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
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Great hospitality and excellent food!

5 on August 01, 2017

All we can say is WOW! My boyfriend and I decided to have a weekend get away and I don't think we could have picked a better place to stay. We make the trip up to Duluth whenever we can, but we usually stay in hotels around Canal Park. Well, this trip has changed that. I don't think we could ever stay anywhere else now! There is so much history and memories that come with, not to mention the beautiful and carefully designed architecture. Ken and Kimberly were so welcoming and helpful with recommendations on places to visit and eat, and we can't forget about the breakfast.. AMAZING! I think it's safe to say we will be back and we highly recommend checking this place out, you won't regret it!


5 on July 05, 2017

My husband and I were flying out to Wisconsin (from Seattle) for a wedding and we figured if we needed to fly so far we might as well stay a few extra days and explore the area. When I first saw the Cotton Mansion in pictures I was sold and it did not disappoint! The house is beautiful and so wonderful to stay in. I wanted to steal the comforter it was so cozy. The owners were fantastic and so sweet and accommodating! My husband and I had to do a late check-in because of our flight and they were very understanding and welcoming, then the next morning we were leaving early to go exploring so we missed breakfast (which was unfortunate) and they were very gracious. The best part of our stay was the last morning. They let us dine on the second floor terrace because we were the only guests and they made us a genuinely spectacular breakfast, easily the best meal we ate the whole vacation!! And then I found out I had a Skype interview that day at 1 and we were supposed to check out by 11; well, they let us stay the extra time and use the dining room (because, as they informed me, it had the best Wi-Fi) and even made sure everyone was quiet and out of the way for my interview so no one disturbed me. It was so helpful and I cannot thank them enough for their amazing hospitality. Seriously, if you're going to Duluth, stay here, it's absolutely worth it!

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.

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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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