St. James Hotel MN
Built in 1875, the St. James Hotel is a historic Minnesota landmark, boasting 62 rooms and suites, each named after a 19th century riverboats that tinkered about the Mississippi. The original hotel was built by city business leaders in the 1870s to accommodate the influx of business being done in the town of Red Wing.
With no two rooms alike, accommodations at the St. James Hotel maintain a 19th-century decor with handmade Amish quilts as well as modern conveniences and luxuries to leave the guest feeling pampered and at home while enjoying spectacular views of the Mississippi river or downtown Red Wing. The Veranda, The Port, Jimmy's Pub, and Clara's Coffee and Gifts are on-site dining options that range from casual to fine-dining. There is truly something for everybody.
The historic Red Wing, Minnesota hotel manages to retain its time-tested charm while also housing state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, wireless Internet access, brand new mattresses and linens. The famous St. James Hotel is capable of accommodating business travelers, corporate events, weddings, receptions, social activities, as well as couples and families looking for a relaxing and unique getaway from a fast-paced world.
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The St. James Hotel′s 67 charming guestrooms feature period Victorian antique decor, hand-made quilts, and all modern amenities expected by today’s travelers. No two rooms are alike, and each is named after one of the 19th-century riverboats that plied the waters of the Mississippi River, and many offer views of the Ol’ Miss.
Architectural styles differ from the Historic section to the Riverside. The Historic section is of the Italianate style, which was popular in the U.S. in the early to mid 19th century. Tall, narrow windows, a low-pitch hipped roof and overhanging eaves supported by decorative brackets characterize this style. The rooms tend to be square or rectangular in shape and boasts higher ceilings. The hallways of the Historic section are almost twice as wide as a modern hallway as they were built to accommodate the hoop skirts of the era, especially since “well-bred” women did not go anywhere without taking the arm of an escort or another female companion – also in a hoop skirt.
En route to the guestrooms in the Historic section you’ll find bits of history on the walls with art and antiques from the past century. Old doorways remain as “Historical Vignettes”, where you’ll find pictures and stories from Red Wing’s past. A picture of each room’s namesake is place in each room. On the wall of the third floor landing of the grand staircase hangs a quilt commemorating those who lost their lives in the tragic Lake Pepin Sea Wing disaster.
The 1977 addition of the Riverside section is modern in its construction with bay windows facing the Mississippi River. The curved structure allows some of the rooms to be charming and odd-shaped. The ceilings are of standard height and hallways are long and narrow like those in most modern hotels. Guests in modern fashion have little trouble navigating them. The Riverside section features some nineteenth century art and antiques, though not as prevalent as in the Historic section.
Explore Accommodations at St. James Hotel
- Standard and Deluxe Rooms
Guests can choose between a Standard Queen, Deluxe Queen, Deluxe Double Queen, Deluxe Double Full, or a Deluxe King. Each room is unique in decor, shape, and size due to the historic nature and offers names such as, "Netta Durant,", "Ben Hur," and "Ravenna." Standard and Deluxe Accommodations at the St. James Hotel offer views of the Mississippi River and beautiful downtown Red Wing, MN.
- Premium Rooms
Premium rooms offer its guests luxurious king, queen, or full-sized pillow top beds and breathtaking views of the Mississippi River or fabulous downtown Red Wing. Upon request, Premium Rooms can include multiple beds or pullout couches for a perfect getaway for the whole family.
- Whirlpool Rooms
There's no better way to end a day than by taking a relaxing soak in a hot whirlpool tub. Whirlpool room beds are available in Queen, Double Queen, or King. Guests can explore boating and nautical history with room names of U.S. David Tipton, Creeping Bear, and Manitou.
The St. James Hotel offers two suites: The Boardroom Suite and The President Suite. Both rooms include whirlpools and fantastic views of the Mississippi River or beautiful downtown Red Wing, MN.
- The Iron Works Flat
Stretch out and breath easy in this apartment-style suite. The flat includes a large screen television with full theater sound in a full living room, king-sized bed, whirlpool bath, separate shower, hardwood floors, marble counter tops in the full kitchen, washer, dryer, and expansive views of the Mississippi River and Barn Bluff.
Guestroom and Suite Amenities
- High quality mattresses
- High-speed wireless Internet access
- Pillow menu
- Handmade Amish quilts
- Iron and board
- Flat screen TV with cable and HD channels
- Morning newspaper
- AM/FM Alarm Clock with Ipod Docking Port
- Plush bathrobes
- Business workspace
- Bath salts
- Dry cleaning service available
The St. James Hotel offers three on-site dining establishments and one coffee shop. Guests can enjoy something simple from a cup of coffee and a scone Clara's Gifts and Coffee to a glass of wine along with a gourmet meal at The Port or The Veranda. A range of dining options is afforded at this Red Wing, Minnesota historic hotel to please even the pickiest of eaters in a party.
Explore the Dining Experiences at St. James Hotel
- The Veranda Restaurant — Patrons can sit on the patio or porch (weather permitting) and drink in calming views of the Mississippi River and enjoy a casual dining atmosphere or beverages at the Hoopskirt Bar at the Veranda. Reservations can be made for parties of five or more.
- The Port Restaurant — Offering patrons the finest dining experience in all of Red Wing, Minnesota, The Port restaurant is tucked away on the lower level of the St. James Hotel which lends to an atmosphere of intimacy and elegance.
- Jimmy's Pub — Guests of the St. James Hotel who are looking to unwind in a vibrant atmosphere is lucky to have Jimmy's Pub so conveniently on site. This Brit-style pub offers a full menu of appetizers, light dinners, and a comprehensive selection of beers, wines, and spirits.
- Clara's Gifts and Coffee — On the go? Grab a quick snack or coffee at Clara's, proudly serving Starbucks coffee. The decades-famous Clara’s Gifts and Coffee within the St. James Courtyard has served coffee and pastries to hungry guests and train travelers for over 70 years.
All year long, visitors of all ages can find and event or two (or three!) to entice them to visit the beautiful and eclectic city of Red Wing, Minnesota. Listed below are some of the featured events held annually:
- Concerts in the Park
Summer Wednesdays - End of June to beginning of August each year
On summer Wednesday nights, grab your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets and find a place in front of the beautiful bandstand. With a schedule filled with a variety of musical talent, anyone can find a concert to enjoy! Ask the Concierge about blankets and picnic baskets.
- Plein Air Art & Musical Festival
The first full week of summer
Music, community events, and more, but more importantly you can watch artists paint “en plein air” (French for “in the open air”) as they capture Red Wing’s scenic surroundings.
- Rolling River Music Festival
At the end of June
Bringing big names in music to Red Wing every year, the Rolling River Music Festival is a popular event that is free entertainment for all ages.
- Red Wing Collectors Annual Convention
Usually held at the beginning of July
Members of the Red Wing Collector Society (RWCS) flock to Red Wing from all across the country to celebrate the history and collections of pottery.
- Treasure Island Pow Wow
Celebrated in July, the event is the celebration of Native American Culture through traditional food, art, music and dancing as artisans, dancers, and drummers come to town from all over the United States and Canada for Prairie Island’s Annual Pow Wow.
- Mississippi Paddleboats
July to October
Marvel at the great American steam boats that still traverse the river. The American Queen docks in Red Wing at Levee Park through the summer as well as the Queen of the Mississippi and its new sister ship, the American Eagle.
- River City Day
End of July beginning of August
Red Wing’s annual summer festival is full of fun for all ages. All over our beautiful city, you can find a variety of events including live entertainment, the Taste of Red Wing, a large arts and crafts fair, sports tournament, pancake breakfast, parade, beer garden and more.
- Fall Festival of the Arts
Usually the second weekend of October
Enjoy the fall colors of the Mississippi River valley at the annual event of celebrating the arts in downtown Red Wing. As a juried arts festival, you can expect to find the work of almost 100 different artists on display, as well as food vendors, live music, and more.
- Holiday Stroll
The day after Thanksgiving
Join in for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration on the day after Thanksgiving. Come see Santa and Mrs. Claus baby reindeer, and fireworks as the downtown district lights up. Get an early start on your holiday shopping, hunt for the medallion or simply enjoy the lighted parade.
St. James Hotel MN
The St. James Hotel is located in Red Wing, Minnesota, on the banks of the Mississippi River.