B&B Blog

Midwest Music Festival

We just wrapped up the 9th annual Midwest Music Festival here in Winona this past weekend.  Over 100 bands flooded Winona at several amazing venues throughout the downtown area.  At The Carriage House we were happy to host some of the band members and sound technicians along with their families.  What a labor of love for all these talented individuals. 

The mission of the MWMF is to promote music and art activism in the region, creating opportunities for artists, stimulating downtown economic development, and providing diverse educational resources for artists, community members, and children.

To read more about the Midwest Music Festival and see what they have in store for 2019, please visit:  https://midwestmusicfest.org/


A Beautiful History

Pictured here are Bill and Judith Decker who stayed with us the evening of April 18th 2018.  The Decker family booked all of the rooms in our B&B in 1995 when they came to Winona from their home in Barrington, IL for the graduation of their daughter Shonda from St. Mary’s University.  Now, 23 years later Judy and Bill are heading west to Sheridan, Wyoming where they will retire after many years of successful business.  We are happy that they thought of us on their way out west. 

Judy told us that they remember Deb, who took them treats out on the porch during their celebration of Shonda’s graduation.  That brought a little tear to our eyes as Tara and I reflected on the fact that when you’re in the hospitality business you build lasting and memorable relationships every day.

God speed to you, Bill and Judy as you enjoy many more years together in the state where “seldom is heard a discouraging word!”


Why We Love the B & B

Don and I both wear many different hats running the Carriage House, but the very best part of the endeavor is meeting the many wonderful guest that come into our lives.  Reading a short story on the porch, preparations for a wedding day, poetry at breakfast, book recommendations, favorite sports teams all contribute to a memorable stay for both our guests and us.  

Without you, we wouldn't be here.  Thank you for giving us so much!

Great River Shakespeare Festival Package

As a lodging partner for GRSF, we have teamed-up with the festival to offer you great lodging, fabulous theater, and extra goodies when you come to the festival and book with us.  There is just one catch:  to get 20% off on your theater tickets, you must call us to obtain a code that shows you have reservations with us.  Our number 507.452.6510.

With our B & B just across the street from the theater, this is an offer that can't be equaled. Stay with us for your best Midsummer Night's Dream!

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Something Old, Something New

After a couple of weeks trying to untangle the web, so to speak, our new website hit cyber space this morning.  Our fall and winter seasons produced a new look to the old face of things at the Carriage House.  Most consuming was the dining room restoration and instituting its companion our Artisan Breakfast--both with fabulous results.  Guest enjoy the light, cheerful atmosphere during breakfast while we've discovered the many uses and advantages of the 18' table-Don actually refers to it as The Table.  The dining room also has computer and internet capabilities, so we are offering it as a facility for club, board, or business meetings as well as a charming location for a bridal shower, birthday party, or other special event.  Contact us at (507) 452-8256 for rates and availability.  We recently hosted a Connect Winona meeting, utilized our media, served light morning fare, and relished the opportunity to gather with our fellow  members of Winona's fine hospitality base.


Imagining as well as preparing breakfast claims time both as an art and a science.  Constructing seasonal menus with a strong focus on healthy yet delicious foods has transformed our B & B. The growing trend toward buying locally is smart, economical, and savvy.  A tomato grown in our town will simply taste better than even the best organic tomato grown across the country.  A hearty but not heavy breakfast better energizes us, so we function at our best all day.  Along with these ideas, we like to surprise our guests with wonderful house-baked treats.  I love cooking and enjoy the pleasure it brings to everyone who stays here.