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Hastings Cottage - Mississippi & St. Croix Rivers, Twin Cities

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

1890-Built Cottage in Scenic Area, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Looking for lodging in Hastings or near Prescott, Red Wing, and the St. Croix/Mississippi Rivers? Why stay in a hotel when you can book this 1890 Cottage in the heart of Hastings!? The location is within easy walking distance to the historic downtown and the Mississippi River. It is also convenient to St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the many miles of renowned scenery in the river valleys.

****** SEE RATE BREAKS for staying more nights and please check for available dates (use the calendar buttons on this Web page). Also, NOTE: We will be happy offer a 2-night rental deal for an appropriate rate. ******

Built in 1890, and extensively remodeled more than 100 years later, the house has 1 BR on the ground floor (king bed), 2 BRs upstairs, and full bathrooms on both levels. It has plenty of space indoors and out for a small group, including a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, living room, main floor laundry, front porch (with table and chairs), back patio, and an extra-large backyard. The location provides outstanding access to recreational and scenic attractions and is a great base from which to enjoy the rivers and many miles of exceptional trails.

Need to stay in touch and entertained? We provide a WiFi connection, basic cable TV (living room and main bedroom), a huge selection of DVDs, Netflix access, and many books. The house also features a classic 70s-era Yamaha stereo receiver with a connection for your portable and switchable speakers in both the living room and kitchen.

Hastings is a historic river community with vibrant downtown businesses, classic cars on cruise nights (every two weeks in summer), and many other special community events. Local and nearby attractions include shopping and dining, the 1860 LuDuc Mansion/Estate (open for tours in season), Mississippi River parklands, Vermillion Falls/Gorge Park, and many other cultural and recreational sites. Hastings is located ideally for access to the Twin Cities (30 minutes from the airport and the Mall of America) while also convenient to Minnesota’s most scenic rivers, including Lake Pepin and the bluff country to the southeast. Nearby river towns include Afton, Prescott (WI), Welch, Red Wing, Lake City, and Pepin (WI).

*** Summer 2017 News... New walking and bike trails on and around the Hastings Bridge are completed, as well as major downtown and riverfront park improvements. Several miles of other paved trails are also new throughout the area. Downtown Hastings and the bridge are located only blocks from the rental (see photos). ***

In addition to outstanding boating, fishing, and swimming, nearby parks/attractions include Levee Park next to the bridge, Spring Lake Park Reserve (Schaar’s Bluff), Lock & Dam # 2 (and adjacent trails/parks), Carpenter Nature Center, St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, Freedom and Kinnickinnic State Parks (in WI), several golf courses, and countless other parks with abundant paved and hiking trails. In winter, there are many miles of cross-country ski trails and downhill skiing at Welch Village or Afton Alps, both within about 20 minutes. For touring ideas, look online for the Great River Road, including the Wine Tour, leading you to many nearby wineries and orchards. Contact us; we’ll be happy to provide more information!

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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6

  • Upstairs Bedroom 2: 1 twin/ single

    Single bed, loveseat & coffee table, dresser, closet....moreless

  • Air Bed (Queen Size)

    Available - plenty of room for this in an upstairs bedroom....moreless

  • Main Bedroom (ground floor): 1 king

    Plush king-sized bed, credenza w/cable TV, dresser, closet....moreless

  • Upstairs Bedroom 1: 2 twin/ single

    Single bed(s) - one or two (trundle), dresser, closet....moreless

  • Cozy bedrooms. The two upstairs provide lots of flexible space on new carpet....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Downstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, shower


  • Plenty of soft towels are provided.

Other Amenities

  • The neighborhood and vicinity are very walkable and the bicycling is excellent! Longer-term rentals (a few weeks to a few months) are welcome from November to April and will be a great deal. ...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player:

    BluRay, HD - great DVD choices...moreless

  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic Cable & Netflix...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Fun! - Switchable speakers in living room and kitchen....moreless

  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library:

    Large collection, including classic movies...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village:

    Historic walkable neighborhood - an urban forest; Mississippi River within blocks...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Additional chairs available - seating for 4 is easy, 5-6 is a squeeze. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    Owner's boat in garage. But there's room for bicycles or other gear....moreless

  • Heating:

    Modern forced air. Electric stove in living room....moreless

  • Internet:

    High-speed wireless; secure....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Driveway and on-street next to house....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything you need and more....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator:

    Large side-by-side fridge/freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    Modern glass stove-top range...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Golf:

    Renowned Dakota Pines Golf Club - Open to Public (about 2 miles from house)...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Extra large backyard; fire pit; patio ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber charcoal...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Great choices for both XC and alpine skiing nearby (Welch Village or Afton Alps)...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Public courts within blocks...moreless



from 13 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 20 - Sep 24, 2017
3 night min stay
$800 $1,500

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Superbowl 2018
Jan 22 - Feb 11, 2018
3 night min stay
$1,100 $2,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$650 $1,250

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
  • Taxes Not included


************** MAKE A DEAL!! **************

Contact Owner about custom rate offers and we will work with you. For the best value, stay more nights!

4 night rate = $110 std / $125 summer / $170 Superbowl

5 night rate = $100 std / $115 summer / $160 Superbowl

(rate changes apply for more than 2 guests or for a 2-night stay; don't hesitate to ask for your deal)

(the deposit & rates near Superbowl 2018 will be customized and may increase based on market)

******* Pay by check or credit card - Either is OK and secure. ******

******* Our #1 goal is to provide an outstanding rental value. ******

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
0.3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6-8 blocks away
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Dakota Pines Golf Club
0.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highways 55 and 61
0.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6-8 blocks away; many more a short drive
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
Welch Village OR Afton Alps
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Prescott Beaches on the St. Croix River

Car: Recommended

Hastings Aquatic Center (nearby), Frisbee/Disc Golf Course, Great River Road, Orchards, Wineries


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: Doug, Ann, & Family - We enjoy boating and swimming on the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers, bicycling around Hastings, and downhill or cross-country skiing at Welch Village and throughout the area. Doug was also involved in planning/design for the new Hastings Bridge since 2008, with the project completed in 2014.

Why the Owner Chose Hastings, MN, USA:
We have a long family history of boating and canoeing on the area's lakes and rivers. We keep our boat at this house and enjoy the access Hastings provides to both the metro area and to the wilds and small towns in the river valleys. Please feel free to ask us about things to do.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers provide the best recreation areas and scenery found in the Twin Cities Metro region. Hastings is an ideal location from which to enjoy the whole area!

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

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Links to more information:

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Front Yard & Overview

    Front Yard & Overview

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Kitchen


  • Bedroom 2 of 3 (upstairs)

    Bedroom 2 of 3 (upstairs)

  • Backyard


  • Front porch

    Front porch

  • Hastings Historic Business District

    Hastings Historic Business District

  • New Hastings Bridge (Nov 2013)

    New Hastings Bridge (Nov 2013)

  • Riverfront trail, bridge, and Levee Park (2016)

    Riverfront trail, bridge, and Levee Park (2016)

  • Vermillion Falls - Hastings

    Vermillion Falls - Hastings

  • Mid-week summer evening on the St. Croix River (most folks are working)

    Mid-week summer evening on the St. Croix River (most folks are working)

  • The new Hastings Bridge includes a safe pedestrian/bicycle crossing

    The new Hastings Bridge includes a safe pedestrian/bicycle crossing

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Dining Room & Kitchen

    Dining Room & Kitchen

  • Main floor bedroom - king bed

    Main floor bedroom - king bed

  • Bedroom 3 of 3 (upstairs) - Trundle bed option for 2 beds in this room

    Bedroom 3 of 3 (upstairs) - Trundle bed option for 2 beds in this room

  • Backyard


  • Winter in the Neighborhood

    Winter in the Neighborhood

  • Summer Cruise-In Night, Downtown Hastings

    Summer Cruise-In Night, Downtown Hastings

  • Levee Park Amphitheater and riverfront trail (2016)

    Levee Park Amphitheater and riverfront trail (2016)

  • Trail Segment in Hastings (Mississippi River near lock & dam)

    Trail Segment in Hastings (Mississippi River near lock & dam)

  • Beaches - Lower St. Croix (Kinnickinnic State Park)

    Beaches - Lower St. Croix (Kinnickinnic State Park)

  • View from the deck at Muddy Waters Restaurant - Prescott

    View from the deck at Muddy Waters Restaurant - Prescott

  • Hastings City Hall

    Hastings City Hall

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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