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Olcott House Bed and Breakfast Inn
Ranked #6 of 11 Duluth B&B and Inns
Rantoul, Illinois
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35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful house in a lovely city!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

We stayed at the Olcott in July on our first trip to Duluth and the Northshore. The inn is incredibly beautiful and well kept. Our innkeeper was super friendly and greeted us, offered tips, and even just hung around to chat. The breakfasts were great and there was plenty of options for sitting. We got to meet fellow innkeepers who helped us plan our trip. The B&B is a drive from Canal Park, but it is well worth it and the drive is easy. This is a great destination to see the Northshore. 35 runs right down the hill right to the highway to the Northshore. We picked Duluth off a map as part of our trip to every state in the Union and we could not have been more pleased (and we're Michiganders so we grew up on the Great Lakes)! I hope we can return some day to this beautiful city on Lake Superior.

Room Tip: Our room comprised three separate rooms and a bath.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

Had a great stay on our last of 7 days in Minnesota. Accommodations, service, staff - all top notch. Had great weather for August and found it very relaxing to read for a couple of hours on cool front porch. They provide evening wine and snacks. They have an interesting selection of books and also several daily newspapers. We had a fine meal in the morning that got us ready for a long trip back to Illinois.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Brighton, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

The B&B is quiet and peaceful. The grounds still retain their elegance and the whole B&B calls you to sit and relax. Meals are wonderful. The inn is clean and in good repair. Dave and Jerry share their home with care and planning. You are welcomed with wine and cheese upon arrival. Coffee greets you at 8am sharp.

Room Tip: No clear view of Lake Superior but close to Leif Erickson park. Wonderful views of the neighborhood...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

I was lucky to get time away from work and very excited to book another stay at my favorite place to stay.
I love being at the Olcott House when I am visiting friends in Duluth!
As an avid local history buff I was impressed with the Owner's knowledge of the Duluth area and their suggestions about what to see along the north shore.
The architecture of house is beautiful and the rooms are really cozy!
I hope to stay again when the leaves are changing colors!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Story City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed at the Olcott House approximately two weeks after the flooding in Duluth. If we hadn't have heard about the flood from the news we would have never known there was one.

The Olcott House is a magnificent place to stay in Duluth. It is located in an area with many stately and historic homes and minutes away from anywhere you want to be. David is a very engaging host and attentive to your needs. He made us feel welcomed during our stay and the breakfast was simply delicious. He made great suggestions on restaurants and things to see and do.

From sitting on the porch reading the paper in the morning with a great cup of coffee, to visiting with David and other guests, to watching a movie (from their collection) at night, or to simply enjoy the elegant accomodations - we enthusiastically recommend the Olcott House for anyone looking for a unique and memorable experience.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

We stayed here for a two day living social package that I bought online. Beautiful house gives you the feeling of royalty. It's close to all the tourist spots. The staff was very nice and helpful. The breakfast was deliciouse!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2012

The Olcott House was an absolutely wonderful place to stay. It is in a beautiful area of Duluth with many older homes. The house itself is well maintained. The attention to detail was wonderful. I loved all the knick knacks and books that reflected Duluth's history.

We stayed in the Lake Superior Suite which was beautiful. It was nice to have the private balcony to drink our coffee on even on a chilly Duluth morning. The fireplace helped keep us cozy.

The afternoon wine and cheese was a great wind down from our busy day before heading to dinner. The place was so nice it was kind of hard to leave. Tons of games, DVDs and books to entertain us. It was just peaceful to hang at the B & B.

Breakfast was so delicious. The first morning we had a apple crisp yogurt parfait and an egg strata. The second was cream cheese stuffed french toast and ham. The dining room itself just gorgeous. Beautiful china and candlesticks on the tables,

David was a great host. He recommended many great restaurants in Duluth for dinners. He was very conscientious when it came to engaging with the guests but it was great to hear his and Jerry's story.

I would definitely go back again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Olcott House Bed and Breakfast Inn

Property: Olcott House Bed and Breakfast Inn
Address: 2316 E 1st St, Duluth, MN 55812-1807
Location: United States > Minnesota > Duluth
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Duluth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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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