Tell us a little bit about Historic District B&B and how it came to be:
My wife, Holly, and I really enjoy staying at bed and breakfasts with our friends. In the summer of 2017, we were staying at the Historic Hutchinson House BnB in Faribault and I had a crazy idea. I asked Holly what she thought of me starting a bed and breakfast. I thought it was lofty, but she said I would be good at it. I had been working in the food, hotel, and hospitality business for 20 years, and her confidence in me was all I needed to get going on a business plan. We wanted to stay in Saint Paul because Holly works here and we have family here. While we were looking for a special home, we stayed at Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast (now closed). We enjoyed the lovely old houses and terrific restaurants located there—we knew Cathedral Hill for us. We started looking for the right home—it had to be big, inviting, and meet all Saint Paul regulations. When we stepped into the beautiful brick home on 483 Ashland, we knew it was the one. Built in 1898, it was still in great shape. It was designed by famous architect Clarence H. Johnston—it had a uniqueness and quality that is rare.
What makes staying at Historic District B&B unique?
What sets us apart from most lodging options is our ability to give a cozy experience with individual service to each guest. We are a small bed and breakfast and, therefore, every guest is important and special. We provide a home away from home with everything you might need. We provide a 24-hour complimentary snack and beverage bar, we have free parking—no request is too small or big. At breakfast, I offer options versus a set menu, and I have a lot of gourmet breakfast selections that change every day. Some options are trendy like Cheesy Asparagus and Quinoa Savory Waffle with a Lemon Pepita Butter and a Raspberry Jalapeño Jam, and some options feed your inner child like Classic Blueberry Pancakes with Whipped Cream. We also have healthy options like Avocado Toast with Seedy Bread, Radishes and Tomatoes.
We're located in the sweet spot of the city, within walking distance to the amazing restaurants and shops on both Selby Ave and Grand Ave. Our guest love to walk a few blocks to tour the Cathedral, the James J. Hill house, and the amazing architecture on Summit Ave. Located just up the hill from downtown, we are a great place to stay for concerts at Xcel Energy Center and Ordway. We also get the opportunity to host Minnesota Wild fans who love to cheer for their home team. We are a short 15-minute drive to many area attractions—downtown Minneapolis, MSP Airport, Mall of America and terrific regional parks like Minnehaha Falls or Como Lake.