Our award winning B&B in Duluth, MN offers everything you might expect in a five star hotel. Expect flat screen TV’s with DVD players, air-conditioning, black out blinds, fireplaces and microwaves. We also offer refrigerators and two person spa whirlpool baths in many of our rooms. Create the perfect romantic getaway from Minneapolis by adding a package or special to your stay.
|Brule River Retreat||2||Queen||In-room 2 person whirlpool w/shower||2nd floor, partial lake view, fireplace||Check Rates|
|North Shore Retreat||2||Queen||In-room 2 person whirlpool w/shower||2nd floor, partial lake view, fireplace||Check Rates|
|Lake Superior Suite||2||King||In-room 2 person whirlpool w/ separate walk-in shower||1st floor, fireplace, refrigerator, microwave, & coffeemaker in room, limited accessibility||Check Rates|
|Mayor’s Chamber||2||Queen||In-room 2 person whirlpool w/shower||2nd floor, fireplace||Check Rates|
|Edwin H. Hewitt Room||2||King||Clawfoot tub with rain showerhead||2nd floor, partial lake view, fireplace||Check Rates|
|Salyards Room||2||King||In-room 2 person whirlpool w/shower||2nd floor, partial lake view, fireplace||Check Rates|
|Ryerson Suite||2||King||2 person whirlpool w/shower in bathroom||2nd floor, partial lake view, fireplace||Check Rates|
For your convenience, below are details and information to help you plan and enjoy your time while visiting us.
Check-In & Check-Out
Check-In time for Sunday through Friday is between 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Due to staffing, please notify us well in advance, PRIOR to your day of arrival, if you anticipate a later arrival. Arrivals after the check in window time of 6 pm will require a self check-in. We offer a streamlined self check-in process with customized and detailed arrangements to make it convenient and easy. We are happy to make this work for you so you do not feel rushed.
As we prepare the rooms and grounds for our arrivals, the Inn is closed for check ins or bag drops between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm (Saturday ONLY 11 am to 2 pm). Unless the Early Check In Add-on Enhancement has been purchased and prearranged with the Innkeeper.
Check in time for SATURDAY only is between 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Saturday is not a typical check in day, therefore the early arrival time allows us to spend some time with our family and friends. Due to staffing, please notify us well in advance, PRIOR to your day of arrival, if you anticipate a later arrival. Arrivals after the check in window time of 6 pm will require a self check-in. We offer a streamlined self check-in process with customized and detailed arrangements to make it convenient and easy. We are happy to make this work for you so you do not feel rushed!
Check-Out is by 11:00 am. Due to high turnover and incoming reservations we are unable to accommodate late departures past 11:00 AM. Thank you in advance for your respect of our check out time allowing us to prepare for our incoming guests. AIRBNB, OR ANY OTHER OTA (ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCY) RESERVATION CHECK OUT TIME IS NO LATER THAN 10 AM.
A 75% deposit for a multiple night reservation (100% of your total stay will be billed for a one night booking or for special events like Grandma’s Marathon or Tall Ships which are non-refundable once booked)** is required at the time of your reservation. We reserve the right to process any balance of your reservation within four (4) weeks or 31 days of your arrival date.
AirBnB, BedandBreakfast.com, Booking.com or any of its subsidiaries, Expedia or any of its subsidiaries, or any other NON-DIRECT bookings will have the full reservation balance collected upon booking and will not be refundable. No exceptions will be made to this policy.
**Our reservation system automatically bills your credit card when booking online, therefore WE MUST BE ADVISED of booking via phone OF GIFT CERTIFICATE OR GIFT CARD USE PRIOR TO BOOKING YOUR STAY. (BLACK OUT DATES APPLY TO ANY AND ALL GIFT CERTIFICATES/CARDS). ANY CREDIT CARD REFUNDS REQUIRED OR REQUESTED DUE TO THE USE OF A GIFT CARD/CERTIFICATE WILL BE ASSESSED A MINIMUM FEE OF $10.00. BLACK OUT DATES APPLY TO ANY AND ALL GIFT CERTIFICATES. SEE BELOW. (BLACK OUT DATES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: THE WEEK FOLLOWING CHRISTMAS THRU NEW YEARS EVE (12/26 – 1/1/), VALENTINE’S DAY, PRESIDENT’S DAY Holiday Weekend, MEMORIAL DAY Holiday Weekend, FOURTH OF JULY Holiday, MARITIME OR TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL, GRANDMA’S MARATHON, LABOR DAY Holiday Weekend OR ANY SPECIAL EVENT WEEKEND. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE). We accept Discover, Visa, Mastercard, and U.S. Currency. Rates and policies are based on double occupancy only and are subject to change at any time.
We require a two night minimum stay on the weekends (or holiday/special events) which typically includes a Friday and Saturday. A two night weekend stay that includes a Thursday & Friday, OR a Saturday & Sunday is welcome; however the regular weekend rate will be charged for each night. Holidays and special event days will be charged at the weekend rate, and may require a minimum two night stay. Holiday weekends may include but are not limited to New Year’s Eve/Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day Holiday Weekend, Memorial Day Holiday Weekend, Tall Ships Event, Fourth Fest/Fourth of July and Holiday Weekend, Blues Fest, Labor Day Holiday Weekend, etc. All rates are subject to change and are subject to increasing based on occupancy and special event/holiday dates.
Reservations made and booked by a third party will also require credit card information of the party staying at the Inn. The third party booking the reservation may be held responsible for any fees based on the details of the reservation.
A refund of your deposit on a multiple-night stay or payment on a single-night stay (less a per room $150 cancellation fee) will be offered for cancellations 31 or more days in advance of your scheduled arrival. (Grandma’s Marathon/Special Event or Group Booking Cancellations do not apply and are noted below.) Any applicable refunds will be processed 14 business days after the cancellation has occurred. All cancellations received 31 days or less prior to your scheduled date of arrival will be charged for the full dates/balance of your reservation including any add-ons. If a gift certificate/gift card is used for your stay, the value of the certificate will be retained to cover the cancellation fee and/or entire cost of the reservation and will no longer be valid.
If you are able to find a replacement guest for your full reservation, we will not charge any fee. However payment arrangements must be made between the two parties. If we are required/requested to process a credit card refund, a fee will be assessed.
It is our primary desire and goal to have our guests join us as scheduled, however cancellations greatly affect a small Inn like ours.** The A G Thomson House is a small Bed and Breakfast and, unlike most hotels, we do not over book our room inventory, nor have a high volume of rooms to offer like a hotel. When we guarantee an accommodation we enter into a contract with our guests, and your room will not be booked to another party. We remove that room from our available inventory thus lose the opportunity to sell it to others and guaranteeing you the particular room of your choice; that is why it is important for the guarantee to be honored both ways. Because we will strictly adhere to our policy, we strongly recommend travel insurance for the unexpected life event.
A REQUEST TO CHANGE THE DATE OR MOVE A RESERVATION MAY BE HONORED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INNKEEPER. SUCH A REQUEST WILL RESULT IN A RE-BOOKING FEE OF NO LESS THAN $150 BEING ASSESSED AS THIS MAY ALSO RESULT IN THE LOSS OF REVENUE FOR THE ORIGINAL DATE AND ROOM BOOKED, GUARANTEED AND TAKEN OUT OF INVENTORY.
**We approach our business and cancellation policy in the same manner as if we were purchasing tickets to a ballgame, concert, airline tickets, etc. and know that in most if not all cases, a refund would not be provided. Equally, if we were to need to cancel your booking for any reason, our guests would expect a refund and/or credit and it would be provided without hesitation. We ask for the same consideration and understanding of our policies for our small business. Travel Insurance is the best option to cover life’s unexpected occurrences.
Please note: Our regular cancellation policy does not apply to Grandma’s Marathon, Special Events such as Tall Ships, Group Events or Group Bookings. See below for details regarding these types of bookings.
GRANDMA’S MARATHON/Special Event (Tall Ships, etc.) Bookings: A three-night stay at the weekend rate* is required for the weekend of Grandma’s Marathon (June 20, 2020). Days can include either a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday OR Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only –Saturday arrivals will not be accepted, nor adjustments to a reservation leaving a Saturday open will be allowed. *Rates will vary based on occupancy.
Grandma’s Marathon and Special Event booking cancellations are as follows: Upon booking your three-night stay, we will process 100% of your stay/reservation total. This amount is non-refundable at the time of booking and will be forfeited upon cancellation at any time and for any reason. We regret that NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this cancellation policy.
A group reservation is when TWO (2) OR MORE ROOMS are booked at the same time, for the same period of time, traveling together or for an event being held in the area or at the Inn. The entire Inn may be required to be booked to avoid disruption to the booking party and any other guests staying at the Inn. To avoid disruptions and guarantee guests will not be impacted, a group booking MORE THAN 4 ROOMS will require the entire Inn to be booked for the gathering. A group reservation deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE at the time of booking. The balance of the booking will be billed 60 days in advance of arrival at which time the entire amount is NON-REFUNDABLE. No exceptions will be made to this policy. A group reservation may be subject to a Use of Space fee beginning at $750 depending upon the purpose of the booking and use of the Inn. A fee WILL apply if the Inn is being booked for a family and/or wedding party attending a wedding off-site; family or group gathering, etc. and must be discussed with the Innkeeper prior to booking and a contract and/or agreement signed. Special/Small event group bookings will be assessed as noted below. Our Grandma’s Marathon Cancellation Policy (payment policy may differ slightly) will apply to all group reservations. Gift certificates/cards, discounts, or package rates WILL NOT apply to a group reservation. Group reservations must adhere to our EXCLUSIVITY CLAUSE (see below). The AG Thomson House reserves the right to accept or reject any group reservation if it does not fit the needs of the Inn or guests.
Third Party Gift Certificates
PLEASE NOTE: AS OF SEPTEMBER 2018, WE ARE NO LONGER SELLING A G THOMSON HOUSE GIFT CERTIFICATES. If you would like to purchase a stay as a gift, please call us and we will arrange the booking via phone or will sell a VOUCHER (not a certificate) toward a stay valid for use within 12 months of purchase.
(We only accept MBBA and BedandBreakfast.com gift certificates): WE MUST BE ADVISED OF GIFT CERTIFICATE, GIFT CARD, OR VOUCHER USE PRIOR TO BOOKING YOUR STAY. Our reservation system automatically bills your credit card when booking online , therefore WE MUST BE ADVISED OF GIFT CERTIFICATE, GIFT CARD, OR VOUCHER USE PRIOR TO BOOKING YOUR STAY online to avoid a refund charge. Please CALL US to make your reservation when using a gift card/certificate/voucher of any kind. Any booking made online when a gift card/certificate is to be applied will be assessed a minimum fee of $10.00 to process any refunds or credits to the credit card. The entire balance of the reservation will be processed at the time of booking with the use of any gift certificate/gift card. BLACK OUT DATES APPLY TO ANY AND ALL GIFT CERTIFICATES and VOUCHERS.
We will accept one (1) gift certificate/card/voucher of ANY KIND, for a maximum of $500 PER STAY – multiple certificates/cards/vouchers cannot be used per stay. Gift certificates, gift cards or vouchers are only valid on a ROOM STAY and cannot be applied toward the purchase of merchandise or package items.
A TWO NIGHT MINIMUM STAY IS REQUIRED WITH THE USE OF A GIFT CERTIFICATE/GIFT CARD or ROOM CREDIT. Rate and/or room discounts, special packages or specials will not be valid, applied or available when a gift certificate/card is used under any circumstances. This includes any mid-week specials or other advertised specials. BLACK OUT DATES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: THE WEEK FOLLOWING CHRISTMAS THRU NEW YEARS EVE (12/26 – 1/1), MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY, VALENTINE’S DAY, PRESIDENT’S DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND, MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND, FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY AND WEEKEND, MARITIME OR TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL, GRANDMA’S MARATHON, LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND OR ANY SPECIAL EVENT WEEKEND. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
Any fees such as cancellation or re-booking, etc. will be deducted from the original amount of the certificate/voucher and/or charged to the credit card used as a guarantee if necessary. Gift certificates/.vouchers cannot be transferred to another party if the recipient is unable or unwilling to use the certificate without Innkeeper approval. Lost or stolen gift certificates or gift cards or vouchers will not be replaced. Gift certificates/vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash. Gift certificate/card/voucher policies are subject to change and updating at any time.
Small Event/Elopement Bookings
The AG Thomson House Bed and Breakfast is able to hold very small events, or elopements with the exception of a full wedding**. Please contact the Innkeeper for details, fees, and booking requirements. Group events other than an elopement will require the entire Inn to be booked. A minimum Use of Space Fee of $1800 will apply to any and all events and is subject to change based upon the circumstances. This includes only the use of the space, and any additional services requested or required will be assessed and charged. Contact the Innkeeper to review any or all services requested.
A maximum number of guests applies – please inquire with the Innkeeper based upon your event. This number includes any and all guests, outside attending guests, officiant for the ceremony, etc. A list of attendees and guests will be required and a contract will be put in place in detail prior to booking. All payments and deposits are non-refundable once the Inn and/or rooms are booked. Gift certificates/cards will not be accepted for a group event. **We are no longer able to host/hold weddings – small elopements only.
We highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance; due to our cancellation policy that will be strictly enforced. We are not affiliated with, nor recommend, any particular company. We are providing some travel insurance options for consideration in respect to our strict cancellation policy:
Rooms and house use are for Registered Guests of the AG Thomson House only. For the comfort, convenience, respect of privacy, liability and to ensure a quiet, quality stay for all of our guests, we respectfully ask that you do not bring in guests, friends, or family that you are visiting in the area. We are happy to pre-arrange a tour of the common areas of the Inn with advance notice.
We are a smoke free facility
The AG Thomson House is proud to offer a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted in guest rooms, on guest room balconies, indoor or outdoor public areas, nor anywhere on our grounds where it may impact other guests or pose a fire hazard. We will assess a $750 fee to your credit card for any violations of our room non-smoking policy and we reserve the right to ask you to leave the premises immediately. If the room is damaged or requires an excessive amount of cleaning; an additional cleaning fee will be assessed to your credit card at a minimum hourly rate of $95/hour and any damages will be assessed the value of repair or replacement. Violation of this policy also violates Minnesota State Law and you may subject to the cost of the fine. Our non-smoking policy includes all types of tobacco, as well as e-cigarettes, vaping, etc.
All of our rooms (and rates) are based on Single or Double Occupancy only. Due to health code regulations we cannot and do not accommodate more than two persons to a room.
Young adults 16 and over are permitted. Our Inn is designed for a quiet getaway for our adult guests. We will reserve the right to accept or reject a booking if we believe it may impact a romantic retreat. Sorry, we are not childproofed and are unable to accommodate small children. Violation of this policy will result in being asked to depart the Inn.
We are the ultimate animal lovers; however for the safety, comfort, and convenience of all of our guests, we regret that we do not allow pets.
Quiet Season and High Season
We are somewhat flexible on our two night weekend stay policy during our Quiet Season; please inquire – some restrictions or fees may apply. Holidays and special events, as well as gift certificate usage, are exceptions and will require a two-night weekend stay. Holidays and special event days will be charged at the weekend rate, and may require a minimum two night stay. Holiday weekends may include but are not limited to December 26 through January 1, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Tall Ships Event, Fourth Fest/Fourth of July, Blues Fest, Labor Day, etc.
As required by law and fire code, and for the safety and security of all of our guests, we are unable to allow the use of open flames such as candles, etc.
We supply scented oils to be used in your whirlpool tub ONLY. We do not allow the use of any other items such as bubble bath, oatmeal scrubs, etc. as they cause damage and blockage in the whirlpool lines. We are happy to provide extra scents for your use.
Use of any oils that contain Grapeseed oil are not allowed. We have found that this type of oil causes PERMANENT damage to linens.
We offer convenient and secure off street parking on our grounds located behind the Inn. Upon arrival, pull in our driveway to the right of the house and this will take you to our secure parking lot. To ensure a space for all of our guests, please park between the lights, or reflective poles (during winter months).
A.G. Thomson House warmly welcomes all guests. However, due to the historic significance of our early 1909 Duluth Colonial, we are not completely wheelchair accessible. Removal of necessary physical barriers for accessibility is not readily achievable in all areas of the Inn as such removal would threaten or destroy the historic significance of the property. However, the features below show the extensive efforts we have made to ensure all guests can visit our historic inn.
Below is a list of these barriers as well as features to help those with disabilities. We are more than happy to talk with any guest directly to determine appropriate lodging options.
- No elevator to the second floor
- Numerous steps. The main house has an extensive staircase up to the rooms which are all located on the second floor.
- Entry steps into the Inn consist of four steps into the main house.
- Narrow hallways and doorways do not accommodate a wheelchair. However, once the four steps have been navigated, inside the main house the living room and dining room are wheelchair accessible.
For those who have limited use of a wheelchair, we offer the following room features:
- The Lake Superior Suite is located on the main floor of the Carriage House and can be accessible for those requiring limited use of a wheelchair.
- The king size bed will require assistance for entry
- The suite is completely accessible and offers a large walk-in/roll-in shower, a handheld shower head, and grab bars
- There is a private parking lot with seven spaces convenient to the suite.
- We are happy to help guests with luggage
For special accommodation needs, please call us directly at (218) 724-3464 so we can help you determine the best guest room to ensure you have a comfortable arrival and enjoyable stay.
In addition, we work to ensure every guest who wishes to visit can do so regardless of their physical abilities. Among the ways we comply with ADA:
- We ensure that individuals with disabilities can make reservations during the same hours and in the same manner as individuals without disabilities.
- We have identified and described accessible features in our bed and breakfast and guest rooms in detail to allow individuals with disabilities to determine whether our B&B meets their needs.
- We ensure that accessible guest rooms are held for use by individuals with disabilities until all other guest rooms of that type have been rented.
- We guarantee that the specific accessible guest rooms, once reserved, are held for the reserving customer. We make reasonable efforts with third-party reservation systems to make accessible rooms available through at least some of these services and they must provide these third-party services with information concerning the accessible features of the hotel and the accessible rooms.
- Guests with legitimate service animals as defined in the ADA will be provided access to all areas of the inn afforded to those without service animals.
A.G. Thomson House is committed to facilitating the accessibility and usability of this website for all people with disabilities. We will continue to implement the relevant portions of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA) or such other standards as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On a periodic basis, our website will be tested with assistive technology.
Please be aware that our efforts are ongoing. You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 24/7 at (218) 724-3464 with questions or concerns regarding ADA accessibility, including issues accessing the website or with questions regarding the accessibility and personal needs of the various rooms.