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Want to visit towns with Victorian houses

I love and adore old historic, Victorian homes. I would like to travel to towns that have a lot of these types of homes. Have thought seriously of owning a B&B but am not sure yet . . . any idea where I can travel and check out these homes in the Midwest? - Elle, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

To see the most beautiful Victorian houses, follow the lumber barons especially if you love the gorgeous decorative woodwork so many of these houses have.

In Dubuque, Iowa, many of the houses can be seen on the Victorian House Tour and Progressive Dinner.

In May, the Dubuque Old House Enthusiasts host an Old House Tour. For more, see Destination Dubuque.

Just across the Mississippi, Galena is famous for its Victorian houses, many of them now B&Bs. For more, see Galena getaway.

In southeast Minnesota, the village of Lanesboro has many Victorian houses that now are B&Bs. For more, see Lodgings in Lanesboro.

An hour south of the Twin Cities on the Mississippi, Red Wing has many Victorian houses that can be seen on a trolley tour. For more, see Roaming in Red Wing.

On the St. Croix River, Stillwater, Minn., also offers a trolley tour that passes the many Victorian houses. For more, see Summer in Stillwater.

On Lake Superior, the port city of Duluth had more millionaires per capital than any other U.S. city in the early 20th century. Many of the homes now are B&Bs. For more, see Living like a millionaire and Duluth's grand mansion.

All of these towns have annual B&B tours. For more, see A view of a room.

Many Victorian B&Bs now are for sale, as owners try to retire. Most B&B associations list them on their websites, and many offer classes in B&B operation. Contact the association directors for more information.

For more about B&B associations, see How to find a bed-and-breakfast.


Last updated on April 12, 2011