Awesome car!

OK, this is not totally B&B related, but on my journey to the Twin Cities yesterday, my minivan decided it has served me long enough.  Thankfully, it was kind enough to do so at the Albertville (outlet mall!) exit!  (actually, I did not shop, but rather headed to Caribou Coffee where I could get some work done!)

Our Plymouth Grand Voyager minivan was purchased 11 1/2 years ago, shortly before the birth of our first son.  It was already 2 years old then.  It now has over 220,000 miles on it.  The transmission had been replaced once, but it was the transmission that went again, among other things. 

Our van has been so reliable, we are looking for another of the same type.  Our good friend Chris is helping us with that process and we trust he will find us another awesome ride.  Ok, maybe not a sporty ride, but with kids in sports and long distance traveling, and the occasional trip to the antique stores, a mini van is the perfect choice for us!

There are still 2 rooms available this weekend, so come and enjoy our spring weather!

Published in: on April 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

B&B’s for business travel…

This week we have had rooms filled with business travelers! 

Many business travelers choose us not necessarily because of our location, but because it is more of a “home-away-from-home” atmosphere, unlike the cookie-cutter hotel rooms with not much personality.  We are also there to show them we care about their well-being, and are able to offer good advice as to area restaurants and services they may need.

We offer free wireless internet throughout the house and a wireless printer has now been added.  We have a 24 hour hospitality room where guests have access to a water cooler that also dispenses hot water, a microwave, a mini refrigerator stocked with sodas, individual bags of ice in the freezer, cookies, a coffee maker, brochures on area businesses, as well as magazines for leisure reading.  Our rooms also have flat-screen TV’s with built in DVD players.

Of course, in most situations, our business travelers get a delicious hot breakfast served to them, and not from a buffet.  For those who have very very early morning meetings, we provide a filling continental breakfast and thanks to a suggestion from a recent guest, will offer “to-go” coffee cups!

We appreciate our business travelers and want to take good care of them.  Their suggestions help us to improve our services to them!

Published in: on March 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

One room left…..

Yes, it is romance weekend!  Valentine’s Day.  To me, it is over-rated!  But to others, it is a very special weekend.  All rooms at The Pillar Inn are full on Saturday night, but there is one room left Friday, and 2 on Sunday!  Call or reserve right away if you think you might be in trouble for not doing anything special on this weekend of romance!!!!!

Published in: on February 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Why wait for Valentine’s Day?

There’s no need to wait one more weekend for Valentine’s Day!  Visit The Pillar Inn this weekend and avoid the crowds out and about next weekend!  We will give 10 percent off  any room night Feb 4-7th. 

Why not try one of our fun, customized especially for Pillar Inn guests, “Out of the Box Dates”?!  Visit our website,, for more info or visit for great ideas on how to have a fun and interesting evening any time!!!

While you are here, visit the Paramount Theatre in St Cloud and see Romeo and Juliet on Saturday, February 6th.  Now that’s romantic!

Published in: on February 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Soup & Chili party this weekend!

Do you like soup and chili?!  Then be sure to visit Cold Spring, MN this weekend for the 4th annual Soup & Chili Bowl!  You can taste a variety of soup and chili made by area residents and restaurants!  But get there early as the tasty samples are only available while they last!

The Soup & Chili bowl is held at the Cold Spring Brewing Company Distribution Center and there will be live music and other food available as well.  It is a fun evening for all!

Visit for more info, and don’t forget to bring your food shelf item.  Admission is free but you will need to buy tickets to purchase the food and drinks.

Published in: on January 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s all about the ice!

Ice Crystals

In this northern climate, it is all about the ice!  Rain in January?!  Usually not a good thing!  Haven’t been out to check the roads yet, but at least we will “warm up” to over 32 degrees!!  More ice news?  My boys have hockey practice/games all day today and the Huskies beat the Gophers!!! 🙂

photo courtesy of

Published in: on January 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Weekend happenings Jan 22-24th

As always, there are many fun activities to keep you busy when visiting our area! 

Fishing Widows:The Reel Story, was a huge hit last weekend at Pioneer Place on Fifth!  It is running again this weekend so be sure to check it out!

The weather is warmer so why not get out and enjoy it?!  Here is a link to info on area cross country ski trails:  The Wildwood Trail is near our inn as well as St. John’s University.  Take a drive or walk around St. John’s beautiful campus as well.

Published in: on January 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Winter special!!!

We would love to have you stay at our inn!  And guests often find one night is not enough!!  Stay two consecutive nights now through April 15th, and get 20 percent off your entire stay!  Promo not valid with gift certificate stays or on Feb 12 and 13, 2010.

Published in: on January 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fishing widow?!

Check out the entertainment this weekend in our area!

“Fishing Widows: The Reel Story” at Pioneer Place on 5th!  A fun musical written by a St Cloud resident.  The performers are professionals.  Check out for show times and info! 

“Fiddler on the Roof” is playing again this weekend at the Paramount Theatre,

It is also Martin Luther King weekend and the College of St Benedict and St John’s University have several events to mark the occasion.  Go to for more details.

Or, simply snuggle up in one of our lovely guest rooms for a night away from reality!

Published in: on January 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hearty guests!!

There were some brave people who ventured to The Pillar Inn this cold weekend! 

One local couple made the trek (a few blocks!) to The Pillar Inn for an evening of rejuvenation and re-connecting with each other.  We are humbled that we have wonderful repeat guests (and even non-repeat guests)  that find our inn a place of inspiration.

And 6 beautiful ladies made their way to our inn for a Mystery Tea on Saturday afternoon!  They were celebrating the 86th birthday of their mother and what an awesome way to celebrate.  A grand home, scrumptious food, and quality time together.  We were honored to have them again, as they too celebrated this occasion with us last year.

We are looking forward to a warm up this week where temperatures finally stay ABOVE zero!!!

Why not book a night and rejuvenate yourself?!  We also have a fun game from “Out of the Box Dates” where you can not only explore and learn about the town of Cold Spring, but have a fun way to learn about each other and reconnect.  Check out the info about this on our website under the packages tab,

Published in: on January 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm  Leave a Comment