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Written by Bob McClain
(www.wordsmithbob.com)
06-06-05
Lowell Inn

Get A Little Hundred Year Old Charm With Dinner

Stepping through the big front doors of the Lowell Inn in Stillwater is a little like stumbling into the movie Somewhere In Time. Christopher Reevesí character travels back in time to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island to be with a stunningly beautiful actress played by Jane Seymour. In other words, if you canít find romance in this place, you havenít got mail, youíve got issues.

The amazing thing about this place is that you can waltz in at any time of day, plunk down a reasonable amount of cash, and feel like royalty. I expected to have heart failure when I saw the lunch menu. Surprise on me! Here I am, sitting under crystal chandeliers at a linen tablecloth with silver tableware, and Iím seeing 8-10 dollars for appetizers; soups or salads for 3-12 dollars; sandwiches (including a Walleye BLT) for 8-10 dollars; and entrees for 10-13 dollars. Add a few dollars more and you have the dinner menu. They also have a nice selection of reds, whites, ports & sherrys, sparkling wines, beers, and bottled water.

If youíre like most people, you donít just come to Stillwater for one thing. You arrive, find a place to park, and begin to wander the streets, exploring the unique shops, galleries, and, of course, the riverfront. But eventually, you get tired and hungry. Thatís when itís time to head one block off Main Street to the Lowell Inn. Believe me, itís worth walking an extra block to see. Aside from the elegant George Washington room, thereís the barrel vaulted Garden Room with the flagstone floors, spring-fed trout pond, and a view of the garden. And next to that is the Matterhorn Room that has served Swiss-style, three course fondue since the Sixties. Do you think these people know how to do fondue?

I had a chance to explore the rooms upstairs and theyíve managed to combine very early Twentieth Century charm with modern luxuries such as whirlpool tubs. Like I said earlier, if you want to disappear Somewhere In Time, this is the place to do it. Lowell Inn is at 102 North Second Street, at the corner of Myrtle and Second Street in Stillwater. You can stop in for a drink in the cocktail lounge or sit outside on the patio and watch the world go by. They also serve an elegant Sunday Brunch in the George Washington room. You can call them for more information at 651-439-1100 or visit their website.