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“B&B Heaven! A master-class experience...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Olcott House Bed and Breakfast Inn

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Olcott House Bed and Breakfast Inn
Ranked #5 of 11 Duluth B&B and Inns
San Francisco, California
1 review
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“B&B Heaven! A master-class experience...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2010

Based solely on our internet research and the allure of their website, my wife and I decided to take a gamble on the Olcott house...and boy did it pay off! From the graciousness of the proprietors- David & Jerry- to the comfort & elegance of the accommodations, the Olcott House provided everything we were looking for on our vacation. The property, both inside and out, has been impeccably maintained, with particular attention paid towards preserving and celebrating the mansion's- and subsequently Duluth's- rich history.

The weather was characteristically freezing during our visit but the Olcott was always warm & cozy. In fact, although an exploration of a Duluth was our primary objective, we ended up spending quite a good amount of time within the House itself- playing the piano, reading in the parlour/den next to the fireplace, enjoying movies in our room (they have quite an expansive DVD library!) and simply appreciating the vast array of art and historical memorabilia throughout the House.

The owners were very helpful when it came to planning our daily itineraries. They had an extensive knowledge of all the outdoor activity options & directed us to some wonderful restaurants throughout the area. Who knew Duluth has so much going on?!

As for the bed-- the linens, towels, robes, sound permeation and temperature were pure comfort. A discreetly placed flat-screen (w/ cable & DVD player) and omnipresent WiFi access provided modern convenience without disrupting the historically "antique" decor.

And as for the breakfast-- the coffee, tea, snacks and food, etc. would surely excite even the most finicky of palettes.

Veterans of the B&B world in and around New Hope, PA, we'd without hesitation endorse the Olcott House as a getaway experience of the highest order. We've already planned to return this summer-- as much to pursue our burgeoning fondness for the city of Duluth as to treat ourselves to the epicurean splendor that has been nurtured and created at this wonderful Bed & Breakfast. Don't miss it!!!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2010

I had the pleasure of staying at the Olcott House last February. The house is absolutely gorgeous and the owners are extremely friendly and accommodating. I felt special in our room as it was so very grand.
I look forward to staying there again. Next time you are in Duluth, stay there!!!


Christine Rosholt
Jazz vocalist and frequent visitor to Duluth

Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2010

My Husband and I recently celebrated our one year anniversary and stayed at The Olcott Mansion. We were absolutly blown away not only because of its beauty, but by the attention to detail from the staff. From the wine and cheese in the afternoon, to the defrosting of our wedding cake, to the AMAZING breakfasts, it was more than we could have hoped for. The size of the rooms were incredible and it was so nice to have a private bath, which is rare in a Bed and Breakfast. Another detail that we thought was noteworthy, was that we were actually encouraged to use the whole house. We could play games in the lounge, play the piano if we felt so inclined, or even go through and look at the vacant suites. We strongly reccomend choosing this treasure of a Inn, and can't wait to return for Anniversary's to come!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2010

Just an all around pleasant place to stay.....
I felt so welcome and cared for the moment I was greeted at the door.
I was offered refreshments and told where everything was if I needed it.
I wish more places could provide such an atmosphere, they have put wonderful thought into the decor!!!
I will return whenever I am in the area, maybe even make it a reason to go back.....Duluth is a great city, the Olcott House is where you need to stay when there!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled solo
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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2010

I really felt pampered at The Olcott House B&B. The ambiance, beautiful rooms, hosts, attention to detail, food and especially, the cozy warm fireplace at 16 below zero, inspired these comments. I would highly recommend a visit to this lovely Georgian mansion located in Duluth, MN.
Stephanie

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2009

I loved staying at the Olcott House! The Haven suite was gorgeous and comfortable. The porch adjacent to the room was perfect for reading. The owners were very inviting and had great recommendations for various restaurants near the shore of Lake Superior. I highly recommend the Olcott!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2009

Stayed for two nights last week and absolutely loved this place. Owners David and Jerry are extremely nice/helpful and treat you like family. Beautiful home and architecture. Wine/cheese in the evenings and great breakfast in morning. The best B&B experience I've had...by far. Would definitely stay again and recommend this place to anyone traveling to Duluth. Hotels are just as pricey and cannot offer this environment.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled 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
Region: United States > Minnesota > Duluth
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 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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