You may not be thinking summer when you look out the window today, but it is time to make your plans to get to Duluth Minnesota this summer and enjoy all our beautiful city has to offer. We are giving you ten specific reasons to make your travel plans and when you arrive, we will give you more things to do, places to see, restaurants to dine at and more.
1. Grandma’s Marathon 2014 takes place on Saturday, June 21st. This world class running race is one of the biggest marathons in the United States and folks come from all over the world. Whether you are a runner–fast or slow–or a spectator, this weekend is a great event with a health and fitness expo, music, and an all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed.
2. Glensheen — the historic Congdon Estate is not to be missed. Built in 1908 this magnificent property is one of our guests favorite attractions. Not only is the house amazing but the property outside in the summer is beautiful and serene. The Glensheen Mansion is open daily May 26 through October 19th, 2014. Visit their website for all the information.
3. Duluth is the Craft Brew Capital of Minnesota. Because we have Lake Superior and it is the biggest freshwater lake in the world, and its water makes great beer, our Mayor Don Ness is calling Duluth the craft beer capital of Minnesota. You can tour microbreweries and brewpubs in and around Duluth and take in a variety of locally crafted beers. Canal Park Brewing Company is a great place to begin your tour.
4. The Great Lakes Aquarium is a one-of-a-kind attraction on the shore of Lake Superior with hands-on exhibits and over 205 different species of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and mammals on site. The aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
5. Our favorite activity in the summer is to take a cruise aboard the Vista Fleet. Your trip to Duluth is not complete unless you enjoy a leisurely trip on Lake Superior. You can reserve a lunch or dinner cruise or just a sightseeing cruise and we guarantee you will learn something new about Duluth!
6. The St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center which is known as The Depot is located at 506 West Michigan Street in Duluth. You can spend an entire day exploring the Midwest’s largest indoor train museum, two Duluth Art Institute galleries, the exhibit by the St. Louis County Historical Society and you may even want to enjoy a performing art presentation by the Duluth Playhouse. The Depot is open Memorial Day through Labor Day 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
7. Ride your bike! You can ride leisurely on the 25 miles of trail from Lester Park to Fond du Lac or your can try the downhill trails at Spirit Mountain! The Lakewalk is paved from Canal Park to Brighton Beach and for those avid bikers, the Willard Munger trail goes for 70 miles from Duluth through the beautiful landscape. We have more trail maps and ideas for your biking adventure during your stay in Duluth!
8. The Duluth Airshow is scheduled August 23-24, 2014 and will include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at the Duluth International Airport. We love this event and try to get to our secret spot to watch this exciting performance. (We’ll share it with you when you stay with us). The airshow will be the highlight of “Duluth Navy Week” with events planned each and every day. For all the information and tickets go to www.duluthairshow.com or call (218)628-9996.
9. Pack your blanket for a great night under the stars in Duluth. Movies in the Park are featured family films every Friday evening throughout the summer season and located in beautiful Leif Erikson Park which is located at 12th Avenue East and London Road–just minutes from The Firelight Inn!
10. Your place to stay while you are in Duluth is with us at our historic Inn. Our five luxurious suites offer you a historical stay but with modern amenities. Click here to see our rooms and choose the suite just right for your getaway. We do look forward to hosting your trip to Duluth and promise a great summer adventure!
You can use this handy Google Map to get to each location with ease.
Jim and Joy Fischer
“Let the warmth of the firelight surround you!”