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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 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!

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:
22 April, 2017

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 Minnesota

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hastings in Dakota County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Upstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Plenty of soft towels are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , 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 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Plush king-sized bed, credenza w/cable TV, dresser, closet.
    Upstairs Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , 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 ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • 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
  • ski
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

Hastings Cottage - Mississippi & St. Croix Rivers, Twin Cities
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 16 reviews
Carthage, Illinois

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!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chilton, WI

Felt like home

  • 5 of 5

This accurately described cottage was quaint, clean, comfortable and in a friendly neighborhood. The modern facilities in this home combined a touch of history with life in 2016. We enjoyed sitting on the front porch in the evenings. We would caution anyone with small children that the street is the primary street into the larger neighborhood and is busy but there is plenty of room in the backyard for small children to romp worry free. The “rules” of the house were clear and indicated a well maintained home. Working with Doug was very, very easy. He answered our questions promptly and made himself available during our stay in case we had problems, which we did not. The City of Hastings offers many natural wonders on the Mississippi River. We enjoyed our daily walks in several parks that offered a tremendous view of the bridge and told the history of Hastings. We enjoyed our week there and we think you would too.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a thoughtful review! We appreciate that you reinforced the many features that come with the property and location. In the years we've been owners, there have in fact been many additions and upgrades to the area's parks, trails, and the historic-area streets. And more will be finished soon!
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Great property!

  • 5 of 5

Amazig property that was perfect for our wedding party to stay at for the long weekend. We love the rest, the welcoming home, and the excellent communication by the owner! Seriously blown away.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review! We did make a handful of upgrades to the property this year (kitchen, main floor bath, and furnishings) and we will continue to invest. Downtown Hastings also has nice projects in the mix, with new park/trail spaces fall 2015 and several new shops now open.
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Hastings Cottage

  • 5 of 5

After looking for extended stay accommodations at hotels for a pending professional move to the area, I realized there must be another way to find long-term stay options that would feel more like home (not to mention less expensive). I searched VRBO and found the Hastings Cottage. The price was perfectly furnished for my 90+ day stay. The cottage was clean and just the right communication from Doug left me feeling more at home than other accommodations. The commute into the Twin Cities metro area was also reasonable when relating it to the price. Thanks Doug! I will mention this option if other new colleagues find themselves in a similar professional move situation.

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We were happy to provide a good fit for your transition to Minnesota and we appreciate the review.
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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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Hastings, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer 2017
20 May 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
Superbowl 2018
22 Jan 2018 - 11 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £117.34

************** 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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