Jim, the proprietor (Joan was away for the weekend), was SUCH a gracious host, and such a wonderful resource on what to do locally! He was so kind and good-humored, and made us feel so welcome. We stayed in the Wahl room for a night on our way North, and it was such a unique and wonderful experience to stay in such a comfortable, beautiful space, and to have such a delightful breakfast and conversation the next day. Everything was immaculately clean, the mattress was FANTASTIC, and the decor and background information, curated and preserved by Jim and Joan as a labor of love since the late 1980s all came together into the best possible stay. Do not miss!! E
If being spoiled appeals to you, this is the place to stay! A gourmet breakfast delivered to your room, luxurious suites in a lovingly restored mansion, with accommodating and friendly hosts, this is a B & B at its finest.
Our weekend stay in August at the Firelight was outstanding. It was pouring rain when we checked in with host/owners Jim and Joy. They were welcoming and warm with a tour of the kitchen, book filled common areas, and colorful dining area before taking us to our plush, beautiful room with hot tub, shower, four-post bed and lounge chair perfect for a quiet read. The attention to detail was meticulous with Joy's hand carved soaps, immaculate carpet and gentle lighting. Now the breakfasts were over-the-top delicious, made with skill and care - french toast with fruit one morning and Brie quiche with sausage the next. When we chose to dine downstairs, Jim conversed with us about the changing world of lodging. For my part, I wish all lodging was this hospitable and luxurious.
It felt like we were royalty. No detail is overlooked. The breakfasts are a slice of heaven. The hosts make you feel like you are family coming home.
We stayed in a suite here for our anniversary. It was wonderful. The hosts are friendly and warm while respecting your privacy, and the food is delivered to your room. It's a wonderful, delicious breakfast and a bed that is the most comfortable I have ever slept in. I doubt I will have a breakfast this fabul anywhere else anytime soon. The only reason I did not give them all outstanding ratings is that it seems sad that there will never be anything better than this. I am trying to be optimistic.
Jim was the perfect host. He knows the area well. Nice to no he was just a phone call away. The house is quiet but very welcoming. Breakfast was amazing Jim is fabulous chef/baker. You will leave very satisfied. There is coffee, tea, hot chocolate available 24 hours with made from scratch cookies and chocolate candy. Definitely will visit again.
Our overnight at the Ellery House far exceeded our expectations and left us excited to return again in the future. The breakfast was amazing and Jim was a great host! There were thoughtful touches that added value beyond what we paid for (ie: coffee in the hallway at 7am, cookies on the counter downstairs, and soft robes in the room). We would HIGHLY recommend to anyone.
We decided to spend our anniversary in Duluth and after looking at all the regular hotels thought a B&B might be nice. We picked Ellery House because it appeared to be a genuine “old house” with real antique furniture in it. We were not disappointed! The house has no historical significance. It is just a big, old house, and that is exactly what we wanted. Like going to visit great-grandparents and stepping back in time in their never modernized home. No TV’s!!! The other thing we really appreciated was the 7AM coffee and the option of having breakfast delivered to our room. And what a breakfast! Not only mouth-wateringly delicious but with a 5-star presentation! Jim and Joan have been doing this for 31 years and it shows. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, Ellery House is a great value.
We where there in October of last year. It was on my dad's bucket list. They where very accommodating. My dad was in end stage cancer and had a cane to walk and they made sure that they had the room on the ground floor. I could not ask for a better host. My dad talked about his stay there to everyone he talked to. They gave great direction and suggestions for things to do in and around Duluth. Definitely will be staying when I come back. My dad passed in December and you made many great memories with my dad for my mom and me. Thank you so much.
My wife and I spent the weekend in the Superior Suite, and found the accommodations absolutely fantastic. We arrived on Friday, purchased the soup supper meal. The wild rice soup that was served was out of this world. Breakfasts Saturday and Sunday were exquisite! Cleanliness of the suite was spot-on, and the attention to detail was definitely present. Jim and Joy were wonderful hosts, and were always available in case we needed anything! We definitely will return! We will be recommending the Firelight Inn to anybody who is looking for a place to stay in Duluth.
Angie and Tim have created a little slice of heaven in Northern Minnesota. My girlfriend and I have been back 3 times and already look forward to our return visit next summer. Everything about the place is pure perfection: from the guest rooms, to the breakfast, to the warm and genuine hospitality. All of it comes together is a wonderful experience.
Upon arrival on Friday afternoon we were warmly greeted and shown the beautiful home and grounds then directed to our room. Both Tim and Angie instantly made us feel like family - a character trait that many work a lifetime to gain in the realm of sales and hospitality. The room was both updated and rustic at the same time. Elements of the carriage house (North Shore Retreat) room we had certainly had the amenities of any updated room yet the charm and characteristics of a much older country home from the window treatments, in-room mini wood stove reminiscent unit, and fine wooden furniture. As this is a bed & breakfast I'll comment on both - The bed was very comfortable and the grounds were very quiet lending to an evening that soothed all the crazy chaos of daily work life out of sight and mind. Saturday and Sunday morning breakfasts were embellished with a tasteful mix of salty and sweet with the gracious filling of orange juice, coffee, and assortment of teas to choose from. This being our first stay at a bed and breakfast we certainly got lucky with such wonderful hosts that were somehow perfectly situated on the tricky balance of being attentive to the visitors' needs, not too pushy or overbearing, and absolutely delightful to converse with. The history and decor of the living, dining, and sun room were really magnetic to me. As if snatched up from a different universe, I felt compelled to peruse the living room's books and had to steal a seat in the comfortable chairs for some quiet time Saturday evening after our dinner on the town to read and let the experience sink in. We left thoroughly satisfied and really still in awe of what felt like the most relaxing weekend we've gotten to spend in a while. To any traveler well versed in bed & breakfasts or new to the scene as we were - You HAVE to visit and soak in this experience. To put it simply it was jazz to my soul.
My wife and I recently spent our honeymoon at the AG Thompson house in Duluth. Tim and Angie have a beautiful home with lots of character and charm, in addition to modern amenities. Breakfast can be delivered to your room or served in the open dining room. Be prepared for a treat as breakfast is amazing. We were greeted with a warm smile when we arrived and were given a hug goodbye when we checked out. I won't even think twice about staying somewhere else during our next visit to Duluth. Thank you Tim and Angie!!
We spent two nights and didn't want to leave. The accommodations are wonderful, very warm and cozy. Tim and Angie made us feel right at home. The breakfast and chocolate chip cookies are phenomenal. Difinitely worth a trip North!
This was our first visit to the Duluth region, and we were unsure of our expectations. When we arrived at the A.G. Thomson house, we were blown away by its character and hospitality of the Inn Keepers, Angie and Tim. We felt so at home! Beautifully decorated and comfortable, this B&B offers a gorgeous garden and a lovely historic neighborhood. Not to mention its proximity to all the sites that Duluth offer! Don't plan to eat lunch. You'll have a delicious and filling breakfast that will last you to dinner!
Tom and Angie were incredible hosts and run a first class operation. My wife and I had never stayed at a b&b before and she was leery because she can be incredibly shy, but from the first minute we got there we had a great experience. I think we're a but younger than the usual crowd but we were well-received. The breakfasts were great and we give special marks to their Wild Rice anything and to the scone that was made on the first day of our visit. We're also both vegetarians and every restaurant we ate at while in town was based one of their recommendations and we ate excellently our entire time in Duluth. I highly recommend staying here and we'll likely be back in a couple of years.
My husband and I have stayed at the Firelight Inn 4 times now, and we almost feel like family. Jim & Joy are such wonderful hosts and they really go out of their way to make you feel welcomed and special. It starts at the front door as they are both there to great us and then Jim carries our bags up to our room for us. We just love the fruit, cheese and cracker platter that we always have waiting upon our arrival. The food is so delicious, from the Chicken wild rice soup with warm bread to our gourmet breakfasts that words can hardly describe. It is such a wonderful relaxing and peaceful time when we get to visit the Firelight Inn. We enjoy the winter visits just as much as the summer. Especially nice is the Butler's pantry where you may treat your self to some homemade cookies and candies, or coffee and soda. I cannot forget the massage package that was a special treat to really feel pampered. Joy has such an eye for detail and nothing is overlooked. We cannot wait until our next visit. Many thanks and Blessings to Jim and Joy for they truly excel at their gift of hospitality.
Tim and Angie have created the perfect B&B. We loved everything about it. Great location, great room, great amenities. Everything was a five-star experience. What put them at the top was the option of in-room dining. We enjoyed Angie's sumptuous breakfast in the privacy of our room each morning. Very romantic! The AG Thomson House is the best B&B ever!
We have stayed at many B&Bs and this one stands out head and shoulders above the others! Everything about the Thomson House was amazing. The whirlpool, fireplace and comfy bed all added to the stay. This place is so romantic. Suffice it to say everything was perfect, down to the smallest detail. We have stayed at many bed and breakfast inns but this was by far the best! The genuine warmth and hospitality displayed by Tim and Angie were greatly appreciated. We already had planned our return visit before we checked out! As the sign reads in the sun room, “Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends”. With Tim and Angie we truly believe we’ve made new, lifelong friends.
I surprised my husband this December with a two night stay in the Barnum Suite for our 24 year anniversary. I knew it was the right place after brousing for hours on the internet. Jim and Joy offer everthing I was looking for: jacuzzi for two, fireplace, private dining option, massages, and an intimate and personal atmosphere. We felt so pampered! Immediately upon arrival, the spiritual feel of the place was comforting. We are more of a traditional couple and I could feel peace in the air. We both agree this weekend for us ended up topping our honeymoon! We shared and cared, cleared up some misunderstandings, and are enjoying a new start again to our relationship (and we thought we were already happy)! If you are a believer, this is a place that will foster and support spiritual renewal! We both left a better person. The only thing that could have been improved upon for us would have been to get a chance to talk to Joy about our food preferences. Would have preferred less sweets/carbs and more proteins (prefer turkey vs. pork products). All in all, wonderful memories were made for us that will last us our lifetime! Thank you to the Fischers for running this superb B&B!