1. Come on a weekday or Sunday
Saturday is still a great day to come, but it is 2x more popular than any other day of the week. You are almost guaranteed a time of your choosing if you come for a classic tour on a weekday or Sunday.
2. See the Sleigh
We intentionally setup a couple of things on the property for visitors to try and go find. One is a reproduction Christmas sleigh made by a past Glensheen supporter and volunteer. It is a replica of one of our J.B. Brewster sleighs.
Since it is a replica, we invite visitors to go ahead and sit on it and take a fun Christmas pose. If you want share with us by adding #glensheen to your facebook or instagram posts.
Where is it? It is on West Porch. In order to get there, you need to walk to the lakeside of the mansion and walk across the top terrace to the far west side of the mansion. There it is, in one of the most scenic parts of the estate.
Please sit in this and take a photo — it is located on West Porch
3. See “Bumble”.
Be careful as you go by the Boathouse, because the abdominal snowman — “Bumble” guards from above.
4. See the 25 Christmas Trees
Throughout the classic tour, we have decorated 25 Christmas trees throughout the mansion, make sure not to miss any.
6. Purchase the ELF Book
Do you have kids? Well one of the best ways to keep them busy on the tour is to purchase one of our ELF books, which is like a ISpy book for items and Hidden elves throughout the house. It also is a great way to help teach your kids more of the history of the home.
7. What is special about the Library Christmas Tree?
This tree is filled with the Congdon family’s original ornaments. Which you can tell because each of the ornaments have museum identification tags or accession tags. These tags have numbers which correspond back to our museum database of objects on the property.
Below is an original Congdon ornament from the Library Christmas Tree.
8. Explore the Grounds
Now that we have snow, the grounds of Glensheen really add to the Christmas feeling. We advise to make sure to walk on our photo friendly stone arch bridge, see the boathouse, take a photo of the front of the mansion from West Gate entrance near London Road, and walk up to tennis court and turnaround and see the beautiful view of the Carriage House, Gardener’s Cottage and of course Lake Superior.
Don’t miss the Stone Arch Bridge over Tischer Creek.
9. Don’t miss the cookie and recipe card!
While you are in the kitchen, make sure not to miss our Shortbread cookie, which is reproduced from a recipe made by Clara Congdon herself. Also they are baked today by Johnson’s Bakery which is based here in Duluth at Lincoln Park. Next to the cookie’s is a recipe card if you want to bake them yourself at home.
10. Pre purchase your tickets on-line.
The easiest way to skip the lines and get the tour and time you want is by pre-purchasing your tickets on our website.
What’s our website? — www.glensheen.org
Bonus!!! 11. Take a photo in our photo-booth
At the end of the tour in the Amusement Room is a photo-booth with a touchscreen which will guide you through the process. After your done, you can send the image via email, text or Instagram. It actually creates a little gif, so be prepared for the three photos it will take in immediate progression. Below is some of our tour guide staff having fun with it.