Fitger’s – the Ultimate College Send-Off for Parents

The summer will go fast, and soon fall colors will be here.  For many parents, it’s the bittersweet feeling of sending their child off to college. We see the streets filled with eager students, parents, and moving trucks when it’s time for college students to begin their next chapter in life.

For students, this marks the start of a new journey. But for many parents, empty nest syndrome becomes a new reality. Yet there is one thing that can get you through this celebration of chaos.   For parents who have had a long day of helping out we have the perfect suggestion.  A treat they deserve, on such an emotionally draining occasion.  Why settle for any other place but a restful stay at Fitger’s Inn?

The Location and Proximity

We’re centrally located in Duluth, which is why we’re close to most colleges in the city. Fitger’s is a historic brewery turned boutique hotel that offers the charm couples crave at the end of a long-awaited journey. A tiring day of dropping off your child and bidding them farewell is nicely balanced by a stay at Fitger’s. You can kick off the start of this new phase in your life with a day to remember.

The Character

We haven’t met a parent who didn’t love our ambiance as they stepped inside Fitger’s – even the walls tell a story of a bygone time. Our building dates back to the late 1800s and has been beautifully restored, with every detail carefully preserved. It has a nostalgic, rustic, almost evocative aura that captures the hearts of most parents who visit us.

A Home Away from Home

The emotions can be overwhelming when it’s time to drop off your child for college. But at Fitger’s, a historic brewery turned luxury hotel, you’ll feel right at home. Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota, Fitger’s offers the perfect starting point for your college visit.

Upon arrival, you’ll feel warm Midwestern hospitality and decor that pays tribute to the building’s rich history. Fitger’s was built in 1885 and operated as a brewery until 1972. Now, it’s been beautifully restored into a hotel, with original brick walls and exposed beams that give the space a unique and romantic ambiance.

Making the Transition Easier

What’s really hard when leaving your child at college is the thought of not seeing them every day. A long day of touring colleges and saying goodbyes can be hard. There’s nothing better than snuggling up in a plush bed with a cozy blanket and some complimentary hot cocoa.

Maybe spend some time along the waterfront and watch the sunset over Lake Superior if you feel like going around the beautiful, tourist destinations in Duluth. Or…relax in the hotel’s courtyard with a glass of wine from the wine shop right in the complex. The tranquil atmosphere of Fitger’s will help ease the transition of letting go and saying goodbye.

The Smell of History in the Air

You’ll feel the aroma of freshly brewed coffee from the onsite café. The sound of live music coming from the brewery’s pub will change your mood as you walk through the lobby. The inviting atmosphere will instantly make you feel that it’s the beginning of a new time, not the end of the previous one.

A Second Honeymoon for Empty Nesters

Dropping off your child at college could mean starting over and starting to reclaim the life you had decades ago. That’s also a big reason to celebrate this exciting time with a romantic weekend! The hotel offers various packages for couples, including a couples massage at the on-site spa, a four-course dinner at the upscale restaurant downstairs, and a memorable stroll through downtown Duluth’s charming streets right outside our door.

Fitger’s also hosts events, such as live music and beer tastings like many others that allow you to create new memories and rekindle the romance. It’s an ideal opportunity to spoil yourselves and enjoy some quality time together.

Once you’re done, head to one of the onsite restaurants for a romantic dinner. The Boathouse Restaurant offers a fine dining experience with stunning lake views and a menu featuring fresh seafood. You can even try the classic American fare at the Brewhouse by pairing your meal with a craft beer brewed onsite.

Celebrate the Change with Fitger’s Luxury Lakefront Hotel

Fitger’s Hotel understands that the big day can often get heavy and even gloomy, which is why we make every effort to make it the most remarkable one for you as parents. So, after a day filled with exploring and indulging, cozy up by the fireplace in your room and enjoy a glass of wine with your significant other. As you reflect on the day and the years to come, you’ll realize that Fitger’s isn’t just a place to stay – it’s a place to make memories.