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Alexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast

274 East Broadway Street, Winona, Minnesota 55987
Innkeeper(s): Richard Grabow
  • Introduction

    Alexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast frontAlexander Mansion, a Distinctive Bed and Breakfast in Winona, Minnesota. This turn of the century Victorian mansion, once home to Winona's elite, has been restored to its full splendor with every attention to luxury and historical detail. The mansion celebrates the legacy of life lived grandly along the Mississippi while providing modern-day comfort and amenities. Featured in Best of the Midwest 2011, National Geographic Drives of a Lifetime, Midwest Living's "Top 30 Bed and Breakfast Inns."

    The Alexander Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn offers four guest rooms, each with private baths, European-quality linens, and tasteful décor with period antiques designed to tell the stories of each rooms' bygone occupants. The breakfast features fresh, local cuisine prepared in four gourmet courses. Whether here for business or pleasure, you'll enjoy a restful night and a hearty breakfast, and then welcome the abundance of cultural and recreational activities this river town offers, enough to satisfy any personality and desire. Our boutique hotel is ideal for winter corporate clients.

    Alexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast staircase

    Alexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast front view of staircase

  • About Us

    Alexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast chairsBuilt circa 1886, The Alexander Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn is an historic gem nestled in the scenic bluff lands along the Mississippi River in beautiful Winona, Minnesota. This distinguished boutique hotel will quickly become your favorite getaway to return to whether with friends or that special someone you share life's adventures with.

    The Alexander Mansion is a true river town destination, completely renovated with exquisite decoration and antiques in high Victorian style. It features spacious rooms and suites, welcoming wine and cheese socials, evening turn down service, formal candlelight gourmet breakfasts, and much more. The Alexander Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn provides a high level of comfort, privacy, and friendly service in an environment reminiscent of the quiet elegance of a bygone era.

    Alexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast couches

    Whether it's the scent of the masses of old-fashion flowers in spring or the warmth of the crackling wood fire beneath the massive fireplace mantle that greet you, Alexander Mansion is sure to impress and leave you with fond memories. Feel free to explore all the details of the opulent rooms that beckon to you.

    There is a collection of old books in the Cherry wood library that you are welcomed to read, perhaps to enjoy on a lazy afternoon relaxing with your companion on the veranda or in that nearby nook nestled in an antique over-stuffed chair while listening to classical music.

    The atmosphere you experience here is not found in the traditional hotel. You will find no televisions or new-fangled gadgets, just an environment of a by-gone era of peaceful, stress free living that is harder to come by these days.

  • Welcome to Winona, Minnesota: A Historic Island City

    Alexander Mansion Bed and BreakfastWinona is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, nestled between the covered limestone river bluffs that rise 500 feet and the majestic mighty Mississippi River. The historical architecture and cultural opportunities give Winona a soul that is living, breathing and growing. Still, Winona and its wealth of recreational activities, arts and culture is relatively undiscovered.

    Winona was founded in 1851 by a steamboat captain. Positioned on a large island in the Mississippi, the lumber industry helped it grow quickly and by 1900 Winona had more millionaires per capita than any place in the United States. Winona’s history lives on in architecturally significant historic buildings and vintage homes that thrill history buffs with the Alexander Mansion has a prime example.

    Today, Winona is driven by a strong entrepreneurial spirit that has given birth to a city that has built its future by embracing its past. There is a strong arts movement, nature preserves, lively shops and art galleries, several renown museums, historical sites and a variety of restaurants.

    In many ways Winona is still an island in the wilderness waiting to be discovered again. Eagles fly overhead, deer sleep in yards and on the outskirts of Winona you can hear the sound of coyotes on still summer nights. All of this is waiting for you. Make your plans today for a stay at the Alexander Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn and discover Winona, the historic island city.

  • Inn Offerings

    Alexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast fireplace

    Room Rate Includes

    • Refreshments Social at Check-in (4pm-6pm)
    • Evening turn-down service when you step out of your room (6-7pm)
    • Formal gourmet breakfast served in elegant dining room (9am)
    • Free Wi-Fi

    Fine Guest Amenities

    • Winona’s own J. R. Watkins Natural Apothecary lotions, body wash and lavender bath salts for our guests use
    • Fluffy thick towels
    • Fine bed linens
    • Luxury robes
    • Extra blankets and pillows
    • Alarm clock
    • Hair dryer
    • Radio
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Private bathroom
    • Client-controlled air conditioning
    • Comfortable seating in each of the rooms
    • Grand-sized rooms providing the addition of a fire place
    • CD player
    • Iron with ironing board
    • Flat screen television placed in your room per request only
    • You are invited to complimentary coffee, teas, hot chocolate, bottled spring water, soda pop and any candy and nuts you find in pretty dishes through out the inn
    • Air pots of fresh coffee and hot water are set out each morning on the main floor in the sunny breakfast room/gift shop
    • On the main floor you will also find a small refrigerator filled with complimentary cold beverages
    • Those really wonderful mugs that are keeping your coffee so nice and hot, are hand thrown right here in Minnesota, at Deneen Pottery, and are available for purchase (With our logo on them, they make a great souvenir to remind you of your stay with us and our great coffee!)

    Alexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast dining tableAlexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast upstairs

  • Formal Breakfast

    Alexander Mansion Bed and BreakfastEach morning at 9am, a bountiful gourmet breakfast is served in the elegant dining room of our boutique hotel. Private seating for two is available in the parlors and on the veranda. Fresh coffee and hot water with teas can be found in the breakfast room for the early risers. Breakfast at the Alexander Mansion is intended to spoil you while you are our guest.

    We use fresh ingredients, mostly organic and from the local farmers market in season. Several courses are served where we showcase the use of Watkins spices and extracts. Our first course is a fruit dish followed by scones, muffins or fresh pastry from a local bakery, then by a savory egg dish like fresh vegetable frittata or quiche. We often end on a sweet note with a dessert dish of creamy vanilla ice cream sprinkled with delicious Watkins cinnamon. We are happy to accommodate special dietary needs, so please do not hesitate to mention them to us.

    For a sampling of our breakfast menu, please visit our website.

  • Weddings

    Alexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast statueDreams Really Do Come True

    For those looking for a uniquely elegant location for a wedding you will never forget, the Alexander Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn is the perfect place. We specialize in offering warm hospitality not often found today that allows family and friends to gather in a relaxed yet opulent atmosphere for your wedding. Together we will help you create a ceremony and reception that will delight both you and your guests.

    Please review more information about our wedding packages on our website and let us show you how we can help make your wedding a special and memorable one. Thank you for considering the Alexander Mansion for your special day.

  • Gift Shop

    Alexander Mansion Bed and Breakfast gift shopVisit our gift shop for the perfect Alexander Mansion B&B Souvenir. We are proud to carry a fine selection of the J. R. Watkins Company Natural Apothacary line, along with their most popular natural and organic spices and extracts. These make a great little gifts to say “thank you!” to grandma for watching the kids or for the neighborhood dog-sitter who put your mind at ease and let you get away for a while.

    We now provide natural, hand-crafted, made in Winona, guest soaps by Be Kind Naturals. Assortment of bath size bars available for purchase. We have beautiful, durable, hand thrown Minnesota coffee mugs from Deneen Pottery with our logo embossed on them. What a great souvenir to remember your stay with us and our great coffee. That luxurious robe you slipped into after that wonderful lavender-scented bath is also available for purchase to take that pampered feeling back home with you. Dries fast and saves energy.