Minnesota Sights and Views

Have You Ever Been Ice Fishing in Duluth?

Ice Fishing in Duluth, MinnesotaWintry weather has certainly settled in the upper Midwest.  Generally, this is great news for skiers, snowboarders, and other winter enthusiasts.  It’s widely accepted that Duluth is one of the top destinations in the Midwest for outdoor recreation.  That’s just as true during these bitterly cold winter months.  You know it’s truly winter in Duluth when the shanties–the annual ice fishing huts–start popping up on the lakes.  Have you ever been ice fishing?  If so, you know how deep the tradition runs in Minnesota, and you’ve likely been repeating this annual tradition for many years.  If not, perhaps this is the year to try?  We can’t think of a better ice fishing destination than Duluth, and our luxury accommodations at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast are exactly what you’ll want to come to after a day on the ice.  Book your stay at our Minnesota Bed and Breakfast today. Read More »

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Check Out the 2018 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

John Beargrease Dog Sled Marathon in Duluth, MinnesotaThough we say it time and time again, Duluth really is like no other place in the Country.  Though the winters here are cold, that sentiment rings just as true now as it does during the summer.  Whether you’re looking for traditional winter activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or sledding, or whether you want to try your hand at something different, like a little dog sledding or ice fishing, Duluth is the place to be this snowy winter.  In January, Duluth will once again celebrate the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, which is the largest of its kind in the lower 48 states.  It’s a great spectator sport for those dreary winter days when you’re looking for something new and interesting to do.  Come stay at our luxury Bed and Breakfast this winter, and time your getaway to coincide with this exciting winter event. There’s no better choice for lodging than the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast.  Book your room with us today! Read More »

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Ice Castles Return to Stillwater, MN

Ice Castles, Stillwater, MN

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Ice castles return to Stillwater, MN in this must-see winter wonderland where fairy tales are brought to life with twinkling lights, magnificent archways and towers, ice-carved tunnels, fountains and slides ready to be explored. By day this frozen castle glimmers with glacial blues and after dark the ice formations create a magical glow.

For the 2nd year, the Ice Castles will be located in downtown Stillwater in Lowell Park along the riverfront. Starting January 8 through March 31, come see this beautiful castle and plan to stay overnight at one of the many local B&Bs to further explore Stillwater’s historic downtown shopping, dining, night life, and family fun.

Stillwater is located just 35 minutes straight east of Minneapolis (The Host of Super Bowl 52) on Hwy 36.

 

Hours: Closed Tuesdays
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 4pm-9pm
Friday: 4pm-10:30pm
Saturday: Noon-10:30pm
Sunday: Noon-8pm

Pricing:
General Admission M-TH: $9.95
Child (3-11): M-TH: $6.95

General Admission: F-Sun and Holidays: $13.95
Child F-Sun and Holidays: $8.95

Fire Performances: Friday and Saturday: 6-8pm
Enchanted Frozen Sisters: Sat and Sun: 12-4pm

 

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Take in a Show at the Duluth Playhouse

Duluth Playhouse, MinnesotaWe tend to focus most of our time on the incredible variety of outdoor activities there are to do here, and for good reason. Duluth has been listed as one of the Best Towns Ever by Outside Magazine, and is a popular destination for those seeking adventure.  This winter, join us for some incredible skiing at local mountains, or hit some of the cross country or snowmobile trails around Duluth.  The days aren’t hard to fill with activity after activity, but what about the evenings?  Did you know there’s another side to Duluth, too?  Duluth is an incredible destination for those who have a deep appreciation for the arts, whether performance or visual art. Tickets to the Duluth Playhouse is a wonderful way to spend an evening in this exciting city. Plan a getaway to Duluth this winter, and experience the best of both worlds with us.  Book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast today!
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Holiday Train rolls through Minnesota!

Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

All aboard! The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop in more than two-dozen Minnesota towns on its annual ride through the northern U.S., bringing live entertainment and Christmas cheer in exchange for donations to local food banks. The train will be in Minnesota from Dec. 5-13, 2017. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this annual Christmas tradition with an overnight stay at one of Minnesota’s premiere B&Bs!

Country stars Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescott will give free performances at each stop, and any food or cash donations will benefit the local community. See the full Minnesota schedule below, and find more details on the Canadian Pacific website.

DEC. 5

DEC. 6

DEC. 7

  • La Crescent, 9:05 p.m.

DEC. 8

DEC. 9

  • Cottage Grove, 5:15 p.m.
  • Minneapolis, 7:45 p.m.

DEC. 10

  • New Hope, 3:35 p.m.
  • Golden Valley, 4:50 p.m.
  • St. Louis Park, 6 p.m.

DEC. 11

  • Loretto, 4:15 p.m.
  • Buffalo, 5:45 p.m.
  • Annandale, 7:15 p.m. (The Pillar Inn)
  • Kimball, 8:55 p.m.

DEC. 12

DEC. 13

  • Elbow Lake, 4:15 p.m.

 

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Come See the Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Duluth

Bentleyville Tour of Lights, DuluthThough it may technically still be fall, in Duluth it feels as though winter has arrived.  For us, it’s hard not to get excited for the upcoming holiday season. Luckily, we have just a few weeks to go until the first of many celebrations begins.  It truly is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to plan your holiday activities before it’s too late.  This November and December, bring your family together and make lasting memories at Duluth’s top holiday attraction, the Bentleyville Tour of Lights.  This year, it opens on November 18, and runs through December 26, 2017.  It’s a popular attraction, and rooms tend to sell out fast.  Don’t miss your opportunity to see this year’s lights.  Book your room at the A. G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast today! Read More »

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Spice it Up With Cooking Classes in Duluth

Cooking Classes in DuluthIt’s easy to eat and drink well when you come to Duluth.  The restaurant scene here has undergone a dramatic transformation from what it once was.  However, great culinary experiences don’t stop at our delicious local restaurants.  If you’re looking to spice up your next visit to Duluth, we recommend taking cooking classes with the experts at Blue Heron Trading Company in Duluth.  Their classes are always exceptional.  As we gear up for the holiday season, now’s a great time to sharpen your skills (or add new ones) in the kitchen.  Book your room at Duluth’s top Bed and Breakfast, the A.G. Thomson House, and get ready to experience Duluth in a whole new way. Read More »

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Minnesota is like living in a state park.

Minnesota Fabulous Fall Flavors

Minnesota Fall Weekend Getaways

“Minnesota is like living in a state park,” was a statement shared by a guest that was born and raised on the East Coast. After college he immediately moved to Minnesota. For someone who has lived life in the North Star State, it was a welcomed observation. It offered the opportunity to slow down and take an unfiltered look at community and the beauty of the state of Minnesota. One of the most beautiful areas with the lakes, bluffs, rivers, waterfall, fields and hills alike, various trees and fantastic fall colors is a small piece of paradise in the back yard that guests of Summit Inn Bed and Breakfast, as well as other Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Association’s metro region community friends get to enjoy daily.

Now that it is fall our landscape truly puts on a show for visitors. Orchards, Vineyards and Gardens OH MY! Although you would not find any wizards in the Chisago Lakes Community, you very well could be a part of some fun and fabulous fall festivities. Try to say that 5 times fast. Ha! The cooler temperatures lend themselves to bonfires, apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and fall colors. Want a bit of spooky? Check out the Dead End Hayride at Pinehaven Farm. On your way stop at Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch for the best family fun photo ops out there! Don’t forget about the Shafer Corn Maze for more unique fall and Halloween fun!

Looking for a bit more earthy fall experiences? We recommend you check out Panola Valley Gardens that will take your breath away. Another great organic fall experience is to visit any of the regions amazing Vineyards! There is a great tour book called “A Toast to the Valley”  that can be found at many regional B&Bs. It is a detailed listing of the many vineyards in the metro area including a map to find your way around!

Last but not least, is a visit to the Pleasant Valley Orchard where you can not only pick off the tree several different types of apples, but visit the gift shop for yummy treats. All the deliciousness without the mess in your kitchen. Not to mention that they also have hayrides, brat feeds, a bake-off, etc. It is a must-see if you’re in town! They have a listing of their fall activities on their website or you can just click HERE!

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Pumpkin regatta on the St. Croix River!

Harvest Fest & Giant Pumpkin Weigh-OffStillwater’s Harvest Fest celebrates the beautiful fall weather with Minnesota’s only pumpkin regatta on the St. Croix River! Growers from the region bring pumpkins weighing 1500 pounds and up to compete in the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Amidst the fall colors, locals celebrate with pumpkin baking and decorating, chili cook off, micro brew beer and wine tasting. Other activities include live music, kids costume parade, seasonal food vendors, kids tractor pull, face painting, pie eating contest and more!  10:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 in Lowell Park, next to the Historic Lift Bridge, in Stillwater.
Admission to the event is FREE!

Plan your getaway weekend at one of Stillwater’s beautiful bed & breakfasts . . . many within walking distance to the festival!

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
LIVE MUSIC​
10:00-11:00AM – The Assumptions
11:30 – 2:00PM – Scrapegoat Skin & Bones
2:30 – 5:00PM – Jacuzzi Puma

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15
LIVE MUSIC
10:00-11:00AM – 40 Below
11:30-1:00PM – Sweet Mash
1:30-5:00PM – Les Izmoore

CHILI COOK OFF PARTICIPANTS
Smalley’s Caribbean BBQ & Pirate Bar -DEFENDING CHAMPION!!
Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop
Water Street Inn
Patriot’s Tavern
Ziggy’s
The Meet Market

  • In 2010 we had a World Record pumpkin.
  • In 2015 we were the heaviest giant pumpkin weigh-off in the WORLD!!
  • In 2015 we had new MN & WI state record pumpkins!
  • In 2015 we briefly held the North American record with a pumpkin weighing 2,185 pounds!

The Stillwater Harvest Fest is an entirely volunteer run community event. This year we are committed to donating to community organizations.

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Get Haunted in Duluth This Fall

Haunted Ship in Duluth, MinnesotaSo far, it’s been an extraordinary fall in the colorful city of Duluth. All around the shores of Lake Superior and up into the hills, the colorful autumnal hues of fall are on full display.  It’s a wonderful time to be outside, with one adventure after another calling you to this adventurous city.  But, there’s more to Duluth than pretty fall colors and great outdoor adventures. Do you believe in ghosts? There’s a spooky side to Duluth’s history, and this fall is a wonderful time to go on a haunted adventure. Book your room at the luxurious A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast in Duluth today. Read More »

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