Golden Lantern Inn
Bed & Breakfast,

located in the delightful historic
river town of Red Wing, Minnesota,
is the original home of the world famous Red Wing Shoe Factories president. We welcome you to
explore Red Wing while staying at
the Golden Lantern!


Policies & Reservation Info:

  • Reservations:

    Please use the Golden Lantern’s secure online reservation system,
    or give us a call at (651) 388-3315. Your confirmation will be sent via e-mail.

  • Check In:

    3-6PM Daily or by confirmed appointment.

  • Check Out:

    By 11AM. Late check-outs may be accommodated at the rate of $25/hour and must be confirmed with innkeeper in advance.

  • Deposit:

    Your room is guaranteed with payment in full by check or can be held with
    the following major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express.
    Final payment is taken at check-in.

  • Cancellations:

    Reservations may be cancelled without penalty up to two weeks before the
    scheduled arrival date for the weekend stays (Friday and Saturday), and
    up to one week before the scheduled arrival for weekday stays (Sunday- Thursday).
    Cancellations must be made by e-mail or calling the innkeeper direct. For
    cancellations after the deadline, cards will be charged for the full amount of the booked stay and a gift certificate for that amount, less a $25.00 processing fee, will be issued.

  • Rates:

    All rates shown are based on double occupancy and include a full hot breakfast.
    Please add $25/night for a third person in the room. A 9.875% MN state/local
    tax is additional and will be included in your final payment.

  • Children:

    We welcome children over twelve to the Golden Lantern. Younger children may
    be accepted with prior approval, extra guest charges apply for children over three years.

  • Pets:

    Although we love pets, we cannot accept them to stay in your room. The Inn has three
    lovable and guest-friendly small dogs that will be happy to greet you if you ask.

  • Smoking:

    We are pleased to be a non-smoking inn. You may smoke outside.

  • Breakfast:

    A delectable full hot breakfast is served daily in the dining room at 9AM or
    delivered directly to your room with advance notice. We are happy to accommodate
    guests with food allergies or dietary restrictions – please advise us in advance.
    During many spring, summer and fall days we also invite you to enjoy breakfast on our
    relaxing porch overlooking the gardens.

  • Gift Certificates:

    To purchase a gift certificate, please use our online reservation system or call direct.

  • Groups:

    Please call to inquire about a group, meeting, elopement or wedding stay at the inn.

  • Directions:

    Google Maps and Mapquest show incorrect driving directions.
    We recommend you use the directions listed below to drive to Red Wing.

  • From Twin Cities:

    Allow 1 hr/15 minutes. Travel south on Hwy 52 approximately 20 miles to the Hampton exit (Hwy 50). Turn left onto Hwy 50. Keep going straight on 50, which will turn into 61 south after about 7 miles. Continue on 61 S approximately 20 miles, 61 south turns into Main Street once you enter Red Wing. Follow Main St. into the historic downtown area and turn right on West Ave (there is an Econofoods on the corner). Go six blocks on West Ave. to 7th St. Turn left onto 7th and proceed one block to East Ave. Turn right onto East Ave. We are the second house from the corner on the left. 721 East Ave.

  • From the South/Rochester:

    Travel north on Highway 52 for approximately 23 miles. Exit at Zumbrota. Follow 58 N out of Zumbrota into Red Wing. Once in Red Wing, take 58 (Plum St) to 7th St. Turn left onto 7th St. and proceed three blocks to East Ave. Turn left onto East Ave. The Golden Lantern will be the second house on your left.

  • From Wisconsin:

    Cross into Minnesota on 63. In Red Wing, continue on 63 (3rd Street) to Plum. Turn left on Plum and proceed four blocks to 7th St . Take a right onto 7th and continue to East Ave. Take a left onto East Ave. We are the second house from the corner on the left. 721 East Ave.


House History

The Golden Lantern Inn, constructed in 1932-34, was originally home to Jesse R Sweasy (J.R.), president of the Red Wing Shoe Company. J.R. lavished the house with all the care and craftsmanship he put into a well constructed shoe, filling the home with magnificent woodwork and hardware. This is reflected in the original Craftsman style floor to ceiling carved oak paneling in the library and dining room, while the light fixtures and exquisite tile and marble used throughout the home add a distinct Art Deco feel to the space. The foyer, entry and main staircase showcase the wonderfully preserved walnut wainscoting and and hand carved bannister. The Sweasy family occupied the house for three generations, until 1992, when J.R.’s grandson, the current president of the Red Wing shoe company, sold the house and it was renovated to become a Red Wing Bed and Breakfast landmark. The Golden Lantern Inn continues to welcome guests with all the warmth, hospitality and graciousness of a bygone era.


Enjoy the Gardens

Garden Terrace

One of the pleasures of staying at the Golden Lantern during the flowering season is to take the time to relax in the magnificent gardens cultivated and expanded over many years and featuring a variety of plants, flowers, shrubs, trees and patios..

Sit back…relax and smell the roses!