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“One of the most historic houses in Hibbing, and a one-of-kind experience.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mitchell-Tappan House
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Mitchell-Tappan House
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Hibbing
Mableton, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“One of the most historic houses in Hibbing, and a one-of-kind experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2011

My wife, Christina, and I stayed at the Mitchell-Tappan House over the 2011 Memorial Day Weekend, when the town of Hibbing hosts its annual Dylan Days festival. If you know anything about Hibbing, you know that besides being the boyhood home of Bob Dylan, it is “the town that moved,” in that when iron ore was found underneath the site of the town, the citizens chose to transport their buildings a few miles to the south. The Mitchell-Tappan House was the first house to be moved back in the early part of the 20th century.

This is one of the nicest B&Bs I’ve ever seen. The house itself is beautiful, but Innkeepers Pam and Mike Turnbull have kept this historic structure in such good repair and have decorated it with such style, you’ll find staying here to be an unforgettable experience. The first-floor “common areas” are all sunny and bright, and throughout you’ll find local Iron Range artifacts. By that, I don’t mean a bunch of mining gear or anything that would have been out of place in the private elegant home of a turn-of-the-century mining official. (The house was built for the Superintendent of the Oliver Iron Mining Company in 1897.) Everything seems historic without being kitschy. Everything is very tasteful yet still very interesting and unique. (The architecture in the town of Hibbing is the same way, a conflation of styles that must be seen to be believed.)

I saw a few of the bedrooms on the second floor, and each one is very spacious and should suit the needs of just about anyone. They’re all very bright and welcoming. We stayed on the third floor, which would have probably been the servants quarters in the original home, but don’t worry. I’m 6’2” and I never bumped my head. The ceilings are high and the décor is elaborate and interesting. The third floor features a large “living room” area that includes comfy chairs, tables, bureaus, etc. Two bedrooms, the Turnbull Room and the Chisolm Room branch off this living room area, as does the shower. The sink is in the large living area itself, which makes me think this was the servants’ quarters. You wouldn’t put a sink in the attic, would you?

Anyhow, Christina and I stayed in the Turnbull with its king bed, and nobody was in the Chisolm Room, which features two twin beds. This would be a great place for families with children, as the kids could stay in the Chisolm and the parents could stay in the Turnbull.

The décor of the third floor features historic athletic equipment like tennis racquets and bobsleds, old straw “boater” hats, children’s stuffed animals and evergreen decorations. It looks a lot like one of those HGTV show homes.

Breakfast is served at a specific time, which Ann confirms with you when you check in. Whatever you do, don’t miss the breakfast. Each day was something new, and many of the recipes reflect Minnesota traditions. The breakfasts here are some of the most carefully prepared I’ve ever experienced, and you can tell that Ann takes a lot of pride in what she brings to the table—and probably a lot of time too. I know it would take me forever if I were to try some of those recipes.

If you ask, Ann will also give you plenty of recommendations on what to do in the area. We were there for Dylan Days, so most of our schedule was already filled, but when we wanted to go for a drive that Sunday, Ann recommended several little towns to the North, a few attractions, and a great restaurant in Ely. The house itself is within walking distance of everything. Hibbing’s a very small town, but there’s a lot to see here if you take your time. I look forward to visiting again soon.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2010

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.

Regarding this B&B...excellent place to visit. This is similar to an image that pops into my head when describing your prototypical B&B. We ended up in Hibbing and weren't really sure what to do, but Pam gave us several options to keep busy. The town was very cute and we spent a lot of time walking around. A few spots weren't super nice, but nothing scary and most of the town was nice. Pam keeps the B&B extremely clean and well maintained, and it shows. She had some minor construction going on outside but was more than willing to chat with us when we tracked her down. We stayed in the room on the third floor and we were very pleased. Very nice bedroom and 'family room' area with plenty of room to spread out. Overall an excellent place to stay and the rates were great.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank UF_RX_1999
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2010

Our first B&B experience and it was a very good one. House is beautifully decorated and has been updated in the places it counts (bathrooms!). Service couldn't have been better and the breakfasts were fantastic. There is no comparison that can be made with this place and any of the local hotels. A must stay.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank wwik
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Manchester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2009

This B+B is excellent.Within a short walking distance of the centre of town;great hosts; great food; great rooms.And at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank DavidLeaver
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Amsterdam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2009

I've spent two days in Hibbing and was lucky enough to decide to book the Mitchell-Teppan house. The building is one of the original houses of the old Hibbing, renovated and decorated with great taste. The owner Pam is extremely kind and helpful and the room (I've booked the Oliver) was very comfortable. If you are in Hibbing (like me) to walk the roads Bob Dylan once walked, this B&B is just a stone throw from Bob Dylan's old house, Hibbing High School, Zimmy's, the Androy and any Dylan-related site of the town.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Jokerman71
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saint paul MN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2008

Just got in the door from a great experience at the Mitchell-Tappan House. I contacted Pam directly and she was very accommodating. I was lucky that the oliver suite was still open for my trip.(It is the only room that does not have a shared bathroom) the room is very nice and spacious. the room is decorated in very calming blue hues. the house is located very close to a number of attractions right in Hibbing and has easy access to the main roads. breakfast was very good both days of our stay. the mango-apple juice is great.

  • Liked — spacious room and freindlyness of owner
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank twincitiesvac
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Colorado Mountains
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2008

I just returned from a 4 night stay, over Mother's Day weekend, at the Mitchell-Tappen House B&B in Hibbing , Minnesota. My entire experience was wonderful and began with the friendly booking over the phone with Pam, the owner. After explaining I would be arriving very late, she kindly waited up for me and showed me to my room, the Oliver on the second floor. My room was lovely and tranquil in shades of pale blue and white. The king bed was very comfortable and the large room included a loveseat, by the tv/dvd/ (stocked with movies) in the antique armoire and a dining table and chairs by the windows of the turret. The attached bathroom was large, bright, like new and very clean. A hairdryer is supplied as well as shampoo/cond., shower gel, foaming bath and linen spray and even a toothbrush, in case you forgot yours!
The breakfasts were great! Each began, in the beautiful breakfast room, with coffee, juice ( I had mango-passion fruit -apple), a large fresh fruit plate with slices of melons and grapes. This was followed, on the various mornings, by quiche and bacon, waffles, blueberry syrup and sausage or baked Finnish pancake (loaded with raspberries!) and bacon, all generous and delicious.
The other rooms available to the guests, the living room and sunroom, are comfy, charming and a very nice place to sit and chat or just relax. Parking is free on the street in front, and you are within, walking distance of downtown, restaurants, the historic Hibbing High School and Bob Dylan's house.
I visit Hibbing yearly and have stayed at every hotel/motel in the area and this is "the" place to stay!

  • Liked — Comfort and Breakfasts
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank danipo
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Property: Mitchell-Tappan House
Address: 2125 4th Ave E, Hibbing, MN 55746-1845
Location: United States > Minnesota > Hibbing
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Hibbing
Number of rooms: 5

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