"Your true pilot cares nothing about anything on earth but the river, and his pride in his occupation surpasses the pride of kings." Life on the Mississippi, 1883,
"I can picture that old time to myself now, just as it was then: the white town drowsing in the sunshine of a summer's morning...the great Mississippi, the majestic, the magnificent Mississippi, rolling its mile-wide tide along, shining in the sun."
|The Setting ~ Peaceful yet central|
The Covington Inn is one of America's few floating bed and breakfasts, buoyed and buffered as it is by the Mississippi River. Whether blanketed by snow or passed by summer's silent barges, its riverside setting soothes and captivates.
Yet the B & B permanently sits moored within the reflection
of downtown St. Paul's towering skyline. The Capitol, museums,
theater, fine dining and shopping wait just across the bridge.
Offering a place for both quiet getaway and city spree, the Covington
does it all.
The B & B ~ Easy comfort
The Covington extends to all its guests the elegant comfort once reserved aboard historic work vessels for company executives and VIPs. The boat is trimmed stem to stern in mahogany, brass and bronze. Windows and portals in the boat's tiered design draw light into each room. Sleeping quarters feature a mix of ingenious built-in cabinets with simple furnishings from the Covington's work era. Salvaged fixtures, nautical antiques and historic art provide tasteful reminders of the River and the Inn's past life.
The Service ~ As You Like It
The Covington and its crew are set up to make your stay as private or sociable as you like. Beyond the privacy of the staterooms, the salon provides a comfortable gathering place. Lit with clerestory windows and furnished with fireside couches and window-front tables, the salon offers a great place for breakfasting, letter writing and browsing through the Covington library of historic river and shipping books. Our breakfasts, cooked in the boat's galley, pamper you with just a touch of the gourmet while fueling a full-day's exploration.