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The Cabernet Inn

Garrison, North Dakota


Our History

This beautiful five bedroom house was built by John J. Behles in 1917. After occupying the property with his family for several years, the home was sold in 1949 to the Diocese of the Catholic Church to be used as a convent and academy for the Benedictine Sacred Heart Sisters. At the time, there was a Catholic school across the street where they would work. 

Many wonderful memories have been shared by Garrison locals that remember staying with the Sisters as children. Due to harsh winter storms, many children would stay the night when returning to the family farm was a challenge. After twenty-eight years, the convent had closed and the property changed hands between a few different local families until 2010. 

In December of 2010, this unique house was purchased by Brenda Huesers and Michelle Westman with the vision of restoring it to its original beauty but now as an inn. During the two years of renovations, all of the lath and plaster from the walls was removed and hauled out. Although the property now has more of a modern touch, many aspects have remained the same. The cast-iron tub, wood trim, hardwood floors, built-in archways, as well as all of the beveled glass found in the windows and doors are original. We also still use the original cast-iron registers for heat. When the property was converted to a convent, beds were installed on cables that crank down from the ceiling to provide more sleeping arrangements for the Sisters. We have kept them intact and put them on display. 

Our Town

While you enjoy your stay in our quaint town, please visit our town attractions. 

In the warmer seasons you can visit our golf course, city pool, tennis courts, and parks. We are located three miles north of Lake Sakakawea where you will find Ft. Stevenson State Park and Marina. In July you can take part in the Governer's Cup Walleye Derby.

Winter is very special in Garrison. Every year, for three weekends the Dicken's Village Festival can be found on Main Street. The festival starts first weekend of Thanksgiving.   

For more information on Garrison events and attractions, visit: http://garrisonnd.com

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