Just 150 years ago, the grand Asa Parker House overlooking the scenic St. Croix River at Marine on the St. Croix was called “the most beautiful example of Greek Revival in the Northwest Territory.” Stay there today, and you'll understand why. Grand breakfast, historic rooms and so much more. Surrounded by grand old trees, you'll enjoy peaceful surroundings, including wildlife. But close to Stillwater for shopping, dining, culture and antiques. Perfect spot to relax, unwind and refresh intimate relationships.
A bit of history: The year is 1839. A small sawmill starts cutting wood for the St. Croix Valley in the Marine Village on August 24th. Asa Parker (a farmer from Collinsville, IL) works hard laboring in the pineries of the north. He works with his partner as they cut and float logs from the Kettle, Snake and Namekogan rivers to Marine. It isn't long and the village starts to grow, successful in part due to the Marine Lumber company that Asa Parker helped form and run for many years until his retirement.
In July of 1856 a traveler passing through Marine advise the Union that a housewarming dance was given by Asa Parker. "The home was about two thirds finished, without windows, or doors, with lath piled up for the doorsteps." The musicians on elevated sawhorses and planks played while guests danced the waltz on the spacious floor.
Many people have come to appreciate the beauty and nostalgia of Marine on St. Croix; Garrison Keillor has even compared this quaint spot to his beloved Lake Wobegon. It is a place where visitors can reminisce about a way of life and a time that has otherwise slipped away.
Nearby you'll find shopping in world famous Stillwater. Also nearby are opportunities for canoeing, biking, skiing, hiking or playing tennis on a private court. Or picnic in one of the nearby state parks.
Charming bed chambers beckon guests with a plenitude of lovely dreams and quiet reflections. Air conditioning and ceiling fans add comfort. The spacious double parlors, filled with books, magazines, vintage parlor games and a fireplace provide a place of conversation and quiet. As you choose your suite, ask about a claw foot tub, a gas fireplace, a wonderful view, a private porch, or a featherbed four-poster. The Asa Parker House was named a Decorator's Dream in “Best Places to Stay in the Midwest.”
Barbecue your dinner on a furnished grill and relax the night away in a swing built for two. And enjoy their culinary delights. Insider's tip: Their Grand Marnier Stuffed French Toast has been awarded four stars in a ational Bed & Breakfast publication.