A G Thomson House Bed and Breakfast

2617 East Third Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55812
Innkeeper(s): Tim & Angie Allen
 

Duluth Beauty, History and a Beer! 15 Oct 2014, 2:15 pm

Duluth Beauty, History and a Beer!  

When we were fortunate enough to be “ordered” to Duluth back in 2005 by the Air Force, we knew this was a very special place and felt like we were “home” immediately.  Our roots and family were not far away in Wisconsin, so it was the perfect fit.  And having moved a few times over the years in the military, we learned how to quickly acclimate to a new environment and start to learn about and experience our new city and environment.

And now over 9 years later, we are still learning about this truly unique and incredible city of Duluth.  In recent years, a great new company has formed called The Duluth Experience, offering visitors to our fair city a unique perspective of our history, culture, and best of all…beer!  We are proud to have partnered with these amazing and dedicated people in offering several exceptional packages to help our guests get the most out of their time in Duluth.

The Duluth Experience began by providing fun-filled Brewery Tours, visiting the multitude of micro breweries in the Twin Ports.  This is still one of their most popular tours, and the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast is proud to package this tour with your stay!  As the brewery tours became more popular, the foresight of this talented group evolved into offering even more opportunities to experience Duluth.

One of these opportunities is The Duluth Experience History Bus Tours and it is absolutely incredible, providing a unique perspective and insight to our Zenith City.  This tour is also another package item we are proud to offer guests when booking with the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast!  You will not only enjoy your warm experience at our bed and breakfast, but you will experience a historical story that helps to place Duluth’s present and future into a much more comprehensive context.

Those of you who know Duluth, know the seasons offer us so many wonderful opportunities to learn about and experience the dynamic beauty of our port city.  With this, brings some fantastic seasonal tours also offered by the Duluth Experience.

This fall the Duluth Experience offered a stunning Fall Colors Tour, which will likely be an annual event.  Coming up this Holiday winter season, we are looking forward to our partnership with the Duluth Experience in offering a Holiday Lights Tour, taking guests around the twin ports for an up close and personal sight-seeing tour of holiday lights!  Watch our website as more details become available soon!

Spring and Summer, ah yes…what we look forward to all winter long, offers perhaps some of the best opportunities to truly “experience” Duluth and Lake Superior.  The Duluth Experience Adventure Tours will take you mountain biking, scenic biking and kayaking, showcasing the breathtaking beauty and grandeur from a perspective you may not normally have the opportunity to experience.  And again, we could not be more proud to be a partner and offer these packages along with your stay at the AG Thomson House

At our Duluth bed and breakfast, we focus on and specialize in offering our guests an “experience”, not just a “room for a night”.  We are proud to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere for our guests to relax with gorgeous rooms featuring whirlpools, fireplaces, lake views, and so much more.  And we are proud to partner with the incredible folks at the Duluth Experience in adding to our guests’ overall experience at our Inn and in our dazzling port city of Duluth!  As we strive to provide guests of the AG Thomson House with a wonderfully memorable experience, we are proud to partner with a team of talented and dedicated people at the Duluth Experience who share our passion for our work, and our love of Duluth!  Don’t just take our word for it; our passion is shared by what guests are saying about the AG Thomson House Bed and Breakfast on Trip Advisor, and about the folks at the The Duluth Experience!

See you on your next EXPERIENCE to Duluth!

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Tavern on the Hill: A new Duluth gem! 10 Sep 2014, 1:56 pm

As a Wisconsin native, the word “tavern” brings a clear image to mind.  Well, that image has been completely dispelled as we walked through the doors of the new Tavern on the Hill, located on Woodland Avenue near the UMD campus and the College of St. Scholastica.  Nestled among new apartment developments, Starbucks, Qdoba and more, this “Tavern” is sure to become a Duluth favorite hot spot in a very short amount of time.  This is no Wisconsin tavern for sure!!

Many of our guests are familiar with Duluth’s Blackwood’s restaurants and the incredible Blackwater Lounge located in downtown Duluth.  But the new Tavern on the Hill, located near UMD and the College of St. Scholastic and just a short walk from our Duluth Bed and Breakfast, is a truly unique and new type of restaurant that Duluth has not had. It is sure to fill a niche that Duluth can embrace.

We had the pleasure of visiting the Tavern many times since the recent official opening in August, and we will be back again and again.  We are eager to share this fabulous spot with our guests too.  It is located about 8 blocks from the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast, making it a perfect place for our guests to walk or drive, and enjoy a modern yet warm place to drink, dine and connect.  And they are not kidding about connecting; at each booth there is a charging station for those of us tied to our devices!

To describe the menu would take too long, but let me say that there was no stone un-turned during the preparation for this menu.  The Tavern on the Hill offers guests so many fantastic options that will surely please the meat eater, vegan, vegetarian, and those with gluten or other allergies.  The drink options run the gamut with signature martinis and cocktails, beer and wine, and of course delicious non-alcoholic beverages.

And I haven’t even mentioned the incredible indoor/outdoor space they have designed; offering indoor patio dining, with accordion doors opening up to the outdoor dining space.  A space that will be getting a lot of use all year round!  Yes, all year round because of the massive fireplace and heated concrete under the patio.  Duluthians and Midwesterners are tough, but this space will provide a cozy and warm spot in the middle of winter to snuggle by the fire and enjoy a tasty hot beverage and snack!  

The Market at Tavern on the Hill is the on-the-go spot to pick up food ready to go.  And much like their “sister” restaurants, curbside pick up is an option and can be ordered directly online.  And you cannot miss the Smoothie Bar; offering fruit and vegetable smoothies to go with your “grab and go” entrees!

As residents of this great city, as well as Innkeepers of the beautiful AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast who enjoy sharing our favorite spots with our guests, we could not be more excited about this new, progressive, and one-of-a-kind Duluth gem to enjoy a quiet meal, or connect with friends and family!

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Duluth: A “Fair” to remember on Lake Superior 23 Jun 2014, 1:49 pm

A Duluth “Fair” to remember…

Each year Duluth is home to several incredible Art Fairs on the shores of Lake Superior, featuring artists from the Midwest and beyond.

Kicking off the season is the 44th Annual Park Point Art Fair on June 28th and 29th a short drive over the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge at the very end of “the point”.  This unique and beautiful location on the sandy shore of Lake Superior is just one of many reasons not to miss this fair.  There will be approximately 120 artisans, live music, food, and more beginning at 10 am until 5 pm – and admission and parking is free!

The Bayfront Park Art Fair in Bayfront Park will be in its fourth year this season, celebrating over 180 gallery quality artists and entertainers from all across the United States.  As with the Park Point Art Fair, the setting is equal to none along the bay and steps from the Lake Superior.  Bayfront artists will be displaying their beautiful pieces between 10 am and 6 pm on August 16th, and until 5 pm on Sunday the 17th.  Admission is free, with a minimum cost for parking near the fair.  You can also enjoy a ride to Bayfront on the Port Town Trolley where they will pick you up in Canal Park or from a few locations on Superior Street. 

The Glensheen Mansion is also a prime location for their annual art fair, but unfortunately due to construction on the grounds this year, the fair at the Glensheen Mansion is postponed until next year.  The mansion is open for tours, and you can enjoy the artistry of the home and the grounds if you miss the fairs!  But with one less art fair this year, it will give you just one more reason to visit Duluth and not miss out on the Park Point and Bayfront Fair and be awed by the talents you will find along the Lake Superior shores.

And while you are in town enjoying the arts, what better place to enjoy an incredible meal, take in a film, enjoy an Improv performance, and more all in one location at the Zeitgeist Arts Café.  Located in downtown Duluth on Superior Street, this spectacular venue has it all.

The Café features delicious and creative food in an atmosphere of comfort with the warmth of exposed brick.  After dinner, enjoy that glass of wine or beer, and take in a movie you may not see at your standard movie theater at the Zinema 2.  Or step into the world of improvisation and hilarity with the talented members of Renegade Improv.  The Zeitgeist venue is a truly unique experience, sure to hit the perfect note whether at the café, movies, or laughing until you cry at Teatro Zuccone!  Be sure to check it out!

And of course, we hope your starting point is our Duluth Bed and Breakfast, enjoying one of our beautiful, comfortable, inviting rooms ready to help you relax and unwind after a fun day of shopping and dining.  The weather has most definitely improved allowing us to finally enjoy the summer season that we love so much about Duluth. The grounds are blooming and the veranda is flooded in flowers, and we are eager to share it with you.  There is no shortage of nature’s “art” around the Inn.  We are ready to welcome you home on your next visit to Duluth!

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The Ryerson Suite: A sweet Suite in Duluth! 7 May 2014, 2:49 pm

The Ryerson Suite:  A sweet Suite in Duluth!

It is not unusual for us to be asked what our favorite room is when guests are looking over our website and trying to choose the perfect room for their stay at the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast.  We are the same way…your time and resources are precious and you want to make the most out of your time together.  And we love sharing all the details of each room to help make your stay as perfect as we can.

It has taken nearly 7 years, but we can now honestly say that we would stay in any one of our seven guest rooms.  Whether you are looking for the coziness of the North Shore and Brule River Retreat to the expansive and grand, Lake Superior Suite we believe each of our rooms fills a niche that our guests are looking for.

So this blog is going to focus on our “favorite” room…the Ryerson Suite!

The Ryerson Suite is a true “suite” located in the Main House of our Duluth Bed and Breakfast, and it is one of our most private rooms.  Part of this room was an addition to the home that was added in the 1920’s, thus most of the space in this room offers complete separation from any other room in the Main House.  The closet is the only part of this room that shares a wall with the closet of another room…that is very rare, and is just one of many reasons why this would be our “favorite” if we were staying here as a guest, as well why it is a favorite of many of our guests!

The beautiful Ryerson Suite offers guests an incredibly comfortable king size bed that has a view of Lake Superior.  This spring we replaced all of our beds, and this one is truly spectacular and perfect for the rest and relaxation you are looking for.  The closet offers guests a lot of space to unpack and/or store your luggage as well as a mini-refrigerator.  This was an important amenity that we wanted to provide our guests for the convenience of being able to bring your snacks and beverages while at your “home away from home”.

The large, comfortable chair nestled in the corner of the room looks toward the gas fireplace, which is situated perfectly in the corner, so you can enjoy the fire and a view of the lake all in one.  It is proudly a Minnesota-made fireplace, and is absolutely charming.  This was another addition we added to the Ryerson Suite; it was the only room at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast that did not have a fireplace in the bedroom and we made sure to fix that!

Moving on to the large and bright bathroom is where you will find one of the new, super hygienic oversized whirlpool!  It is simply amazing!  The jets are located in the bottom of the tub and have a wide array of settings to enjoy.  The super hygienic feature is much appreciated by our guests!

Just off the bathroom is what we, and our guests, love most about this space…the cozy sun room surrounded by two walls of windows flooding the space with light!  In the sun room is where you will snuggle in to a delightful loveseat and chair perfect for watching a movie on the 42” flat screen TV.  The special room also has a fireplace, and another table chairs for work, enjoying your breakfast delivery, dining in for the evening, or playing games, etc.  

We could not be more proud of all of our rooms at the AG Thomson House, but wanted to give a “shout out” to the Ryerson Suite this week.  We will continue to focus on each room until we showcase the unique amenities and comfort they all offer our guests.  And we will look forward to welcoming you home to any one of our spectacular rooms!

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Art and Music: Homegrown in Duluth 22 Apr 2014, 1:01 pm

Art and Music Homegrown in Duluth

Your stay at the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast is just the tip of the iceberg of fun to be had in Duluth.

What began in 1999 as a birthday celebration of music and beer, now spanning 15 years, the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival has become a much anticipated annual event and celebration in the Twin Ports.

The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival spans 8 days of eclectic music of not particular genre performed by local musicians, beginning Sunday, April 27th and running through May 4th. Local artists can be found at various venues throughout the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior.  This “Rawk and/or Roll” reached a record 317 band submissions this year, surely making it one of the most successful and fun events to date.

There are various ticket packages that can be purchased. You can click on this link to get more details and find something that suits your schedule.  On the weekend, the Homegrown Trolley will be providing free transportation to the various venues around the area, but many are within walking distance from one another.

If taking in the Homegrown Festival isn’t enough, another “homegrown” icon, Bob Dylan, is celebrated with the North Country Dylan Celebration 2014.  Beginning May 17th through May 24th, this celebration offers several different options to enjoy and celebrate the artistry of an American icon.

But if you are visiting Duluth, and looking for music and entertainment, you do not have to wait for a festival.  Each weekend throughout the city, you will find local and regional bands playing at venues like Blackwater Lounge, Pizza Luce, Fitger’s Brewhouse, Tycoon’s Alehouse, and so many more! Check out Twin Ports Nightlife for an array of entertainment options to enjoy.  In Duluth, there is no shortage of artistic talent to enjoy year round.  And the best part is you can partake in a great cocktail or “homegrown” beer and delicious food while enjoying some great music.

Make your reservation at the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast today, and look forward to a superb Duluth and Twin Ports experience along the shores of Lake Superior!

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DULUTH: SUMMER ATTRACTIONS SET TO OPEN! 17 Apr 2014, 2:42 pm

DULUTH SUMMER ATTRACTIONS SET TO OPEN…

The snow is finally receding in the Northland.  And as the summer season approaches so does the opening of three of Duluth’s most popular attractions.  This is your opportunity to explore Duluth and Lake Superior by getting out and experiencing some of these exciting and unique destinations.  And all of them are just minutes from the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast.

VISTA FLEET (opens May 2)

A trip to Duluth must include a cruise of Lake Superior on the Vista Fleet.  There is no better way to experience the world’s largest lake than by stepping aboard one of the Vista’s boats and cruising around the big lake and the Twin Port’s harbor.  You will learn fascinating facts while cruising alongside 1,000 foot freighters and ocean-going vessels.  You could choose simply a sightseeing cruise.  But there are other options for special cruises including dinner cruises, catered by one of Duluth’s best, Savories Catering, cocktail cruises, or a pizza cruises.  All these narrated tours are a great way to learn about Duluth and her history in shipping.

If you are rushed for time, choose a 45 minute Lake Superior Express Cruise, or the St Louis River Tour.  But if you have the time, the 1 hour 45 minute full Sightseeing Cruise is the way to go.  All three options offer both inside and outside seating.  A full bar and concessions are available on all Vista Fleet tours.

NORTH SHORE SCENIC RAILROAD (opens May 3)

Scenic sightseeing tours depart the Duluth Union Depot each day aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad for trips along beautiful Lake Superior.  You will travel past Canal Park and along the downtown shoreline for a different way to view our beautiful city and the north woods.  The trips are professionally narrated while you relax in the comfort of air conditioned coaches.  You will learn about the importance of railroads to Duluth’s history and early development.

Some excursions continue out of the city to the Lester River on Duluth’s far east-end, or even on to Two Harbors.  Leave time for the Two Harbors trip as it is a 6 hour excursion.  Other fun options include the popular Pizza Train, the Elegant Dinner Trains, the Murder Mystery Trains, and the Grandma’s Marathon Special.

While at the Depot you can also visit three museums including the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and two art galleries.

WILLIAM A. IRVIN ORE BOAT MUSEUM (opens May 1)

The William A. Irvin was once the flagship of U. S. Steel’s Great Lakes fleet.  Built in 1938, the 610 foot vessel was retired after 40 years of service.  During her time in service the Irvin carried millions of tons of coal and iron ore to ports across the Great Lakes.

While the Irvin was a workhorse, she also was outfitted with four private luxury cabins to carry many of U. S. Steel’s company guests in style.  The guest areas are trimmed in oak paneling and walnut veneer with polished brass hand railings.  The William A. Irvin remains in great shape, from the woodwork in the guest quarters to the brass in the engine room, all of her parts are still in excellent condition.

Whatever the reason you choose to visit our port city of Duluth, plan to make your way to the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast and let us welcome you home for the ultimate in relaxation after a fun-filled day!

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Duluth Dining: An Italian treasure! 24 Mar 2014, 1:49 pm

 

As Innkeepers of the AG Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, one of the first questions we get asked during the check in process is “what is your recommendation for great places to eat in Duluth?”  We love getting asked this question because in our small port city of Duluth, there is an amazing array and variety of incredible places to dine.  In fact, we believe that Duluth and the Twin Ports have some of the finest, most delectable places equal to any metropolitan city in the country!  

In our blog today, we are going to highlight one of the local and guest favorites; VaBene Berarducci’s Caffe.  VaBene is one of the finest of many fine restaurants in Duluth to enjoy a fresh, high quality Italian meal.  And it is definitely an Innkeeper favorite!

The food…you cannot go wrong when it comes to the meal you will experience at VaBene.  As mentioned, it is fresh and prepared with only the highest quality ingredients.  And we can tell you from our experience and our guests’, the passion and pride is clearly evident in each meal they prepare.  Pair your appetizer, entrée, and dessert (yes, you MUST have dessert – the multiple choices of Gelato are divine) with a fine wine, local beer, or a unique signature cocktail.  And at VaBene, if you are looking for gluten-free pasta it is no problem; delicious options are available for our gluten-free guests!

The location…VaBene Berarducci’s Caffe is ideally located on East Superior Street, just minutes from the AG Thomson House, with incredible lake views, and overlooking the lakewalk.  The Caffe is warm and intimate with an indoor dining patio area overlooking the lake during the colder months, as well as a bright, open dining space near the fireplace and where you can view the chef work his magic.  When summer arrives in Duluth, it is a triumph to dine at one of their outdoor spaces overlooking the lake, or outside their large windows on the street side!

The experience…warm, inviting, casual, delicious, romantic, and more!  These are just a few adjectives to describe what we have experienced, as well as our guests, at VaBene.  Plan ahead though, you will need a reservation because the word is out on this fantastic Duluth treasure!

As mentioned, at the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast, we get asked on a daily basis for the best places to dine in Duluth.  We take this very seriously! Where we send our guests is very important to them as well as to us for many reasons.  It is a direct reflection on our fair city and our Bed and Breakfast.  Without hesitation, we believe VaBene Berarducci’s Caffe is at the top of the list!

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Experience the beauty of the Duluth Northland from the Inside! 11 Mar 2014, 1:11 pm

With what we hope is the spring thaw upon us, after a long winter, most days you want to be outside experiencing the beauty of the Northland.  But sometimes, be it due to a cold winter or spring day or a rainy summer afternoon in the Twin Ports, you just want to be inside and out of the elements.

Of course, there is no better place to be inside than the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast! But getting out and about and enjoying the beauty and history of our city is so much fun! And we are often asked about indoor activities in and around Duluth to help spend the day.

So below we have put together a list of some of the things to see and do around Duluth that will keep you warm and dry and happy.  And don’t forget to check out the multitude of wonderful shops, and no visit to Duluth is complete without dining at our incredible restaurants!

Glensheen Mansion.  Tour the home of one of Minnesota’s most powerful and influential families.  The opulent mansion built by Chester Congdon and his family in 1908 features 39 rooms on 7 acres.  With the original furnishings still intact this mansion is a must-see. And it’s located just blocks from the AG Thomson House Duluth Bed and Breakfast.

Great Lakes Aquarium The Aquarium is a hands-on experience tracing the history of the Great Lakes and the fish and other animals that inhabit it.  Attractions include watching divers feed fish in a two story tank and operating a model of the locks on the Great Lakes.

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center Commercial shipping is on display at this free attraction.  Located at the foot of the Aerial Lift Bridge it is also a great place to watch the big boats make their way into the harbor once the spring ice breaking concludes.  Shipping generally begins around mid-March.  Admission is free.

The Depot: St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center and the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.  The Depot features the Midwest’s largest indoor collection of locomotives and rail cars.  You can walk the streets of Depot Square, a recreation of Duluth’s downtown at the turn of the century.  It is also the home of the North Shore Scenic Railroad, so after you tour the trains you can hop on board and ride a train during the summer season.

Tweed Museum of Art Located at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art features over 7,000 pieces of art representing a range of different cultures and periods of art history.   Admission is free.

S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum Once the pride of U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Fleet, the Irvin is now docked in Canal Park.  Tour the elegant state rooms that once entertained dignitaries while transporting millions of tons of iron ore from Minnesota’s Iron Range.

These are just a few of the fun and interesting things to experience on your next visit to our Bed and Breakfast and our port city of Duluth.  We are happy to answer all of your questions and will have information on all these attractions to help you with your plans.

Happy Spring!

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YUMMY PANCAKES: A NEW DULUTH BED AND BREAKFAST RECIPE 7 Mar 2014, 3:55 pm

Always searching for new breakfast recipes?  This is a good one!  This is a perfect bed and breakfast recipe for serving a house full of guests!

When I look back at the very early days of opening and running our bed and breakfast, I remember the insecurity and anxiety that I had about preparing breakfast for 14 people.  I was fortunate to have some recipes to fall back on, but that did not make it any easier!  This was all new to me!  As time went on, I got more comfortable as you typically do once you get in a groove and get organized, and started making those fall back recipes by memory – it was great!!   But then…I got bored!!

It was really nice to have that feeling of comfort when preparing for so many each day, so I started looking for more and more delicious recipes to add to the repertoire, and recipes that were relatively easy and still provided that comfort level for serving a house full but had the flavor and uniqueness that guests expect from a bed and breakfast.   

Of course, once the comfort level hit, we threw in a new dynamic just to keep us on our toes and began offering guests at the AG Thomson House full breakfast delivery to their room – any room!!  So not only did I want to find new, unique and delicious dishes to serve our guests, I also needed to ensure these recipes would provide a breakfast just as beautiful, hot and tasty when delivered!

So here we are, almost 7 years have gone by, and I still continue to search for new recipes that are sure to please.  Oddly enough, I find many of them in the very early morning hours on the treadmill or elliptical watching the Food Network or Cooking Channel!!  Working out and drooling over food…not sure if that is the best combination, but I have sure added some great breakfast AND dinner recipes because of it!! 

So this week I thought I would share a recipe from the infamous Bobby Flay. He was preparing his Mini German Pancakes for brunch, and I thought that would be an absolutely perfect addition to our menu.  They looked incredible so I wanted to give them a try, and I did just that with great success and smiling faces.  But, I wanted to come up with a twist to the recipe so that I could continue to use it year round with different fruits and flavors.  So in this blog, is my “new” version but don’t hold yourself to this one alone.  Think about other flavors that are perfect for whatever the season.  Get creative, use your imagination, and have a lot of fun!!

I hope to be serving this new recipe, in whatever seasonal flavor it may take, to you on your next visit to our Duluth Bed and Breakfast!!

Mini German Pancakes with a twist – LEMON LAVENDER MINI BAKED PANCAKES WITH BLUEBERRY COMPOTE (my title, but give it any name you would like!)

Ingredients:

1 cup half and half (you could use cream for a more dense pancake; or milk for a lighter version)

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1/3 cup lavender syrup (you can find many different syrup flavors to change up the recipe on Amazon that will add the sweetness and flavor)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon pure almond extract

1 teaspoon finely grated orange and/or lemon zest (either work with this flavor – I use lemon for this recipe)

6 eggs

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

4 tablespoons melted butter – melted and cooled

½ teaspoon salt

BLUEBERRY COMPOTE:

2 – 2 ½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup lavender syrup (if you do not have the syrup, you could also use lavender extract)

1/3 cup water

DIRECTIONS for pancakes:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine the half and half, sugar, syrup, vanilla and almond extract, zest and eggs in a blender until smooth.  Add the flour, butter, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt and blend until completely smooth – approximately 1 minute.

Spray muffin tins well with nonstick cooking spray and pour ¼ cup of the batter into each tin, filling approximately ¾ full depending upon the size of your muffin tin.  Bake until puffy and golden on top, about 15 minutes depending upon your oven.  Remove and let rest on a baking rack for a few minutes.

When ready to serve, take the pancakes out of the tin and place on individual plates (or platter if serving family style).  The pancakes will sink in the center making it perfect to fill with your choice of sauce or filling.   Fill with the blueberry compote, and lightly dust with powdered sugar and/or mascarpone cream.

DIRECTIONS for compote:

Melt butter in large saucepan.  Add the blueberries, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, and heat until a light bubbling begins. Add the sugar, syrup, and water and continue heating over medium to low heat until the compote thickens to your liking.  (You can add corn starch to the hot liquid if you like a thicker compote)

Optional – Top with mascarpone cream:

½ cup mascarpone cheese

¼ cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Blend all together until creamy.

 

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One of Duluth’s finest: the Lake Superior Suite! 28 Feb 2014, 12:00 pm

This week’s blog post is going to focus on one of our many beautiful guest rooms here at the AG Thomson House; the Lake Superior Suite!  Many of you know this amazing space already, but with the new updates we have recently made it is time to get you reacquainted.

We believe that our Lake Superior Suite is truly one of Duluth’s finest.  Let’s start with its size…over 650 square feet of luxury located on the main level of our historic Carriage House.  This suite offers guests the ultimate in privacy, and is so self contained that you do not even have to leave the room!

The spacious kitchen nook begins with a counter of stunning, shimmering deep blue granite that mimics the hues of our greatest lake.  This space includes a microwave, perfect for enjoying leftovers from one of Duluth’s amazing restaurants.  You will also enjoy the refrigerator stocked with complimentary beverages of bottled water, sodas, and even your very own carafe of wine!  And you do not have to wait to get your coffee; you can brew your own fresh pot with our AG Thomson House Signature roast coffee in your 10 cup, thermal coffeemaker whenever you want! This space is truly designed for you to feel at home, but with the luxury of these extras to enhance your stay.

In the morning, we are always pleased to deliver your full breakfast to your room, where you can enjoy it on the beautiful pedestal antique quarter-sawn oak table.  This table was a great find, and lovingly refinished by Tim.  It is also perfect if you have work to do and need to set up your computer and spread out, or for playing any one of our board games available in the main house.

After snuggling on the large leather sofa or chair, it is time to enjoy the hydro-massage whirlpool tub – an experience you cannot pass up!  Super hygienic style; this tub is ideal for both of you to soak, stretch out and unwind, watch a movie, or just enjoy the glow and warmth of the fire from the tub!

Separate from the whirlpool, is your large bathroom with a walk-in shower with plenty of room for two!!  The recent addition of a television in the bathroom raises the bar for luxury in this space.  The deep hues of the walls throughout embrace the beauty and color of Lake Superior, and the contrasting colors of grey and mahogany are a perfect blend to add to incredible warmth of this space.

Spring, summer, fall (and sometimes) winter open your indoor space through the french doors to the outside on the expansive private deck, arranged with unbelievably comfortable furniture and even a spacious table to enjoy your delivered breakfast in the fresh morning air.  Or sit back in the afternoon or evening and enjoy that wine that is stocked in your refrigerator or enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or cocoa…whatever the beverage, there is no better way to relax in privacy and comfort to soak in the Lake Superior air!

And we would be remiss if we did not talk about that incredible bed – a heavenly and luxurious Stearns and Foster Luxury Euro Pillow Top – simply divine!!!  You can enjoy the view of the fireplace or snuggle in to watch a movie, and then get one of the best night’s sleep ever!

This just touches the surface of what the Lake Superior Suite has to offer our guests.  We love all of our rooms, but if you are looking for the ultimate getaway in Duluth, this is the room for you!  Privacy, comfort, elegance, warmth…pamper yourself in luxury in one of Duluth’s finest!!

 

Be sure to check out the Lake Superior Suite, and all of our amazing rooms at the AG Thomson House Bed and Breakfast

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