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Destination Duluth

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I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say again how much I love my great city.  Duluth is filled with so many great opportunities that make living here truly special. Summer is a truly magical time, so I thought I’d take a moment to share some of the great draws if you’re thinking about making the trip up to the great North Shore.

The artisan community is ever growing and thriving here.  The majority of the products we sell in our store are made by local artists who share a love for this area, which inspires their work.  Our store represents  local hand crafted and painted pottery, such as Burdock Ceramics.  We also have watercolor, block prints, and acrylic paintings and prints, from artists like S.J. Nielsen, Tin Cup Design, Shawna Gilmore, and more.  Various wood crafts beyond our own mosaics include handmade cribbage boards from North Country craft.  We even have the most beautiful hand crafted wood kazoos!  There are many other stores in the area manufacturing their products locally, such as Frost River and Duluth Pack, both making amazing handcrafted packs, bags and other items from canvas and leather.

If the food and beverage experience is top on your list, our city is sprinkled throughout with local delectables.  I love the local food trucks that perch on street corners and squares, especially in the summer.  Some of the most satisfying eats come from these gems on wheels. 

Eateries like The Rambler, with their filling sandwiches and eclectic world fare.  The Chow Haul puts a twist on all your favorite dishes.  If vegan is your delight, look for the blue bus of Mama Roots.  They cook with whole, fresh ingredients from scratch.  And when you have a hankering for ice cream, look for King Of Creams.  These are just a few of many awesome options.  There’s even a live map site, Roaming Hunger, that will show you some of their current locations.

Speaking of food, I love that Duluth is filled with many Breweries and Restaurants that are homegrown and one of a kind!  The list is endless, but I’ll hit on some of our favorites:  The Duluth Grill has amazing dishes, cooked with local and organic ingredients.  For meat lovers, check out OMC Smokehouse.  If you have a hankering for some good pizza, make sure to check out Bulldog Pizza, a local favorite.  For some great places for ice cream treats, check out Love Creamery, Portland Malt Shoppe, and Crank and Dasher.  If you’re drawn by a good home brew, you can pretty much find a local brewery in every part of the city.  There is Fitger’s Brewhouse and Restaurant  Downtown.  Canal Park is the home to Canal Park Brewery, Hoops Brewing, and Vikre Distillery.  Several breweries find their home in west Duluth, close to our store.  For Beer, there is Bent Paddle and Ursa Minor Brewing.  If cider is your thing, there is Duluth Cider and Wild State Cider.  This list is just hitting a few!

There are many local events in Duluth that make a great excuse for scheduling a trip up to our great Zenith City.  As it is with many cities, Covid has put a damper on some of them, but we still have quite a few events to look forward to.  Our most well-known mass garage sale is the one on Park Point.  This year, the Park Point garage sales will be happening on Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12.  This long standing tradition takes place on the longest freshwater sandbar in the world! Just one week after that, Grandma’s Marathon will be taking place, with events happening June 17-19.  People from all over the country come to participate in the full and half marathon, which follows along breathtaking views of Lake Superior.  With this being the 45th Anniversary of Grandma’s, there will be a free, all day celebration on Saturday, June 19th, open to all ages down at Bayfront Park.  There will be five local bands taking the stage.

Another fun and free event that takes place every Wednesday evening in July and August is Concerts On The Pier at the Glensheen Mansion.  You can drive in and park, or you can even pull your boat or kayak up by the pier and listen from the water.  It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outside grounds of the Glensheen Mansion, while taking in live music and enjoying beverages, locally made ice cream, and food truck cuisine.

The arts and crafts event scene is picking back up this summer, with the Park Point Art Fair on Saturday, June 26, and Art in Bayfront Park happening Friday through Sunday, August 20-22.  More and more events seem to be popping up with health guidelines and regulations loosening, as covid remains under control.  There are many great websites you can visit where you can see a calendar of local events.  Some of these are perfectdayduluth.com, visitduluth.com, and canalpark.com.

One of my favorite parts of Duluth is the vast array of activities that the landscape offers here on the North Shore and in the city of Duluth.  We have some of the state and region’s best parks and trail systems.  Our Lakewalk has been beautifully rebuilt, better than ever, after being severely damaged by rising storm waters.  Both paved and with a boardwalk, you can enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior by foot, bike, scooter, skateboard… you name it!  Take a dip to cool off in several spots, grab a bite to eat, enjoy a locally brewed beverage, or homemade ice cream, all within reach.  This is a fun place to take in the sites and enjoy the great diversity of Duluth. 

We also boast many other bike trails to suit your style.  The Munger runs through West Duluth and extends 70 miles to Hinkley MN.  The Gitchi-Gami Trail is currently over 30 miles of trails between Two Harbors and Grand Marais. 

There are too many mountain bike trails to count!  Duluth has made it a great priority to continue to invest in this athletic activity that submerses you in nature.  The main trail system that extends through the entire city is the Duluth Traverse.  You can catch many other trails as well, such as the ones in Hartley Park, Lester Park, Mission Creek, Piedmont Brewer, Pokegama, and Spirit Mtn.  You can get more information on these trail systems through the COGGS website at coggs.com.  These trails are also great for hiking, and there are many areas that will lead you to parts of the Superior Hiking Trail System.

There is so much more I could tell you about our great city, but here is just a dip into all that Duluth has to offer.  Make sure to check out our Airbnb calendar for our current openings to round out your stay.