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Bentleyville Tour of Lights 2014 in Duluth, MN


Bentleyville 2014

Bentleyville is open and there’s a nice blanket of snow on the ground. Unless your a Grinch it’s hard not to feel a holiday cheer as you walk around. There are a lot of new light displays to see this year, and many old favorites. (I’ve already been there twice!) There’s even a tent with ice sculptures which are a new feature this year as well. We of course enjoyed the cookies, hot chocolate, popcorn, marshmallow roasting, saying hi to Mrs. & Mr. Claus, and of course hugging as many reindeer as possible. Watch out for Blitzen (that trickster)!

For more information: bentleyvilleusa.org
Open Sunday to Thursday 5 pm -9 pm, Friday and Saturday 5 pm – 10 pm, till December 27th.

Happy Holidays!

Holiday shopping in Canal Park


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I both enjoy and dread holiday shopping. It’s fun when you find the perfect gift or come across a great deal. What I don’t love are the crowds, the lines, the relentless advertisements. Even the cheery holiday music gets annoying when you’ve been standing in a line for twenty minutes. As you may have guessed, no, I won’t be shopping on Black Friday. I’d rather skip the big box stores and shop locally. Luckily we have some pretty amazing places right here in Duluth. It’s no Mall of America, but within about a one mile radius you could find everything from great gear/clothing at Duluth Pack to antique treasures at Father Time Antiques, foodie gifts from the Rustic Olive or Northern Waters Smokehaus, there’s even a wonderful toy shop in the Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace. I’m not doing this list of possibilities justice, you’ll have to check them out!

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Top five fall activities in Duluth


Besides pumpkin lattes, infinity scarves, tall boots, and football, fall is filled with all kinds of great things to do in Minnesota. Here in Duluth we have some very unique fall activities. Ready for our TOP FIVE!

Before we get all Halloween, enjoy the colors of the season with a train ride up the north shore! Catch the Lester River Excursion, Two Harbors train ride, or the Pumpkin Patch train and pick out your next jack-o-lantern. More info…

North shore scenic railroad

Looking for something more active? Take the whole family to the Adventure Park at Spirit Mountain. They have the only lift-access mountain biking in all of Minnesota! (lift is open Friday – Sunday). They also have a zip line, alpine coaster, mini-golf, and disc golf. More info…

Spirit Mountain Adventure Park

Come Halloween the alpine coaster turns into the Terror Twister, with haunted coaster rides. For more information on this spooky event see their website at http://www.spiritmt.com/adventure-park/alpine-coaster.

Looking for more Halloween fun. Check out the annual Boo at the Zoo. This event is great for the whole family and spans two different weekends. Lots of treat stations, hayrides, face painting and more. More info…

Boo at the Zoo

And finally, not for the faint at heart, tour the haunted ship. The William A. Irvin has already been transformed. http://duluthhauntedship.com
Haunted Ship

But wait! There’s one more, the Glensheen’s annual Spooktacular. Where else can you see over 1,000 pumpkins carved into jack-o-lanterns. These jack-o-lanterns lead you through an amazing tour of the Glensheen grounds after dark. More info…

Glensheen Spooktacular

NEW Patio at Canal Park Lodge


We are very proud to announce the opening of our new patio. We’ve expanded our seating area so more guest can enjoy our outdoor space. A bubbling rock fountain enhances the atmosphere, and our new fire ring creates the best place to enjoy a summer’s evening on the shore of Lake Superior. There’s nothing quite like a warm fire, a summer breeze, Lake Superior waves crashing on the beach, and great friends sitting beside you. We hope you enjoy the new patio area made just for you!