Aurora Staples Inn Bed & Breakfast

303 N. Fourth St., Stillwater, Minnesota 55082
Innkeeper(s): Cathy & Jerry Helmberger
  • Introduction

    Imagine life in the late 1800's: horse drawn carriages, ladies in flowing gowns and flowered hats, gentlemen smoking pipes in their private libraries, and shopping in an array of unique stores on Stillwater's Main Street with a saloon or two thrown in. One can still experience this genteel time when staying at the authentically restored Aurora Staples Inn Bed & Breakfast.

    The Aurora Staples Inn Bed and Breakfast is located just three blocks walking distance from downtown Main Street in historic Stillwater, Minnesota. This elegantly decorated landmark Queen Anne Victorian was built in 1892 by lumberbaron Issac Staples for his daughter Aurora and her husband, Adolphus Hospes. Hospes was a Civil War Veteran and survivor of the famous First Minnesota Charge at Gettysburg. Original furnishings purchased by Staples are still used today in this remarkable home and extreme care was taken to restore the Aurora Staples Inn to her original grandeur.

    Each of Aurora Staples Inn's spacious guest rooms feature natural light, some have views of the St. Croix River and Valley. All are complete with comfortable beds, whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces, private baths, robes, CD players, A/C, bath spa amenities, bottled water and beverages. Upon check-in you will be served hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine from a local winery. Start your morning with fresh baked muffins upon request, and coffee delivered to your room, prior to your 3-course home-made breakfast served at 9AM.

  • Inn Offerings

    The Aurora Staples Bed and Breakfast has lovingly been restored to its original grandeur when Adolphus Hospes married Aurora Staples in 1892 and gave her the home as his wedding gift. Weddings, elopements and events still take place today in the lovely gardens overlooking the St. Croix River or in the Parlor warmed by a glowing fireplace.

    Our common areas include a spacious Entrance Hall with fireplace, an intricately carved dining room, a stately Victorian parlor and a book-filled library with a wood-burning fireplace to relax by. Enjoy a good book, a steaming cup of coffee, or a lovely cabernet and spend some time by the glow of the fire.

    Step up the grandstaircase showcasing a massive picture window and enter a world all your own. Our four guestrooms have double whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, private bathrooms, air-conditioning, period fine art, oriental carpets and antiques.

    Our spacious Carriage House, just a few steps from the main house, is perfect for honeymoons and special occasions. This cottage setting features a King comfy bed, sitting area, fireplace, double whirlpool tub and walk-in shower.

    During balmy weather, our wrap-around porch with tables and rockers and our beautiful gardens beckon you outside. Sweeping views of the river are enjoyed during each spectacular Minnesota River Valley season.


  • Dining


    At Aurora Staples Inn we celebrate the art of food and dining. We are happy to accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions, please advise us in advance of your stay.

    Upon check-in you will be warmly greeted and treated to a complimentary glass of wine with hors d'oeuvres.


    At 8AM a tray of specialty coffee or tea and fresh, warm muffins will be delivered to the privacy of your room. What a great way to wake up! (Muffins upon request.)

    The Breakfast

    Your choice. Our full three-course breakfast is served in our dining room at 9AM or, if you prefer, your breakfast can be delivered to your room. Continental breakfast is available upon request. Please advise your preference at check-in.


    Sample Menu

    • Starter Course: Carmelized grape fruit or Fresh Fruit
    • Second Course: Apple Cinnamon French Toast topped with toasted pecans and medium spiced sausage links.
    • Third Course: A petite dessert - always a surprise!
  • Groups, Meetings & Events

    Over the years we have learned that groups love the intimate and group-friendly setting of Aurora Staples. Please call us or e-mail for further information for your next event or group gathering. Size options include: Up to 15 for private meeting space, up to 12 for group afternoon events and 10-12 people for overnights.

    • Class reunion groups
    • Scrapbooking groups
    • Your Family Christmas at the Inn
    • Classic car groups
    • Bible study groups
    • Surprise birthday parties
    • Bicyclists
    • Church retreats
    • Life Coach Retreat Weekend
    • Couples getaways
    • Golf outings
    • Quilting groups
    • High English Teas
    • Family reunions
    • Boat groups
    • Red Hat Groups
    • Girfriend Getaways
  • Area Information

    • Hiking
    • Biking
    • Skiing
    • Boating
    • Shopping
    • Sightseeing
    • Hot Air Balloons
    • History
    • Golf
    • History Tours
    • Wineries
    • Dining
    • Riverboats
    • Museums
    • Snowshoeing
    • Parks


    Stillwater has year-round events to enjoy; from art fairs to Lumberjack Days to gallery crawls to Ladies Night Out on Main Street. Visit our Events Calendar for more information.


    Antiques, Collectibles, Bookstores, Home Furnishings, Art Galleries, Boutiques, Clothing, Quilting, Jewelry


    Italian, Greek, German, European, Pizza, American, Fine Dining, Casual Dining, Bars.

    Night Life

    A variety of music venues for a variety of music interests.

    Coffee Houses

    Coffees, teas, sandwiches and treats are yours to enjoy.

    Year-Round Events and incredible scenery await your stay.

    To assist you with trip plans to Stillwater: Stillwater Convention & Visitors Bureau


    • Washington County Historic Court House
    • Science Museum of Minnesota
    • Warner Nature Center
    • Warden's House Museum


    • Stillwater Country Club
    • Indian Hills Country Club
    • Oak Glen Country Club
    • Sawmill Golf Club

    Hot Air Balloons

    • Aamodts Hot Air Balloons
    • Stillwater Balloons

    Parks Trails and Forests

    • Biking, Hiking, Cross-Country Skiing, Bird Watching, Swimming, Downhill Skiing
    • Lowell Park
    • Pioneer Park
    • Afton State Park
    • Wm. O'Brien State Park
    • Gateway State Trail
    • State Forests
    • Willow River State Park
    • St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

    Spas & Massages


    • Northern Vineyards
    • St. Croix Vineyards
    • Three Rivers Wine Trail of Minnesota


    • Stillwater Trolley
    • Aamodts Apple Orchard & Vineyard
    • St Croix Boat and Packet Company
    • Stillwater Yacht Club
    • Gondola on the St. Croix
    • Boat Rentals