Hi Friends! Happy Sunday :)
I hope you are all having great weekends! This weekend, Kyle and I celebrated my birthday with a trip to Duluth, Minnesota! Duluth is a quaint, boutique-like town on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota – about a 2 hour drive from Minneapolis. We had never visited Duluth before so we thought that this weekend would be the perfect opportunity!
We stayed at The Cotton Mansion, a gorgeous bed and breakfast close to downtown Duluth. The house was absolutely stunning. Kyle booked the Bella Flora Suite which is apparently the honeymoon suite at the mansion, haha! Here are some of my photos of the mansion.
Another view of the library – The fireplaces were HUGE!
Kyle taught me how to play chess on Friday night. I loved it so we are going to get a chess set for home :)
The living room.
In addition to serving breakfast in the mornings, a wine and cheese reception was provided on Friday and Saturday from 4-6 – Perfect!
We arrived in Duluth around 3pm on Friday afternoon and could not check in until 4pm so we headed downtown to grab a late lunch. Last week we made a list of places we wanted to visit while in Duluth so we could make sure we fit it all into our weekend :) Fitger’s Brewhouse was high on Kyle’s priorities so we made that our first stop while waiting for our check-in time. Kyle ordered a whitefish burger for lunch and I got chips and guacamole. Don’t judge, it was my birthday weekend so I could do what I wanted to! We also tried a few of their house-brewed beers.
After lunch, we headed to The Cotton Mansion to check-in. One of the owners, Ken, gave us a very detailed tour of the house and showed us up to our room. Our room was in the carriage house, a separate building from the main mansion. Once we were ready for the evening, we headed over to the mansion for the wine and cheese reception. Kyle and I enjoyed a few glasses of wine and some cheese and crackers while he taught me how to play chess.
We didn’t have concrete plans for Friday night so we just headed downtown and visited a variety of local establishments, ending at Zeitgeist Arts Cafe for dinner. The cafe was cozy, especially with the frigid temps outside! Right after the bartender took this photo of Kyle and I, a woman at the bar asked us if we were newly engaged! Maybe it was because I was drinking champagne ;)
After dinner we headed back to the B&B to get a good night’s sleep since we knew we had a busy day planned for Saturday, starting with a fancy breakfast at the mansion :)
I’ll continue my Duluth recap tomorrow! Stay tuned :)