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!

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
downtownduluth.com

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