Cotton Mansion

2309 East 1st Street , Duluth, MN 55812 USA (Show map)


Featured in Minnesota Bride's "Top 10 Romantic Getaways", voted favorite B&B - Minneapolis Star Tribune Readers Poll. The perfect destination for honeymoons, anniversaries and special romantic getaways in the midwest. Our guest suites include whirlpools, fireplaces, private baths and gourmet breakfasts. At the Cotton Mansion guests relive the grand era of elegance when people of vision built homes that became the fabric of history. Five blocks up from Lake Superior in the historic mansion district of Duluth, this historic residence was built in 1908 for Joseph & Louise Cotton and quickly became a focal point of the unique Duluth social life. Enjoy the Grand Parlor, Formal Dining Room, Library and Sunroom as it was intended for the corporate attorney for U.S. Steel and John D. Rockefeller.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Loved it!

5 on January 21, 2015

We stayed at the Cotton Mansion for two nights (new years eve and the night before). The couple who owns the mansion were so welcoming. They even spent a lot of time talking with us about the history of the mansion (we are very into old homes). The breakfast was great and served community style - which I was unsure about at first - but turned out to be very fun. We even met another couple there and celebrated the New Year out with them. Definitely Recommend

Cotton Mansion

5 on July 21, 2014

We had an amazing time at this timeless classic mansion. Ken dazzled us with historic accounts of the mansion from the time of its building to present day. 11 out of 10 Derek D.

Beautiful Stay

4.4 on October 18, 2012

My husband and I just got back from a wonderful 2 night stay at the Cotton Mansion, for our Honeymoon. We stayed in the carriage house in the Bella Flora room. Ken walked through our room with us explaining where the fridge, coffee, how the Jacuzzi tub worked as well as the shower. The bed was very comfortable, gas fire place was gorgeous. The room was clean, large, private and very cozy. They provided lavender candles, bath salts, shampoo, conditioner and even lotion. The Jacuzzi tub had an included heater that kept the water warm for as long as you wanted to enjoy it. The mansion was built early 1900's. They have kept/restored all original furniture, wood work and light fixtures. It is beautiful. Ken ran through the entire history of the house and Cotton family during breakfast at our request. They make AMAZING breakfasts. The first morning they made eggs Benedict with fresh fruit and an apple muffin. The second morning they served fresh pineapple with stuffed french toast. Very good! We plan to go back!

Loved It!

4.8 on May 15, 2012

What a treat! I thought it would be a little stuffy for out Northwoods ways but it was very comfortable. Ken and Kim were full of information about the history of the mansion and Duluth and it was really fun to learn. The food was great! Not only did we enjoy a lovely breakfast but there was also wine with cheese and crackers and other snacks available between 4 and 6.

First B&B Experience

5 on September 22, 2010

We stayed at the Cotton mansion recently and had a wonderful experience. We ended up getting there very very late and they were just as welcoming as if we had gotten there during check in hours. The rooms were beautiful and spotless. The building is gorgeous. One owner explained the history of the building which made the place even more interesting. The breakfasts were also top notch. I will be going back there again and again and would advise anyone thinking about a bed and breakfast to try this one.

Perfect Get Away

4.0 on September 13, 2010

This place is in the perfect spot to get around Duluth. The Mansion is beautifully kept and perfect for a little getaway. We will be back again.

The most AMAZING experience ever!

5 on September 07, 2010

My husband booked the Garden Room at the carriage house for our 3 year anniversary and when we got there I was just thrilled! The mansion is simply gorgeous! I felt like a princess staying there. The bed was the most comfortable bed I have ever stayed in. The breakfast was divine! I will go back every year from now on...

Awesome place to celebrate an anniversary.

5 on August 30, 2009

Celebrated our 23 wedding anniversary at the Cotton Mansion. What a beautiful setting. We stayed in the Bell Cotton Room. We truly enjoyed the rich history and beauty of the home. Ken and Kim were wonderful host and hostess. I would recommending staying at the Cotton Mansion. We will go back and stay in one of the other rooms. Each room seemed to have it's own flare. Food was awesome. Just blocks from downtown Duluth but quiet and lovely neighborhood.

Cotton Mansion is perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries, and get aways!

5 on July 14, 2009

What a wonderful place to spend our 35th wedding anniversary! We have spent nights in many different bed and breakfasts and Cotton Mansion is by far one of the best. The Sunset Room was perfect for us and we enjoyed the Jacuzzi tub. The entire mansion was beautifully renovated and pleasant to relax in alone or with other guests. Breakfasts were delicious and different each morning; the stuffed French toast was especially fabulous and reason alone to return. The afternoon snacks were tasty and refreshing. The neighborhood was quiet but also convenient to other area attractions. We enjoyed the stories and hospitality of our hosts, Ken and Kimberly Aparicio. We highly recommend this bed and breakfast!

Truly Romantic

4.8 on February 27, 2009

My sweetheart brought me here for a weekend of romance and relaxation in the Bell Cotton Suite. The room was more beautiful than I had imagined... and the mansion itself was just breathtaking! Great architecture and history. The food was delicious and the innkeepers were quite lovely but I didn't necessarily like having breakfast with another couple (maybe that's just me). I loved reading through the notebook in the room that had been written in by previous guests... such loving words about great times they'd had :) And after spending the weekend there, I could see why! Definitely recommend this place!

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Location Type

Located in Duluth's Historic Mansion District, Five blocks from Lake Superior, 2.3 Miles from Downtown/Canal Park, Located 1 mile from Univ. Minnesota, Duluth., 2 miles from North Shore Scenic Drive, Lakefront, Small town


Duluth, MN (DLH) 8 miles

Directions to property:

Heading North on Highway 35, approximatley 2 miles beyond downtown Duluth. Hwy 35 ends at intersection of London Rd & 26th Ave E. Drive 5 blocks up 26th Ave to E. First St. Turn left and go to 2309 E. First Street on upper right corner (3 story, yellow-brick house). Turn into driveway and temporarily park. Ring doorbell at side entrance. (Please pre-arrange arrival time with all reservations)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Lake Superior & North Shore Scenic Drive, North Shore Scenic Railroad, Glensheen Historic Mansion Tours, Canal Park Historic Entertainment District, Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Library, Piano, Private entrance, Telephone , Available In-Room Breakfast, Available Massages & Robes, Available Iron & Ironing Board, Wine & Cheese Service

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Symphony Orchestra & Ballet Performances, Theaters and Fine Dining in Duluth, Museums and Historic Tours, Summer Carriage Rides & Lake Cruises, Lake Superior Rose Garden & Lakewalk, Antique Shops & Art Stores, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Romantic retreat for adults only
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two Nights required (Friday/Saturday) on Weekends.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's room and tax at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations: 30 days in advance, refund of prepayment less $50.00. Within 30 days, same as above if the room is re-rented. If room not able to be re-rented, then guest is responsible for room rent with a certificate available for future use with some restrictions.
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Ken and Kimberly Aparicio

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  • Time Served: 9:00am & 10:00am on Sat.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options


Signature Dish

Stuffed French Toast

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