Duluth Travel Blog

Get an early start to your summer!


It’s an unusually warm and sunny spring here in Duluth, MN, which makes it the perfect time to visit. The summer season hasn’t hit yet. There aren’t many tourists, no bugs, easy parking, quick seating at restaurants. At the end of the day you can unwind and take in the view on our new patio, just built last summer. Nights are still a little chilly, so it’s the perfect place to gather around the fire, listen to the waves crash onto the beach. Before you know it summer will be here and Canal Park will be bustling. Take it from an experienced Duluthian, last year at this time we were still shoveling snow, don’t miss out on this sunny, warm Duluth spring.

What has chocolate, a beef stick, and a flashlight?


Glensheen Valentine's Day

Valentines Day Flashlight Tours at Glensheen! Tours are offered on a limited basis. This special edition Flashlight Tour is only offered on Saturday, February 14th. See more information on the Glensheen’s website.

Why see the Glensheen at night? I wondered this myself having only toured the Glensheen during the day. Check out this short video to see for yourself.

Flashlight Tours are offered Friday and Saturday evenings, 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm until March 2015. Tickets are available for purchase online, call 218–726–8910, or at the ticket house. Tickets are $25.

More information on Glensheen’s Flashlight Tours: https://glensheen.wp.d.umn.edu/tours/flashlight-tour.

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


Shopping Duluth MN
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!

dewittseitz.com
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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