Haunted Places in Stillwater, Minnesota

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Lumber Barons - The Water Street Inn

Stillwater, minnesota.

Former Lumber Barons and now the Water Street Inn, the place is said to be haunted by the spirit of a drunken Confederate soldier. The soldier died on the S.W. suite of the second floor, and witnesses say his ghostly sweaty odor can still be detected.

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Warden's House Museum

The Warden's House Museum, built in 1853 as the home of the Minnesota Territorial Prison warden, is said to be haunted. Trudy, the daughter of Henry Wolfer, last warden to live here, got married and moved away. Right after she had a son, she died appendicitis, and her father raised ...

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Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Lake elmo, minnesota.

The forest all around Lake Elmo (lake) is rumoured to be haunted by a middle-aged man who walks the trails in the early evening hours. Visitors who approach or greet the apparition get a surprise when the man disappears into thin air, no-where to be seen. People who walk ...

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Matoska Park

White bear lake, minnesota.

Several reports claim that an apparition can be seen standing in the shallow marsh to the left of the bridge to Manitou Island (private area). The ghostly figure is said to be a younger female, wearing casual clothing from circa 1920. The figure has yet to be identified. Others have claimed ...

Rudy's Redeye Grill and Hotel

Local legends claim that the wardrobe on the second level of the hotel is haunted by an unknown spirit that was cursed to the wardrobe a long time ago after it was made. Other reports claim seeing shadowy apparitions in the 3rd and 4th hotel halls in between the ...

Afton House Inn

Afton, minnesota.

The 1867 historic inn is rumoured to be haunted by a ghost or two. The spirit set here include a woman known as 'Margaret', a young boy in old-fashioned breeches and the apparition of a farmer. Other encounters indicate that disembodied footsteps, cold spots and the smell of ...

The Moonshine Saloon

Saint paul, minnesota.

Previously known as the Noose Bar, Moonshine Saloon definitely has some ghosts, witnesses say. For one thing, a beer glass flew across the room and shattered against the wall, and for another, a jukebox started up on its own. A neon sign swung and fell despite a lack of wind, ...

Kozy Korner Restaurant

New richmond, wisconsin.

The Kozy Korner Restaurant is no longer in operation, but who knows whether anyone told the ghost boy who frequents it. The ghost was unknown until a photograph of a boy who resembles the apparition turned up; locals have learned that the ghost's name is Carl.

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Mounds Theatre

At this 1922 playhouse building, folks have reported being grabbed physically while working late at night. An obscenity-shouting ghost named Red sometimes even throws objects at women, and a little girl in a pink dress may bounce a ball on the stage. But beware: Stories say some investigators didn't leave ...

William Hamm Mansion

This historic mansion seems to harbour a spirit determined to protect owners from peril. The ghost has been known to wake up tenants during the night to forewarn them of impending disasters, and is believed to be a former resident dating back to when the house was built for ...

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Cottage Grove Cemetery

Cottage grove, minnesota.

Reported in this cemetery have been an apparition seen in the storage shed window and phantom perfume aromas.

Oakland Cemetery

Witnesses who have seen the ghost believed to haunt this cemetery have given a thorough description of her apparition. She is in her mid twenties and has shoulder-length brown hair and blue eyes, and wears a turn-of-the-century lace dress.

Fitzgerald Theater

The 1910 Fitzgerald Theater is reportedly haunted by Ben, thought to be a former stagehand, and Veronica, a former actress. During a restoration in 1985, workers removed a false ceiling and discovered a second balcony, on which was a note written to Ben. Since then, a male apparition has been ...

Wabasha Street Caves

Wabasha Street Caves are sandstone underground caves available for tours. They are decorated with brick walls, stucco ceilings and carpet or tile floors. Apparitions seen here include a man in a panama hat, another man who meets a woman in the bar area around 3 a.m., a man who sits ...

St. Paul City Hall - Ramsey County Courthouse

The Ramsey County Courthouse is haunted, say witnesses who have seen apparitions in old-style clothes and heard laughter in empty rooms and high heels walking down empty halls. The apparition of a shoeshine man has been seen in the lobby, and another man has been seen hanging from a noose, ...

Minnesota State Capitol

The Minnesota State Capitol was completed in 1905, replacing an older building that had burned down. Witnesses have described unexplained noises that come from the second story, cold gusts of air, and apparitions of deceased senators and governors in the halls and stairways. Something may be strange about Room 217 ...

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Landmark Center

This beautiful castle-like location is said to be haunted by Jack Pfeiffer, a former bellhop who got in with gangsters and began laudering money. He was arrested and, fearful of going to prison, killed himself by poisoning in his jail cell. Jack's ghost enjoys ladies, drinking and partying, and can ...

The Jonathan Padelford

The Jonathan Padelford is a Mississippi River steamboat that's believed to be haunted by a man who drowned after climbing to the top of the pilothouse and then falling from it into the river. Both employees and passengers have heard this phantom scene replay, complete with footsteps and a large ...

Forepaugh's Restaurant

Forepaugh's Restaurant serves French cuisine in an 1800s Victorian mansion. It is believed to be haunted by Molly, a young maid who had an affair with Joseph Lybrandt Forepaugh. When Joseph's wife Mary caught them in bed, pregnant Molly hanged herself from a chandelier and threw herself out a third-story ...

Roselawn Cemetery

Roseville, minnesota.

A ghost called Smiling Jack resides at the lovely Roselawn Cemetery. According to local tales, the police got several calls about a person who was trapped inside a mausoleum. When they responded, the police never found anyone, so the locals decided they had a ghost on their hands. He was ...

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Griggs Mansion

The 1883 Griggs Mansion was turned into apartments, and then an art school in 1939. It has many ghosts, including a maid who hanged herself on the fourth floor landing in 1915; gardener Charles Wade, who has been heard flipping through books in the library; a thin man in a ...

Hamlet Park - Dead Man's Pond

Legend has it that the little swampy, algae-covered pond in Hamlet Park claimed a victim long ago, and today it is haunted... and lies in wait for its next victim.

St. Joseph of the Lakes Catholic Church

Lino lakes, minnesota.

St. Joesph's Catholic Church, formerly a Catholic school, is home to a ghost nun. Her apparition has been seen around the church and has been blamed for slamming doors, playing the piano, knocking a Bible off a shelf, and footsteps.

Marie Schmidt-Bremer House

This house is known in these parts because it belonged to Marie Schmidt-Bremer, the daughter of Schmidt Brewing Company founder Jacob Schmidt. She and her husband Adolf Bremer had a son, Edward, who was kidnapped in 1934 by the Karpis-Barker gang. The house is haunted by an apparition of a ...

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Schmidt Brewery

Allegedly haunted by a variety of employees who died there in various ways. Details on the actual haunted activity are scarce but seem to fall primarily into the "eerie feeling" and "random sound" categories.

Hamline University

Hamline University has a few haunted halls, say the students. One building said to see the most ghostly activity is the Manor Hall, where apparitions, moving objects and strange noises abound. The third floor is the most active. Old Main and Drew Hall are no slouches either, as far as ...

Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Falcon heights, minnesota.

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds, according to some, is haunted by a ghost pig, or half-human, half-pig called the Pigman. Other reports say a small brown bird that nests here is believed to be a reincarnation of Wayne Murray, a maintenance man who died here in 1986. Also, the ghost of ...

Gibbs Museum Farmhouse

At the 1800s Gibbs Museum Farmhouse, spirits are a regular occurrence, some say. Doors and cupboards are known to open and close, a chair rocks with no one in it, toys are moved around in the night, footsteps are heard in the halls, and the apparition of a little boy ...

Grey Cloud Island

St. paul park, minnesota, dairy queen, st. anthony, minnesota.

Who else would haunt a Dairy Queen but ice-cream-loving kids? Children's laughter and the sounds of employees' names being called have been heard after closing, and mysterious orders print up that were not ordered by anyone in the realm of the living. Items also have been known to disappear or ...

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College of St. Catherine

At College of St. Catherine's St. Mary’s Hall, a gray lady appears in doorways of the second floor rooms. Students also have reported something poking them awake right before their alarms go off or cold fingers on the backs of their necks. Some have heard the sound of someone running ...

Treat Me Sweet

Hastings, minnesota.

Treat Me Sweet was a restaurant (no longer open) rumored to be haunted by a former owner who committed suicide in the kitchen.

Washington Avenue Bridge

Minneapolis, minnesota.

Washington Avenue Bridge at the University of Minnesota is the stuff of local haunted legend, especially among students. Witnesses have heard footsteps along the bridge that seem to follow them, stopping when they stop and resuming when they do. The haunting is said to be a result of the many ...

Rosewood Inn Bed and Breakfast

People have reported seeing a strange glowing apparition walking around the grounds and inside the historic inn. When the inn was abandoned for a period of time, people were reportedly chased by the spirit on various occasions. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

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The Soap Factory

The old 1880s soap factory, now an experimental art venue, is said to be a doozy of a haunted site, based partly on the reality that soap was made from animal fat (allegedly from thousands of strangled stray dogs and the like). Not only that, but before it was a ...

William G. LeDuc House

Civil War quartermaster General William Leduc's home, built in 1865, and his family reportedly dabbled in spiritualism. Many spirits are said to reside here, and the apparition of General Leduc himself has been spotted. His daughter Alice and family friend Carroll Simmons are believed to be here as well, and ...

Minneapolis City Hall

The turn-of-the-century Minneapolis City Hall building is said to be haunted by John Moshik. In 1898, he was convicted of murder and his hanging was botched, forcing him to endure 3 minutes of slow strangulation. As a result, no more hangings occurred here. Now, folks have seen his apparition or ...

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

Fridley, minnesota.

The building was built in 1847 and is on the MIssissippi River. It was a rooming house for those on the Red River Ox Cart Trail. There have been numerous reports of smells, sightings, and sounds by a variety of visitors. Personally I have seen a woman ...

East Immanuel Lutheran Church

Amery, wisconsin.

Hushed voices and whispering are heard inside the church when no one is around. The sounds of a congregations of parishioners have been heard in the basement and in the sanctuary of the church, but when investigated, there is no on there. The church bell frequently rings by itself. (Submitted by ...

Cuzzy's Bar and Grill

In 1890, this building was a brothel where a young girl named Betsy worked as an entertainer, with her true love being a soldier at war. He promised to take her away, but she was murdered before this happened. Today, it is a bar in the Minneapolis warehouse district, minus ...

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First Avenue

Rumor has it that the upstairs dance lounge is haunted, and deejays report growls and other noises in the headphones. And according to local legend, when the site was a bus station long ago, a distraught woman hanged herself in the restroom. She was going to meet her boyfriend who ...

Minnesota Institute of the Arts

Some say the spirit of a student who was raped and murdered haunts the Minnesota Institute of the Arts. The Connecticut Room is reported to have unexplained cold spots, and some students say they have awoken in the night freezing cold to the sound of screaming.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

At the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, legend has it that the ghost of someone who was murdered in a campus building's basement terrifies the students. Some have awoken in the night to screaming inside their heads, unable to move.

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The Buckingham

I don't go around seeing ghosts everywhere. The last ghost I saw was in 1983 when I lived in an apartment building called The Buckingham. I was in my bedroom when I saw a shadowy silhouette of a man enter, stand and stare at me, and proceed to ...

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Interstate State Park

Taylors falls, minnesota.

Phantom lights are spotted every once in awhile on the Wisconsin side of the river, always around the early morning and late afternoon hours. An apparition of a little girl has been seen multiple times running across the edge of the drop-off into the river, on the Minnesota side. ...

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Old Jail Bed and Breakfast

The southern building is reportedly Minnesota's oldest jail building, and the northern building housed a funeral home in the 1800s. Now an inn, as one would imagine there is plenty of ghostly activity here. Later during the Prohibition era, when the former funeral home was a haberdashery, there was a ...

Andy's Market Hill - Scott Park

Apple valley, minnesota.

At the popular sledding spot called Andy's Market Hill, aka Dead Man's Hill in Scott Park, legend has it that a little boy named Dameon was sledding in 1998 when he was killed accidentally by an archer who shot him in the eye. Now, Dameon's sledding apparition is seen here ...

Billy's Bar and Grill

Anoka, minnesota.

Housed in a building that was a former brothel, the restaurant is said to be home to the spirits of some of the former brothel's staff. As local legends go, either some brothel patrons killed madam Mrs. Jackson and stole the women's money, or Mrs. Jackson hanged herself from a ...

Anoka State Hospital

Anoka State Hospital has been known by many names in its past, including First State Asylum for the Insane, Anoka State Asylum, Anoka State Hospital and most recently Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center. It was originally opened in 1900 and is said to be haunted by spirits of those who have ...

Treasure Island Resort and Casino

Welch, minnesota.

One night after leaving the Treasure Island Resort and Casino, a man pulled over to take a nap. A few moments later, he heard footsteps coming toward his car, sounding like the walker was dragging one leg. The man looked out his car window and saw a bony old ghost ...

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Stillwater Ghost Walks

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Known as the “Birthplace of Minnesota” since the original territorial convention took place here in 1848, the local rumor is that the residents of Stillwater were given the choice of either having the university or the prison — and they picked the prison, since there were more prisoners than students at the time. While the original prison is demolished, it’s the Warden’s former mansion that experiences the most haunted activity. 

We spark your imagination on this Stillwater city walking tour with real ghost stories, paranormal experiences, recent investigations, Native American legends, and much more! We do ongoing research to make sure we can tell you something you’ve never heard. 

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On this tour, you get to hear about some of Stillwater's most interesting ghosts and legends, including:

  • Father Hennepin, the missionary who explored Minnesota in the 17th Century, called the St. Croix River, the “River of the Grave” because it was a place where the natives buried their dead. Many young men wound up missing in the river and there was one man who was better at finding dead bodies than anyone else. In fact, he had a business card that read “John Jeremy, Expert Recoverer of Drowned Bodies.”
  • The Arcola Trail Bridge sits almost 200 feet in the air over the St. Croix and people claim to have seen the apparition of a young lady in a white dress who walks up and down the train tracks. It’s said that this is the girlfriend of a man who fell into the river off the bridge and that she came back to look for him after he disappeared. Is she the one who carries the mysterious blue light people have seen over the train tracks?

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  • This tour runs in cold temperatures and light rain, so please dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes.
  • Because of the bumpy sidewalks and hilly nature of Stillwater, this tour route is not wheelchair-accessible. Please check out our Minneapolis or St. Paul tours for routes that are more wheelchair-friendly.
  • Because this is a limited capacity tour, all sales are final. But we will reschedule you if you have an emergency, we love ghosts, not monsters!
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Theaters are some of the most haunted places, this old train depot has plenty of secrets to share.

Learn the story of Fisherman John, who used to "fish" for missing bodies in the St. Croix River.

This building from 1882 has been featured on the TV show My Ghost Story on The Biography Channel.

Built in 1927, the Lowell Inn was constructed to be the pride of Stillwater, envisioned the "Mt Vernon of the Midwest" and has housed celebrities from Johnny Cash to Lucille Ball.

This house was one of the first in all the Midwest to be lit up with electricity in 1886. But did its original owner steamboat captain Austin Jenks love the place so much he decided to stick around, even after death?

In the 1940s, they set up a “haunted house” in the cave here, but things got a little too real when strange apparitions started appearing who weren’t on the schedule of attractions.

Originally designed for wealthy lumber executives, this building featured electricity, indoor heating, and even an elevator, one of the first built in Minnesota. The ghosts came later.

Stillwater’s most famous ghost carries a blue light across the bridge. Is it the mysterious Will-o'-the-wisp or the spirit of a homicidal farmer?

Stillwater is the site of the Minnesota State Prison and the the mansion where thirteen different wardens lived for over six decades has been reporting ghosts for almost a century.

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Service animals are welcome. However, for liability issues, please leave your furry friends at home if you don’t require their assistance.

Do guests really see ghosts on this tour?

We can never guarantee a supernatural encounter, but we will explain paranormal phenomena such as cold spots and residual hauntings. What we do guarantee: Our local connections and dedication to research means you'll get authentic accounts — in all their shocking detail.

Is this ghost tour kid-friendly?

While our tours do not contain anything too graphic or inappropriate, we find that kids that enjoy history have the best time. You know your children and that's left up to you. We do not recommend bringing children in strollers because sometimes that can be difficult with larger walking groups.

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Super Haunted - Review of Lowell Inn

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An experience to remember. We stayed in the honeymoon suite and the lights kept turning off and on. I got freaked out, so we turned on the tv to ground ourselves. Shortly after the closed caption popped on by itself. I turned it off about 5 times before we deemed it haunted by a deaf ghost. Creepy, but I love a good ghost story.

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I was a little hesitant to book a room at this hotel, but we wanted to be close to downtown Stillwater. I was not disappointed. The staff was friendly, even overly friendly some mornings. The rooms were decent, nothing exceptional. This is not a modern hotel, so don't feel like it should be. It was great walking around Stillwater and having the hotel so close. If you are going to spend hours in your hotel room-don't go here. This hotel is a great starting place to explore all of what Stillwater has to offer. We enjoyed our stay and will go back.

  • Sleep Quality

At a wedding reception in my sons recovered alcoholic of two years. He is the groom. They refused to allow us to bring nonalcohol beer in for him. He insisted on charging a $12 corkage fee per bottle. Clearly they do not support recovered alcoholics here. Is the worst customer service I've ever seen in my entire life. There is no way I would ever come back to this establishment. They brought up the fact that it's in the contract. However you would think that they would at least serve nonalcohol beer. However they choose to ignore the fact that people are alcoholics. It failed make any concession whatsoever for these people

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I was absolutly appalled. NEVER have I been to an establishment where the staff treated their guests so poorly. It was as if the staff was far superior from their customer. We planned a wedding reception for my family members from out of state. We thought historic Lowell Inn would be a perfect venue and, not mention, is in beautiful Stillwater, MN. Side note: We are from the metro area and have dined at many local high end establishments for various occasions; so I am not speaking from inexperience. In fact, the hospitality of a higher end establishment tends to be excellent with their concern for their well paying customer. We'll lets just say it was pretty vacant for a Saturday afternoon in July. Now I know why. We reserved the private garden room for this event and had the four course fondue. Aside from the lack of attentiveness from our servers, which I can sometimes sympathize with since I have some years of experience working as a server, it was disgusting how rude EVERY employee was. When I asked about changing my baby (since the bathrooms don't have changing tables) she sent me to their storage room with no lights; that was interesting. This was the front desk staff whom also got impatient with me borrowing their pencil for 10 min (needed to write the infants schedule for grandma since she would be taking her for the evening). And yes there was a whole cup of pencils where that one came from. Might I remind you they are dead so she has nothing better to do but monitor her pencil borrower and nag if I was almost done. I feel I must add one more small story from the many we have to remember for the rest of our lives. (Seriously this place will go down in he books of worst experience ever!). This one just made us all laugh... So the server storms over to snap about our fondue fork being too close to the unlit oil pot which really had a good foot in space between the two. Funniest part was the lit candle cheese/chocolate pots that were paced right next the unlit oil pot were not a threat. But oh we'll we politely apologize and avoided the smart comment that we're itching to come out. We basically finished our four course meal as fast as possible so we could leave the spirit dampening staff and enjoy the rest of our celebration elsewhere. I would definitely agree the interior needed an uplift too. Muted pink 1x1 in the bathroom screams 80s not historic not quite renaissance period the hotel evokes. There's one place to start but the rooms also I heard need the help. The newly weds ended up bunking back at our uncles house. Also Not the cheapest place and the food did not compliment the prices. It was basic and average. I suppose it is hard to make updates to the place when you don't have customers. You need to make some serious changes starting with the hospitality department. It disgraces Minnesota.

We had our annual family get-together at the Lowell Inn July 18-20, 2014, booking 6 rooms for 12 women. Most of the rooms were in the original section and were really charming, quirky and fun rooms. I stayed in room 204 in the newly annexed section and while entirely acceptable, it was a disappointment as the décor was so non descript and generic. It completely lacked the charm and warmth of the rooms in the original section. The mini blinds on the windows fail to block out the morning light and the transom windows at the top are completely uncovered. Don't expect to sleep in as this room faces east and was filled with light as soon as the sun came up! Another design flaw was the bathroom. The shower head is placed so high on the wall, I couldn't reach it. I had to stand on tip-toes to put the soap back on the lowest shelf of the wire rack in the shower! Additionally, the AC is very noisy in that room. Breakfast service in the hotel restaurant begins at 8:00 AM, which is rather late. An hour earlier would be more reasonable. Again, the rooms in the original section are each uniquely decorated, spacious and have a quirky character. We enjoyed hanging out in those and, if I were to visit the Lowell Inn in the future, I'd stay in one of those rooms and avoid the modern ones.

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We have stayed here a number of times and we enjoy this hotel. Yes it is on the older side, but they do have some modern rooms, I would rather say it has character. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are quiet. The last one had a curtained bathroom, but that was ok, it did not bother us. The best thing about the hotel is the location, it is within walking distance of downtown and you can leave you car in the ramp next door. We have had breakfast there before and it was very good, we will stay here again.

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A MINNESTOTA INN FROM A GENTLER ERA

By Pat Colander

  • Oct. 27, 1985

A MINNESTOTA INN FROM A GENTLER ERA

It is true that Stillwater, Minn., bears more than a passing resemblance to the mythical Lake Wobegon of Garrison Keillor's ''A Prairie Home Companion,'' that the good-natured little town sits similarly, snugly, in the St. Croix River Valley, in the shadow of the high-tech but eminently livable cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, 30 minutes to the southwest.

It is also true that Stillwater, like its fictional sibling, rests mainly on the side of a hill, next to a sparkling blue-green stretch of water. Typically, Stillwater folks think the fact that F. Scott Fitzgerald used to fish in the region, and that both Walter Mondale and Prince live in the general area, is pretty uninteresting stuff. They likely find it remarkable, however, that there are certain days in Stillwater that seem to be made for rocking in an old wooden chair on the front porch.

The 55-year-old Lowell Inn, a three-story Colonial manor house with 3 dining rooms and 21 guest rooms, is at the heart of Stillwater, physically and spiritually. Hickory rockers line the Lowell's portico and the high, arched windows of the main floor are shaded by canopies. The lobby is more an overgrown parlor, a throwback to a gentler, gilded era: everything in the room, with the exception of ornaments and knickknacks, seems to be overstuffed and cloth-covered, old and delicate. There is a quiet comfort to the Lowell's otherworldliness.

The garden room, by contrast, is dim and shady, meant to be less formal. Its focal point is a pool stocked with trout.

On the other side of the lobby are the cocktail lounge and the Matterhorn room, decorated in what is traditionally considered a masculine style: the drinks are served in large, heavy frosted glasses, and the motif is dark wood, a la ''Masterpiece Theater.''

The upstairs rooms, reached by way of a short staircase behind the traditional front desk, continue the theme of the parlor and dining room. Though the ruffles and froth may be too dainty for some people's tastes, the suites can only be described as luxurious: antique armoires, dressing tables, down pillows and a bottle of wine with two glasses.

What sets the Lowell Inn apart, however, is the homey atmosphere and the friendly people. In Stillwater they know that the Lowell would not be the Lowell without the Palmer family. And when you talk about the Palmers, you are talking about Nelle Palmer, the town's matriarch, who, along with her husband, the first Arthur Palmer, benevolently ruled the mansion hotel and all of surrounding society until her death in the 1970's.

The tradition has been carried on by Nelle and Arthur's only child, the second Arthur Palmer, and his wife, Maureen, and their nine children.

The Lowell Inn began as an antidote to a sagging economy and a flagging community spirit. The era of the great lumber barons, the sawmills, the boom towns along the riverbanks, peaked in 1890, the year they sent 450,000 board feet of lumber floating down the St. Croix. By 1915, the forest had been picked clean, and there was a ceremony before the last log began its lonely voyage. By the time it was decided that the old Sawyer House -the premier hotel for the previous 60 years -would be replaced by the Lowell Inn, in 1926, the population of Stillwater had dwindled to a few thousand people.

The Sawyer had been started by the Sawyers, but run by the Lowells since 1863, and it was the Lowells who organized the local investors and pushed the bond issue that raised the $135,000 for the hotel. It would be a monument to civic pride, called the Mount Vernon of the Midwest, with 13 pillars in its portico to represent the original colonies.

The Lowell Inn was ballyhooed as the new industry that would save Stillwater from oblivion. ''The town's citizens, without one exception, were fairly elated when the news was told,'' said The Stillwater Daily Gazette on June 19, 1926, when the hotel was announced. The job of creating the building was given to O. H. Olsen, a Norwegian bricklayer who had become a prominent government contractor. (It was also Mr. Olsen who put up the state penitentiary, Stillwater's only other ''industry,'' for $1.75 million in 1913.) When the Lowell Inn opened in 1927 the newspaper optimistically predicted, ''The scar left by the closing of the sawmills and the extinction of logging has gradually healed, and Stillwater has entered upon a new era, an era that promises to produce lasting resources which shall place Stillwater in the front ranks of Northwest cities.''

But all the original splendor of the physical plant and the early reputation for good food - according to the menu of June 29, 1927, a dollar bought fruit cocktail, cream of tomato soup, green olives, cucumbers, fried spring chicken, cream gravy, filet mignon, french fried potatoes, early June peas, hot tea biscuits, head lettuce, mayonnaise, fresh strawberry shortcake, whipped cream, chilled watermelon and assorted pies - could not prevent the onset of the Depression, or the fact that the Lowell Inn was an instantaneous white elephant.

In 1930, a pair of wandering thespians came to Stillwater. Nelle Obrecht Palmer, who had played the cornet in her family band since age 5, was the leading actress in a traveling theater troupe. Her husband, Arthur Palmer, was the piano player. At Christmastime, the Palmers officially quit vaudeville to manage the inn. Arthur Palmer quickly realized that what was needed was some imaginative marketing. In order to attract guests from the Twin Cities he painted all the telephone poles between Minneapolis and Stillwater blue and white and then called attention to the signposts in newspaper advertisements. A talented raconteur with a flair for the theatrical - as well as being a musician - Mr. Palmer made a game of coaxing recipes from his favorite cooks. He made Swiss pear bread - a concoction of prunes, pears, apricots, raisins, currants, orange peel, lemon peel, cinnamon and brandy - the signature of the hotel. In a moment of theatrical inspiration, he moved the trout pools into the garden room.

Though it would be many years before the Palmers actually owned the hotel, Mrs. Palmer regarded the inn - where they lived upstairs - as her home. The lobby was her parlor decorated with family pictures and artifacts she liked. The George Washington room restaurant was her lavish dining room and she haunted estate sales for the antique tables and chairs, mahogany sideboard and cabinets, Wedgwood china, multicolored crystal goblets, silver tableware and candelabra. Nelle Palmer has been described as a cross between Marlene Dietrich and Lillian Russell; she was not shy and it is certain that she was an inspiration to the townspeople. Meg Heaton, of Wordsmith bookstore, remembers that as a child she was impressed by Nelle Palmer's presence, and by her big, ornamented and veiled hats.

The second Arthur Palmer, whose parents have both died, no longer lives at the Lowell. But he spends a great deal of time at the inn, and he still abides by his parents' fundamental rule: Treat the place like home. The other two dictums he inherited: Don't fix what isn't broken, and if you're going to do something new, make sure it's totally different.

Among the traditions unbroken in 50 years is the decor in the dining room and sitting room; it includes draperies of dotted swiss and silk, crystal chandeliers, thick carpeting, chintz-covered chairs and settees. ''When we redecorate we always use the same colors and prints,'' Arthur Palmer explained. Twenty years ago, after he and his wife, Maureen, were unable to duplicate a certain print, they commissioned a French textile manufacturer to do a run of the chintz, and so they were able to store some for future slipcovers.

Though the menu has been expanded to include more fresh seafood, for instance, there is little difference between today's George Washington room and the restaurant of Nelle Palmer's heyday. The food is still served by young women in full-skirted white dresses with pastel embroidery. Red cabbage has been on the menu for 25 years - customers complain if the kitchen runs out; another longstanding tradition, maple frango, an extra-rich ice cream, is made twice a week.

The food at the Lowell Inn would not be mistaken for haute cuisine -Arthur Palmer likes his natural flavors ''undisguised'' - but Minnesota is basically an agricultural area, noted for quality meat and dairy products, and the kitchen knows how to take advantage of the area's abundance. The seafood, particularly the trout from the pool, is especially good.

Arthur Palmer left the Lowell Inn for an extended period only once in his life, to attend Cornell University. Since then the Palmers' short journeys from Stillwater have included spectacular European shopping trips and spy missions to hotels around the world.

It was a ski trip to the Swiss Alps in the mid-'50s that prompted Arthur Palmer in what he considers his greatest achievement. When an unexpected blizzard hit, Mr. Palmer and other guests found themselves stranded overnight at an inn below the Matterhorn. ''The drifts were 20 feet high,'' he said. ''It was one of the most dramatic experiences of my life.'' A caretaker suggested that they gather up all the food that was around and make a fondue. He got out the pots and they made a fondue and drank wine until a rescue party found them the next day.

Impressed by the camaraderie that developed over the food, Mr. Palmer created the Matterhorn room in 1960. This Matterhorn is a cavern of antique wood carvings, dedicated to the artists of the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. The last handcarved eagle done by one of these Swiss woodcarvers, Alfred Staehlo, is in the room, as is a handcarved white mahogany landscape of the Matterhorn and the village of Zermatt by Edward H. Blatter.

The $25 fixed-price Matterhorn menu has not varied in 25 years. The first course is marinated and broiled Swiss escargots, small white snails picked in vineyards in France and Switzerland. (This appetizer was an accident. Due to a misplaced decimal point, the Palmers found themselves the owners of four tons of frozen snails sitting on a dock in Duluth, at approximately the same time the Matterhorn debuted.) Salad and relishes follow, before the shrimp and beef fondue served with a half-dozen sauces. After a dry sherry aperitif, each course is served with wine: a dry white with the escargots, soft white with the salad and a choice of Merlot rose, cabernet sauvigon or pinot noir with the fondue. (The wine list is outstanding.) The Matterhorn room is ideal for entertaining, Mr. Palmer said: ''You never see a price, and you never have to interrupt conversation for ordering. It's hard to imagine never having a menu change in 25 years, but the public doesn't want it changed.''

The rooms at the Lowell are special, and though there have been changes they have not been substantially altered from the way Nelle Palmer furnished them: antique armoires, old-fashioned dressing tables equipped with perfume in cut-glass decanters, oversized beds with satin coverlets and down pillows. In the 1970's her son added stereo music systems and Jacuzzi baths.

Innkeeping, Mr. Palmer said, is a business of a thousand little details. No one will notice them all, but everyone will notice something. ''Eighteen years ago I started bringing in blended coffee roasted in a small town in Switzerland and people raved about our coffee. Some like the lettuce cup, or the dishes, the silverware or the down pillows. A guy came to me one time and said he didn't like down pillows, but he sure liked the coffee.''

Rates at the Lowell Inn (102 North Second Street, Stillwater, Minn. 55082; 612-439-1100) range from $69 to $119 a night for double accommodations.

PAT COLANDER, the author of ''Hugh Hefner's First Funeral and Other True Tales of Love and Death in Chicago'' (Contemporary Books), is a writer who lives in Chicago.

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Business | Obituary: For innkeeper Art Palmer Jr., the Lowell Inn was a ‘labor of love’

Art Palmer Jr. and his wife Maureen pose with two of their children, Steve Palmer and Mary Simon, pictured from left to right, outside the Lowell Inn in downtown Stillwater in this undated photo.

For Art Palmer Jr., the longtime owner of the Lowell Inn in downtown Stillwater, innkeeping was “a business of a thousand little details.”

No one will notice them all, Palmer Jr. told the New York Times in 1985, but everyone will notice something.

“I started bringing in blended coffee roasted in a small town in Switzerland and people raved about our coffee,” Palmer said in the article headlined “A Minnesota Inn from a Gentler Era.” “Some like the lettuce cup, or the dishes, the silverware or the down pillows. A guy came to me one time and said he didn’t like down pillows, but he sure liked the coffee.”

Palmer Jr., whose family owned and operated the inn for nearly 70 years, died Saturday of natural causes at an assisted-living facility in Ellijay, Ga. He was 94.

‘A labor of love’

“The inn was a labor of love,” said Bill Palmer, the eldest of his nine children. “He thought of himself as an ‘innkeeper,’ which is more of a foreign view of it. He wanted to create something special to entertain people. (My parents) weren’t into music or entertainment, but they knew food, and they knew how to create a special room experience.”

Palmer, the only child of Arthur Palmer Sr. and Nelle Palmer, grew up inside the Lowell Inn. He and his parents lived in a small apartment on the second floor that was later converted to Room 21.

His parents quit vaudeville careers when he was 2 and moved to Stillwater in 1930 to become the hotel’s on-site managers. In 1935, they leased the Inn for their own. Ten years later, they purchased it.

To attract guests from the Twin Cities, the Palmers painted all the telephone poles between Minneapolis and Stillwater blue-and-white and then told customers in newspaper advertisements to follow the colorful guideposts to the inn, said Brent Peterson, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society. The telephone company took a dim view of the stunt, and Palmer ended up repainting its poles, “but they got what they wanted, which was a lot of attention and more people finding their way to Stillwater,” he said.

Art Palmer Jr. graduated from St. Thomas Military Academy in 1946 and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Cornell University in 1950.

In December 1949, he married Maureen O’Brien, his childhood sweetheart, at St. Michael’s Church in Stillwater. The reception was held at the Lowell Inn.

In 1950, he was commissioned into the Army. When Art Palmer Sr. died the following year, he was called back to help his mother run the inn, Bill Palmer said.

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Art Palmer Jr. black and white portrait

According to the article in the New York Times, it was a ski trip to the Swiss Alps in the mid-1950s that prompted Palmer to come up with what he considered his greatest achievement. Palmer and the other guests were stranded overnight at an inn below the Matterhorn when an unexpected blizzard hit.

“The drifts were 20 feet high,” he told the newspaper. ”It was one of the most dramatic experiences of my life.”

A caretaker suggested that they gather up all the food that was around and make fondue. They got out the pots and ate fondue and drank wine “until a rescue party found them the next day,” the article states. That was the genesis for the Lowell Inn’s Matterhorn Room, which opened in 1960.

The wood-carved room features a white mahogany landscape of the Matterhorn and the village of Zermatt that was hand carved on site by Swiss wood carver Edward “Eddie” Blatter, Bill Palmer said. “He came and lived at the Inn for three years while he was making it,” he said. “I mean, who would do that in the 1960s? Bring a Swiss wood carver over to live and carve out the room that you’re creating? It was groundbreaking – a big business move, a big investment. He was a visionary.”

“That attention to detail and service is really what he was all about,” he said. “When they did the rooms, the rooms weren’t the same. They added little details to them all – the way they built them out and the trim. They totally gutted everything, expanded the sizes, and when you walked into a room, you would go, ‘Wow, this is something really unique.’”

The Inn was known for its fine crystal, crisp linens and English Spode and Wedgwood china. The servers in the George Washington Room wore full-skirted white dresses with pastel embroidery.

‘It was all about the relationships’

Among the celebrities who stayed at the Inn: Liberace, Lucille Ball, Joan Collins and Duncan Hines.

Art Palmer developed long and deep business relationships – including the man who provided the small white snails from France and Switzerland, for the restaurant’s broiled Swiss escargot; various vintners in California; and the grocer (Charlie Hooley, co-founder of the Cub Foods grocery store chain) who provided the tenderloin that was used in the Matterhorn Room fondue, Bill Palmer said.

“He was a relationship guy,” he said. “For him, it was all about the relationships.”

In 1961, Art Palmer decided to take a break from the Lowell Inn and moved his wife and seven children to Topeka, Kan., to join a ranching operation.

“I was in fifth grade, and I came home, and there’s a ‘For Sale’ sign out in the front yard,” Bill Palmer said. “That was my dad. He made a decision to do something, and he just did it. He thought, ‘Well, maybe there’s something else I’d rather do. I think I want to get into the cattle business.’ Mind you, he didn’t know anything about the cattle business. … My mother was an angel.”

Art Palmer became an expert at cattle breeding and artificial insemination. A year later, the family moved back to the Stillwater area after purchasing a 175-acre farm in Grant Township. He converted it into a ranch and opened his own cattle-breeding business, importing South Devon bulls from England, Bill Palmer said.

“At one point, he had 75 bulls,” he said.

‘We accomplished a lot’

Art Palmer Jr. and his wife Maureen pose on the steps inside the Lowell Inn in downtown Stillwater with two of their children, Steve Palmer and Mary Simon, pictured from left to right, in this undated photo.

Nelle Palmer died in 1970, and Art and Maureen Palmer took over the operation of the business. They were helped by nine children — all of whom worked during their high school and college years.

The Palmers sold the hotel to Minneapolis-based Semper Lowell Associates in 1990, but the couple continued operating the Inn until they retired in June 1998.

“We accomplished a lot and made a lot of friends,” Art Palmer Jr. told the Pioneer Press in 1998. “I don’t know what more anyone can expect from a business career.”

Dickie and Judith Anderson, who own St. Croix Boat & Packet Co., bought the Lowell Inn from Semper Lowell Associates in 2000.

Palmer was preceded in death by his wife, Maureen, who died in 1998. He is survived by his nine children, Bill Palmer, Lee Tidman, Lorah Titterud, Mary Simon, Sue Jacobson, Ann de St. Aubin, Nelle Thompson, Steve Palmer and Devon Dressely; 27 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren

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Betsy is a Minneapolis-based writer who's lived in Minnesota for 20 years. If you know of any amazing Minnesota restaurants, nature areas, or other attractions, feel free to let her know about them at [email protected] or on Twitter @betsyrathburn.

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As local travel experts, we know what travelers are looking for when it comes to finding the perfect accommodations for their next trip. To compile our lists, we scour the internet to find properties with excellent ratings and reviews, desirable amenities, nearby attractions, and that something special that makes a destination worthy of traveling for.

From haunted hikes to haunted tunnels, Minnesota has more than a few scary attractions that’ll scare even the most stoic visitor. That goes double for haunted hotels. Dotted all across the state, these spooky spots are perfect for those who have a love of all things creepy. They’re the sites of some of the most bone-chilling ghost stories in the state, and they will absolutely thrill you. So book a stay, spend the night, and see if you make it until morning at these haunted hotels in Minnesota .

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These haunted hotels in Minnesota are some of the creepiest spots you can visit in the state. Have you ever stayed at any of them? We’d love to hear about your experiences – and ghost sightings – if you have! Let us know in the comments. While you’re exploring this state, take a road trip to this haunted street in Minnesota !

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Some of the most haunted places in Minnesota include:

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The above list of haunted hotels in Minnesota is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to haunted places in the state. In fact, there are some downright disturbing and terrifying haunted places in Minnesota that only the bravest should dare explore.

For instance, Dorothy is Minnesota's very own ghost town. (Yes -- Minnesota has ghost towns!) I n the early 1900s, Dorothy was a small but thriving railroad town. But after the railroad was abandoned, the town's few structures fell into disrepair. Today, you can still visit the town. But after a fire in 2014 wiped out a longstanding church, not much remains but the memories of times passed.

County Road 21 is known as the most haunted road in Minnesota .  If you must drive on this road, make sure you don't stop for anyone. Drivers have reported a phantom hitchhiker along the remote stretch of road near Sherack, Minnesota. That is, a hitchhiker who suddenly disappears after he enters your car. Best to just keep on driving, no matter what.

Gopher Ordnance Works is one of the most unsettling  abandoned places in Minnesota . This eerie ruin in Rosemount was a short-lived ammunition factory built during World War II. It was later deeded to the University of Minnesota for experiments, but little has been done with the property since. Rust and concrete are the dominant fixtures on the landscape, making it a truly creepy place.

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If you ever stay at any of these eight Minnesota hotels, be prepared to pull an all-nighter to keep the ghosts at bay, via Haunted Rooms . 

8. The Kahler Hotel in Rochester

The Kahler was the original location for the Mayo Clinic Hospital. Built in 1921, the Mayo Clinic eventually moved and the site became the Kahler Grand Hotel. It's said that former patients of the Mayo Clinic linger around The Kahler, with reports of strange smells, rapid temperature changes, and weird sounds throughout the hotel. 

The Kahler Hotel, Google Street View

7. The Water Street Inn in Stillwater

The Water Street Inn was pretty high tech for its time, since it housed lumber barons during the logging boom. It had an elevator, electricity, indoor plumbing, and modern heating. According to Haunted Rooms, the ghost that lurks around the hotel is a confederate soldier on a drunken bender who died in a room on the second floor. Guests have reported a foul body odor stench, believed to be his. 

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6. Old Jail Bed & Breakfast in Taylor Falls

The structures, built from 1851 to 1884, once served as a jail, bootleggers' hideout, funeral home, and housed other businesses. On the second and third floors of the larger structure, there have been multiple reports of a young ghost boy. On the third floor, people have seen a woman around the halls. 

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5. Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre

Built in 1901, this hotel is considered to be the most haunted hotel in all of Minnesota. Guests have reported inexplainable voices and rapid temperature changes, as well as children bouncing a ball or running up and down the hallway. Others have seen doors slamming shut on their own and have even seen apparitions around the hotel. 

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4. Mrs. B's Bed and Breakfast Inn in Lanesboro

Several historical figures have stayed at Mrs. B's Bed and Breakfast including Buffalo Bill and Doc Powell. Rooms 1 and 5, the River Song and Garden, experience the most paranormal activity. Furniture in the rooms have been moved, and shadow figures have been seen sitting on the edge of the beds. Occasionally a young child bouncing a ball is seen in the Garden Room, and there's a woman sighing and sobbing in the dining room or main lobby. 

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3. St. James Hotel in Red Wing

The St. James Hotel is also known to be one of the most haunted hotels in all of Minnesota, with guests being warned that there's a spirit known to slam doors and even attack guests at the hotel. One ghost is that of a man who fell to his death working on the hotel - he's been spotted wearing his work overalls. A woman in a white dress, crying babies, hushed whispers, and cold spots have also been reported. 

St. James Hotel, Google Street View

2. Chase on the Lake in Walker

The Chase Hotel was once used as a temporary morgue. Where the morgue was, there's now a bowling alley. Guests witness weird sounds, figures, and cold spots. 

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1. Calumet Historic Hotel in Pipestone

This hotel once served the many people who came into town by train, so with all those souls coming and going...it's no wonder this hotel is so haunted. The dining room piano has played without anyone near it, and a woman wearing a red dress and man dressed in period clothing are frequently seen wandering the halls. Someone calls the front desk from room 207 requesting items, but no one has even been checked into that particular room. Room 308 has a high volume of paranormal activity, as well, with reports of odd noises, moving objects, and lights turning on and off. 

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One of my favorite things to do is explore places in Stillwater with my friend, Emily . A resident expert in her own right, Em helps me navigate all the best food, local lore, around-the-bend hidden spots and has a pulse about town, which is nice for someone like me. Since I’m a Minnesota history fiend, it made perfect sense to go to the Lowell Inn , one of the most history-laden places around. The Lowell Inn , named for famed Stillwater entrepreneur Elmore Lowell, was built in 1927 on the grounds of the old lumberjack boarding house, The Sawyer House. Located right in historic downtown and holding its own spot on the National Register of Historic Places, the Lowell Inn has had its fair share of politicians, famous run-ins, galas, historians, debutantes, residents and stories. The Inn was actually run by Arthur and Nelle Palmer, former Vaudevillians, for many years who lived in the Inn while raising their family. In 2001, the St. Croix Boat and Packet Company purchased the Lowell Inn but kept the Victorian-esque furniture, fixtures and Vaudevillian lifestyle present in each room. All of which are decorated differently. Including the Garden Room featuring a spring-fed water fountain, originally stocked with trout and the Matterhorn Room dedicated to the lost art of Swiss wood carving. Lowell does have High Tea and it is served in the historic George Washington Room which is where we had brunch. The place is absolutely incredible, really. I can’t recommend it enough.

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Stepping into Stillwater, MN’s Lowell Inn is a luxurious step back in history. One of the state’s first hotels, Lowell Inn’s richly appointed rooms and fine dining options take guests back to the turn of the 20th century when lumber barons frequented the river town inn. Today, guests enjoy antique charm, modern convenience and easy access to downtown Stillwater, MN’s historic shopping and dining district.

State’s First Town Needs an Inn

Before Minnesota even became a U.S. territory, the town of Stillwater, MN was known around the world. With easy access to white pine, it became the world’s largest lumber producer. By 1848, Sawyer House, the second hotel in the area, was built and quickly became a popular stop for lumbermen. But by the 1890s, logging peaked in the area and the town’s population began to decline. On June 12, 1914, the last log was sent down the St. Croix River, marking the end of 75 years of lumbering.

At the time, the hotel was managed by the Lowell family. As Stillwater’s population declined, locals believed a new hotel would draw guests to the area and breathe new life into the declining river town.

Lowell Inn was built on the site of the Sawyer House. It was nicknamed the Mount Vernon of the Midwest, because of its 13 pillars that represented the 13 colonies. The new hotel was managed by the Palmer family, who would eventually come to own the hotel. Three generations of the Palmer family owned and lived there, building its reputation for fine dining and a top spot to get away from the Twin Cities.

New Generation of Family Ownership

In 2001, the inn was purchased and renovated by St. Croix Boat and Packet Company owners Dick and Judy Anderson, who renovated and expanded the site. Today, the hotel has 35 historic and modern guestrooms, two restaurants and a banquet space.

“Three generations of the Palmer family operated the hotel, and now three generations of our family are working here today,” said owner Judy Anderson.

The 23 historic guest rooms feature antique décor, including a luxury penthouse featuring a king bed, fireplace and kitchenette. Other suites include king or queen beds, with sitting rooms with fireplace and a dressing area. The hotel’s 12 modern rooms include modern décor, and some have balconies overlooking historic downtown.

The Inn offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch in its George Washington Room year round. A fondue dinner is served by reservation in the hotel’s Matterhorn Room, named for its rich wood carvings crated by Swiss artist Eddie Blatter. A four course high tea is served by reservation, including a special holiday tea served Saturdays in December.

“Our busiest season begins in July and August, through the fall as people come to see the beautiful fall colors,” said Judy. “Fall has become a popular time for couples looking for a unique getaway.” Located just block from historic Main Street Stillwater, MN, there is plenty for couples – and families – to do.

Over the years, the hotel has also been a draw for celebrities, according to the Andersons.

“From time to time the hotel has hosted a number of notable guests, including Johnny Cash and Lucille Ball,” said Judy. “More recently, Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson stayed with us.”

The lumber days may have passed, but Stillwater remains a top destination for a weekend away. The historic Lowell Inn celebrates the town’s early history in style, with the added touch of modern convenience.

If You Go: Book one of the 23 historic guest suites for a more unique stay. Some rooms have balconies overlooking historic downtown.

Getting There: The Inn is located a block west of Stillwater, MN’s Main Street, or Hwy 95. It’s less than 30 minutes from St. Paul.

While You’re There: Enjoy shopping and dining along Main Street. Dine at The Green Room or Luna Rossa, or take in the scenes on the patio at The Freight House.  Order a craft brew flight at Maple Island Brewing, and then stop in to one of downtown’s antique shops.

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Built in 1927, Lowell Inn’s elegant hotel rooms in Stillwater, MN, welcome our guests in with a charming and historic atmosphere. Lowell Inn’s 35 private guest rooms provide our guests with a unique overnight experience. Each of our 23 historic guest rooms showcases historic decor, offering our valued guests a glimpse into a bygone era.

All of our 12 modern hotel rooms in our new annex are identical in decor. Enhance your stay by ordering one of our Specials. Book your romantic getaway in Stillwater, MN, today to enjoy high tea and a fondue dinner at our restaurant and to rest well in our historic rooms

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23 Historic Guest Rooms ~ located in the original inn. 12 New Modern Guest Rooms ~ located in the new attached annex

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Elevator access is in the city parking ramp attached to our building.

If you have any questions about our elegant hotel rooms in Stillwater, MN, give us a call at (651) 439-1100 to speak with a staff member.

Room check-in is at 4:00PM and check-out is at 11:00AM. If you are booking with a gift card please call to make reservation.. Interested in a housekeeping position? Apply online today !

Penthouse Suite ~ Historic Wing

Welcome to the Penthouse! Features include a king-sized bed, an alcove with a full bed, and one twin bed, with an elegant living room with a fireplace, a small kitchenette with a microwave, coffee-maker, and refrigerator. Cable TV completes the suite—a blend of Old World flair with modern amenities for any occasion.

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Treat yourself to a romantic get-away in our Honeymoon Suite! This two-room suite offers a multitude of windows and features a queen-size bed, romantic fireplace, jacuzzi for two, and full bathroom.

Standard Rooms ~ Historic Wing

Rooms 224, 226, 227, 337, 338, 340.

Our standard rooms feature Queen-sized beds and private baths. These rooms showcase the history of our Inn, each one decorated with unique attention to romantic periods of the past. *Note* Each Standard Room is uniquely decorated. See each room’s photos and information when checking availability.

Deluxe Rooms ~ Historic Wing

Rooms 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 225, 229, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 339.

Deluxe rooms are a bit more spacious than the standard rooms. They feature a king or queen-sized bed. Some rooms have 2 beds and may also have a rare historic Murphy bed! Each deluxe room has its own unique charms and décor. Please note some bathrooms have a shower only. See each room’s photos and information when checking availability.

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Deluxe rooms 201, 203, 205, 301, 303, 305. standard rooms 202, 204, 206, 302, 304, 306.

Our twelve new rooms link the past with elegance of today–sleek and stylish, many also feature a balcony view of historic Stillwater. Our deluxe modern rooms are slightly larger than our standard modern rooms. We also offer handicap accessible and handicap friendly rooms in this annex. See each room’s photos and information when checking availability.

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The 12 Most Haunted Places in Minnesota

Minnesota, known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” is home to several haunted locations that have drawn the attention of paranormal enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike. From eerie cemeteries to historic hotels, MN is believed to be teeming with restless spirits and ghostly apparitions.

In this article, we will explore the 12 most haunted places in Minnesota, shedding light on their haunted history and spine-chilling encounters reported by witnesses.

1. Washington Street Bridge, Minneapolis

Washington Street Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Washington Street Bridge was built in the latter half of the 1960s spanning the Mississippi River and connecting the East and West Bank campuses of the University of Minnesota. The bridge has two decks, the bottom for vehicles and the top for pedestrians and cyclists.

The bridge is something of a hotspot for suicides and is now said to be haunted by the spirits of those who jumped to their death including professor John Berryman who committed suicide there in 1972. Students crossing the bridge often hear phantom footsteps at night and feel as though someone is watching them from the shadows.

2. The Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul

The Fitzgerald Theatre in St Paul, Minnesota

The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul has long been considered one of the most haunted places in Minnesota. There is a number of unexplained phenomena that have been reported here, but most of them are pinned on a former stagehand known only as Ben.

It is believed that Ben died in the theater in the 1940s and he seems to have been hanging around ever since! His shadow has often been spotted moving up in the workings of the stage and cold spots are felt near an old entrance that has been boarded up for years.

Staff often say they can hear Ben dropping his empty beer bottles too. He is considered pretty harmless for the most part, but on one occasion he did almost kill two workers when he dropped a massive chunk of plaster on them from an overhead catwalk! Thankfully they both managed to jump out of the way at the last minute!

3. Warden’s House Museum, Stillwater

The Warden's House in Stillwater, Minnesota

Over the years there have been thirteen different wardens from Stillwater State Prison who have occupied this house. However, the one resident who seems to have decided to stick around is Warden Henry Wolfer’s daughter.

The story goes that Gertrude had just given birth to a son when she died suddenly of appendicitis. The little boy was sent to live with the warden up until the Wolfers moved out in 1914.

Gertrude may have gone with her son to his grandfather’s house, but she did not leave when he did. In fact, from 1914 until the present day there have been persistent reports of a lady wandering the rooms of the house in search of her infant son.

Sometimes she is seen looking out of the windows and at other times, a cradle in the upstairs bedroom rocks on its own!

4. Forepaugh’s Restaurant, St. Paul

Forepaugh's Restaurant in St Paul, Minnesota

The building in St Paul which now houses Forepaugh’s Restaurant was once a three-story Victorian mansion that wholesale magnate Joseph Forepaugh built for his family.

However, in 1892 things took a tragic turn for the family. Mrs. Forepaugh is said to have discovered her husband in bed with the family maid, Molly.

Forepaugh shot himself when his wife ended the marriage and his mistress Molly was heartbroken. She was apparently pregnant with his child and ended up hanging herself from a chandelier in one of the bedrooms.

Both Joseph and Molly are said to haunt the restaurant today. The two of them have been seen walking through the dining areas, but Molly seems to be the most active.

She is said to bang on the insides of walls and smash glasses. Patrons have also smelled her favorite lavender perfume at times. She is especially mischievous around Halloween which was Molly’s favorite time of year while she was alive.

Read more on the haunted Forepaugh’s Restaurant in St. Paul, Minnesota

5. Greyhound Bus Museum, Hibbing

The Greyhound Bus Museum in Hibbing is probably not the first place you might think of when it comes to a haunted location, but nevertheless is one of the most haunted places in Minnesota.

Staff at the museum say that one particular Scenic Cruise 4501 is home to a spirit who frequently opens and closes the windows and doors of the bus.

There are also regular sightings of strange shadows flitting around on-board the ‘Nine bus’ and a little girl’s voice has been heard in the shadows between the old vehicles on display here.

6. First Avenue, Minneapolis

The First Avenue Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Perhaps one of the most gruesome paranormal tales comes from Minneapolis and the iconic First Ave music venue. It is said that a blonde woman took her own life in the fifth stall of the ladies bathroom by hanging herself.

She has occasionally shown herself to unlucky patrons who see her bloated apparition still hanging there from her makeshift noose! However, she is not alone in the venue.

The staff has nicknamed another spirit ‘Slippy.’ This particular entity is said to make a balloon appear from nowhere which then floats up and down the staircase on its own! Creepy!

There is also a great deal of other unexplained activity including equipment malfunctions and random destruction of property!

7. Gibbs Farmhouse, St. Paul

Gibbs Farmhouse in St Paul, Minnesota

Another one of the most haunted places in Minnesota which can be found in St Paul is Gibbs Farmhouse. In 1867, a nine-year-old Willie Gibbs faced a raging prairie fire that threatened to engulf the family farmhouse.

The house was spared, but sadly young Willie died of smoke inhalation soon afterward. However, he appears to have stuck close to his family home, which is now a museum, and his spirit is every bit as boisterous as you might expect the average 9-year-old boy to be!

He is known to remove toys from locked display cabinets and leaves them scattered across the floor for staff to tidy away.

He also likes to open and close cabinet doors and can make quite a noise rocking back and forth in a rocking chair upstairs.

Some even claim to have seen his little face peering at them from the windows as they walk by!

8. The Palmer House Hotel, Sauk Center

The Palmer Hiouse Hotel in Sauk Centre, Minnesota

The Palmer House Hotel has long been known as one of the most haunted hotels in Minnesota.

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Reports of paranormal have been made since the 1950s and there have been a variety of unexplained occurrences in the building.

Some of these include an apparition of a young boy, a ball bouncing down the stairs, disembodied voices, and some poltergeist activity!

There have also been reports that the ghost of famous author Sinclair Lewis may also be haunting the building!

Read more about the haunted Palmer House Hotel, Sauk Centre, Minnesota

9. Wabasha Street Caves, St. Paul

Wabasha Street Caves in St Paul Minnesota

Back to St Paul again, this time to the Wabasha Street Caves. During the prohibition era, these caves were said to host a number of famous figures including John Dillinger and Ma Baker when they were used as a speakeasy.

However, not everyone left the caves alive! It is said that the caves are now haunted by the spirits of three gangsters murdered in a back room and buried under the cement floors.

The owner has frequently encountered men in 20s-style attire and strange mists floating through the halls. There is also said to be a ghostly bartender who will refill empty wine glasses!

Others have spotted the apparition of a madam known as Nina Clifford who appears wearing a period dress.

10. Minneapolis City Hall, Minneapolis

Minneapolis City Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis City Hall was the site of a historic execution. In 1898, John Moshik was the last man hanged at City Hall. His death will be remembered not just for being the last, but also because the execution was ruthless.

The process was bungled and Moshik took 3 minutes to die. His crime had been murdering a man over a very measly $14! It is said that today Moshik’s angry spirit haunts three locations in City Hall – the courtroom in which he was convicted, the Mayor’s office, and the site of his hanging.

He seems to have mood swings, because at his most harmless he is known to rearrange pictures or appear to staff or prisoners dressed only in his undergarments, but on his worst days he has made judges and attorneys severely ill!

11. Grey Cloud Island, Washington County

The Grey Cloud Island Township Cemetery, Minnesota

One of the key features of Grey Cloud Island is that it has the highest concentration of Native American burial mounds anywhere in the United States.

These days the island is very sparsely populated and the residents do not take kindly to ghost hunters! So much so that some have claimed to be run off the island by a man in a white truck!

However, this does not stop a large number of ghost stories from coming off the island!

There are reports of a transparent motorcyclist, a young woman weeping for her deceased infant, and many other ghosts.

Perhaps strangest of all are the rumors about why the residents are so protective of the island – some say that the church camp on the island is a cult or even a secret KKK camp!

Learn more about the haunted Grey Cloud Island Township, Minnesota

12. Lakeview Cemetary, Buhl

Lakeview Cemetary MN

Situated amid dense woodland on all sides in Buhl, Minnesota, lies one of the most haunted graveyards in America. Lakeview Cemetery was established in 1913, the same year the nearby Shaw Hospital was built.

The deceased patients of the hospital, who succumbed to tuberculosis or mental illness, were buried in the cemetery’s potter’s field, marked only with cast-iron crosses, if anything at all.

Visitors who dared to venture into Lakeview Cemetery have reported spine-chilling experiences. Apparitions of people dressed in 1920s attire are seen wandering around the graves.

The silence of the graveyard is broken by disembodied voices and footsteps that echo all around. The air carries the stench of decay, with an unsettling sensation of being watched closely. The flash of sudden light fills the darkness, followed by intense dread and discomfort.

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This is our third time staying at the beautiful Lowell Inn. It is always a treat to have such friendly and helpful staff to greet you, and everyone we met is very kind and respectful. The owner is so humble and gracious... What a treat to visit with her ! Our room was spacious and extremely comfortable! Linens and pillows were perfect, and everything was super clean, as always. Water pressure was very good in the shower. It was indeed a restful, elegant stay enhanced by a quiet evening in front of the fireplace in the lobby. We saw no other guests at that time. Another wonderful amenity is the free parking on the same floor that your room is on, and wonderful shopping, restaurants, and fun adventures within an easy walk.
I wanted to go to a lovely Thanksgiving away from my family. Hard to accept but has to be done. Two days in advance Tim answered the phone and said he would have a table ready for me, even though I didn't want to reserve with my visa. What was amazing is I called the Lowell Inn on Thanksgiving morning, just ba general mailbox to see if I could still come out to dinner and if there was room. They called me back and invited me to come out. Tim greeted me at the door, with a warm professional smile, and he and Paula escorted me to a beautiful coffee table with a linen table cloth and brought me a hot coffee ☕ and cream. And water. They were in between services. They smiled at me, while I watched them replacing linen tablecloths. I realized they had seated me early as others were waiting in the foyer. I never paid for that cup of coffee. After every one was seated for dinner, Paula and Tim came over and asked me to step up to the buffet as it was all prepared early. I felt l...
I absolutely love the charm of this historic hotel. Most of the historic rooms are smaller than an average hotel room, but they are an experience unlike the typical hotel stay. Most importantly, the beds and pillows are comfortable and the rooms are clean. Every historic room is different which makes for a unique visit every time. The "new" annex rooms seem nice, but we haven't stayed in one. One downside I noticed this time is the shades are not blackout, being they are old school roll-up style, so if you need dark and plan to sleep in, the historic rooms may not be a good fit. Not sure about their "regular" annex rooms. The food served at the restaurant is fabulous! I have had the eggs Benedict several times which is wonderful. Parking is plentiful if you arrive early enough, but can be slimmer pickings in the lot if you arrive at checkin time since the lot is shared with the city, and tourists are bustling by then. I believe you get free parking when you arrive before checkin, ...

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I woke up to something crazy! I swear it was like someone got in my bed with me. I couldn't move, then I found a picture taken on my phone of me sleeping. I stayed there alone with the dead bolt locked. I can't explain it but I also smelled body odor randomly after I woke up at 4 am. Something turned off my tv and left the remote on the window sill . I'm really freaked out. I stayed in the Socrates Nelson room, so if you like being scared go there

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This was the worst bed we had EVER slept in. It was like sleeping on a bale of straw! The duvet cover had huge lumps as big as melons cut in half! The sink was cracked, the shower head was filthy, and the dresser was missing half the handles. Rooms are terribly overpriced, dark, and cheaply decorated! We called their attention to the lumpy bed but it was blamed on the turnover in housekeeping. However, I believe the problems are from owners that do not know how to run an Inn. We would not return to this Inn unless it was drastically redecorated (gutted) and had new owners! On a positive note, the location is great, the view was beautiful, and the staff seemed friendly.

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I was on a motorcycle trip from KC to Lake Superior and back. I stopped here on my way home. I have been here a number of times although not in the last 3 or 4 years. With the recent low ratings maybe the place had gone down hill. I did not find that to be the case. First off, this is the best location in town. You can walk to everything downtown has to offer. The suite I had was two rooms, a sitting room and bedroom with a fireplace and hot tub. It also had a large bathroom. The rooms were a little darker than I like but I believe that is the Victorian look they want in the room. The rooms, including the bathroom, were very clean. The bed must have been comfortable because I slept through a thunderstorm. The only upgrade I saw that was needed was new carpet in the hall ways and stairs. It looked warn. I was there during the week and thought the price was reasonable. The next time I'm in Stillwater I would stay here again.

Checked in nicely but the room was old and rundown. Bed was cracked, lumpy pillows and comforter, tiles broken and missing grout and some missing tile spots had been painted over. We had a front room and a bed room, bedroom ok but other room dark and smelly. Since there were three of us checking in, we called down to get a third skimpy towel, wine glass and a fan. Front desk person was extremely nice and got us everything quickly. But the fan didn't work so we ordered a second one which was also very promptly delivered. We had to have the pullout bed remade as it was disgusting. Filled with hair clips, dead flowers and all kinds of unmentionables. We pulled the matress to the floor, the frame was a disaster. We had the famous breakfast there in the morning. Oops, disaster. Got there and the waitress was adorable and good. But they had to brew coffee. We waited and she finally came with 3 little cups that were mud and cold. They had been taken (guessing) from the pots in the front lobby that had been there a while. We asked for more and she finally brought the fresh pot out for us. Much better coffee. One of us needed a kleenex and asked the waitress. She did'nt know where there was one. We went to the front desk and they looked around, went into a back office and still didn't know. Finally we found some paper napkins in the coffee bin and were offered those. Really? Breakfast was horrible. All three breakfasts included poached eggs. All six eggs came hard boiled. 2 with bacon and toast, we needed mayo to make egg salad. 2 with eggs benedict and the english muffin was raw and soggy, the ham was about an inch thick and the hollandaise was actually good, you just need about a cup more. The last 2 went with corned beef hash. It looks like they used the left over corned beef from a grilled rueben and dumped it on a plate with the 2 hard boiled eggs. It was huge fatty pieces without much else. It remained uneaten. The orange juice came and one glass still had syrup on it and was actually stuck to the tray. She couldn't lift it off the tray so it went back. It was quiet in the hotel. It was a sunday night and there may have been a few other people so noise was not an issue. I don't know how the service would have been had it been busy. Perhaps room service would have deteriorated but perhaps there would have been fresh coffee and food. We were the only ones eating in the whole hotel. The whole thing was over priced and not worth it unless you have to.

My Momma told me that if I couldn't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Given that, I looked for at least three positive things to say about the Water Street Inn. My husband and I came up with: nice towels, paper in the morning, scrumptious food (and very nice wait staff). Like another reviewer, we purchased a package deal in order to try out this local B&B. We were excited to spend a date night in Stillwater together. The first room we checked was a street view (after requesting a river view), and after we spent happy hour down the street, we were moved into a river view. The place is old. Period. Attempted updates are evident, but cracked tubs, nail holes not patched or covered, and a leaky ceiling over the stairwell (during a storm), well, that was just the tip of why we wouldn't stay again. I concur with other reviewers, uncomfy beds & pillows, noisy tubs, and lack of sound-proofing made my night miserable. I didn't get to sleep until 3:30 am in a B&B when I should have been deep into slumber 10 minutes after my head hit the pillow at 10 pm. We will not be staying here again.

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Stillwater is a lovely small town to visit and explore. The Water Street Inn is right in the middle of everything and has the best location. But, it is way too expensive for what you get. We stayed their on a package deal, which made it affordable, but even that was expensive. I purchased an upgrade to get a river view room, which is definitely worth it. The room was run down, in need of repair, and missing basic features. The bed was falling apart and I had to remove some loose pieces for fear they would fall on us in the middle of the night. The mattress was comfortable, but the lumpy pillows are ridiculous. The whirlpool tub had cracks in it and made too much noise to use at night. The new walk-in shower was very nice, but was missing a soap holder (really?). The room decor was old, wallpaper was peeling and some of the light fixtures looked like Wal-mart specials. The package included a fixed dinner menu. The food was average. Our waitress was good. The Sunday brunch was very good, but too expensive if not part of a package. The little pub is nice and the bartender was very nice. We received good service from the front desk. I would recommend you go somewhere else less expensive and better maintained to enjoy Stillwater.

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    3 18 Super Haunted Review of Lowell Inn Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile An experience to remember. We stayed in the honeymoon suite and the lights kept turning off and on. I got freaked out, so we turned on the tv to ground ourselves. Shortly after the closed caption popped on by itself.

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