After their daughter went to college, Tami and Doug Schluter began to visit bed and breakfasts across the Midwest when an idea struck. It wasn’t long before they began searching for their dream home that they could make their own bed and breakfast.
They spent more than six weeks searching for the perfect location to begin their journey, and they found just that with the Historic Hutchinson Bed and Breakfast in Faribault.
“It took the whole winter to convert the house into the bed and breakfast but we opened on Mother’s Day 2008,” Tami fondly remembers.
Since then, they’ve received a Recognition of Excellence from Hotels Combined, a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor and have been named Best Bed and Breakfast by Southern Minn Scene 2018.
“We are just so pleased with this accolade,” she said. “It’s nice to know that other people think you’re doing well with what you’ve got.”
Visitors can stay in one of five rooms at the Historic Hutchinson House Bed and Breakfast, which is an 1892 Queen Anne Victorian home and listed on the National Register Historical Places. The house also boasts a dining room and main living room and parlor which may be used for group outings, bridal showers, meetings and receptions.
From the gingerbread trim to the hardwood floors, the house offers much of the flavor it did in the 1890s.
“A lot of these homes in greater Minnesota don’t make it,” said Realtor Jennifer Kirby. “Sometimes they get cookie-cuttered up. When houses become boarding houses in the past, the interiors get destroyed.”
Kirby specializes in selling historic homes and has driven through many greater Minnesota towns to get a sense of the history there. She knew of the Hutchinson House long before she was connected with Tami Schluter, so when that happened, she knew she was perfect for the job.
“I knew right away,” she said. “It’s kind of my job to know the houses in different cities, especially the ones that are in really great shape.”
The home was built in the Queen Anne, Victorian style in 1892 for John Hutchinson, an area businessman. Nicknamed the “Painted Lady,” the building is unique because of its three-story octagonal tower, wraparound porch, fireplaces and decorative staircases, among other things.
John Hutchinson was born in Montreal, Canada in 1840 before he moved to the United States in 1851. He arrived in Rice County around 1859, before heading out in the military and returning in the 1880s.
He went on to build the home that still stands proudly in Faribault today. And thanks to the Schluters, people from all over can come and enjoy it for themselves.
The Historic Hutchinson Bed and Breakfast is located at 305 2nd St NW, Faribault.
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