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Award winning Elephant Walk emanates a luxurious atmosphere for your escape from everyday stress. Built in 1883 for Stillwater's first jeweler, the stick style Victorian has been lovingly restored by Rita and Jon Graybill following their return from Bangkok, Thailand. The Elephant Walk, or Stillwater, Minnesota, is truly a unique and exotic bed and breakfast that is full of fascinating objects and surrounded by beautiful water and flower gardens. The Inn offers both quiet places to rest and unwind and common guest parlors where new and interesting friendships are made.
Your stay at Elephant Walk will be a most memorable occasion!
Graybill's collections from over twenty years of diplomatic service are displayed throughout the Elephant Walk and include antiques from Europe, the Far East, and America. The home is graced by two parlors on the first floor, one with a large fireplace. A wraparound front porch provides casual dining and a quiet place to unwind on the porch swing and accompanying peacock chairs. A large, more formal dining room is the site of Rita's sumptuous breakfasts and is guarded by an antique Burmese dragon. Each of our four guest rooms contains a queen size bed, double whirlpool bath, gas fireplace, sound system with CD player, air conditioning in the summer, and a refrigerator that is stocked with complimentary waters and soft drinks.
Located in the beautiful St. Croix river valley, Stillwater is Minnesota's oldest and most beautiful town. Founded in 1849, Stillwater is graced by scores of lovely Victorian era homes. Most of these homes were built during the boom years before the turn of the century when enormous white pine forests made Stillwater the number one source for lumber in what was then the "northwest". Today, Stillwater provides an almost unlimited range of activities from antique shopping in dozens of stores to hot air ballooning and water sports of all description. Winter activities include downhill and cross country skiing and Victorian Christmas parties.
Each night's stay includes a bottle of wine including California champagne, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, chardonnay, piesporter riesling, sauvignon blanc, or non alcoholic sparkling pear or cider. Your wine will be served when you check in with a basket of Rita's homemade crackers, cheese and fruit. A four-course breakfast is served in the dining room at 9:00 with coffee and tea available at 7:30. When you hear the gong you know that breakfast is served.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Rita Graybill for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
The vast majority of guests stay with us because of word-of-mouth reviews (#1 on Tripadvisor and the lovely city of Stillwater).
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
The Elephant Walk has 4 rooms, each unique with furnishings from the country that the room is named for.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We have a file of letters from people that live near and far that have taken the time to write notes telling us how much they enjoyed their stay.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Stillwater is a historic city filled with charming shops and great eateries.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
I have been doing this for 22 years now and every year just gets more interesting. I encourage guests to relax, slow down, stay here and read or take a nap. This advice is met with some skepticism at first but after several visits guests love the idea and come sometimes every few months to unwind.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
We are 8 blocks from Main Street.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Stillwater has a good website, discoverstillwater.com, which gives information about what to do and lists the restaurants and their websites.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
We do not have facilities for pets. Most of our guests with pets have their own pet watchers and it has never been a problem. We do allow service dogs. Clarence and his wife are coming next month with his dog.
How To Find Us
From the Twin Cities
- Follow HWY 36 East to Stillwater
- Turn north on to Greeley Street
- Follow Greeley Street to Pine Street
- Turn east on Pine
- The Elephant Walk is located on the south side of Pine Street