Details, details, details……

The only bats at the Rivertown Inn are permanent fixtures:

Early in the restoration we stumbled on these amazing fixtures.  I’m nuts about Halloween…I suppose I could have saved this post ’til then….but I’ve been thinking about these quite a bit lately and decided to share now (expect another related post come October).  I came across the description of the symbolism in the most recent Rejuvenation Resource Guide.

The bat and serpent design on our

Drake and Sunset comes from Celtic mythology, and symbolizes the triumph of science

and modern medicine over witchcraft.

Love this….thought you would too.  We keep small flicker bulbs in these and they’re on into the night at the inn.

I had a tough time capturing the detail in any meaningful way, so I’ve included a shot from the catalog:

These are obviously reproductions, but so exquisitely done I don’t mind a bit.  Next time you’re at the inn don’t forget to look up.  During a summer evening you can enjoy social hour on the front wrap-around porch with bats overhead.  Can’t say that – calmly – about too many places, huh?

Architectural Art

St. Croix Architecture here in Stillwater was just recently featured in the St. Croix Vally Press for their Christmas display. Lovers of Victorian architecture are in for a special treat this holiday season. St. Croix Architecture will be displaying a rare collection of hand-painted original plans and drawings dated from 18760 to 1900 from Friday, December 4th – Thursday, December 24th. The opening reception will be from 7:00 to 9:00pm on Friday, December 4th. The collection includes beautiful drawings of homes, courthouses, schools and churches throughout the United States, including several from Minnesota. Victorian architecture, popular during the reign of Queen Victoria, dates roughly from about 1840 to 1900. It is characterized by several different styles, including Gothic Revival, Victorian Italianate, Mansard Style Victorian Stick Architecture, Shingle Style, and Queen Anne, most of which feature arches, lacy trim and other ornamental elements.

The exhibit will be on several panels, grouped by region, in the center of the store. “There are beautiful examples of plans and pictures from the United States, Great Britain and Europe,”Goodman said recently to the St. Croix Valley Press. The exhibit will be organized by geographical location and will include sections on Minnesota, the Midwest, New England, Southern States, West Coast, New York and Europe. “It is fitting that this display of houses, government/commercial buildings and churches will take place in Stillwater, which has some of the finest architecture in Minnesota,” Goodman added.

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Drawing of the State of Minnesota prison in Stillwater.

Christmas Fare from Around the World

Please join us on Thursday, December 10th for our festive holiday wine dinner, Christmas Fare from Around the World. Our five-course course dinners feature the finest in gourmet cuisine, freshest seasonal ingredients, and exquisite wines expertly paired to each course.

Our Thursday night wine tasting dinners are limited to a maximum of twenty-four guests to ensure an intimate and memorable dining experience. Aperitif and tours of the Inn are offered one half hour before dinner. First course served at 6:30pm.

December Dinner Menu

Aperitif and tours of the Inn offered
one half hour before dinner.
First course served at 6:30pm.
$80.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

In addition, you may also choose to stay at the Inn
on the evening of our Wine Dinners.
Enjoy our gourmet wine dinner, then experience a luxurious
overnight stay in one of our Carriage House Grand Suites or
main house Suites and Bedchambers. The following morning
brings a sumptuous three-course gourmet breakfast.

Our wine dinner and overnight stay is specially priced at
$499 for our Carriage House Grand Suites and
$399 for main house Suites and Bedchambers.
Price includes all taxes and gratuities.
Reserve early. Space is limited and rooms will fill quickly.

CALL RIVERTOWN INN AT (651) 430-2955.

Room Highlight: Lewis Carroll Studio Bedchamber


Our Room Highlight for this month is our Lewis Carroll Studio Bedchamber. This bedchamber was just recently remodeled in the last few months, and I am afraid this photo is a little outdated. Romantically tucked under the eaves on the third floor, this charming studio bedchamber now provides an enchanting get-away with a king-sized bed featuring a gold leaf Rococo headboard inset with aubergine ultra-suede.

For added allure, the bed is crowned with a canopy wall cornice flowing with elegant curtains. Plump floor cushions, a corner fireplace, and a Jacuzzi tub with underwater lights and waterfall faucet complete the magical setting. Though Lewis Carroll is the smallest room in the house it warm and cozy, not cramped, and is the perfect place to relax and unwind while enjoying your loved one’s company.

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