My wife and I did a two week tour of several cities in Minnesota, including Grand Marais, Duluth & Hibbing. We were up there to escape the Florida heat and didn't really know what we were going to do, but turned out to have a really great vacation. Please see my other posts regarding lodging, meals, etc. if you are interested in a similar trip.
We ended our trip with a few days in Duluth. We stayed at the 1890 Inn for three nights. The Rose Room was cute but a little small with a bathroom that was sort of built into one corner of the room. It was cute but might get a little old if you're staying more than a couple of nights. The next two nights we were in the Master Suite. Very nice. Plenty of room, separate little sitting area / closet and a nice large bathroom. Definitely worth a few extra dollars. We didn't get to see the other bedrooms. The common areas had enough to keep busy if you were just hanging out...books, magazines, an old player piano, patio, etc.
Breakfasts were fantastic! Food was ready right on time, plenty of it and the service was great. Al's a great cook. We weren't hungry again until dinner time. He also left out brownies or cookies at night and supplied cold bottled water and soft drinks from the kitchen. We had to leave early on our last day for a flight, but he was nice enough to bag up a few things to take with us for breakfast.
Al was a great host and suggested things to do and places to eat while we were in town. Extremely hospital and seemed like a very nice man.
The Inn itself seemed like it could use a little refurbishing. The interior was very clean and everything worked fine, but it is an old house that was showing it's age. Nothing major wrong, just don't expect an 'old house' that was redone two years ago if that's what you're looking for.
Overall, we would definitely stay here again. Service was great, food was great and the rates were reasonable.