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We have big news!

We are rolling with the times and making some changes.

(Drum roll please….)

Our Victorian Beauty

The Candlelight Inn is pleased to announce its opening as a vacation rental home. Now you and your own will have this historic victorian house as your home base while you vacation, explore and enjoy Red Wing and the the MN/WI Mississippi River Valley area.

Historic boat houses and gin poles.
Goodnight Red Wing from Memorial Park.
Lake Pepin in Historic Frontenac
Sheldon Theatre Red Wing
Fly Fishing Streams
Historic Architecture
Scrumptious Local Food
Famous Sweet Treats
Winter Fun

This beautiful victorian vacation home offers five bedrooms-  each with a queen bed, a sitting area, gas fireplace, television and private bath.

Other rooms in the house include: a library, parlor, family room, dining room that seats ten, full kitchen and a screened-in-front porch.

Front Staircase
Front Entrance Hall
Dining Room
Front Porch
Porch Seating for 10

Call us direct at 651-388-8034 for more information. We will be happy to help you plan and book your group vacation or retreat at the Candlelight Inn in Red Wing, MN.

David and Eve

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1989 Small Town Girl Reunion


It was just an hour and a half before they were scheduled to arrive and I was still in my pajamas!  The appetizers weren’t quite ready for the show and I was still scurrying around trying to tweak those last minute details that I wished I had done earlier. By 5pm the Inn was ready (and I was dressed) to welcome the first four gals from my graduating highschool class of 1989. I was so excited but yet nervous; a couple of the girls I haven’t seen in thirty one years!


All of a sudden I felt a little insecure- just like highschool again. Thanks to a last minute appointment, my hairstylist successfully covered my grays but there was no way I was going to be able to hide those extra pounds that I have added in the last few years….oh well.

The girls arrived and all the insecurities melted away! It was a joyous reunion and it was as if we all just picked up where we left off. The years in between didn’t matter; we were girlhood friends again and we all had lots of stories to share with each other!


The first evening together was spent enjoying hors d’oeuvres, drinking wine and reminiscing about our young girl days. Old photos were presented and confessions of highschool crushes were declared while ballads of the 80s hummed from my phone (can’t beat a Journey’s playlist in transporting you back to to 1989 ❤).



The next morning we met two more of our classmates at Mandie’s coffee shop- just after making a quick, but necessary, stop into Hanisch Bakery!


We visited a few shops in the historic downtown then ate lunch at The Staghead Gastropub- a great menu with enjoyable food!

After lunch a few of us stepped into Art Reach, donned aprons and sat down for our painting lesson. After two hours of helpful and entertaining instruction we completed our works of art! It was a lot of fun and I would definately do it again!


Ensuing a very tasty dinner at Nacho Loco (I have found the BEST nachos!) we traveled back to the Inn, put on our comphies or jammies, and continued to muse over our memories late into the night. More photos and yearbooks were brought out to pour over.



The next morning it was time to say goodbye. While the gals were packing up to head back home, I was lamenting the thought that we really needed one more day to recount and relate to all the other stories that we’ve held close to our hearts over the last 31 years. Even though it seemed too short, it was a perfect, fun filled weekend celebrating friendship!



Ladies, my friends, let’s do it again soon! I admire and love the strong and grace-filled women you have become! Your visit, conversation, generosity, laughs, tears and friendship have made my life that much richer and I look forward to continuing our friendships for another thirty one years!


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Holiday Series at the Sheldon Theatre

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One recommendation I have while visiting Red Wing (although I have many) is to take in a show at the historic Sheldon Theatre – the “Jewell Box” of Red Wing.

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During the month of December, the Sheldon Theatre’s Holiday line-up is a feast of artistry for a variety of likings.

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November 30th and December 1st: Sheldon Brass Band Holiday Concert.                   French horns, trumpets, trombones and other brass instruments joyously performing Christmas anthems- what a festive sound!


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December 6th: Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas.       

 Beautiful Irish music displayed through instrumental talents, exquisite vocals and lively step dancing lends to a jolly foot tapping time!


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December 8th: M-pac: White Christmas             A pop-jazz vocal group singing the songs of Christmas with their signature sophisticated style!

Polished performers – among THE BEST in the country!”
– NBC’s The Today Show


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December 13th: The Platters: Very Merry Christmas Show.       (2 showtimes)

“The Platters legendary harmonies bring joy to the holiday season with an incredible show of traditional Christmas music, plus the decades of classic hits we all love and remember.”  Sheldon Theatre



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December 17th: Lorie Line: The 30th Year Celebrating Christmas.

Lorie Line’s Christmas show is spectacular! A very special celebration of the yuletide season and Lorie’s thirty years of sharing her musical talent with audiences.

“Lorie Line was recently inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. She joins the ranks with Bob Dylan, Prince and Judy Garland.” Lorieline.com


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December 20th: The Nutcracker Ballet

An annual tradition at the Sheldon Theatre. Beautiful choreography, exquisite costumes and of course, the familiar music of this ballet classic.

“The Continental Ballet Company’s Nutcracker has toured throughout Minnesota, and is a beloved annual tradition at the Sheldon.”  Sheldontheatre.org


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December 28th:  C Willi Myles Home for the Holidays

Get ready to laugh as you listen to C Willi Myles share his family friendly and humorous stories!

“Referred to as “America’s Everyday Comedian,” his hilarious down-to-earth performance will convince you that Willi is truly comedy at its best!” Sheldontheatre.org


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December 31st: New Year’s Eve with Monroe Crossing

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Sheldon while listening to the lively music of one of the best Bluegrass bands around!

“One of the premiere bluegrass bands in the state” – MN Original, Twin Cities Public Television


What a great variety; something for everyone!


Consider making a weekend out of the event and stay at the Candlelight Inn Bed and Breakfast.

We have an amazing Christmas special for your Sheldon Theatre weekend!



Or call direct at 715-730-0288

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

David & Eve Baer

Bed and Breakfast, Candlelight Inn, Christmas Event, Events, Hospitality, Red Wing MN

Holiday Stroll 2019

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Wow, earlier this week I woke to a dusting of snow! It was beautiful in the sunshine but deep down I was wincing because I’m not yet ready for winter. (Hmmm……all of a sudden, I was wondering where my winter coat is stored.)  Winter has a way of doing that- it pops up suddenly, gets you scrambling and of course, Christmas comes to mind.

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In this post, I want to tell you about Red Wing’s charming holiday event held on Friday, November 29th, that rivals any quaint Christmas town in a Hallmark movie.  The Downtown Holiday Stroll and newly added Who’s Who of the West End District offers a celebration of yuletide festivities to usher in the Christmas season.


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Come and join in the cookie decorating at our beloved Hanisch Bakery, snuggle together while on a horse drawn wagon ride, be wowed by the fire dancers and wax nostalgia while viewing the vintage snowmobile display.

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Tour the Historic St. James Hotel, get a bite to eat at Jimmy’s Pub or the elegant Port restaurant. Hear the christmas carolers, see the train display and participate in the Festival of Wreaths.

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After you are warm and toasty, step back outside and dance to the live music, visit the quaint shops, view the live nativity, the tree lighting ceremony, the light parade and the holiday fireworks!


The Candlelight Inn’s warm glow will beckon you when it’s time to retire for the evening and settle in “for a long winter’s nap”.

David and Eve Baer




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A Mid Afternoon Break

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October is our busiest time at the Candlelight Inn Bed and Breakfast. People travel to Red Wing, Mn to view the beautiful colors on the forested bluffs and to drive the Great River Road around the exquisitely blue Lake Pepin.


Because we love having guests in our home, we take great care in preparing for your stay at the Inn. However, every once in awhile, Dave and I take a break from polishing the silver and venture out into town for a a bit of nourishment and play.  Also, we enjoy recommending to you the places we are fond of in our picturesque river town.



Mandy’s Coffee and Cafe was the perfect place for an afternoon cuppa and respite. Its cozy interior felt so good on a gray and blustery day. I sipped on a flavorful chia latte- Christmas in a cup- while Dave savored his robust black coffee. Because we are trying to slim down a bit, we shared a warm cardamon roll – next time, I’m claiming a whole one for myself!

Watch for my upcoming post on our dearly loved Hanisch Bakery- oh my goodness- so good! (The “slimming down” is proving to be a little difficult for me…..)

Come and visit Red Wing, “the best weekend getaway town” in MN.  We have the perfect room for your stay while you discover the gems of Red Wing. Check out our FB page for our Christmas gift certificate special. We hope to see you soon!

David & Eve Baer

The Candlelight Inn