The Firelight Inn is a 1910 Mansion on the side of a bluff overlooking Lake Superior. The proprietors, Jim and Joy, purchased the home 19 years ago, remodeled it to be a B&B, and have operated it ever since. The remodeling was artfully done to maintain the integrity of the period while adding all the modern amenities. Most of us who choose B&Bs know that the quality of the B&B is largely determined by the personalities of the hosts. Jim and Joy are exemplary hosts, and we have never stayed somewhere with hosts who have owned and managed the property for so long. Joy gave us a tour of the mansion when we arrived. It is a wonderful remodeling project, and she is rightly very proud of their work. The furniture and wood work makes one really know what it was like to be a millionaire in 1910 Duluth.
Our room with a fireplace, dressing room, bath and porch was very comfortable and pleasantly appointed in decor that matched the vintage of the mansion. The common rooms were so attractive and comfortable that we would have been happy never leaving the Inn. There was a deck with a patio table outside our room. It was on the creek side of the Inn. When we were on the deck, we could hear the burbling creek below.
With all of their experience in Duluth, Jim and Joy were able to give us great ideas of how to best utilize our time there. The restaurant recommendations were great.
A unique feature of The Firelight Inn is that they serve scrumptious 3-course breakfasts in baskets that Jim brings to your room. We would have preferred eating our breakfast on the deck attached to our room, but the morning temperature was a bit too cool for that.
We both were a bit sad that the weather was fine while we were there. If it had been inclimate, we would have loved to read the day away on the enclosed porch that went across the front of the house.
This is a great place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An elegant 1910 traditional-style brick mansion on a secluded dead-end street adjoining Oregon Creek in Duluth Minnesota's historic mansion district. Just minutes from Canal Park, Lake Superior and the Aerial Lift Bridge. Glass-enclosed front porch, 12 fireplaces, whirlpools for two, outdoor decks, luxurious amenities. Featured in Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, Coastal Living Magazine, Country Almanac Magazine, Minneapolis Star Tribune Newspaper and more. Our specialty is delivering your gourmet breakfast to the privacy of your suite where it can be enjoyed by the firelight. Honeymoon, anniversary and romantic special packages. Let the warmth of the Firelight surround you! Celebrating 20 years of unsurpassed hospitality, amazing guests and over-the-top service in 2018. ... more less