The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Afton House Inn is a three star hotel overlooking the St. Croix River in Afton, Minnesota. The historic country inn features well-appointed rooms for overnight guests. An on-site restaurant features tableside cooking with a selection of seafood, steaks, chicken, pork, pasta and vegetarian entrees. The venue hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions as well as rehearsal dinners.
Wheel Room. The Wheel Room is a rustic space with exposed dark wood molding and ceiling beams and interesting mementos hanging on the walls. The space accommodates up to 130 guests.
Pennington Room. The Pennington Room is an ideal intimate setting for a ceremony and reception or a rehearsal dinner. The room, which accommodates up to 60 guests, features a historic ambience with attractive wallpaper, white fireplace and sophisticated drapes.
Couples can have their reception on one of the Afton Hudson Cruise Lines' ships and treat guests to a cruise on scenic St. Croix River. The Sweet Afton is a 64-foot converted house boat that accommodates up to 34 people. The Afton Princess is an 80-foot cruiser with a climate controlled interior that seats up to 100 people. A second level, ideal for ceremonies, accommodates up to 80 guests. The Grand Duchess, a passenger mini ship with two climate-controlled levels, seats up to 300 guests.
What You Should Know
The venue has a wedding planner who helps future brides and grooms with wedding coordination. The wedding planner helps couples with everything from choosing the right boat, decorations and floral arrangements to creating the ideal menu. Couples are welcome to bring a wedding cake from a licensed bakery, with a nominal charge for cutting, plating and serving.
The culinary team specializes in hors d’oeuvre platters, beautiful buffets, creative entrees, sweet tables, full bars and beverage stations. The team prepares food for indoor receptions as well as cruise receptions, offering entree enhancements to customize the wedding menu. They will also prepare a couple’s favorite dishes. Fresh, local ingredients are used whenever possible and all of the recipes are made from scratch. Cruise dinners are usually served buffet style, but seated dinner arrangements are available. Full bar service is available in the inn and on the ships.
The inn features 25 well-appointed Jacuzzi and fireplace suites that offer many amenities:
- Free WiFi
- Patio decks
- Room service
- Gas fireplaces
- Double Jacuzzi
- AM/FM iPod radio
- Free guest parking
From the Vendor
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We offer two FABULOUS wedding locations to choose from! Our beautiful historic Afton Inn offers two enchanting banquet rooms OR celebrate under the stars with spectacular views of the St.Croix River on one of our three cruise lines! It's a wedding celebration that will never be forgotten! We’ll take care of details providing the finest service and dining! Book for rehearsal dinners and showers, too!
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Backyard, Waterfront, Cruise, Historic Venue, Hotel, Restaurant
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
We had our wedding reception on the Grand Duchess in June. After our original reception site canceled on us 2 weeks before the big day, Melissa and Dan were amazing to work with. Dan met us to tour the boat on the same day (no less his anniversary). Melissa worked closely with us for the two weeks leading up to the wedding on ironing out all the details (including decoration recommendations) and with so many moving parts and last minute changes she was on top of it. We couldn't have done it without their help and our day turned out perfect. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how great the river cruise was and how much fun they had.
Amazing service and food. Didn't have to worry about anything! Staff and crew were amazing.
The Grand Duchess was a great venue. Very helpful, accommodating staff and great food.
We had our wedding reception on the Grand Duchess in July 2015. It was absolutely perfect! Our wedding guests are STILL raving about it. The food was great, the staff was very professional and helpful, and the atmosphere was amazing. In particular, Anne was incredible - she was very helpful, responsive, and really helped bring our vision to life. On the boat, Lynn was wonderful. She made sure all of our guests were well taken care of, especially my husband and I. She really made sure every moment was what we wanted. I would highly recommend the Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines, and I know our guests would too! Dan & Cherise
We were married on the Grand Duchess from Afton Hudson Cruise Lines. Anne made sure every detail was perfect. The food was amazing and so was the staff. We heard many compliments about the food and service. Anne met with us many times late in the evening due to our schedules. Thank you Anne and staff for making our day absolutely PERFECT
PerfectReviewed on 6/04/2015 Chris B
We LOVED afton! The room was beautiful and the staff was great to work with! Highly recommend!
Dream weddingReviewed on 8/03/2014 Megan C
We had our wedding on the Afton Princess and we couldn't have been happier! The staff was absolutely wonderful, the food was great, our guests loved the river cruise, and Afton took care of so many details that the stress level of planning was relatively low.
Top Notch Venue!!Reviewed on 11/26/2013 Anne P
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! Wedding: 09/21/2013
Unique venuReviewed on 9/03/2012 Kris O
Our guests had a great time. The interior of the boats was better than the other boat and packet companies we considered. Food was served hot. Bar staff was friendly.
WOWReviewed on 8/09/2012 Susan S
My wedding!Reviewed on 7/02/2012 Hannah W
I just recently got married on the Afton Princess and I loved it! Granted our time was cut short because my judge was an hour late and they wouldn't let us make that time up, but we made the best of it and the scenery was great! The food was awesome! And the people there are super friendly! They had a really nice social bar back at the hotel so it made it nice to just sit outside by a fire and have a few drinks and relax!
Rehearsal DinnerReviewed on 7/19/2011 Julia P
It was a good evening with good food. The weather was a little iffy, but the boat ride was smooth. The humidity & heat were strong and we had to wait a little longer than expected before boarding the boat as they were not yet prepared with decorations.
greatReviewed on 3/23/2011 Jessica v
great place, very welcoming
Thanks for making our wedding perfectReviewed on 11/08/2010 Dan J
Every single staff member on the cruise was exceptional at their job. They were very helful, friendly and overall just wonderful to work with. The made our reception run smoothly and truly made it an enjoyable experience for everyone. Rarely can you say that everyone was totally impressed by the food, service and ambiance that you porvided to make our wedding day so so special. Everyone is still raving about the event and we look forward to celebrating our 1 year anniversary at the Afton House Inn hotel. Dan and Tracy, again thank you for everything. You were a pleasure to work with from start to finish!
Wedding CruiseReviewed on 8/24/2010 Angela S
We had both our ceremony and our reception on the Grand Duchess. The ceremony was on top the boat, outdoors, and the reception below. We received and continue to receive many complements on the quality and professionalism of the cruise line. Everyone had a wonderful time. Tracy Jo really pulled everything together and made our wedding perfect with the extra special touches and effort that was put into our wedding. She coordinated everything from the napkins to the ceremony chair covers. The captain also made sure that everything went exactly as I wanted it. The only thing I would do different would be to stay on the cruise longer. No one wanted to get off the boat!
EpicReviewed on 8/09/2010 Susan G
We had our groom's dinner on the Sweet Afton. They catered the food exactly to our specs. There was a huge storm that evening, so we stayed docked, and when it was safe to go out, the crew gave us the full ride anyway. Food was delicious, staff was excellent.
Meet The Director of Sales
All weddings have tangible elements-the flowers, the invitations,the attire, the venue,the menu, etc. At the end of the night, though, these elements will disappear. The flowers will wilt, the music will stop, and the party will end. However there is one thing that will remain- the memories remembered and the feelings they evoke. No matter where you are at any moment, the memories of your wedding will always be there. They cannot be perfectly replicated in real life, only in one's mind like pieces of art. It is my passion you make your wedding your very own fairy tale story, to be told.