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It Would Be a Crime Not to Stay at the Elkader Jailhouse Inn
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It Would Be a Crime Not to Stay at the Elkader Jailhouse Inn

Are you ready to spend a night in jail?

Visit the Elkader Jailhouse Inn that rests on a three-acre lot overlooking the historic town of Elkader to spend the night in a “unique lodging experience that transcends the ordinary.”

The old Clayton County Jail, a historic, limestone building, that was built in 1870 has been transformed by Julie Carlisle-Kane and Dr. Tim Kane.

The Elkader Jailhouse Inn has three different suites available year round. During summer and early fall months of May through October, the lodging offers a home-cooked breakfast meal and hot, fresh coffee to kick off the morning.  From November through April, the inn operates as a bed and bath only.

The Harstad Suite, located on the 3rd floor, is a two-person suite. The bath has a two-person soaker tub, shower, and bidet.

The Botanical Suite, located on the 2nd floor, is also a two-person suite. The spacious bath has a two-person air tub, shower, all with a beautiful view of the garden and the Turkey Valley.

The Emma Big Bear Suite can accommodate 2-5 people. One room has a queen bed while another room has both a double and twin bed. The private bath is located across the hall.

The old cell block has been transformed into a comfy hangout that will make you feel at home. With a big screen TV, shuffleboard, and other board games and cards, the cell block is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a beverage of choice.

For more information, head to Elkader Jailhouse Inn’s website, call 563.580.0041, or email

No one wants to have to spend the night in jail, unless it is at the Elkader Jailhouse Inn!

Written by Amy Bonvillain; Photo Credit to Elkader Jailhouse Inn

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