Technology is supposed to make life easier, but it often makes it harder to take a break. Retreat to a world where cellphones and email were nearly a century away with this week's Escape to the Candlelight Inn in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Soak up the Old World ambience in the 135-year-old Victorian house, a beautiful reminder of an era before light bulbs, let alone touchscreen tablets. You and a guest will spend one night in Margaret's Room or the Heritage Room, Sundays through Fridays ($79). Or, opt for the Butternut Suite, Queen Victoria Room, or Rose Garden Room, Sundays through Thursdays ($89) or Fridays and Saturdays ($109).
The inn retains its historical charm with the exquisite stained-glass windows and intricate butternut woodwork. Each guest room features a private bathroom, fireplace and, for when you blow out the candle, luxurious bedding. Of course, if you simply can't resist checking your email, the inn also offers complimentary Wi-Fi.
Like the carefully chosen antique décor, close attention goes into preparing your full, three-course gourmet breakfast, a specialty of innkeeper Lynette Gudrais. Hunger sated, you'll be ready to set out on a hike along the Cannon Valley Trail or cruise on the mighty Mississippi aboard the Pearl of the Lake.
Whether you're looking for a romantic candlelit dinner or something more relaxed, Red Wing boasts nearly 50 restaurants to choose from. Grab a table for two at Harbor Restaurant, Bar & Marina for acclaimed food and a spectacular view of the river.
You deserve a break from your inbox, so leave the smart phone on its charger and take off on this timeless Escape to Red Wing.
PAID VALUE DOES NOT EXPIRE
PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON July 31, 2012
A One-Night Stay for Two with Gourmet Three-Course Breakfast
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