Local favorite ice cream spot, Love Creamery, is available for purchase at Glensheen

This list is the product of Emily, Glensheen’s Head Gardener asking for a list of places to eat and things to do in Duluth. Emily has been asking for this for way too long. Since she is the staff member who is consistently out on the grounds, there is usually a good chance a guest will run into her while exploring the estate after their tour. While Emily has a list of places to hit of her own, these are Jane’s personal favorites and go-to recommendations for visitors.

Places to go for lunch

Northern Waters Smokehaus

If you want to guarantee eating lunch here, order online, and order…

As avid Methodists, the Congdons held Christmas dear. Religion was an important part of the Congdon family’s life. This may provide insight as to why Christmas was such an important time of year for the family.

Reception Room

When visiting Glensheen, guests would have been greeted at the main door by the Congdon’s English butler. He would take their winter coats — to be hung in a specially vented closet — along with their calling cards. These cards were printed with a person’s formal name and presented when visiting.

February, the month of love and lots of snow.

What do you know? Glensheen has ways to celebrate both this month.

No matter the weather outside, it’s always nice inside a mansion.

(Photo by Dan Jandl of Duluth Visuals.)

There is a certain, special beauty in the January cold.

The days have slowed down, holiday craziness has subsided and a new year has begun. A new month, means a new Sheener along with new events.

Plus, some pretty spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Here is what we have lined up for you to kick off the year:

Ahhh magical snowy December, you have arrived. Glensheen during the holiday season has an extra glimmer. With 25 Christmas trees and hundreds of feet of garland it’s easy to imagine the Congdon family spending the holidays in the mansion.

There’s no shortage of ways to experience the Christmas mansion this month. Here’s what we have lined up for you:


Duluth Winter Village | December 1 & 2

Sunday Funday | December 2, 9, 16, 30

Wreath Making at Glensheen | December 5, 12, 19

Glensheen Christmas PhotoMeet | December 8

The Great Minnesota Cookie Book & Talk | December…

The answer is just a short drive away in Duluth, MN.

Yes, we are telling you to drive north. To Duluth —

The Christmas City of the North. (Or for you G.O.T. fans, the city ‘beyond the wall’.) For the FREE two-day community event held annually the first weekend in December called,


Where 40+ local Duluth vendors come together in collaboration with event mastermind, Duluth Loves Local, for a magical outdoor Christmas market in a beautiful setting on the historic grounds of Glensheen Mansion.

Duluth Winter Village is one of those events that Minnesotans can…

November may not feel like the Christmas season for some, but at Glensheen, Christmas is in full force! Right now, the mansion feels a bit like Santa’s workshop the week before Christmas. That’s because the first day of Christmas Tours is only days away!

Starting Saturday, November 17th, ALL TOURS will be CHRISTMAS TOURS.

Aside from the most magical time in the mansion quickly approaching, here’s what’s shakin’ at the ‘Sheen this month:

Sunday Funday | November 4, 11, 18, 25

Congdon Thanksgiving Meal at Restaurant 301| November 5– November 23

Secrets of Glensheen | November 7, 14, 29


Happy October! Fall colors are in full swing here in the Northland, making now the perfect time for your romantic fall getaway. We have a jam-packed week ahead of us to kick off the month. So let’s jump right into it. Here’s what we have lined up for you:

Whiskey Wednesdays | October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Night at the Museum | Thursday, October 4th

Fall PhotoMeet | Saturday, October 6th

Sunday Funday | October 7, 14, 21, 28

Pumpkin Hunt | Tour enhancement for October

September is here, kids are back to school, and fall is in the air! Have you planned your fall trip up the North Shore yet? The last couple weeks in September and the first couple weeks in October are normally the best for fall colors in Duluth.

Regardless of the color of the leaves though, any time is a good time to visit Glensheen. Here’s what we have lined up for you during this magical month of fall goodness:

Chef in the Garden | 9.5, 9.12, 9.19, 9.26

Sunday Funday | 9.2, 9.9, 9.16, 9.23

Apple Flights at Glensheen |…

Photo by Duluth Visuals

August. It is summer’s last hoorah. Everyone is trying to cram in all the sunshine and lake vacation time that they can. We get it. That’s why we have a whole slew of summer activities going on.

Wine Wednesdays | 8.1, 8.8, 8.15, 8.22, 8.29

Taco Fridays | 8.3, 8.10, 8.17, 8.24, 8.31

Lake Superior Beach Club | Every night in the summer. (Please see our calendar for nights that a private party has reserved the space.)

Summer Evening Tour | (Almost) Every night in the summer.

Jane Pederson

Old mansions and giant lakes are my jam.

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