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“A Great Weekend” 5 of 5 stars
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604 Chestnut Avenue, Carlton, MN 55718   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Carlton B&B and Inns
Plymouth, Minnesota
1 review
“A Great Weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

My wife and I took a long weekend to relax, hike and bike. We were so delighted when Glenn and his mother Helen welcomed us – they are so friendly. The historic house and grounds are beautiful and surrounded by towering White Pines. Our delight lasted throughout the weekend while biking on the Munger State Trail, hiking the Carlton Trail into Jay Cooke State Park and canoeing across the Thomson Reservoir into my childhood playground, the Midway River – all without having to drive out of the yard! We felt so comfortable at the Oldenburg House with our wonderful hosts.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Osage, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

On stepping into the Oldenburg House, a sense of welcome is immediate. Glen and Helen graciously take you in as if to say "you're home, come in and relax". History is everywhere, in the construction and decor. Outside, the grounds and gardens call to be explored, with paths, old-growth pine, mature trees, and billion-year old rock formations. The setting for this historic home is amazing with access to the Munger Trail, the St. Louis River, Jay Cooke State Park, and the Thompson Reservoir, all near by. And, Duluth is just a short drive away. Helen and Glen provide a delicious home-cooked breakfast, Keurig coffee, along with a cozy bedroom with private bath. The best part of our visit was getting to know Helen and Glen, two kind, generous and interesting people.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

I had the great pleasure staying here last night. The hosts could not have been more welcoming (and fun!). Glenn personally showed me the gorge in the adjoining state park. Mama made me Swedish cookies!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Both my wife and I had the pleasure, not once, but twice, of attending a fantastic musical experience by world-famous pianist Eric Himy at the Oldenburg House. Both Glenn and Helen, owners/operators of the B&B, did a superb job of having a beautiful grand piano, concert-in-the-round seating, and delicious treats for the concert attendees. The setting for this piano recital is spectacular: wooded grounds, rolling grass and gardens, beautifully restored mansion. As a B&B, the home is perfect. Highly recommend to anyone. Many thanks to Glenn and Helen for making us both feel welcome.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is the perfect location for EVERYTHING!!!! I attended the SolFest Concert and stayed at the Bed and Breakfast. This property is so beautiful inside and out! Set on acres of land and at the edge of the Jay Cooke State Park just footsteps from the lake and the river, I never need to go anywhere else to retreat. And did I mention the Concert/ Fest?! I cannot wait for next year- June 28th cannot come soon enough! This place is a magical must see. I want to have a retreat there and invite a huge group of friends and family (10 +); it's perfect for a wedding or huge party with space for over 1000 people on the property; and I hope they have concerts there more than once a year!!! I'm going back as soon as I can!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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St Paul
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

My wife and I celebrated our twenty-plus wedding anniversary in May at the Oldenburg House. Shortly after arrival, hiked through the woods and caught site of a of white tail deer threesome. The yard and surrounding area is beautiful. We echo the other reviews reflecting the graciousness of hosts Glenn and Helen. The breakfast was delicious and the fruit was fresh. We are planning our return this fall.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We stayed here for 1 night in May 2013, while hiking trails in the area (Munger, Carlton, various Duluth trails). Hosts Glenn and his mother Helen couldn't have been more welcoming, it was a real pleasure to meet them, and their fine old house is a delight. I highly recommend this B&B to anyone interested in this beautiful area, or even for exploring Duluth which is only 15 minutes away. Good breakfast, comfortable bed, deer running through the back yard, and the Jay Cooke State Park right next door.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Oldenburg House

Address: 604 Chestnut Avenue, Carlton, MN 55718
Location: United States > Minnesota > Carlton
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Carlton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bordering the wilderness of Jay Cooke State Park and the Willard Munger Trail, the Oldenburg House, accompanied by 7 acres of grounds, is nestled within regal nature in its full glory. The location offers privacy, open spaces, secluded paths and nooks, the friendliness of a small town amid the comforts of this historic house and property. ... more   less 

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