Timeless Setting
Historic House

The ‘beating heart of Turtle Island’ is the name given to the two billion year old bluffs and the tumbling rapids of the St. Louis River by the Indigenous People of North America.

Henry Oldenburg, one of the first American conservationists, built his family’s home on the land adjoining Jay Cooke State Park. The Oldenburg House hosted frequent social, artistic, and political events that shaped Minnesota‚Äôs great quality of life.

For the last fifty years, Leslie and Helen Swanson have been the devoted stewards of the Oldenburg House, placing it on the National Registry of Historic Places and preserving its unique character.


Now Glenn and Emily Swanson are renewing the Oldenburg House as an exceptional bed and breakfast inn, wedding and special event venue, and gathering place where people are drawn together by Oldenburg’s ancient and uplifting energy.

the Carlton Room

Grand Opening

Saturday, July 29th 6:30pm


Saturday, July 29th, Oldenburg House introduces Chicago native jazz/blues artist, Pippi Ardennia, in an intimate house concert within its newly renovated first floor. The event runs from 6:30 – 9:00 pm and has limited seating.

She will be accompanied by the Glenn Swanson trio.

Tell Me More

the vision

Once a month Oldenburg House transforms itself into a small, intimate jazz club for a weekend of jazz and blues. Included in the experience is complimentary valet parking, dinner, wine, beer and a meet and greet with the performers. We are currently putting our 2017 schedule together and will announce it April or early May.

Open House

Carlton Daze Weekend

July 28-30, 2017


As part of the Carlton Daze annual community event, Oldenburg House welcomes you to tour the newly remodeled Oldenburg House, participate in our Jazz Playground activity for kids, attend our outdoor concert and be a part of the Grand Opening of the Carlton Room.

Opening Celebration Schedule

Bed & Breakfast

Improvements and expansion of rooms and acommodations


Landscaping and outdoor infrastructure, development of additional resources and services.

the Carlton Room

The Carlton Room affords us a more robust music and art schedule as does the planned outdoor stage



Bridal Showcase

fall 2017


We are inviting our brides and grooms back to say thank you and spend a Saturday at Oldenburg. At that time, we will also host a bridal show in the afternoon to introduce our newly improved venue to the community.

the vision

An outdoor wedding at Oldenburg House has a history of being a sacred and most special experience. Building upon that tradition, Oldenburg House plans significant improvements to elevate it as the premier outdoor wedding venue of Minnesota. Infrastructure upgrades, driveway and parking facilities, outdoor bathrooms, patio, landscaping, lighting, stage, full wedding planning services, tent and equipment rental, music services and much more – including improvements made to accommodations within the house. Our vision is to host a maximum of 6 weddings a year to minimize strain on the property and allow us to give our full attention to each and every Oldenburg Wedding.


reopening Fall 2017


Jay Cooke Suite

completion: Fall 2017

Oldenburg Suite

completion: Winter 2017

the vision

We are proud of the excellent ratings past bed and breakfast guests provided us on Trip Advisor. We intend to build on our customer service excellence – upgrading two bedrooms on the second floor to private bath suites and offering an outdoor glamping (glamorous camping) experience in our teepee. We are also completing the owner’s suite on the third floor. In addition, we are planning a sauna ,additional amenities such as massage, raki, and are own organic fruit garden for fresh breakfast fruit, sourcing organic eggs locally, etc.

Open House: Carlton Daze 2017

July 28th – 30th

Plan to celebrate with us at our open house during the Carlton Daze celebration.

Our event schedule is forthcoming and we have music and events for kids in mind.

Glenn and Emily Swanson


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604 Chestnut Avenue

Carlton, Minnesota

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