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Afton House Inn & Afton * Hudson Cruise Lines

Afton , MN
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LOCATION

3291 St. Croix Tr. S., PO Box 326
Afton, MN US 55001 (map)

PHONE

651-436-8883

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The Historic Afton House Inn offers Ceremonies and Receptions at the Restaurant and Inn on the beautiful Scenic St. Croix River. An elegant setting that your guests will be sure to... Read more
The Historic Afton House Inn offers Ceremonies and Receptions at the Restaurant and Inn on the beautiful Scenic St. Croix River. An elegant setting that your guests will be sure to remember.

The beautiful Historic Afton House Inn offers romantic settings with just the right amount of elegant flair. The Pennington Room is perfect for those who want a smaller, more intimate feel to their wedding and rehearsal dinner. The room offers a beautiful fireplace and bright surrounding windows that give the room a warm, cozy feel. Need or want something bigger? The Wheel Room offers a romantic nautical feel with large windows and old world style. It is the perfect room for larger wedding parties and dinners looking for the perfect mix of fun and romance.

Want something a little different for your special day? The Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines offers three luxury cruise boats for parties from 10-300 people. The Grand Duchess, our largest vessel at 122', has three luxury levels--two indoor, one outdoor--for dinner, dancing, and gazing at the scenery of the Scenic St. Croix River. The Afton Princess, our medium 80' vessel, is perfect for those who want a more intimate feel with room to move around. It is the perfect boat for wedding parties and rehersals for 40-132 people. Is it just you and your closest friends and family? Then the Sweet Afton is just the boat for you. This luxury 64' vessel is perfect for 10-40 guests. Whether it be an intimate wedding, rehearsal dinner, or bachelor/bachelorrete party, the Sweet Afton has it all.

The outstanding chefs at the Afton House Inn have you covered. Whether it be something as simple as Burgers and Brats or something as decadent as a tableside Steak Diane, the Afton House Inn can do it all. With vegetarian and gluten free options, there is something for everyone available. Give us a call today and see what the Afton House Inn and Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines can do for you to make your special day unforgettable from the food to the venue.


Contact us today at: 651-436-8883 and ask for Anne or Dan - info@aftonhouseinn.com

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1867
When was your venue last renovated?
2010
Describe your venue:
Boat / Yacht, Hotel, Inn / Bed & Breakfast
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Country, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
6
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
25
Number of suites
21
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
300
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
25
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1867
When was your venue last renovated?
2010
Describe your venue:
Boat / Yacht, Hotel, Inn / Bed & Breakfast
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Country, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
6
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
25
Number of suites
21
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
300
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
25
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had our ceremony and reception on the afton princess. It was great. Anne met with us several times late in the evening due to our work schedule. She was very accommodating. The wedding went perfect. Lynn the head server and her staff were very kind and helpful. The food was delicious. We received many compliments. Thank you Anne and cruise line staff for making our day PERFECT!
We had our ceremony and reception on the afton princess. It was great. Anne met with us several times late in the evening Read more...
We had our ceremony and reception on the afton princess. It was great. Anne met with us several times late in the evening due to our work schedule. She was very accommodating. The wedding went perfect. Lynn the head server and her staff were very kind and helpful. The food was delicious. We received many compliments. Thank you Anne and cruise line staff for making our day PERFECT! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding on the Afton Princess and we couldn't have asked for anything more. We loved it! The staff was so great and seemed to really care that us and our guests really enjoyed themselves. Anne was our wedding coordinator and she had so many great ideas and suggestions to help us. She also got back to me very quickly on any question I had, no matter how insignificant it was. We also loved the food! We;re still getting comments from our guests on how good our food was on the boat. We can't wait to go back!
We had our wedding on the Afton Princess and we couldn't have asked for anything more. We loved it! The staff was so great Read more...
We had our wedding on the Afton Princess and we couldn't have asked for anything more. We loved it! The staff was so great and seemed to really care that us and our guests really enjoyed themselves. Anne was our wedding coordinator and she had so many great ideas and suggestions to help us. She also got back to me very quickly on any question I had, no matter how insignificant it was. We also loved the food! We;re still getting comments from our guests on how good our food was on the boat. We can't wait to go back! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Elaine
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Afton House Inn was a perfect venue for our wedding. We had our ceremony and reception in the Wheel Room. The staff was attentive and kind. We even had last minute changes that needed to be addressed and Anne & Dan made sure everything was perfect. The food was fabulous. Thank you for making our wedding absolutely perfect.
Afton House Inn was a perfect venue for our wedding. We had our ceremony and reception in the Wheel Room. The staff was Read more...
Afton House Inn was a perfect venue for our wedding. We had our ceremony and reception in the Wheel Room. The staff was attentive and kind. We even had last minute changes that needed to be addressed and Anne & Dan made sure everything was perfect. The food was fabulous. Thank you for making our wedding absolutely perfect. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Megan
Wedding:
2/28/2014
5.0/5.0
The Afton House Inn provided us the space and ambiance we were looking for to celebrate our marriage. They worked with us through all of our questions, made adjustments and suggestions and worked to make sure that what we expected and hoped for was delivered. As everyone says, the food was amazing-tasted just like it did at the tasting and at subsequent visits to just eat at the restaurant. The service was warm and friendly, our guests really enjoyed the care given to them and their experience over the weekend. I cannot say enough nice things about what the Afton House Inn gave us for the weekend and how much fun we had.
The Afton House Inn provided us the space and ambiance we were looking for to celebrate our marriage. They worked with us Read more...
The Afton House Inn provided us the space and ambiance we were looking for to celebrate our marriage. They worked with us through all of our questions, made adjustments and suggestions and worked to make sure that what we expected and hoped for was delivered. As everyone says, the food was amazing-tasted just like it did at the tasting and at subsequent visits to just eat at the restaurant. The service was warm and friendly, our guests really enjoyed the care given to them and their experience over the weekend. I cannot say enough nice things about what the Afton House Inn gave us for the weekend and how much fun we had. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Linda
Wedding:
10/11/2013
5.0/5.0
The food was great and the room looked very nice. Everything was done to make sure that we stayed within the budget. The staff was very efficient and friendly.
The food was great and the room looked very nice. Everything was done to make sure that we stayed within the budget. The Read more...
The food was great and the room looked very nice. Everything was done to make sure that we stayed within the budget. The staff was very efficient and friendly. Read less
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Sheila
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
The Afton Grand Duchess was the PERFECT place for my daughter's wedding. The ceremony and reception both happened in ONE place--can I say "perfect" again! The ship was gorgeous, the cruise was calm, and the service and staff were excellent. Working with Anne and Dan was easy; both were very accommodating. The ceremony took place dockside outside on the top floor. The food was served plated on the first floor. And the dancing and partying took place on the second floor--it was perfect; not a single "glitch" the entire event! I would highly recommend working with Anne/Dan and have your special event on the Afton Grand Duchess. **Another point--very affordable for a fun and different wedding venue. Everyone loved it!
The Afton Grand Duchess was the PERFECT place for my daughter's wedding. The ceremony and reception both happened in ONE Read more...
The Afton Grand Duchess was the PERFECT place for my daughter's wedding. The ceremony and reception both happened in ONE place--can I say "perfect" again! The ship was gorgeous, the cruise was calm, and the service and staff were excellent. Working with Anne and Dan was easy; both were very accommodating. The ceremony took place dockside outside on the top floor. The food was served plated on the first floor. And the dancing and partying took place on the second floor--it was perfect; not a single "glitch" the entire event! I would highly recommend working with Anne/Dan and have your special event on the Afton Grand Duchess. **Another point--very affordable for a fun and different wedding venue. Everyone loved it! Read less
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Maggie
Wedding:
9/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding on the Grand Duchess was beautiful and so much fun! The staff was really helpful and treated us and our guests wonderfully! It was a night I'll never forget and I hope to have another event there in the near future.
Our wedding on the Grand Duchess was beautiful and so much fun! The staff was really helpful and treated us and our guests Read more...
Our wedding on the Grand Duchess was beautiful and so much fun! The staff was really helpful and treated us and our guests wonderfully! It was a night I'll never forget and I hope to have another event there in the near future. Read less
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Laura and Scott
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Our only complaint was the sound system on the boat. We brought our own music and the speakers were inaudible downstairs (where we needed to be because of rain). If the music was audible downstairs, it was too loud on the upper deck where a few people were gathering. Music is an important part of a wedding. This was our only disappointment.
Our only complaint was the sound system on the boat. We brought our own music and the speakers were inaudible downstairs Read more...
Our only complaint was the sound system on the boat. We brought our own music and the speakers were inaudible downstairs (where we needed to be because of rain). If the music was audible downstairs, it was too loud on the upper deck where a few people were gathering. Music is an important part of a wedding. This was our only disappointment. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Dustin
Wedding:
6/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything associated with the Afton House Inn, and cruise line was wonderful. We booked an afternoon cruise for our wedding, and had a wonderful time. Anne was spectacular to work with even rescheduling our event when an unforeseen event had arisen.

The food was made onsite at the hotel and all of our guests enjoyed every ounce, it was delicious. The deck crew were very professional, and extremely pleasant. We have already made plans to use this venue again.
Everything associated with the Afton House Inn, and cruise line was wonderful. We booked an afternoon cruise for our Read more...
Everything associated with the Afton House Inn, and cruise line was wonderful. We booked an afternoon cruise for our wedding, and had a wonderful time. Anne was spectacular to work with even rescheduling our event when an unforeseen event had arisen.

The food was made onsite at the hotel and all of our guests enjoyed every ounce, it was delicious. The deck crew were very professional, and extremely pleasant. We have already made plans to use this venue again. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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jaci
Wedding:
6/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Had a great time on the boat! Everybody was there to help out whenever we needed anything!
Had a great time on the boat! Everybody was there to help out whenever we needed anything!
Had a great time on the boat! Everybody was there to help out whenever we needed anything! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Richard
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
St. Croix River Cruises provided a great venue for our wedding reception. The Captain and staff were very friendly and courteous. The food was great and everyone had a great experience.

Richard Pederson
President
Richard Photographics, LLC
St. Croix River Cruises provided a great venue for our wedding reception. The Captain and staff were very friendly and Read more...
St. Croix River Cruises provided a great venue for our wedding reception. The Captain and staff were very friendly and courteous. The food was great and everyone had a great experience.

Richard Pederson
President
Richard Photographics, LLC Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
The Grand Duchess boat was the perfect venue for our wedding reception. Everyone had so much fun out on the river and we received many compliments about the food. I really enjoyed working with the staff and couldn't have asked for easier or friendlier people to work with! Beautiful view, delicious food, and great service.
The Grand Duchess boat was the perfect venue for our wedding reception. Everyone had so much fun out on the river and we Read more...
The Grand Duchess boat was the perfect venue for our wedding reception. Everyone had so much fun out on the river and we received many compliments about the food. I really enjoyed working with the staff and couldn't have asked for easier or friendlier people to work with! Beautiful view, delicious food, and great service. Read less
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Joan
Wedding:
10/20/2013
4.7/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding reception at Swirl My Wine (wine bar) which is part of the Afton House Inn complex. Everything turned out fabulous! The food was great and the atmosphere wonderful; classy, yet cozy. Colleen (the manager) and the other two ladies did a great job making sure everything turned out!! It is THE perfect place for a small wedding reception or other event. Several of the guests mentioned they want to come back.
My husband and I had our wedding reception at Swirl My Wine (wine bar) which is part of the Afton House Inn complex. Read more...
My husband and I had our wedding reception at Swirl My Wine (wine bar) which is part of the Afton House Inn complex. Everything turned out fabulous! The food was great and the atmosphere wonderful; classy, yet cozy. Colleen (the manager) and the other two ladies did a great job making sure everything turned out!! It is THE perfect place for a small wedding reception or other event. Several of the guests mentioned they want to come back. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Donna
Wedding:
7/20/2013
4.7/5.0
We did all of our planning via internet, except the initial meeting with our planner 3 months before the wedding. She did an amazing job with everything! We were extremely happy with everything from the planning to the last minute details. It was definitely an experience of a life time.
We did all of our planning via internet, except the initial meeting with our planner 3 months before the wedding. She did Read more...
We did all of our planning via internet, except the initial meeting with our planner 3 months before the wedding. She did an amazing job with everything! We were extremely happy with everything from the planning to the last minute details. It was definitely an experience of a life time. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
We held our rehearsal dinner on one of the boats. We had a great time and all of guests commented on how great dinner was for how simple of a meal we had. The pulled pork was great and so was everything that went along with it! We also had 4 kids on the boat, 2 of whom were given the opportunity to drive the boat for a little bit and they thought that was the coolest! Thanks for giving them that opportunity.
We held our rehearsal dinner on one of the boats. We had a great time and all of guests commented on how great dinner was Read more...
We held our rehearsal dinner on one of the boats. We had a great time and all of guests commented on how great dinner was for how simple of a meal we had. The pulled pork was great and so was everything that went along with it! We also had 4 kids on the boat, 2 of whom were given the opportunity to drive the boat for a little bit and they thought that was the coolest! Thanks for giving them that opportunity. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.8/5.0
Had to rate low on responsiveness & professionalism, 2 weeks before wedding had final appointment with the planner and she "forgot". Supposed to meet at Grand Duchess Boat, no show, no phone call. At reception, she instructed staff to put out dessert bars when guests boarded the boat, even though signed contracts said they were to be put out at 7pm, after dinner. As a result, guests ate the bars, leaving no desserts. But when this was brought to her attention, it was all our fault, just because they put them out didn't mean that our guests should have eaten them. Really?! Coffee and lemonade were out, does that mean guests were not suppose to help themselves to that also?! She does not take any responsibility for her mistakes at all.
Don't bother to pay extra to have salads served for a buffet, nothing is organized or orchestrated to do so, leave the salads on the buffet and save the money. Staff on board the boat including Captain were very attentive and friendly.
Had to rate low on responsiveness & professionalism, 2 weeks before wedding had final appointment with the planner and she Read more...
Had to rate low on responsiveness & professionalism, 2 weeks before wedding had final appointment with the planner and she "forgot". Supposed to meet at Grand Duchess Boat, no show, no phone call. At reception, she instructed staff to put out dessert bars when guests boarded the boat, even though signed contracts said they were to be put out at 7pm, after dinner. As a result, guests ate the bars, leaving no desserts. But when this was brought to her attention, it was all our fault, just because they put them out didn't mean that our guests should have eaten them. Really?! Coffee and lemonade were out, does that mean guests were not suppose to help themselves to that also?! She does not take any responsibility for her mistakes at all.
Don't bother to pay extra to have salads served for a buffet, nothing is organized or orchestrated to do so, leave the salads on the buffet and save the money. Staff on board the boat including Captain were very attentive and friendly. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.4/5.0
The service, food, and responsiveness of the staff and wedding coordinator were horrible. The kitchen forgot to cut my wedding cake, servers had shirts untucked and stained with food, cooks were overheard swearing loudly/complaining throughout the night. It appeared as though the kitchen crew spent most of the
night taking smoke breaks on the back of the
boat. Many of my guests went without
vegetables and potatoes because they poorly
planned the dinner plating. Dinner service took
several hours, which significantly cut into time
on the dance floor. Anne forgot to turn A.C. on
thev second floor, so that my guests were
dripping and uncomfortable until my MOH demanded that she double check it was turned
on.The pasta was mush, protein dry, and the pasta sauce was a ddifferent recipe than served. During tasting. I paid to have Anne (wedding coordinator with Afton Hudson) set up the boat with help from my personal attendants. She spent 2 hours folding and fluffing napkins instead of helping with setup. One month prior to the wedding, Anne added about $1000 in hidden fees onto the final
estimate which she originally denied would
occur. Anne spent meetings complaining about
other "crazy" brides using her venue. It has
been one month since my wedding and the #1
feedback I get from guests: get your money
back from your reception venue because they
royally messed it up. Moreover, Anne deposited a large sum of money from an unwanted source into my account without telling. One week later, when I discovered the incident, Anne was unprofessional and unapologetic for not informing me regarding the financial transaction. It led to a very awkward situation
and undue stress. I would advise against this venue. Although the setting was stunning, it is not worth the stress and discomfort on your wedding day.
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The service, food, and responsiveness of the staff and wedding coordinator were horrible. The kitchen forgot to cut my Read more...
The service, food, and responsiveness of the staff and wedding coordinator were horrible. The kitchen forgot to cut my wedding cake, servers had shirts untucked and stained with food, cooks were overheard swearing loudly/complaining throughout the night. It appeared as though the kitchen crew spent most of the
night taking smoke breaks on the back of the
boat. Many of my guests went without
vegetables and potatoes because they poorly
planned the dinner plating. Dinner service took
several hours, which significantly cut into time
on the dance floor. Anne forgot to turn A.C. on
thev second floor, so that my guests were
dripping and uncomfortable until my MOH demanded that she double check it was turned
on.The pasta was mush, protein dry, and the pasta sauce was a ddifferent recipe than served. During tasting. I paid to have Anne (wedding coordinator with Afton Hudson) set up the boat with help from my personal attendants. She spent 2 hours folding and fluffing napkins instead of helping with setup. One month prior to the wedding, Anne added about $1000 in hidden fees onto the final
estimate which she originally denied would
occur. Anne spent meetings complaining about
other "crazy" brides using her venue. It has
been one month since my wedding and the #1
feedback I get from guests: get your money
back from your reception venue because they
royally messed it up. Moreover, Anne deposited a large sum of money from an unwanted source into my account without telling. One week later, when I discovered the incident, Anne was unprofessional and unapologetic for not informing me regarding the financial transaction. It led to a very awkward situation
and undue stress. I would advise against this venue. Although the setting was stunning, it is not worth the stress and discomfort on your wedding day.
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