at front desk, was very helpful and accommodating. We arrived hours early & she got us checked in at 11:15 a.m. I believe the name of the waitress who took care of us for hours, was Carrie. She was the best. The whole staff was great. I used to be a F&B manager, along with a waitress for years. No complaints here. Food was also great. My whole family agrees.


4.0 on July 27, 2009

When we arrived at the Inn, the staff was very helpful. Very quiet which was nice. We had dinner in the wheel room and the food was fantastic! A few negatives included the "old man" smell in the room. I think the bedding and carpet need to be replaced and that would take care of the smell. The sheets were not soft at all and the comforter just looked gross! We had a skylight in our room right above our our bed which made sleeping in uncomfortable. Breakfast was great!

24 hour rejuvination

4.0 on February 27, 2009

Cozy, comfortable room and bed- great view- excellent dinner- romantic decor- close to Twin Cities- loved the jacuzzi and fireplace

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Rooms & Rates

Luxury King Suite

King Room with extra large waterful jacuzzi and gas fireplace. Complimentary Breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Executive Jacuzzi Suite

King Bed with Additional Trundle bed. Can sleep up to 4 guest (Check for additional guest pricing) 2 person waterfall Jacuzzi - Gas Fireplace - Walk Out Balcony. Located on the entire 3rd Floor. Also known as the Goldie Hawn Suite as Goldie stayed here in this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Walk Out Jacuzzi

Queen Room with Jacuzzi and Fireplace - Walk Out Patio.

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

River View

Queen Room with Jacuzzi and Fireplace overlooking the Marina and River View

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

Jacuzzi Fireplace

Queen Bed with Jacuzzi and Fireplace located on the 2nd floor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Standard Queen Room

Queen Bed, Electric Fireplace - Complimentary Breakfast

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Deluxe King Suite

King suite with extra large Jacuzzi for two and gas fireplace

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 King

Luxury Two Bedroom King

2 room suite with a king bed in each room. Jacuzzi for two - Gas Fireplace - Bathroom has tub/shower combination with his and her sinks.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 King

Luxury Queen Suite

Queen Bed with Walk out Patio - Jacuzzi for 2 - Gas Fireplace

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

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Location Type

St. Croix Valley, on the Scenic St. Croix River, Countryside


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

Directions to property:

From the Twin Cities take I-94 East to Exit 258 (County Rd. 1 8) also listed as St. Croix Trail. Go South 4 miles straight into Afton. We are located at 3291 S. St. Croix Trail.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Snow Skiing, Tour Bus/Train Rides, Wine Tasting, Mall of America, Health Spa/Massage, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Ski area

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Private entrance, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet , Balcony, Concierge, Cribs, Lounge/Bar/Nightclub, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Restaurants

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Near by Beach, Jogging Trails, Public Cruises/Boat Charters, Boat Launch, Winter Sports, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2:30 pm
  • Check Out:: 11: 00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Rooms are pre-paid at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations: Requires 7 day notice or more. No Refunds or Credits. Rain check stays on file for up to 1 year. (No Penalty Fees)
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Gordy, Kathy, Dave & Dan

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

We enjoy boating, traveling, movies, theater and relaxing on the river. Mostly we enjoy all the friendships that we have made over the years with our customers and now new friends. We enjoy seeing people have a good time, not only at the Inn but for dining and the dinner or brunch cruises on the river.

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  • Time Served: 7: 30 am-10: 30 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Vegetarian Tableside Cooking, Gluten Free

Signature Dish

Steak Diane
Fine Dining in the Wheel & Pennington Rooms featuring our signature dish of Steak Diane, prepared tableside at dinner. Medallions of beef tenderloin, dijon mustard and shallots flamed with brandy and finished with demi glace. Full Menu offered of Steaks, Seafood, Pasta, Chicken and more..... CURRENT Restaurant also offers casual and outdoor patio dining.


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