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!

Spirit Mountain, wicked ride, amazing views

Spirit Mountain Biking

We finally hit the mountain bike trails at Spirit Mountain and it was jaw dropping. First, the lift ride up was amazing. These photos don’t do it justice. I can’t even imagine how breath taking it will be when the leaves start turning.

Spirit Mountain Lift

It’s a little odd putting a bike up on the lift instead of skis…

Spirit Mountain Lift

These trails are brand new and really well made. Right now they have four downhill mountain bike trails (Candyland, Smorgasbord, Happy Camper, and Blaster). A couple are beginner/intermediate level, and one is definitely for the more experienced. For those seeking out a technical ride that’ll challenge you, try Smorgasbord and Blaster. For those who’ve never done anything like this, check out this jump!

Spirit Mountain Jump

We highly recommend visiting Spirit Mountain while you’re in Duluth, MN. Even if you don’t bike, they have all kinds of adventures. Take a look for yourself:

Finally, (don’t laugh) taking a video while riding is not recommended, nor is it easy… Watch at your own risk. Those susceptible to motion sickness look away!

Need a little comfort food? Eat Downtown Duluth

Eat Downtown Duluth

Here’s an annual event in Duluth, MN for all the foodies out there! Visit your favorites (Bellisios’s and Grandma’s, just to name a few) and check out the brand new (Canal Park Brewing Co.). Or if you’re really ambitious, try them all.  Here’s their full list of participating restaurants:

“Eight days, from April 14th through April 21st, 2013 of multi-coursed, pre fixed price menus at unique and distinctive local establishments. Lunches are available for $10 and Dinner will be offered at $20.”

And, while you’re in town, you should check out, probably one of the most unique parades in Duluth.  The annual Run, Smelt, Run Parade & Party on April 21st, 2013.

Run Smelt Run Parade 2013

Bentleyville Tour of Lights


The largest holiday light display in the Midwest! Not to miss, the 128′ tree with 50,000 LED lights that “dance” to the music.

Visit with Santa, ride the jingle bus, and enjoy a stroll through beautiful Canal Park all lit up with thousands of lights on whimsical displays.

Saturday November 17 – Wednesday December 26, 2012
Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday 5pm – 10pm

Visit with Santa info:
Children are encouraged to visit with Santa Claus from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 every night from November 17 through December 23, 2012.

DIRECTIONS: Canal Park Lodge to Bentleyville.

Dress warm! 
-Your friendly staff at Canal Park Lodge! 

Duluth is Open for Business

Duluth is Open For You

If you watched the news last month you are probably aware that Duluth had a pretty major flood.  As a resident of this fine city, it never crossed my mind that flooding was even a possibility.  Ummm, we live on a hill…  Unfortunately my preconceived or naive ideas about Duluth being flood-proof were wrong. On the bright side, no one was seriously injured. I for one have been amazed by the kindness of strangers, the quick action by city officials, and the resilient community (okay, and the amazing adventure of Feisty the seal). The photos of our earthquake-like road damage are shocking, but the majority of our roads are untouched.  Canal Park in general got by unscathed and Canal Park Lodge didn’t have any damage at all.  So, to quote our mayor, “Duluth is open for business”! Come visit, see the sights, catch a show, watch a big ocean liner come in, etc. However, this is a rare time to visit if you want to gawk at any of the road damage in person, as it is being fixed rather quickly. We won’t judge. We were out there snapping photos and gabbing about it on Facebook too.

-Your Friendly Staff at CPL