A Distinctive Bed and Breakfast
2309 East First Street, Duluth, MN
800.228.1997 ~ 218.724.6405

What’s New!


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.


Romantic Getaway…Making Time for the Two of You

June 18, 2018

As we move into the beginning of the summer months, many parents have arranged summer camps and other activities for their children and are now turning their attention to each other.
In our opinion there is nothing better than a Romantic Getaway to give parents a chance to reconnect. Here at Cotton Mansion we have established a true romantic retreat for couples. As a top Minnesota Bed and Breakfast and Duluth B&B for 20 years, we provide the perfect atmosphere for romantic getaways, anniversaries, honeymoons and elopements.
If you are looking for a quick break from your children, make your reservation at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast. Check us out at www.cottonmansion.com and book your reservation today.
Mention this Blog and get $25 off a one night stay or get $50 off a two night stay plus a complimentary bottle of champagne.
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December 26, 2017

The allure of a winter wedding in the scenic city of Duluth, MN, attracts many couples.   Why compete with busy summer schedules when you can get married during the off-peak season?  The historic 1908 stunning Cotton Mansion B&B offers warm hospitality along with intimate wedding ceremonies to those that dream of winter weddings.   Think of snuggling in front of a glowing fireplace, taking a wintry walk and coming back to a double whirlpool to get toasty warm.   Duluth offers fabulous dining and shopping options year-round.   The Cotton Mansion’s affordable wedding elopement ceremony packages ranging from $450 to $1,250, the latter of which includes two nights in a beautiful suite, a personal sized wedding cake, champagne and more!  Professional photography packages start at $500 and your images will keep your wedding day memorable forever.   The Cotton Mansion is open year-round for weddings, romantic escapes and honeymoons.   Learn more:  www.cottonmansion.com/elopements


October 16, 2017

Duluth, the scenic port city of Minnesota, is home to the famous Glensheen Mansion, located about a mile from another historic mansion, the Cotton Mansion B&B.  It is a good recommendation to immerse yourself in Duluth’s history while visiting by touring Glensheen and staying at the Cotton Mansion.  Interested in turn-of-the-century elaborate architecture?  Look no further than these two places.  The Glensheen Mansion, 3300 London Road, offers daily tours, including The Classic, The Full Mansion, Nooks & Crannies, and Servants Tours.  During the year, flashlight tours are often added.   After exploring the 27,000 sq ft mansion take time to meander the gardens, the Lake Superior frontage, and carriage house.  Outdoor activities also include kayaking tours, campfires, lakeside concerts and more during peak season.  The holidays showcase Christmas Trees adorning every room.   Learn more about Glensheen Mansion at www.Glensheen.org

Make the architectural wonder, the Cotton Mansion, your home away from home during your stay in Duluth.   This stunning mansion offers guests a total of seven spacious suites, fireplaces and double whirlpool tub.  Enjoy a complimentary full hot breakfast daily during your stay.  Learn more:  www.CottonMansion.comhttp://www.CottonMansion.com


September 14, 2017

Fall in Minnesota is not complete without a trip to Duluth, MN and up the North Shore along scenic Lake Superior. Colorful maples line the hillsides all the way from Duluth to Grand Marais and inland. Maples are generally at their peak the last week of Sept thru the first week in Oct after which the poplars and birch turn color until the end of the month. Learn more at https://www.northshorevisitor.com/attractions/fall-colors/. Come midweek to avoid the crowds and take advantage of lower midweek rates. The Cotton Mansion B&B, located in Duluth is a great place to stay while exploring the shoreline. Plan time to explore the many state parks including Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Light House. Take a tram up to the top of Lutsen Mountain and take a leisurely drive through the Gunflint Trail. Back in Duluth, enjoy dining, museums and shopping options. Why wait? Book now! www.CottonMansion.com


August 8, 2017

If you are serious about viewing the incredible Minnesota fall foliage , then a trip to Duluth is a must! Imagine crisp shades of red and warm yellows along Lake Superior and inland along the trails and lookouts.  When planning your colorful and scenic trip along the magnificent North Shore Drive, make sure you have your reservations planned far in advance.  The elegant and romantic Cotton Mansion B&B, Duluth, just five blocks up the hill from Lake Superior, offers spacious suites featuring double whirlpools and gas fireplaces. Enjoy a complimentary fabulous breakfast each day prior to heading out to hike the many state parks and hiking trails. Book now: www.CottonMansion.com

Photo courtesy of Charlie Smith, Photographer.


June 15, 2017

Duluth….the gateway to Lake Superior is only 2.5 hours from the Twin Cities and the secret is out on all the great things to keep you entertained while visiting.  Here is a fun list of things to do…Get wet in Lake Superior…drive the Northshore Drive…Visit the Birthplace of Bob Dylan…Pick a flavor at the Portland Malt Shop…Discover Canal Park Boutiques…Watch the Freighters come into the Harbor…Take the Timber Twister alpine coaster down a 3200 foot track at Spirit Mountain…Have a picnic…Preview the in-city waterfalls…go biking…check out the craft breweries and distilleries…Go golfing…Try zip lining…Stroll the Lake Walk…Visit Glensheen Mansion…Take a horse-drawn buggy ride…walk the Park Point beach… Smell the roses at the Rose Gardens…oversleep at the Cotton Mansion B&B.  Learn more at www.CottonMansion.com – a romantic B&B, and check out the Duluth Visitors Bureau website to plan your trip.


May 9, 2017

Many couples want to escape the stress of a large wedding and are deciding to do a “Weddings for Two” elopement ceremony at the beautiful Cotton Mansion B&B in Duluth.  Duluth’s Lake Superior port attracts visitors from all over the world for its scenic beauty, great outdoor hiking and biking trails, fabulous restaurants, shopping, and overall sightseeing.  Duluth is the starting point for the famous “North Shore Drive.”  The Cotton Mansion B&B, located in the historic mansion district of Duluth, provides an intimate and romantic setting for couples that want a stress-free wedding.   Elopement packages range from $450-$1,200.  For those selecting a package that includes lodging, the spacious suites include fireplaces and double whirlpools and a sumptuous breakfast daily.    Professional photography packages are also available.  The mansion creates an incredible backdrop for  memorable images.  For more information:  www.CottonMansion.com/Elopements


April 11, 2017


Rated the #2 Duluth attraction on Trip Advisor, the famous 7.25 mile Duluth Lakewalk and Boardwalk meanders along Lake Superior from the Bayfront Festival Park all the way to Brighton Beach offering beautiful scenic vistas and a multitude of points of interest.  Many locals and visitors also take the shorter three mile walk which starts in Park Point.    One can also start their stroll at the Cotton Mansion B&B, located just a few blocks from the 3 mile marker.  The Cotton Mansion offers guests large whirlpool tubs to soak in after the walk.

A few of the highlights along the Lakewalk are:  Bayfront Festival Park,  the Vista Fleet cruise departing point, the historic William A. Irvin Ship, the blue Slip Bridge, Canal Park (home of wonderful restaurants and shopping), the Aerial Lift Bridge, Lake Superior Maritime Museum, the Pier, Lighthouse and ship watching,  the Boardwalk, Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum (aka “The cribs”}, Endion Station, the Northland Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Memorials, the Portland Malt Shop and Fitgers Shops, Leif Erickson Park and the Rose Gardens (where 2000 rose bushes in 99 varieties are found in the summer months) and on to Brighton Beach.

Take a couple of hours to stroll and really enjoy all the Duluth Lakewalk and scenic Lake Superior  has to offer.  Enjoy!


March 9, 2017

Thinking about eloping?  Often people envision a destination wedding on a sandy Hawaiian beach complete with flower leis and bare feet.  For the more adventuresome couples that are looking to save money and time, Duluth, Minnesota is a scenic and romantic place to tie the knot.    Duluth offers couples the wildlife and wonders of Lake Superior…waterfalls, nature walks, craggy cliffs, scenic overlooks, the north shore drive, and a multitude of incredible photo ops.   In addition, Duluth is home to incredible restaurants, touring, museums and shopping.   The Cotton Mansion B&B, located in the historic mansion district of Duluth, just blocks from Lake Superior, is now offering intimate and affordable elopement packages and honeymoon specials that fit the budgets of those that want an escape wedding without all the expense.  Packages range in price from $450-$1,200 with the top end including a romantic fireplace/whirlpool suite for two nights, a wedding officiant, a witness, wedding cake complete with bubbly for a wedding toast, keepsake flutes and a sumptuous breakfast delivered to your suite each morning.   The perfect “Wedding for Two.”    For more information, preview:  www.CottonMansion.com/elopements.

Explore Duluth’s Grand Mansions

January 9, 2017

Duluth, MN is home to a multitude of incredible turn-of-the century millionaire’s mansions built during the heyday of mining and lumber barons.  Start by staying in the circa 1908 Cotton Mansion B&B with over 15,000 square feet and located a couple blocks from Lake Superior.   After a relaxing overnight, enjoy a complimentary sumptuous breakfast in the elegant dining room.  Next take a tour of the nearby 27,000 sq ft Glensheen Mansion, complete with original furnishings.  Tours include the Mansion, the Carriage House and the extensive grounds.   Experience first-hand how millionaires lived in the early 1900’s.  Open year-round.  Book now: www.cottonmansion.com

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