2016 Bentleyville Tour of Lights, lights up Duluth


Set-up has already begun, in fact it started at the end of September! It takes a lot of volunteer hours to put up 4 million lights in Duluth’s 20 acre Bayfront Park! There are NEW displays, more lighted tunnels, and Santa will be in a whole new area. The big lighted tree has also “grown” by 50,000 lights!

Lights will start twinkling November 19th. Don’t wait, make your reservations now to make sure you’ve got the best accommodations. Our Duluth Hotel is just 1/2 mile from the festivities.

Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, and popcorn as you walk through each display. Stop by the warm campfires and roast marshmallows. Get your picture taken with Rudolph and of course visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. Don’t forget your ice skates! Weather permitting, the ice rink will be glistening and holiday music will be playing.

Need a little preview? Here’s a short video of the park from 2014.

As always, this is a free event, although donations are appreciated.

More details:
bentleyvilleusa.org
November 19 – December 26, 2016

Summer on 26 miles of Lake Superior


Summer is full of fun in Duluth, MN. Don’t take my word for it though, last year we were voted one of the best places to live and the best outdoor town! The reason is easy to see since we’re living in a city that stretches 26 miles along Lake Superior, has nearly 7,000 parks, about 200 miles of wooded trails, and multiple trout streams. It’s no wonder we want to be outside!

Here are some upcoming outdoor things you may not want to miss!

Spirit Mountain Bike Park
If you’re a mountain biker you’ll be happy to hear Spirit Mountain is expanding it’s downhill mountain biking and COGGS is building the Duluth Traverse, a 100 miles of bike trails (scheduled to be completed by 2017).


Glensheen is doing a lot of new and fun stuff, concerts on the pier, bonfires and new tours. http://glensheen.org

The Greater Downtown Council is putting on Movies in the Park again. Grab a loved one, a blanket, picnic basket full of popcorn and enjoy the show on the shore of Lake Superior.

August 15th and 16th, enjoy over 180 artist and entertainers from all across the US at the Bayfront Park Art Fair.

Or, for those true outdoorsmen and women, there’s the Sasquatch Scramble Obstacle 5k at Boulder Lake. The slip-n-slide sounds fun, I’m not so sure about the mud crawl…

And those are just a few things to do in Duluth, MN. Stay with us and we can recommend all kinds of adventures in our great city!

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
downtownduluth.com