Subject: The Cat Hotel
His name was Arnold. In the night I felt his foot upon my thigh. It didnt take long before his tongue found my skin. We were staying at The Anderson House Inn in Wabasha, Minnesota. Arnold is one of the many cats that you may reserve with your room for the night! My niece heard about this hotel on some animal program on television (of course I had known about it for years) and asked if we could stay here. As a matter of fact we were heading up to Minnesota for a conference and this was on the way home - so no problem! The Anderson House opened in 1856 claims to be the state of Minnesota's oldest operating hotel. Wabasha is a tiny Mississippi River town about one hour southwest of St. Paul. The Main street business district is only 3 blocks long lined with 19th century red brick 3-story shop fronts. The main business of days gone by was grain/flour storage and distribution. Its recent claim to fame is the site of the film GRUMPY OLD MEN staring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The inn is a 3 story walk-up with an eclectic assortment of rooms varying in period decor. Some rooms share a bath in the hall others have the closet converted into a tiny private bath. Our room was a mish-mash of 1940's fixtures. The inn's resturant is open to the public for all three meals. Its down home cooking features Pennsylvania Dutch meals as well as local foods. This has been a family-owned operation for generations. The cats - my niece was allowed to pick out the beast she preferred. Their caretaker brings food, water and a litter box to your room and you have them for your stay. A homey touch!

Cynthia Kilian in Woodstock, Illinois USA