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Duluth is forever changing…we invite you to check back to this page often to see what is new in the area that you might want to visit. We cover topics from Canal Park up to the Gunflint Trail with everything in between to help make your visit memorable.



July 29, 2015 5:24 pm

Visitors to Duluth are often amazed at the wealth of early 1900 era mansions located in the Historic East End district of Duluth, MN, Lake Superior’s harbor city.  Take a tour of the Glensheen Congdon Mansion, (where time really does stand still) featuring original Congdon family art and furnishings.   Then, stay overnight at The Cotton Mansion B&B (circa 2014), another Duluth  landmark, offering guests the extraordinary experience of living for a day or two in a millionaires mansion.    Enjoy breakfast sitting at the very same table that  original owner, Joseph Cotton, lawyer to oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, sat with his family.   And while staying here, be sure to take a leisurely stroll to view the varied architecture styles offered in Duluth’s Historic Mansion District.

Beautiful Weather this Week in Duluth

July 20, 2015 4:25 pm

The weather forecast for the week of July 20th is for sunny, warm days and cool nights.  Its a great time to visit Duluth and stay at Cotton Mansion.

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Valentine’s Promotion

January 12, 2015 8:51 pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day All Month at Cotton Mansion

During the months of January and February you can celebrate your Love with a Special Valentine’s Weekend Promotion.  Reserve a Friday/Saturday night in a Whirlpool/Fireplace Suite and your Second Night will be at $50.00 off our weekend rate and you will receive a Complimentary Bottle of Champagne.  This promotion can also be applied to Sunday/Monday reservations.  Book online at www.cottonmansion.com.



October 10, 2014 5:02 pm


The Duluth and Lake Superior are evolving into a beautiful pallet of Fall Color.  Our guests have reported that there are a large amount of trees that are just beginning to change over, so there is still time to see it for yourself.

Among the many things to do while you are here, Hawks Ridge is alive with birders and birds.  The migration is still in full swing.  A car trip along the Skyline Parkway to Hawks Ridge and the Seven Bridges Road with a little hiking can will create a life long memory.

Although our weekends are almost full this October, there are still some rooms left for midweek stays.  We hope to see you up here soon. 


Midweek in Duluth is Perfect for a Getaway!

August 1, 2014 5:52 pm

As we move into the warm days and nights of August, don’t miss your opportunity to visit Duluth and the Lake Superior North Shore. There are several new restaurants to experience, including Cloud 9, an Asian Hibachi Bistro and The Endion Station, which is part of the Brewhouse restaurant group. Both are located in the Canal Park area.IMG_1443 IMG_1447 

Inside Endion Station on the Lakewalk


Susie Medway on the History of Duluth

July 24, 2014 4:37 pm


Because of the natural resources and transportation links to the city, Duluth, at the turn of the 19th to 20th Centuries, became home to ‘more millionaires per capita than any state in the nation’. Luxurious homes were built, businesses prospered and the workforce did too. Many of the downtown buildings were designated as the National Historic Register District, and the Duluth Historic District features significant buildings, such as the mansion district. These mansions and commercial buildings represent the greatest period of Duluth’s history, between 1872 and 1929, with their distinctive architectural styles. The Romanesque and Revival styles were particularly popular at this time.
The homes built between 1900 to 1920 featured a unique attention to detail. Mansions were built to last and included solid wood doors, trims and ceiling moldings, brass lock sets and artisan tiles. Flooring was hardwood and houses were designed to allow maximum light into properties. Rebecca Lindquist, a designer, featured in the Duluth Superior Magazine and stressed the importance of sympathetic renovation, to maintain the beauty of these old houses and mansions and claimed ‘isn’t it wonderful when we can give our beautiful older homes the new life they deserve’. The boom times of the early twentieth century were reflected in the historic mansions that were built to last.

The Cotton Mansion

The Cotton Mansion represents the Mansion District beautifully and has been restored over the years in keeping with its rich history. It was built in 1906 by Joseph and Louise Cotton and was a focal point of social life in Duluth because of its beauty and enviable position close to the Lake. With its Grand Parlor, Library and Formal Dining Room it made an ideal setting for the attorney for U.S. Steel and John Rockefeller.
Joseph Cotton was a prominent member of society and a highly regarded figure of Duluth. In 1904 he seconded the nomination of Theodore Roosevelt and he became attorney for the Railway Company, the Mountain Mining Companies and Lake Superior Consolidated Iron Mines, among other important professional roles. He and his wife Louise built the Cotton Mansion in 1906 at 2309 East First Street.
Visitors to Duluth today enjoy the unique and luxurious setting of the Cotton Mansion, close to the heart of the city and its beautiful waterfront location.

Sailboats and Summer in Duluth

July 17, 2014 3:34 pm


It was a beautiful evening yesterday in Duluth.  Summer in Duluth includes Sailboat Races every Wednesday evening.  From all around the Lakewalk, visitors can enjoy a great meal or afternoon cocktail from restaurants like Va Benne, Canal Park Brewing Company and Grandma’s.

Book now for your Getaway, Anniversary or Honeymoon! 

July Heating Up at Cotton Mansion

July 7, 2014 5:08 pm


Duluth was packed with visitors for the 4th of July weekend and the Fireworks display was, once again, fabulous.
Here at Cotton Mansion the busy Summer Season is in full swing. Our Honeymoon, Anniversary and Romantic Getaway couples are enjoying great weather and a full spectrum of attractions and activities in Duluth and the North Shore.

We still have availability for many of our midweek nights, but there are only two rooms left for the weekend of July 18th/19th. After that, our next weekend availability is in August, but it is filling in fast.




Spring Colors Still Alive at Cotton Mansion

June 18, 2014 7:02 pm


Didn’t get enough Spring Color?  Come see the fresh Lilacs and flowering trees at the Cotton Mansion and all around Duluth.  Canal Park, Gooseberry Falls and the entire North Shore are beautiful right now.  Book a Midweek Getaway in one of our fabulous whirlpool suites.

Unique Duluth History Alive at Cotton Mansion

June 5, 2014 7:14 pm

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The Cotton Mansion is a significant feature of Duluth’s architectural history. Its rich history makes it an ideal retreat when you visit Minnesota and it is a stone’s throw from the famous Canal Park as well as the Arial Lift Bridge. The mansion’s prominent position, as part of the historic district, draws visitors to this unique setting, which is steeped in the rich tapestry of the past.
City History and Development
The original inhabitants of Duluth were the Sioux and Chippewa tribes, who dominated the Lake Superior region until explorers came in the mid 1600s. The city was named in 1856 and, despite scarlet fever epidemics and an economic crash, it began to thrive because of its port. In 1871 work on the canal began to enable ships to enter Duluth harbor and the public and traders would enter Park Point by ferry. The Aerial Lift Bridge, which rises to 138 feet to allow big ships to pass through, means that the city is ‘the biggest inland harbor in the world’, explains the Chamber of Commerce.
The city’s history is very evident to the visitor today, seen in the architecture such as the DeWitt-Seitz building in Canal Park, which was once a manufacturing plant for mattresses. Now it is a shopping district. The industrial waterfront was revamped in the 1980s to make it a tourist attraction and the picturesque Lakewalk began to be constructed in 1988. It now leads visitors from the Bayfront Festival Park to Brighton Beach. The Aerial Lift Bridge, built in 1905 and upgraded in 1929, is a major attraction in the city, with its panoramic views of Lake Superior and its foghorn to announce the arrival of enormous ships. Cruise ships visit the port, making it an ideal stop over for travelers enjoying a sailing vacation and passengers can experience the history and culture of Duluth as part of their vacation. Imagine entering Duluth by water and passing underneath the historic bridge, as its foghorn announces your arrival.


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15th Anniversary
As we move into August, Cotton Mansion has extended our 15th year promotion through the first two weeks of July. Reserve two midweek nights in select whirlpool suites for $150.00 per night. Go to our website for details and reservations. Visit Duluth and stay in our Historic Bed & Breakfast