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Minnesota's Odd Inns and Unusual Places to Stay

Minnesota's Odd Inns - Train Depot, Cars, Lighthouse & a Castle        

Jailhouse Inn - Preston, Minnesota

The JailHouse Inn built in 1869 in Preston, Minnesota
The JailHouse Inn is the Old Fillmore County Jail built in the Italianate architectural style in 1869. The interior of the Inn has painstakingly been restored to its original Victorian splendor. Many aspects of the interior space have been left as they may have been, including the original curved walnut banister at the front entrance of the Inn. Some of the original seven foot paneled white doors remain from when the purpose of the building was the Fillmore County Jail in Preston, Minnesota. Today, the JailHouse Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The old cells, courtroom, and even the Drunk Tank have been converted in comfortable bedrooms.
Complete Story and Photos


The Palmer House Hotel

The Haunted Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre, MN

If you plan on staying at the beautiful Palmer House Hotel and want to have a ghostly experience, it is recommended that you stay in room 17 or room 11. A newlywed couple were staying in room 17 and the wife awoke to a tall slender man standing by the foot of the bed. The man appeared to be from the 1920's or 1930's.   Room 11 is the site of many experiences by guests. One guest staying at the hotel in room 11 had his legs outside of the blanket and felt the sensation as if someone were stroking his legs all through out the night. When he got up to look at what was causing this, he didn't see anyone even though the phenomena continued.   Complete Story and Photos



The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel                 

Experience the enjoyment of traveling to downtown Minneapolis to one of the cities' most distinctive landmarks; a historic train depot complete with all the modern touches you'll experience from full service Renaissance hotels in Minneapolis. Built as a railroad station over 100 years ago, the Depot is now a beautifully restored, upscale hotel in Minneapolis featuring stylish hotel rooms and luxurious historic suites, exceptional meeting and event space, an award winning water park, seasonal ice skating rink, Charley's Grill and the Stone Arch Bar and patio.  Travel and Leisure Magazine ranked the ice skating rink and the coolest rink in the United Sates.   Complete Story and Photos


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Whistle Stop Inn Bed & Breakfast in New York Mills, MN
Enjoy the ride of your life on the "Whistle Stop Limited". Our private train cars were built at the turn of the century and their historic past services include dining and railroad executive cars. Train travel has always held a sense of romance for those who choose to "ride the rails". Perhaps the greatest joy is having time for yourselves. Suspended in your cocoon you can soak in the whirlpool, enjoy some popcorn and a movie, read a book or just lie back and let the train gently rock your cares away. Experience the grandeur of the Victorian Era when you step inside the house and see the quality workmanship and restoration. Beautiful oak woodwork and turn-of-the-century antiques grace the interior. Whether staying in the house, built in 1903, or in one of the authentic railroad cars, whether a railroad buff, a lover of antiques, this place if for you.  
Complete Story and Photos


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Two Harbors Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minnesota
During your stay at the lighthouse, you are invited to use all of our common rooms and guests are invited to use the kitchen on a limited basis. The living room is a great spot to spend some quiet time basking in the wonderful scenery. The primary attraction in our dining room is a candle lit Scandinavian breakfast for all guests who want to pamper themselves a bit. With a wealth of possible recreation near at hand, the Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast Inn welcomes birders, paddlers, biking enthusiasts, winter sports participants and hikers. Whether you walk the Sonju trail around the lighthouse or go birding or nature watching on the nearby Superior Hiking Trail, ski, snowshoe or snowmobile a web of trails in the area, or simply seek rest and relaxation, the keeper’s house is your home during your stay.  Complete Story


The Historic Spicer Castle in Minnesota

Spicer Castle Bed & Breakfast Inn in Spicer, Minnesota
Spicer Castle is named for its builder, John Spicer, who finished construction in 1895. "The Castle", as the local landmark is known, has been in the Spicer family for four generations. Innkeeper Mary Swanson, John's great granddaughter, continues the family tradition of warmth and hospitality at this Minnesota Bed and Breakfast. The Castle also hosts Murder Mystery Dinners where you are cordially invited to an evening filled with merriment and suspense as you help catch a murderer. But think twice... it could be you! You and your guests participate in our mysteries. You may be invited to a 1930's English Mansion, 1920's Chicago Speakeasy, Scottish Castle or some other intriguing place.
Complete Story and Photos


The Tall Pines Yurt in the Winter

The Tall Pines Yurt in Grand Marais, Minnesota
The Tall Pines Yurt is located on the edge of the Boundary Waters near a stand of old growth white pines and on Hooker Lake, named by some comic loggers. Half of the lake is in the Boundary Waters. The Tall Pines, twenty-foot housekeeping yurt, is attractively furnished and is set-up to accommodate up to four people, sleeping on a futon and bunk beds. Additional cots or bunk beds can be brought in for larger groups. The yurt is heated by a wood stove / fireplace, has overhead gas lighting and a camp kitchen with pots, pans, dishes, utensils, cook stove, dining table and chairs. Ask us about making camp coffee. Outside is an attached deck. A firepit, charcoal grill and most importantly, a Finnish sauna are nearby. Outhouse is located near the yurt also. Complete Story and Photos


Northern Rail Traincar Inn in Two Harbors, Minnesota

Northern Rail Traincar Inn in Two Harbors, Minnesota
Northern Rail Traincar Inn is made up of authentic traincars renovated into gracious bed & bath suites. Northern Rail is set on 160 forested acres north of Two Harbors, Minnesota, near the intersection of Hwy 61 and Hwy 3 (see our sign on Hwy 61 just past Betty's Pies). Just 23 minutes from Duluth, guests enjoy quick, convenient access to all the North Shore's amazing activities including the Superior Hiking Trail, State Snowmobile Trail system, and Gooseberry Falls. Northern Rail features 17 elegant Northwoods, Victorian, Oriental & Safari themed guestrooms housed in actual train boxcars and connected by a charming enclosed platform. The depot-style main building includes check-in, lending library and the continental breakfast area. Complete Story and Photos



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