Innkeepers Travelogue: Excelsior
Our guests often ask us “What got you into innkeeping?” Well, it was falling in love with Bed & Breakfasts as we celebrated our wedding and subsequent anniversaries. We honeymooned on Mackinac Island, Michigan, and stayed at the Metivier Inn and one night at the Grand Hotel. Though the Grand Hotel is incredible, and we chose Mackinac because of our love for the cult movie classic “Somewhere In Time” which was filmed at the Grand Hotel, we came away from that first B&B experience absolutely captivated. And thought, one day wouldn’t it be great if we could do this with our life? So now, here we are at the Nicolin Mansion.
Each anniversary, and some birthdays, we chose a new Bed & Breakfast. Among them have been the Cloghaun on Mackinac Island, MI; Spicer Castle in Spicer, MN; Nordic Inn in Crosby, MN; The Bohemian in New Ulm, MN; Asa Parker House in Marine on St. Croix, MN; Afton House Inn in Afton, MN; Cathedral Hill in St. Paul, MN; as well as each of our own guest rooms here at the Nicolin Mansion.
This year innkeeper Catherine Dwyer of the Bird House Inn in Excelsior invited us to spend our anniversary. What a fabulous retreat! We spent a great night in the Turtledove Room. And dinner at the Irish Pub Jake O’Connors Public House was delicious- from their menu we highly recommend the Beef Wellington and Dublin Boxty, a seafood dish in a lovely sauce over potato pancake. We walked along downtown Water Street and took in many of the fantastic shops the next morning, before lunch at 318 Cafe. We even found a beautiful urn to add to our courtyard garden at Gray Gardens. All in all, the perfect respite for a couple of innkeepers. We were short on time this trip, but next time we return, we have to take in a cruise on Lake Minnetonka.