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Olcott House Bed & Breakfast Inn

Your host(s):
David & Jerry
Web Site:
2316 East 1st Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55812
800 715-1339
218 728-1339
Guest Rooms:
6Bathrooms: 6
$160 - $300
Check In/Out:
4:00PM to 6:00PM - 11:00AM
Green Journeys:
Accepts MBBA Gift Certifcates

Olcott House Bed & Breakfast Inn

Welcome To The Olcott House!
We invite you to step back to a fabulous era of unsurpassed refinement and hospitality in this grand 1904 Georgian Colonial Revival mansion.  Enjoy an abundance of antiques, fine linens, china, crystal and quiet moments in a mansion designed over 100 years ago by renowned architect, William T. Bray.  Come play the beautiful grand piano in our historic, acoustically designed music room.  Savor our famous fair trade organic coffee, teas, cider, hot chocolate and spectacular candlelit breakfasts, where we always offer both traditional and vegetarian options!  Relax with an in-suite massage.  Take pleasure in our exclusive array of complimentary wine, cheeses, meats and other delicious offerings in the late afternoon/early evening.

A Truly Extraordinary Experience:
One of the many strengths of The Olcott House is that each "suite" is literally a suite of rooms, not just a room with a bath.  

The Olcott is the perfect romantic getaway, where anyone can relax in total privacy in one of our very large and luxurious suites.  Guests marvel at the size of our suites! We offer six spacious, unique, guest quarters, five in the Main Mansion and one in the Carriage House. Each of our guest suites has a private bathroom and shower, air conditioning, fireplace, DirecTV digital satellite, new LCDHD television, DVD player, and a CD player.  Of course, there is free wireless internet access always available.  Choose from our extensive collection of DVDs, which includes some of the great old Hollywood classics and many recent domestic and foreign releases.

Feel the gentle breezes of Lake Superior (only 5 blocks away) on the Grand Porch.  Relax in our private garden in a hammock alongside the fountain under the verdant arbor of the majestic century-old maple trees.  Play croquet on our expansive, rolling lawn (5 city lots) surrounded by the original 1904 brick and iron fence.  Walk or bike on Duluth's nearby, newly extended Lake Walk... it's easily accessible from our house.  There are so many things to do on the largest lake on the planet that we cannot even begin to list all of the four seasons of fun here!

David and Jerry bring years of experience and sophistication from New York and Los Angeles to the operation of their historic inn.  Come stay at the Olcott House, Bed and Breakfast Inn, where you will feel truly comfortable and always welcome.

A Very Brief History of The Olcott House:
Constructed in 1904 by master craftsmen at the exorbitant cost of $140,000.00, the Antebellum architecture of the Olcott House showcases soaring pillars, rich mahogany wood paneling and pocket doors, beamed ceilings, antique crystal chandeliers, hardwood floors, bay windows, eleven unique fireplaces and a grand staircase.  The estate encompasses five city lots surrounded by the original brick and wrought iron wall.  As one of Minnesota's historic architectural gems, this 10,000 square foot Georgian Colonial Mansion and Carriage House, was the home of William and Fanny Olcott and their two daughters.  With 40,000 men working for him, William Olcott was the president of the Oliver Mining Company (now U.S. Steel) working directly for John D. Rockefeller.  Mr. Rockefeller and his family stayed in the Olcott family home when he toured his Minnesota land holdings.  At yet another point in his working life, William Olcott was president of the Duluth Missabe Northern Railroad.  

In 1939, the two surviving Olcott children donated the mansion to Duluth Teachers College (now University of Minnesota at Duluth) where it became Olcott Hall, School of Music.  In 1957 the mansion was sold to a Lutheran Pastor who used the property for many endeavors such as a printing house, a chapel, a Finnish Lutheran radio studio, and much more.  Remarkably, the mansion has remained virtually unchanged throughout the decades.  Immerse yourself in the rich history of this grand home filled with fine antiques. Owners, David and Jerry, offer guests the ultimate environment in which to relax and create a magical, memorable experience.

Sumptuous Breakfasts:
Wake up to the aroma of our locally roasted Alakef Fair Trade USDA certified organic coffee. It's our renowned signature Olcott House blend!  Choose from our extensive selection of organic and herbal teas, hot chocolate and hot cider.  Next, enjoy a hot sumptuous breakfast served in our dining rooms.  Our morning tables are set with crystal, fine china, silver, fresh flowers and are candlelit for your enjoyment.  Or, if you prefer a continental tray can be delivered to your suite.

Prime Location:
Located in Duluth's historic East End Mansion District, just five blocks above Lake Superior and minutes from Duluth's attractions, Canal Park and the beautiful Lake Walk.

Area Activities:

  • Antiquing
  • Biking Trails
  • Boating
  • Breweries
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Ski Trails
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Galleries
  • Golf
  • Hiking Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Live Theater
  • Movie Theater
  • Museums
  • National/State Parks
  • Nature Centers
  • Sailing
  • Scenic/Dinner Cruises
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Tennis
  • Unique Shopping
  • Wineries

Food Service:

  • Accommodates Special Diets
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Early Morning Coffee/Tea
  • Full Breakfast

Geographic Setting:

  • City
  • Suburban

Inn Amenities:

  • Common Fireplace
  • Comp. Wine/Cheese
  • First Floor Rooms
  • Gardens
  • Green Policy
  • Internet Access
  • Massages on Site
  • Outdoor Guest Areas
  • Piano
  • Private Cottage/s

Inn Policies:

  • Alcoholic Beverages Permitted
  • Checks Accepted
  • Children 16+ Permitted
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Innkeeper Pets in Residence
  • MN B&B Gift Certs Accepted
  • Pets Not Permitted
  • Smoking Outside Only

Minimum Stay Required:

  • Holidays
  • Special Events
  • Weekends

Room Amenities:

  • ACRoom
  • Air Jet Tub
  • Bathrobes
  • CD Player
  • DVD or VCR
  • Extra Bed Available
  • Fireplace/Electric
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board Available
  • King Bed
  • Luxury Linens
  • Microwave
  • Movie Library
  • Private Bath
  • Private Deck
  • Queen Bed
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi Access

Well Suited For:

  • Business Travel
  • Elopements
  • Honeymoons
  • LGBTQ Friendly
  • Meetings
  • Quilters Retreats
  • Romantic Escape
  • Scrapbooking Retreats
  • Single Traveler
  • Vacation Getaway
  • Weddings
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