Come Early or Come Late
Honestly, these quieter periods are also the most beautiful moments on the estate. The early morning offers dew-covered gardens and softer light for photography. It’s also enlightening to see the grounds crew at work keeping everything tidy and beautiful at the beginning of the day. Evenings —now we’re open to 9pm (!)— offer their own loveliness with cooler temps and lighter foot traffic on the grounds (plus food & drinks options — for more on that, keep scrolling).
Watch a sunset
Grab a Drink, Order Dinner
Yes, now that our new Lake Superior Beach Club is open every evening from 4:00pm-9:00pm, one can enjoy a beer, glass of wine and even order food delivery to the estate. It’s a great way to end a late afternoon tour of the mansion. Lawn and board games are also available for free checkout.
Bring your Camera
For many years, photography was not allowed in the mansion, but those dark days are over. Bring your camera and if you choose a self-guided tour, you’ll have all the time you need to compose a beautiful shot. Or, you could even take one of our photo tours where you’ll be guided to the most photogenic spots on the estate.
Don’t Miss West Porch
One of the best views on the entire estate is from a porch on the west side of the mansion (towards downtown Duluth). Staff often calls it “Chester’s Porch” in reference to this historic photo of Chester Congdon reading in this beautiful open air location. The view is directly down Tischer Creek and onto our beloved stone arch bridge. Please, please — do not miss it.
Gifts of the Lake
Please take some time to really sit and enjoy Lake Superior. Vacations can be hectic themselves, so take a few minutes to skip rocks, walk the pier and take a good long gander at the lift bridge. Also, walk over to where Tischer Creek runs into the big lake — you might see some of our resident ducks.