Communing With the Past at Archer House in Northfield, MN
Take the energy of Minneapolis, slow it down by about a hundred years, and you get Northfield. An hour south of the Twin Cities, this college town is a super-chill sister city with a twist of charm. The 19th-century Archer House River Inn on Division Street is the town's relic and popular weekend pick. Some visitors have detected an air of paranormal activity (imagine being jolted awake to a creaky rocking chair at 3 a.m.), but the stay is usually drama-free. Each room is unique in layout with frilly knick-knacks and antique fixtures, and it’s easy to imagine guests staying here a hundred years ago. Rooms range from suitably tasteful to faintly kitsch, but small faults are easily forgettable with whiffs of curry and garlic naan floating from the downstairs Indian eatery. It's perfect for travelers who avoid cookie-cutter hotels and don’t mind the slight tatter.