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“Outstanding B&B” 5 of 5 stars
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2316 East 1st Street, Duluth, MN 55812   |  
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Ranked #4 of 11 Duluth B&B and Inns
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Outstanding B&B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

My husband and I spent two nights here for a break away from daily life (and kids!). We loved it here and will be back! The house is so beautiful and of all the B&B's we have stayed in, the owners took great care to put together a fantastic book explaining the history of the house and what each room was originally used for. It was clean, classy and the breakfasts/coffee was amazing! David and Jerry were so kind. David showed us the best places to go, eat etc. and we went to the New Scenic Cafe on his advice-it is now our favorite restaurant in the north! The library was my favorite (great DVD selection too) soothing classical music plays at all times highlighting the ambience of the house. The owners are doing a fantastic job and we missed being there as soon as we drove away! We are looking forward to our next stay.

Room Tip: The Olcott room we stayed in was located on the main floor and very quiet!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Olcott House for Valentine's Day. It was MARVELOUS! Our spacious room, The Olcott Suite, was romantic yet refined. The fabulous eggs benedict, our second course, were served with a side of the best hash browns I've ever tasted. The Olcott House is absolutely gorgeous - the owners have great taste. Simply stated, I can't imagine a better place to stay in all of Duluth.

Room Tip: All the rooms seem to be very unique. Make sure to research which one fits your needs best.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

My girlfriend and I frequently stay at Bed and Breakfasts around the country, but anytime we're remotely close to Duluth, it will be at the Olcott House. The house itself is historic and charming, but that is not the half of it. This is perhaps the most charming B&B we've stayed in, from the set-up of the rooms to the decor, and the house holds many historic photographs, pictures, and other memorabilia from the early twentieth century. There is a piano room, and music plays downstairs constantly. It is very peaceful. We found ourselves wanting to just hang around the Bed and Breakfast because there was so much to do there (read through the books, play games, watch the DVDs) and there was so much charm. But the real charm is in the hosts, David and Jerry, who are very attentive, conscientious, and helpful. They know the area and its attractions and restaurants very well, and really make you feel "at home" and welcome. At check-in time, there is wine and cheese, and there is always fresh water in the rooms.

A couple of bonuses: Breakfast is extraordinarily good. Another bonus is the people you find here. Each time we've been to the Olcott House, we've ended up meeting really interesting guests and having great conversations.

This is a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

We had a wonderful mini-break in this lovely B&B. It's an impressive 1904 mansion lovingly decorated in period style, so sipping wine in the parlour or reading the paper in the breakfast room felt like stepping into another world. Our room (Olcott Room) was decked out in the same style, large, with a four-poster bed and settee. Slight concession to modernity apparent in lovely bathroom, (smallish) TV, DVD player and wifi (and can I just say that the DVD collection is pretty exceptional). David and Gerry are warm and hospitable without being intrusive, with great advice about places to eat out. Breakfast was excellent both days, and the wine and cheese in the evenings was a nice touch. On the whole a perfect getaway.

Room Tip: The Olcott Room was lovely.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

World class accommodations and service. We were delighted to find this jewel of the Midwest where we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. A truly memorable experience with the finest eye for detail. Entertainment and recreation options abound no matter the season. David and Jerry are the consummate hosts. Be sure to add this Duluth experience to your bucket list.

Terry and John Egge

Room Tip: Every room is distinct, comfortable, private and well appointed. I should also mention that breakfa...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

My wife and I fond this beautiful place by recommendation and this was much more than promised!
The house is very clean for at least one reason, you have to take off your street shoes which is obviously effective.
We were invited for afternoon "tea" with wine, cheese and meat. What a pleasure after a long road trip!
We were provided with restaurant recommendations, things do do in Duluth, the history of the house, etc.
We stayed in a suite with fireplace, huge bathroom, dressroom and for sure a comfortable sleeping room. For entertainment you can use e.g. DVDs from a well equiped libary, play the piano or read about the interesting history of this place.
The address is in a very good neighborhood 5 minutes to dowtown.

Thanks to David for the hospitality, unfortunately we didn't meet Jerry. We are looking forward to our next stay in Duluth.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DeForest, Wisconsin
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

To begin with, the house is amazing. Mansion is the only word to use, and it's well appointed with antiques, decorations, and fine woodwork. There's wine in the evening, you can play the piano, the owners are friendly but not overbearing. They are quite willing to show you the house and talk about its history, but they also leave you alone. The breakfast was good, and the rooms have small touches like filtered water and mints. It is true that there is a routine: breakfast is a certain time, you take off your shoes when you come in, but those are not problems as long as you know it ahead of time. We recommend this B and B.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Olcott Suite. Great deep bathtub, very nice overall.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2316 East 1st Street, Duluth, MN 55812
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Duluth
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #4 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Duluth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"A celebration of elegance, class and history…" One of Minnesota’s architectural gems! 1904 Georgian Colonial Mansion with six gorgeous, very private and very large suites. Fine antiques, gourmet candlelight breakfasts. Complimentary wine & cheese. Relax and enjoy grand luxury in an historic inn! ... more   less 

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