This past weekend, my mother-in-law gave us the wonderful gift of free babysitting for 24 hours. When you have as many kids as I do, these types of offers don’t come along too often. It had been more than 9 years since our last overnight trip away from the children, so we mulled it over a bit and ended up deciding to visit Stillwater, MN.
I immediately hit the web and started looking for a nice bed and breakfast. The bed and breakfast that stuck out to me as having the right amount charm at just the right price was Ann Bean Mansion (www.annbeanmansion.com). We were able to book the tower room. This room sits on the third floor of the mansion and has a tower with 4 windows located above the room. The tower is accessible up a steep little staircase and through a trap door. You can see a picture of the tower below:
As an avid reader and hopeful author, my first thought is that the tower would make a great hideaway for a writer looking to find some reclusive peace and quiet and maybe even a bit of inspiration. The room below also has a 2 person hot tub as well as a gas fireplace. The wonderful accommodations made for a restful and rejuvenating experience. Our stay was capped off by a gourmet breakfast the following morning. My wife and I especially enjoyed getting to know Erin and Jeremy, the inkeepers at Ann Bean mansion. They both went out of their way to make us feel at home. We may have spent as much as two and a half hours just chatting with them. In fact, I’d love to go back just to get to know them a bit more. All this is to say that we had a wonderful time staying at the Ann Bean Mansion. They get 5 stars in my book!
Once we concluded our stay at the mansion, my wife and I parted ways for a bit. She went off to Goodwill, but not before dropping me off at my favorite book store, Loome Theological booksellers (www.loomebooks.com). You can see a picture of me in front of the store on the right. This is one of the most unique book stores in Minnesota and maybe even the whole country. It is housed within an old church and there are books in the sanctuary, up the staircases, in the choir loft, etc. There are literally books everywhere. I can browse in there for hours and hours. I got out of there pretty inexpensively this time, spending a mere $29. My finds included:
- The Archaeology of Palestine by W.F. Albright – $2
- The Biblical Archaeologist Reader edited by G. Ernest Wright & David Noel Freedman – $2
- A Reader’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament by Sakae Kubo – $8
- Encountering New Testament Manuscripts: A Working Introduction to Textual Criticism by Jack Finegan – $15
The final stop on our trip was dinner at Famous Dave’s BBQ and then it was back to reality again. Hopefully it won’t be 9 years before we do something like this again.
Latest posts by Shaun Tabatt (see all)
- Book Review: The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross - April 2, 2016
- Book Giveaway: Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God’s Grace by Dr. Scott Leonard Keith - January 11, 2016
- Free Audiobook: COMMON ENGLISH BIBLE – AUDIO EDITION - January 5, 2016