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!!!
- 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