Welcome to a much loved Duluth tradition that really lights up the night! Bentleyville kicks off the 2013 holiday season on Saturday, Novemeber 23rd. Take a tour of the many light displays (new ones are added each year), roast marshmallows, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, and don’t worry about parking. If you bundle up right, you can even walk to and from Bentleyville from Canal Park Lodge (map).
Dates & Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 23 through Saturday December 28, 2013
Next, give your nerves a break and tour Glensheen’s grounds filled with hundreds of jack-o-lanterns. (I carved a few myself!) There’s also a fire dancer and smores. This one is great for the whole family. Starts tonight and runs through the weekend.
Jack that pulse back up and race down Spirit Mountain on their “Terror Twister”. I’ve ridden the twister during a quiet summer day and that was plenty scary for me. For those thrill seekers, this is a really fun way to spend an evening. To quote Spirit Mt, “There’s nowhere to hide from the horrors on the hill”.
We finally hit the mountain bike trails at Spirit Mountain and it was jaw dropping. First, the lift ride up was amazing. These photos don’t do it justice. I can’t even imagine how breath taking it will be when the leaves start turning.
It’s a little odd putting a bike up on the lift instead of skis…
These trails are brand new and really well made. Right now they have four downhill mountain bike trails (Candyland, Smorgasbord, Happy Camper, and Blaster). A couple are beginner/intermediate level, and one is definitely for the more experienced. For those seeking out a technical ride that’ll challenge you, try Smorgasbord and Blaster. For those who’ve never done anything like this, check out this jump!
We highly recommend visiting Spirit Mountain while you’re in Duluth, MN. Even if you don’t bike, they have all kinds of adventures. Take a look for yourself: http://www.spiritmt.com/
Finally, (don’t laugh) taking a video while riding is not recommended, nor is it easy… Watch at your own risk. Those susceptible to motion sickness look away!
Most school’s have started and the weather is hinting that fall is just around the corner. But I want to hang on to these last few summer days and this weekend has the perfect event to do just that. Join us at Canal Park Lodge in the 5th Annual Lakewalk Festival!
Pick up your passport and get ready to explore. Passports will be available at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center, Canal Park hotels and many Lakeside businesses.
There will be train rides, carriage rides, disc golf, a clown (maybe some balloon animals), free ice cream for those who fill up their passports, and so much more! This is a great event for families. For more details visit: http://lakewalkfestival.com/
Here’s a few images from the fun we had last year!
While I may have wanted to throw on my pirate patch (what you don’t have one?), and say “Argh” this weekend, the Tall Ships event is so much more than that! Those of us who live here or anywhere around Lake Superior are used to the big freighters that come in and out of our port. But for those visiting, these ships are like giants swimming in (and sometimes beaching themselves on the shore).
The Tall Ships event, on the other hand, is a whole other experience. You see these types of ships in movies, but even the best cinematography can’t beat the real thing. It’s like seeing something exotic or other worldly, and some of these vessels are absolutely huge! You hold your breath as they sail in under the Aerial Lift Bridge. Even if you don’t purchase a ticket and visit the festival grounds, it’s worth it to watch them come into port, hear the cannons fire, and snap a few photos to convince your friends that Pirates invaded Duluth, MN.