A.G. Thomson House blends history & comfort
Trip Advisor listed Duluth’s A.G. Thomson House Bed & Breakfast at the top of its 25 Best B&Bs and Inns in the United States this week. It was among two Midwest winners for the 2012 Travelers’ Choice award. Fleur-De-Lys Mansion in St. Louis, Mo., another great choice, also made the cut.
|Angie and Tim Allen|
It’s a huge honor for A.G. Thomson’s owners, Tim and Angie Allen, who make restoring and maintaining a historic mansion look easy. It helps that they have that perfect blend of optimal B&B talent: do-it-yourself remodeling expertise, interior decorating, graciously welcoming personalities and the culinary creativity for special-occasion breakfasts and afternoon treats.
|A.G. Thomson House’s living room where guests gather.|
The living room along, with its beautiful shelving, warm reds and a lovely attached porch, could easily grace the cover of a home magazine. The spacious guest rooms also are expertly put together with high-end beds, beautiful linens, cozy nooks, gas fireplaces and a few extras like a sun porch or upper deck access. If you want a little extra privacy and to burrow in for a weekend, they also have suites in the mansion’s carriage house.
The Superior Suite in particular ranks among the nicest rooms I’ve seen while exploring the region’s B&Bs. It’s more like a private apartment. If you do stay here, be sure to do a walking tour of the historic neighborhoods. Duluth, like Stillwater, Red Wing and Winona, boomed in Victorian times, with millionaires trying to outdo each other with grand, beautiful homes.
|Lake Superior Suite|
|A sweet start to breakfast.|
You’ll likely need to walk off the multi-course breakfast anyway. Guests can eat in the formal dining room or dine privately in their room on entrees such as wild rice quiche, French toast with a wild-rice sausage patty, an egg puff with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes or lemon-blueberry French toast. Extra courses might include a chilled peach and cantaloupe soup with Mascarpone, mango lassi parfait, pistachio and chocolate chunk muffins or white-chocolate and craisin scones.
An example of how gracious and sharing they are: Angie has posted many of the guests’ favorite recipes on their website. It’s a nice way to bring a little of the B&B experience home and to relive with each tasty bite.
Check out Duluth’s other elegant B&Bs
|Fireplace at Firelight Inn.|
|Artsy fruit at Solglimt.|
–Feature & Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick