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“Our new favorite spot in Duluth” 5 of 5 stars
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828 South Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802   |  
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Ranked #2 of 11 Duluth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Our new favorite spot in Duluth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Brian and Mary are lovely hosts. The house and grounds are fantastic. Breakfast could not be beat.

We stayed in the loft, which we enjoyed. Note that the bathroom is roomy and very nice; no door between the bed and bath, though, and a shower only. This short person couldn't really enjoy the view in the sky lights, alas. We preferred sitting on the gorgeous deck anyway.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My husband and I wanted to get away while our 16 year old was away at camp and this was a wonderful choice. We stayed in the Aerial Bridge Suite and it was fantastic. We could watch the canal from the chairs in our room. Mary and Brian made us feel at home and the breakfasts were fantastic. I have celiac disease and have to eat gluten free and Mary made delicious breakfasts that I could eat and enjoy. The garden was beautiful and my favorite part of our stay was sitting in the garden in the morning drinking the delicious coffee.The home and garden were beautiful with all kinds of special touches - a bolt from when the aerial bridge was reworked and pictures of the bridge being built, a guide to Duluth, the best sites to determine when the boats are due to come through, etc.

Solglimt is just over the bridge from Canal Park but so far away in terms of the tranquility and relaxation. I hope to get back there some day soon.

Room Tip: I liked the Aerial Bridge room because it has a great view of the lake and the gardens and was in th...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We have stayed at Solglimt on many occasions and we'll be staying again soon - and cannot wait. The property and hosts, Mary and Brian are beyond wonderful. We really enjoy their commitment to the environment and their attention to detail and the needs of their guests. The outdoor spaces and beach are a unique ammenity in Duluth and the proximity to Canal Park is a big plus. The mult-course breakfast, served al fresco if weather permits, is the highlight of the day.

There's nothing to chance in staying with the Glover's at Solglimt!

Room Tip: The rooms in the annex are newer and more contemporary but the rooms in the main house are still qui...
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Green Features: Brian and Mary really lead the way in sustainability.
  • Stayed July 2014, 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Brian and Mary Grover really know their business, and it shows. From the artfully prepared food (and I am diabetic, vegetarian, & allergic to eggs), to the thoughtfully appointed rooms, the art work, gardens and the gorgeous house itself; their experience and genuine enjoyment of people shows at every turn. I had a sense that they were glad to see us when my partner and I arrived from the Twin Cities. They were gracious and welcoming, and we engaged in conversation that drifted in and out of what we needed to know about the house and how things work, as if we were neighbors over for coffee for the 3rd time this week.

They were truly pleased when we liked the room, the bed, the Jacuzzi, the view, the art work, the... everything. I really believe that they are doing what they love to do and it made me feel welcomed and valued as a guest in their home. That is a rare commodity in the B&B world. All of that, plus the privacy and secluded "feel" to our room enabled me to deeply relax, and thoroughly enjoy our stay at Solglimt.

I have to say that Solglimt is at the top - my #1 - in Bed and Breakfast lodgings. The view from our room was stunning, the food was superb, and our hosts were invested in providing us with a great experience. It does not get better than this. Solglimt is a gem.

Room Tip: There is not a bad room in the house as far as I could tell. All the guests seemed very satisfied...
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Green Features: I was so happy to see how they had used so many "green" products, and even some of the bathroom "appliances" had been chosen to save water. They seemed to work hard to not only recycle, but to use less and create less waste. Bravo!
  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

On the peninsula of Lake Superior, about a block from the famous Aerial Lift Bridge and the Canal Park restaurant district, Solglimt B&B had everything we wanted in a great 3-day visit to Duluth.

"1000" great details. Almost any angle inside the home is art in itself. Sitting in the living room, you can see the multiple winding stairway to the second floor, with artful openings and interesting trim. When you enter the easy-combination back door, you walk by the semi-hidden Ky pond. The back yard not only overlooks the sand beach to Lake Superior, but it is a wonderful puzzle of brick and wooden walkways, snaking trough gardens and sculptures. (that leaves 997 detail I did not describe here). the bedroom had a blond wooden floor, an imaginative fan, a spectacular air-bubbler bath...(994 detail remaining...)

Brian and Mary created gourmet breakfasts every day (see the picture). Style and taste were at the top of any B&B we've visited. They were helpful and knowledgeable about the area after leading this B&B for decades.

And, many of our friends said, "Duluth?" they were picturing the 1980s dreary rust belt city. Dututh is now a restored city, great for tourists who like character as well as beauty.

Room Tip: They are all good! (Sorry, but you'll just have to pick the style you like best.)
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Austin, Texas
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259 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We had never been to Duluth and this was just a perfect place to stay. Right on the lake side with fantastic huge picture windows looking out to the lake. Park Point suite was in the new section with exceptional amenities. Modern and clean. The innkeepers have thought of so many nice touches here, drinks, snacks, DVD's, plenty of local info. Sharon was taking care of things while the owners were traveling and she was great. Breakfast both days was superb. The inn is in a great location just a block or so away from the aerial lift bridge. Very comfortable stay here!

Room Tip: Park Point Suite in the new addition was great! Note-there are four parking spaces for five rooms so...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

My fiancé and I had an overnight stay here for my birthday and it was perfect! It has lovely views of the lake with the sunrise, comfortable rooms with a lovely fireplace, and great Jacuzzi. We will most certainly be coming back in the future!

  • Stayed December 2013, 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
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Additional Information about Solglimt Bed & Breakfast

Address: 828 South Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802
Location: United States > Minnesota > Duluth
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Duluth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
No other Duluth MN bed breakfasts offer a more intimate experience with Lake Superior's shores. Right here in Canal Park, Solglimt brings you as close to the Lake as you can get! Solglimt, is on a seven-mile strip of sand reaching out into Lake Superior’s clear blue. Relax in your perfectly appointed room and head down for a delicately prepared gourmet meal, then head out to explore our gardens, the shore, the ships and the city beyond. ... more   less 

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