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 | 9.28, 9.29. 9.30

Jumping ahead, dates to keep in mind:

Night at the Museum | 10.4

Fall PhotoMeet at Glensheen | 10.6


Chef in the Garden

Chef in the Garden takes advantage of our vegetable garden that we have right in our back yard. Black Woods expert chef will showcase different recipes each week using vegetables from Glensheen’s Vegetable Garden.

Each week the chef will create one course from a four-course meal. Salad, soup, entree and dessert. Come to all four for the recipes of a complete meal!

This is our free monthly event series for September. It’s free to attend and open to the public. For more information check out our community event calendar here.

Sunday Funday

Glensheen is continuing the new programming series for kids called, “Sunday Funday.” Sunday offers parents and their young children the chance to learn and be engaged with art, history, and fun. Each week has a different theme, check them out below. Please RSVP by following the links.

For the Sunday Funday on September 2nd, we will be exploring the lives of the servants at Glensheen in celebration of Labor Day.

September 9th Sunday Funday: Making Grandparents Day Appreciation Cards

September 16th Sunday Funday: Citizenship Day/Constitution Day Kahoot

September 23th Sunday Funday: Making Good Neighbor Day Appreciation Gift Baskets

Apple Flights at Glensheen

Apple Flights? Think, beer or wine flights, but with apples. But what does Glensheen have to do with apples? Well, Chester Congdon liked apples. No, he REALLY liked apples. In fact, Glensheen had its own apple orchard across London Road. And Chester’s diaries are filled with notations about apple trees, even taking notes on regional fruit growing when he traveled the world.

Later, Chester started an orchard in Yakima Valley, Washington that is still in operation today. So to honor his spirit, Glensheen will be offering Apple Flightsto visitors. The weekend of Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th from 10:00 am — 5:00 pm, tour guests will be able to purchase a flight of four different kinds of apples available for purchase at the end of their tour. (Apple flights available while supplies last.)

Each apple, like wine, has a different flavor experience for guests to try. Take any tour the weekend of the September 28th for your chance to purchase a Glensheen apple flight with the following fruit: Honeycrisp, Gala, Red Delicious, Granny Smith.

Night at the Museum

This is your night to enjoy the mansion — at night… for FREE.

On October 4th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Glensheen is opening their doors to you for FREE self-guided tours.

Explore the lakeside, 12-acre estate illuminated on a crisp fall night. See the picture-perfect stone bridge spotlighted and all of the lakeside of the mansion dramatically lit. Cap the night with a drink from a cash bar and a snack from food trucks on the estate.

DISCLAIMER: Night at the Museum tours will reach capacity very quickly. Since the mansion tours fill at this event, not every Night at the Museum attendee will be able to tour the mansion. Reservations for tours will not be taken. It is first to come, first served. There is plenty of fun still to be had on the estate.

To learn more check out all the details here.

Fall PhotoMeet

Glensheen is hosting a fall sunrise photography event for all.

You don’t need to be an Instagrammer or a part of any club to attend. Amateurs, professionals, and everyone in between are welcome!

The event is free, family-friendly and all are welcome!

We love to re-share photos from these events on our social media pages! If you are sharing your images on social media please tag @Glensheen and use #sunriseatglensheen.

NEW THIS YEAR! We are adding a scavenger hunt this year! Thanks to the suggestion of Kathleen Wolleat of the Duluth-Superior Camera Club. Scavenger Hunt winner will win a Nooks & Crannies Tour and a one night stay at the AmericInn in Two Harbors.

A prize for the Best Photo will be awarded! The best photo will win a Glensheen Premier Tour for two and a one night stay at the AmericInn in Two Harbors. The photo above was taken by last year’s winner, Karen Ramsdale.

Join us! Saturday, October 6th from 6:30 am — 8:30 am.

Regardless of what brings you to Glensheen, September is a special month at the mansion. Tour sizes are smaller, the weather is still beautiful and there’s a hint of magic as the season turns.

Check it all out at