The perfect place to dress for our wedding & spend our wedding night together. My husband wanted a special place for us to spend our wedding night in Stillwater, something more intimate than a room in a chain hotel, so we looked at two B & B?s close to our reception location (Stillwater Country Club). The William Sauntry was gorgeous, but the rooms at the Aurora Staples Inn were prettier & looked more old-fashioned. Wanting to spend the last night apart before we were wed & needing a place to get ready the day of the wedding, I booked the Carriage House, a separate building/room at the Aurora. My husband booked two nights in the Giverny Room at the Aurora so he could also stay nearby & dress for the wedding. At check-in I was offered a glass of wine & delicious hors d?oevures by Cathy Helmberger - she was a fantastic hostess & very accommodating to our needs, also bringing orange juice and heart-shaped muffins to my room the morning of the wedding. Seeing the Carriage House in person I was floored - the room was huge & stunningly beautiful with many luxuries ? a king-sized bed, large hot tub, a fireplace & a separate bathroom with a shower. The night before the wedding my sisters slept on rollaway beds & the next day we prepared for the wedding with our mother, the other bridesmaids, the flowergirl & the ringbearer. There was more than enough space in the room for our photographers, hair stylists & our wedding bouquets/flowers in a cooler ? I was impressed. The morning of the wedding, my husband got to experience breakfast in the dining room & prepared for the wedding in his room with his best man. It was so convenient having everyone at the same place ? our photographers were able to get spectacular pictures/video of the entire preparation. I must say I was highly impressed with our stay at the Aurora Staples, our first B & B stay, & if I had it to do all over again Id do it all the same. Thank you Cathy & Jerry ? be proud of the wonderful service & beautiful home you share with the world! My husband & I will definitely be staying again!
An elegant Queen Anne Victorian home overlooking the beautiful St. Croix River Valley..
This home has been elegantly decorated to reflect the Victorian era, as well as the travels and interests of the owners. Its spacious hall, showcase Victorian parlor, and book-filled study with a wood-burning fireplace are open to all guests, and the wide front porch offers a charming setting for reading a good book or socializing.
An open oak staircase leads to the five guest rooms on the second floor. Rooms are air conditioned and each offers the not always common B&B luxury of its own private bathroom. Three also have whirlpool tubs and a fireplaces, and all are furnished with antiques and fine art. Views of the river and formal gardens can be seen from most of the rooms. A full breakfast is served in the formal dining room.
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