Summer wrap: The NickMoore Hotel welcomes first guests

The "Blue Room" at the NickMoore Hotel North in Duluth. Reservations are being accepted now.
The “Blue Room” at the NickMoore Hotel North in Duluth. Reservations are being accepted now.

The NickMoore Hotel North opened this summer in the hills over Lake Superior and welcomed several guests to its famous “Blue Room.”

The one-room Chester Park hotel officially opened for business in June shortly after acquiring a queen-sized bed with a faux-wood headboard during a West Duluth estate sale. The bed came with a small, hand-stitched “tall ships” decorative pillow.

“It took awhile to find the necessary appointments for our guest room but both Jen and I feel we have created a comfortable space where people can relax and have a good night’s sleep,” said hotel co-owner Mark Nicklawske.

The room, however is far from complete. A new rug will be purchased and installed in the coming months and a cabinet from a much-needed bathroom remodeling project will be relocated to the guest quarters.

“We still need to put a few finishing touches on the space,” said Nicklawske.

The first NickMoore Hotel guests were Jen’s sister Chris and her husband Mike, from Omaha, Nebraska.

Chris and Mike aboard the Vista Queen cruise ship with the Duluth aerial lift bridge in the background.
Chris and Mike aboard the Vista Queen cruise ship with the Duluth aerial lift bridge in the background.

The couple spent three nights at the NickMoore Hotel July 2-5. Chris and Mike cruised Duluth harbor on the Vista Queen, visited Gooseberry Falls, drank beer at the Bent Paddle brewery and watched obstructed view Fourth of July fireworks from the NickMoore Hotel sun deck.

Another multi-day, out-of-state, guest was Matthew “Buck” Johnson, from Sergeantsville, New Jersey.

Buck spent two nights at the NickMoore Aug. 24-25. Buck helped Mark move a 600-pound claw-foot tub, found a knife at the Anchor Bar in Superior, Wis., climbed the Palisade Head cliffs and completed a crossword puzzle over breakfast at Randy’s Cafe in Lincoln Park.

“I took Buck agate rock hunting in Canal Park,” said Nicklawske. “Buck didn’t find any agates but he found plenty of Pokemon.”

Other guests enjoyed just one night at the NickMoore North.

Buck Johnson sits atop Palisade Head on the north shore of Lake Superior.
Buck Johnson sits atop Palisade Head on the north shore of Lake Superior.

Jake and Denise stopped for a night on their way to car shop in Canada. The couple found no deals in Thunder Bay and returned to Oakdale, Minn. without their dream car.

Lisa & Lester, along with their son, Oliver, spent the night during the popular Tall Ships festival in Duluth Harbor. The family reported huge crowds in Bayfront Park and a giant rubber duck.

“These brave souls were the first boarders at the NickMoore Hotel North and it was great to see them,” said Nicklawske. “We will continue to make improvements to our accommodations and we’re hoping to see more guests next summer.”

Of course, the NickMoore Hotel is open year round, but guests may have to book a room around ongoing renovation projects. The NickMoore will undergo a major bathroom remodel in the next couple of months and kitchen work is also being scheduled. Repair work on building interior trim and doors is currently underway.

Swimming pool and elevator construction is pending.

 

 

 

 

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