Mike and Charlie were riding their dirt bikes at Theilmann all last weekend-they had a great time and fun with friends. When they arrived home on Sunday evening, Mike handed me a card.
"But our anniversary isn't until tomorrow." I protested. He simply smiled, and told me I needed to open it early.
I opened it, a funny card, and inside a note accompanied by photos proclaimed I should "pack my bags" as he was taking me away in the morning, to Duluth. The best part? He had made reservations for us to stay at the Firelight Inn!
We have stayed there a couple of times in the last 15 years, but it seems like it has been ages. And it was everything I had remembered. You can find them here: http://www.firelightinn.com/
It is tucked away at the end of a street, where it's neighbor is the Oregon Creek, which you can hear quietly burbling away from open windows during your stay. The house itself is 100 years old, and was built by George Barnum. Yes, the same Mr. Barnum that the town of Barnum was named for. It is in a neighborhood full of large, elegant homes, from an era of Duluth firmly rooted in history.
You are greeted by the owners at the door, and walk into an enormous porch, populated by wicker chairs, cozy pillows, strategically placed lamps and a fireplace. The windows are sparkling clean, and offer views of the creek and beautifully maintained lawn and gardens.
As you step inside, gleaming wood, comfortable furnishings, a grand piano, and an enormous fireplace grace the main floor, along with a butler's pantry tucked in the corner. At any time of day, you can find hot and cold beverages, ice, sweets, and always homemade cookies. A vast collection of music can be found for the cd player in your room, or perhaps a movie. Books, games, puzzles, anything you need to while away your time.
I actually dream of being stranded there for several days, during a snowstorm, and really take advantage of all that the Inn has to offer. They have journals in each of the rooms, and it is such fun to read the comments from others who have enjoyed staying there, why they happened to be in Duluth, where they came from, and if they were celebrating something. I just read a few recent ones, and so many of them were returning guests.
A big thank you to Jim and Joy Fischer for being the ultimate host and hostess, they do everything themselves and put all of their heart and soul into their business. Even though it was a short getaway, it was perfect in every way. When you say goodbye, you feel as if you have just spent lovely time with friends.
Disclaimer: I have not been compensated nor asked to write this review, I simply love The Firelight Inn and wanted to share it with you!!!