Midwest Living Review
Simply put, all bed-and-breakfast inns should be like Alexander Mansion in Winona. Former innkeepers Lynn and Fred Ihrke meticulously restored this 1886 home, which was the long-time residence of Maude King Alexander, stepdaughter of the famed J.R. Watkins, who started the direct-selling company of the same name. The Ihrkes conducted extensive research on the time period and the home for faithful restorations of the 9,000-square-foot property. Soaking tubs remain in the bathrooms, for example, while CD players hide discreetly in the reproduction phonographs found in most rooms. New ownership under Richard Graybow.The five guest rooms are not only gorgeous, but sumptuous, featuring fine linens, robes and bath towels, plus Watkins toiletries. Gourmet chocolates and a glass of liqueur are left for guests each evening. In the morning, a full breakfast includes fruit salad, muffins, frittatas, coffee and juice and maybe even a small scoop of ice cream -- dusted with Watkins' famed cinnamon, of course.The large property features various nooks and crannies with benches and chairs, so couples can enjoy private space outside. A fire pit warms cool nights. On the top floor, renovations continue to transform the former billiard room into a game room for guests. The Ihrkes are happy to chat with guests, or discreetly disappear -- perfect B&B hosts at a perfect property. Rooms from $149; suites from $219.