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.

Spring Break in Duluth


Whether visiting or having a staycation, extremely cool people enjoy spring break in Duluth, MN. Here’s why. The weather is warming up, which means there are tons of things to do outside. (finally) It’s really beautiful in Duluth right now (sunny and above freezing). There’s still quite a bit of snow, so your first stop should probably be Spirit Mountain. If you think they only cater to skiers, you’re wrong. They have a whole adventure park!
Spirit Mountain Timber Twister
We also have an array of restaurants (see our Area Guide for a list of options) and attractions that are entertaining. Or how about both? Check out Grandma’s Sports Garden for great eats and live boxing!
Grandma's Sports Garden
There’s also the DECC (Duluth Entertainment Convention Center) just down the road from Canal Park Lodge. Concerts, shows, hockey… Check out their event calendar.
DECC
Now, if you’re not afraid of the dark and looking for something you really can’t find anywhere else. How about a flashlight tour of Glensheen mansion! This brand new tour is offered for a limited time, so hurry and get your tickets soon.
Glensheen
And finally, thanks to VisitDuluth.com, here’s a nice list of a lot of other exciting events in Duluth, Mn this month (and beyond). Visitduluth.com/events/calendar.php

Ski, Board, Tinsel, and Tubing in Duluth, MN


Beat the cold and enjoy the copious amounts of snow here in Duluth, MN. We’ve had an unusually snowy winter already and the colder temps often mean clear blue skies! Stay with us at Canal Park Lodge and you can even get discount Ski & Board lift tickets! For more information on Spirit Mountain’s Ski & Ski and BoardBoard trails, lifts, etc., check out their website: Spiritmt.com/ski-board

For a snow report (including temperatures, wind, and more):Spiritmt.com/ski-board/snow-report

AND for a limited time, you could also enjoy their Tinsel Twister! Spiritmt.com/adventure-park
The “Tinsel Twister” show runs through January.

Adventure Park Winter Hours
Dec. 20, 2013 – March 30, 2014
Mon. – Fri.: 4pm – 8pm
Weekends: 10am – 8pm
Holidays: 10am – 8pm (Jan. 20, Feb. 17)

If you, or your children are more into winter tubing, you won’t be disappointed as there’s also winter tubing at Spirit Mountain: Spiritmt.com/adventure-park/winter-snow-tubing

Check out all of our specials online and stay warm this winter!

Amazing summer adventures in Duluth, MN


I’m always amazed at what new adventure has sprung up in Duluth. Maybe this is normal for native Duluthians, something bright, shiny, and new every year. I’ve lived here roughly 14 years, back when Bentleyville was in Nathan Bentley’s backyard, before Spirit Mountain had a Timber Twister, way before pirates invaded (Tall Ships), and so on. However, it’s still surprising for me to learn something really awesome is coming to Duluth.  This is probably why we’re getting noticed.  Here’s a nice article we just came across today.  It names Duluth, MN as one of the top 5 summer vacation spots. Duluth packs a lot of surprising summer adventure…“ http://www.theadrenalist.com/adventure/top-5-summer-adventure-vacation-spots/

So what is bright, shiny, and new this year? Well probably a lot of things, but the one I’m thinking of right now in this perfect sunny weather is Spirit Mountain’s new mountain bike trails. Here’s a great article about it if you want more information (plus a great photo/action shot). Bike Trails Open at Spirit Mountain *Did I mention these are lift-access downhill trails!!

Spirit Mountain Bike Trails Duluth MN

Why visit Duluth in Winter?


Maybe your New Years resolution is to travel more, be more adventurous, or spontaneous? Not lose 5 pounds, right? That’s what everyone says… (ok maybe closer to 10)

If I learned anything from watching The Hobbit recently, it’s that we all could use a little adventure! So why not make your way to Duluth. Sure you could fly off to some sandy beach and watch dolphins jumping through waves, but where is the adventure in that? Sounds a little too cushy to me. Instead, dig out your boots, snowshoes, skis, snowboard, sled, ice skates, full-body snowsuit, ski mask, and everything fleece, and make your way to Canal Park Lodge. Sure it’s pretty luxurious here at the lodge with all the amenities, comfy beds, swimming pool, etc. but you will probably encounter a snow beast along the way (those blinking trucks with big shovels on the front).  Maybe you’ll see epic waves on Lake Superior from your balcony. Witness miniature icebergs battle, crashing onto the frozen beach. You could expand your journey and visit Duluth’s great mountain – Spirit Mountain! Tame the slopes, fly down the zip line, hit the rails on the coaster, or grab a tube to ensure you get a healthy dose of snow in your face. (we have discounted lift tickets) And finally, as with any great adventure, end your evening with a warm drink.  Little Angie’s Opulent bar and the new Canal Park Brewery are both highly recommended!