Live Like Royalty At Rivertown Inn


Stillwater’s Rivertown Inn has unique, elegant touches to make every guest’s stay feel personal and quaint.

Since opening in 1982 as a bed and breakfast, the Rivertown Inn, located in Stillwater, Minnesota, has served many roles: a private home, apartments, and a youth crisis center. Today, the historic 1884 property serves as one of Stillwater’s most unique inns.

Rivertown Inn boasts an amazing selection of specialty suites, such as the Longfellow Suite. Photo courtesy of Rivertown Inn

Purchased by Jeff and Julie Anderson in 1989, the Rivertown Inn is known as a destination for travelers looking to view Stillwater’s magnificent autumn colors, folks interested in antiquing down, and even couples looking to tie the knot. The inn’s eclectic, elegant, and comfortable style makes it a hot spot for guests who want a personalized, boutique hotel stay.

The Rivertown Inn has seven individual suites and two bedchambers, each with a unique literary-inspired décor featuring elegant furnishings and antiques. The Agatha Christie Grand Suite is perfect for any murder mystery-loving couple.

While the property alone is enough to leave guests speechless, the Rivertown Inn takes it one step further with its amenities. From its wide range of gastronomic offerings to its in-room spa amenities, Rivertown Inn knows how to spoil its guests.

“Each evening our guests enjoy a social hour with wine and appetizers. In the morning, there is a three-course, chef-prepared breakfast. We have two professional chefs on staff,” says Larry Loyer, general manager of Rivertown Inn. “All of our rooms have at least one fireplace. Most of the rooms have two-person jetted tubs, some have showers with steam, and some have both a tub as well as a shower. Three of our rooms include outdoor patios.”

The Rivertown Inn has been in business in Stillwater since 1982. Photo courtesy of Rivertown Inn

If that isn’t enough to make you unpack your bags and dramatically yell, “Honey, I’m home!” down the elegant hallway, I don’t know what will.

Though the Rivertown Inn makes for a romantic weekend getaway with a significant other (or just yourself… you deserve it), the inn is equipped to host all sorts of events, from corporate meetings to fairytale weddings.

The property has indoor areas suitable for dining and socializing, as well as intimate outdoor seating on the porches, gazebo, and courtyards. Entertainment functions may include intimate wedding ceremonies, private dinners, garden parties, family or couples retreats, small business meetings, executive retreats, hors d’oeuvres receptions, and more.

“We host corporate retreats, weddings, private dinners, birthday parties, fundraisers, cooking classes—almost any event you can think of,” Loyer says.

For those who are native to Stillwater but still want to partake in the elegance that is the Rivertown Inn, events and classes are a great opportunity to check out the historic property and pick up some skills while doing it. With two professional chefs on-site, the Rivertown Inn offers monthly culinary classes. Each three-hour session allows guests to learn how to prepare certain dishes while also sampling food and wine pairings.

Even the bathrooms are simply luxurious, as seen here for the Oscar Wilde suite. Photo courtesy of Rivertown Inn

Private dining is also available for those looking to go above and beyond for an anniversary, birthday, or a “just because” night. With two main dining rooms, the Rivertown Inn offers multiple options for intimate dining with loved ones, family, and friends. Also, the Rivertown Inn offers a variety of packages, including a romance package, a portrait package, and a seasonal outdoor adventure package with kayaking, biking, and winter snowshoeing.

Though the Rivertown Inn is proven to be a premier destination in Stillwater year-round, Loyer says the autumn months are the most popular.

“Stillwater has been rated as the top destination for fall colors in the entire United States. Can you believe we beat out all of the locations in the Northeast? Also, Stillwater has become a great foodie town,” he says.

Among the Rivertown Inn’s clientele are several GLBT community members. Despite the inn’s staff being so small, Loyer says some of them also identify within the GLBT community.

“The GLBTQ community I would estimate is at about five percent of our clientele,” he says. “Most of them come from Minneapolis. Of the ten staff members, two are part of the GLBTQ community.”

If you’re interested in visiting the Rivertown Inn, be sure to book in advance—especially if you’re planning on visiting during the autumn months.

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