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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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 REDUCED RATES for staying more nights and please check the calendar for available dates. AND NOTE: Unlike many, we do not require your final/largest payment until just a few weeks before occupancy. We will also consider a 2-night rental deal for an appropriate rate. ******

>>>> No Pets No Smoking <<<<

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, 140-channel 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 (in MN & WI) include Afton, Prescott , Welch, Red Wing, Lake City, Stockholm, Pepin, and more.

*** 2017-2018 News... The next big link in the area's trail system will be ready for summer 2018 -- from Hastings, across the bridge, and east to Prescott. Many 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!

Search keywords: house, 2-story, backyard, historic, neighborhood, furnished rental

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018

About Doug

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.

Doug purchased this house in 2011

Why Doug chose Hastings

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.

What makes this house unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

From Guestbook: Jan-Mar 2013--Coldest winter in MN in over 5 years! I questioned my sanity for moving here; but this little house made it easy.

Perfect setup for my transition from Indiana to Minnesota. I brought clothes and that was about it!

Everything works - it was simply a great place to stay. My heartfelt thanks go to Doug & Ann for allowing me the privilege of staying in the Hastings Cottage. Please take care of my first MN home!
Jan 2013
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Hastings House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Plenty of soft towels are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Single bed, loveseat & coffee table, dresser, closet.
    Air Bed (Queen Size) - Available - plenty of room for this in an upstairs bedroom.
    Main Bedroom (ground floor) - 1 king , Plush king-sized bed, credenza w/cable TV, dresser, closet.
    Upstairs Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Single bed(s) - one or two (trundle), dresser, closet.
  • Cozy bedrooms. The two upstairs provide lots of flexible space on new carpet.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
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
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.


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Hastings Cottage - Mississippi & St. Croix Rivers, Twin Cities
average rating of 4.875 based on 19 reviews

Comfortable cottage; responsive hosts

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the cottage a month while visiting family in the area. We found it cozy, comfortable, and conveniently located. It is so well stocked that I was easily able to cook a Thanksgiving dinner in the kitchen. Doug and Ann were thoughtful and responsive hosts, even arranging for us to access sports channels so we could follow our favorite college teams. The king-sized bed in the master is wonderfully comfortable. We were 100% satisfied with our experience of this rental.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very clean and comfortable house

  • 5 of 5

The owners take pride in offering a home away from home. The house was everything we hoped it would be. It is in an attractive, safe and friendly neighborhood. And, Hastings is a beautiful and

historic community along the magnificent Mississippi River not far from the Twin Cities. It was a great choice for us.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

The little cottage was wonderful! Clean, well appointed and very comfortable. The owners make a special effort to make sure their renters have an enjoyable experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Warm...inviting...just like home!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 11 nights in the cottage and found the property to be comfortable, warm, safe and very enjoyable! We came to Minnesota for the Ryder Cup and other sights in the area and our trip was everything we hoped it would be!

Thanks again for providing such an amazing place! We hope to come back one day!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Aaron (and others) for the great Summer-2016 reviews! Our goal is to provide outstanding value; so it's helpful to get strong feedback. As noted in various reviews/responses, the area continues to add recreational improvements. We're also regularly improving the property.
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Enjoyable Stay

  • 5 of 5

The property was very conveniently located. Close to walking trails, downtown, and easy access to highways. The house was spacious and comfortable. Well-stocked. Quiet neighborhood. Would definite rent this again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable cottage with everything you need! My son and I, and my sister and her daughter stayed for a week this summer and had a great time! Charming small town, yet close to the Twin Cities. Lots to do in the area. We walked by the river every morning. We enjoyed the fire pit in the back yard in the evenings. Bedrooms are spacious. Kitchen had everything we needed to prepare a few light meals. A/C kept house nice and cool. There was a great DVD collection for the younger one. Doug was so friendly, accommodating, and easy to communicate with. It was a pleasure to stay at their home. Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mall of America
Downtown Minneapolis
Minnesota Zoo
Minnesota History Center
Hastings Historic Business District
"Shopping, dining, and entertainment."
Muddy Waters Bar and Grill
Afton Alps Ski Area
Welch Village Ski Area
"Best skiing in the Twin Cities area! "
Afton State Park
Kinnickinnic State Park
"Best beaches on the St. Croix River."
Hastings Family Aquatic Center
Science Museum of Minnesota
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
6-8 blocks away
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Dakota Pines Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Highways 55 and 61
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
6-8 blocks away; many more a short drive
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Welch Village OR Afton Alps
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Prescott Beaches on the St. Croix River
Nearest Point of Interest
Mississippi River
Nearest Point of Interest
Historic Bus. District
Nearest Point of Interest
Tennis Courts, Pool
Nearest Point of Interest
Vermllion Falls
Nearest Point of Interest
St. Croix River
Nearest Point of Interest
TO: Spring Lk. Park Reserve
Car: recommended

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150

************** 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
5 night rate = $100 std / $115 summer / $220 Super Bowl
(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 Super Bowl 2018, Feb 4, will be customized based on requests and market/demand)
******* Our #1 goal is to provide an outstanding rental value. ******

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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