The Glensheen like you’ve never seen it before!

Butler from Glensheen promoting their newest Servants Tour

Butler from Glensheen promoting their newest Servants Tour

Maybe I’m just a little swept up in the popular T.V. series Downton Abbey, or maybe it’s the fact that Glensheen has created multiple new tours. I don’t know, but there’s a whole new excitement in the air!

You can tour the full mansion, see it by flashlight, explore it’s shore by kayak, marvel at it’s grandeur at Christmas, and even examine the life of the Glensheen servants. My personal favorites are the gardens, carriage house, and sunroom.

Another great way to tour the Glensheen is a self guided tour. These tours truly provide the best of both worlds. Rather than following a guide through the Mansion, you can move through the mansion at your own pace, spending as much or as little time as you would like in each room. Knowledgeable tour guides are stationed in every room and hallway ready to answer questions.

Whether you love the history or want to pretend you’re on the set in a Duluth version of Downton Abbey, I know you’ll have a great time. Stop by the front desk here at Canal Park Lodge for discount tickets for their Classic Tour.

New Exercise Equipment at our Duluth Hotel

New Exercise Equipment Fitness Center

One of the hardest things to keep up with while traveling is a fitness routine. No matter if you’re on vacation or a business trip, you’re far from home and your favorite places to workout.

While we can boast an amazing view of Lake Superior just outside our doors and a lakewalk with all kinds of exercise opportunities, we know the weather doesn’t always cooperate. That’s why we’ve always maintained a fitness room in our hotel.

Enjoy free weights, treadmills, elliptical, recumbent bike, and more. PLUS, we just upgraded our equipment! Stop by and check out our brand NEW Matrix T3x Treadmill 4.2 hp, Matrix E3x Elliptical, and Matrix R3x Recumbent Cycle.

We understand how important fitness is to your health and good sleep!

Our fitness room is open 24/7.

Next up, new carpeting throughout the hotel!

Duluth, the perfect fall vacation

2015 duluth mn fall activities
Fall is here and we’re gearing up for a great season. Don’t miss out on what Duluth has to offer this time of year.

Take a train ride up the north shore! (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays)
Enjoy the changing colors as you travel to the historic town of Two Harbors, Minnesota.

Take the whole family to the Adventure Park at Spirit Mountain and enjoy their Alpine Coaster, Zip Line, Mountain Biking, Scenic Lift Rides, Disc Golf, Mini Golf, and more.
*Note, come Halloween the alpine coaster turns into the Terror Twister, with haunted coaster rides.

Get your costumes and head to Boo at the Zoo. This event is great for the whole family, Saturday, October 10th & 17th, 2015, 10 am – 4 pm. Lots of treat stations, hayrides, face painting and more.

And finally, not for the faint at heart, tour the haunted ship. The William A. Irvin will be transformed, starting October 2nd, 2015.

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.

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!

Duluth Welcomes Purple Martins

The Purple Martins are here! We’ve teamed up with the Audubon Society to have this special Purple Martin house built so these endangered birds would have a place to colonize in Canal Park. Besides being beautiful birds with a purplish hue, they are great insect eaters (look out flies, wasps, and winged ants).

Here they are in our Purple Martin house here at Canal Park Lodge.

Purple Martins at Canal Park Lodge

Purple Martins at Canal Park Lodge

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