Related: 40x40 List
Date completed: Saturday, September 18, 2015
Ever since Scott and I saw houseboats in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia while honeymooning, I've wanted to stay overnight on one. When I originally created the 40x40 list, I didn't research whether this would be possible in my own backyard and if it wasn't, where we'd go.
When I did get around to figuring out the details of this 40x40, my Google search of "houseboats in Minnesota" yielded results like Vermillion Houseboats and Timber Bay. This type of houseboat isn't what I had in mind and wouldn't work for us because we didn't have a full weekend to commit to this endeavor, the rental cost exceeded my budget, and we didn't want to actually drive the boat!
Enter the floating bed and breakfast in St. Paul, The Covington Inn. I first heard about the Covington last year because of a Pioneer Press article about it being up for sale. We decided to splurge and stay in The Pilot House Suite, a two-story room with a private sitting room with large windows and a great view of downtown St. Paul.
Friday was a dreary, rainy day and I was low on energy from a week of terrible sleep. Normally I'd be upset that the weather was not ideal for a getaway but Scott and I decided to see the silver lining; because of the rain, we wanted to stay in and make the most of our limited time on the boat.
We left for a bit to walk around St. Paul stopping at Mears Park, Oktoberfest in Rice Park, the George Latimer Central Library, and Great Waters Brewing Company. Soaked from the rain, we returned to our room to hang out. It was extremely relaxing and I'm thankful we were forced to unwind.
After a restful night of sleep, I woke up early to catch the sunrise and to walk across the river for some coffee while Scott slept in.
I returned to The Covington Inn for breakfast of delicious French toast with Scott and our fellow guests. After breakfast, we drove west along the river and stopped at Crosby Farm Regional Park for a hike.
I'm grateful we were able to enjoy The Covington Inn and hope that the current Innkeeper, Liz is able to find that special person or people to keep this special getaway in St. Paul. Scott and I are sold on staying on houseboats when our vacation destinations are on the water like these in San Diego, Seattle, Sausalito, or Portland.
The Nivens Family