Covington Inn: Floating Bed and Breakfast on the Mississippi

On our summer Great River Road trip we stayed in several hotels along the Mississippi River. But for two nights we actually stayed on the Mississippi River. The Covington Inn Bed and Breakfast in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is one of only a few floating bed and breakfasts in the United States.

Covington Inn Bed and Breakfast

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Covington Inn rooms

Converted from an old towboat, the Covington Inn offers four staterooms, each with a private bath, as well as private outdoor deck space. The rooms are spread over three levels.

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We were assigned the Mates Quarters, located on the main level. Since we had quite a bit of luggage and camera gear on our two-week trip, I was glad we didn’t have to lug it up or down stairs. The room is the smallest of the four rooms, but still had plenty of space to store our stuff. Although we stayed during the summer, it’s nice to know that each room has a fireplace or stove for heat in cooler months.

Covington Inn room

Besides a private deck space, guests can take advantage of the main deck, from which you have a gorgeous view of downtown Saint Paul. We spent a couple of hours relaxing up there one evening, watching pleasure boaters on the river and chatting with other guests.

View from Covington Inn

Breakfast at the Covington Inn

Innkeeper/owner Liz Miller serves breakfast in the salon, also on the main level. One morning’s breakfast was French toast with caramel sauce, topped with fresh berries and dollops of whipped cream. The next day Liz served scrambled eggs with fruit, sausage, and a muffin.

Covington Inn Salon

Covington Inn breakfast

If you go…

The Covington Inn is located at 100 Harriet Island Road B3 in Saint Paul Minnesota, only a five-minute drive from downtown Saint Paul. Free parking is available across from the dock, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the boat. Check rates and reviews on TripAdvisor

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Covington Inn Bed and Breakfast

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