Destination Since 1901
old Sauk Centre House, the town's first hotel, burned to the ground
on June 26, 1900, a feeling of relief came over the townspeople.
The delighted citizenry spoke among themselves, “Now at
last, perhaps the town can have a first class hotel.”
1901, Ralph L. Palmer and Christena J. Palmer built The Palmer
House Hotel. And, it was a first class hotel! They lived there
with their children Hazel Palmer and Carlisle R. Palmer. Christena's
mother and brother, George Brandner, also worked at the hotel.
Modern for its day, The Palmer House was the first building in
Sauk Centre with electricity. Salesmen traveling by rail regularly
used the hotel for business meetings and relaxation. The hotel
soon became the cornerstone of Sauk Centre's downtown area and
served as a gathering place for the now-content locals. Nobel
Prize winner Sinclair Lewis referred to the hotel as the Minniemashie
House in his 1920 novel, Main Street.
endured an ambitious makeover in 1993, exposing its natural beauty
from top to bottom with respect to Richard Palmer's idea. However,
some of the comforts to which society has become accustomed have
been added. The hotel originally housed 38 small rooms with guests
sharing a common “necessary room” down the hall. There
are now 19 rooms (each with its own bathroom facility), some complete
with Jacuzzis to pamper you a bit.
When you stay at The Palmer House, choose a room tucked away in
the recesses of the hotel or a room directly above the Original
Main Street where you can look down from your vantage point and
observe the hustle and bustle of small town life. But resist the
urge to keep to your room, and explore. We have many delightful
shops downtown to peruse.
House's spacious lobby is perfect for whiling away the hours reading
and visiting. You'll find The Pub, just off the lobby, to be well-stocked
with your favorite cocktails and a cozy sometimes spirited place
to spend an hour to two. Trying to resist the inviting aromas
coming from the restaurant will be your only problem. Our kitchen
is open daily from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and we have a baker who
will tempt you back for more of her homemade goodies.
The Palmer House for business, pleasure, or for the room 11or
17. The friendly staff will be waiting to extend a warm greeting
upon your arrival and cater to your every need throughout your
stay. Whether it be a special event or an intimate evening for
two, call us to discuss the many options we can put together for
you. We do free consultations for planning your groom's dinner,
wedding reception, showers, birthday parties.... whatever it is
you may want to celebrate. We also participate with GreyStone
Golf Course in a wonderful Stay and Play Package. Call us
for details. We look forward to meeting you!