Unique Bed and Breakfasts in the Midwest United States

Accommodations for Travelers Who Relish History

Glennwood, Iowa
••• Castle Unicorn in Glennwood, Iowa. Castle Unicorn/Google Images

No two travelers are the same. Some like the plane aisle seat. Other must have the window. Some couples prefer 5-star hotels, and others want a more intimate experience. Those who are looking for the comforts of home, with a homecooked breakfast most likely prefer the bed and breakfast experience. And, the American Midwest has its share of unique, historic bed and breakfasts that are sure to be memorable, too.

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    The Old Fillmore County Jail and Carriage House from 1869 is a National Historic Place that was transformed into an inn in 1989 in Preston, Minnesota. Among the rooms available are the Cell Block, which has a jailhouse-style door; the Processing Room, which was the check-in area for the jail; and the Master Bedroom, which once housed the county sheriff. 

    There are 12 rooms, including the Drunk Tank room, Bridal Suite, and Oriental Room. Most have queen or king-sized beds and other special amenities, like claw-foot tubs, whirlpool tubs, and fireplaces.

    Preston is about 120 miles southeast of Minneapolis.

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    Treehouse living can be yours in a setting that feels like rustic luxury with wide-open floor plans, wood-hewn beds, and outdoor decks overlooking the valley. Up to six can sleep in several treetop accommodations along the North Fork River in the Missouri Ozarks. 

    The River of Life Farm is 120 acres, adjacent to Mark Twain National Forest. The treehouses are situated far apart giving you the secluded getaway feeling.

    You can find all the modern comforts of home including a fully equipped kitchen, with a large refrigerator, microwave, stove, coffee maker, ceiling fans, and air conditioning. After a day of fishing, hiking, or canoeing soothe your aches by soaking in the over-sized Jacuzzi tub.

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    Located on 400 acres in the Loess Hills near Glenwood, Iowa, the four-guest-room brick and stone Castle Unicorn includes a moat, a tower, and fountains as well as a sunroom with a hot tub and sauna.

    The Queens Quarters is a suite located atop the castle tower with access to a large private patio overlooking the grounds. The suite is complete with a beautiful king-size canopy bed and private bath including a shower equipped with numerous sprays. The Kings Quarters is an extremely large suite complete with a four-post bed, fireplace, and a private bath including a whirlpool tub and shower. The Duke and Duchess suites have queen-sized beds, private sitting areas and share a common bath. These two rooms are frequently rented to two couples spending a getaway together.

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    Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Sand Hills Lighthouse in Ahmeek, Michigan was constructed in 1917 on the Keweenaw Peninsula's north shore, 25 miles northeast of Houghton.

    The largest and last manned lighthouse to be built on the Great Lakes, it has been owned by Bill Frabotta since 1961. The lighthouse became a bed and breakfast after renovations were completed in 1995. Each of the inn's eight rooms is decorated in Victorian style and has a king- or queen-sized bed; two rooms feature a whirlpool bathtub and a balcony overlooking Lake Superior. A full breakfast is served.

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    Spicer Castle overlooks Green Lake in Spicer, Minnesota, about 25 minutes outside of Litchfield. The property features eight guest rooms, a rustic log cabin, and a cottage. Spicer Castle offers murder mystery and dinner cruise packages. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, this inn was built as a seasonal home by the owner's grandfather and city founder in 1895 and was used as a landmark by fishermen, who dubbed the cottage Spicer's Castle. 

    Each of the rooms feature private bathrooms with claw-foot tubs or double whirlpool tubs; some have gas fireplaces. Cabins and cottages have microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Hot breakfast is served. Afternoon tea is complimentary. The property has a restaurant with lake views that serves local American fare.