Archer House River Inn | Midwest Living

Archer House River Inn

212 Division St.
Northfield  Minnesota  55057
United States
(507) 645-5661
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    - Lisa Meyers McClintick

Midwest Living Review

This striking inn offers 39 rooms in the heart of Northfield's downtown shopping and entertainment district.

This downtown inn ranks among the oldest in Minnesota, dating back to 1877 when it debuted with three stories, arched windows, a mansard roof and a grand portico. Today, the Archer House remains an attractive focal point of Northfield’s vibrant downtown. It’s also gone through a $1.25 million renovation since 2009 to refresh decor, add flat-screen TVs and create two large suites on the fourth floor. There are still some signs of wear and tear, though—why beat-up room doors weren't replaced during the renovation is something of a mystery.

Rooms ($90 to $250) feature four-poster beds, luxury linens and decor that complement the inn’s historic feel. A few distinctive rooms stand out with interesting touches like black-and-white striped wallpaper and toile bedding, homey patchwork quilts and pine siding. (The website includes photos to help guests decide on accommodations.) For the best views, request a room on the third floor overlooking the Cannon River.

The inn also includes two shops, Paper Petalum and A Bag Lady, and several dining options. Chapati Cuisine specializes in Indian food; Bittersweet Cafe offers baked goods, sandwiches and soups; and The Tavern serves three meals a day and houses a lounge with a riverside deck that gets crowded on summer evenings.

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