My wife and I were only able to spend one night in this beautiful B&B, and I was immediately struck with how beautiful and well kept the house is. I grew up in Duluth, and spent two years living just down the street in a similar style home during my college years. In my time there, I saw a few other "hillside mansions" and few match the beauty of Fireside. It is obvious just how much love and attention that Joy and Jim put into this building through updates and upkeep. One of my only nitpicks would be like other similar buildings in the area, the squeaking floors and heavy doors might be a bit of a consideration for those who need a very quiet room. They have recently installed new soft carpet to help this, and are quick to let you know if you might have neighbors who would be heard through walls. However, we found ourselves waking early due to neighbors slamming heavy doors and those above us walking across the squeaky floor.
The bathroom in our suite was remodeled and had a beautiful two person jacuzzi which was fun to share. They also provide beautiful robes and soft towels to enjoy. It's very romantic! However in the morning, it took time for the hot water to kick in and my wife had a much colder shower than I did.
A major highlight of this Inn for some will definitely be the breakfast service. Brought to your door, it's obvious that they put in a lot of thought and heart into the meal. However, my other nitpick would come that they don't ask if you have any dietary restrictions. Our meal was covered in nuts, which I am allergic and could not eat. It was also very carb and sugary, which to many would be a large plus, but for folks with a strict diet, might be a bit much for an early morning meal. I understand the idea for most to attend a B&B is to indulge or be able to treat themselves to something they wouldn't normally be able to do... but had we been offered a choice, we would have chosen differently.
We will likely stay again, if only to see the beautiful home again... but not every indulgence provided would be considered a perk for all. It's possible we're not the intended audience (single couple in their late 30's), but when we return we'll likely aim for off peak visits when we're one of the only people there.
Just be aware that these old houses can have squeaking floors and heavy doors that sqeak and slam.
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We are amazed that these guests left saying their stay at our Inn was delightful and then choose this venue to vent their nitpics. Our Inn is a historic 102 year-old mansion and we cannot control other guests slamming doors, a minor squeak in the floor and it may take some patience for hot water but with numerous hot water heaters--we never run out. During check in we discuss breakfast and this would have been the time for this guest to alert us of any food allergies or diet restrictions so that they could enjoy our bountiful breakfast. Read on for dozens of five star ratings!
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