Category: What to Do in Duluth

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Waterfalls You Should Visit While Staying At Beacon Pointe

Jay Cooke State Park – Carlton, MN  (20.8 mi) A short ride from Duluth, MN, Jay Cooke State Park offers a couple of waterfalls to see. Walk a short hike from the Visitors Center to view a waterfall at Swinging Bridge Falls or park a little further up the road at Oldenburg Point to see a set of cascades. Experience one or both for an enjoyable day in the park! Lester River – Duluth, MN (4.7 mi) Located in Duluth, Minnesota at 61st Avenue East and Superior Street, the Lester Park...


Winter Dates in Canal Park

Winter Dates in Canal Park Canal Park is a great place for a winter date. It has easily accessible scenic locations for Facebook-worthy couples shots and it is just as easy to find a warm spot inside you both can enjoy. Beacon Pointe is right on the Lakewalk and a medium length walk or very short drive to the Canal. To start with, parking is easy this time of year. Parking is free and you usually don’t have to walk too far in the cold to get where you are going. But, if you want to walk...


Vista Star

Vista Fleet Cruises

Vista Fleet Cruises The Vista Fleet is like a tour bus on Duluth’s waterways. Like a bus they take you by points of interest while a narrator explains the key features. Unlike a bus, the courses can be as fluid as the water they travel on. “We have about four voyages we offer, but it is all based on weather,” said Vista Fleet Vice President Sarah Steinbach. “Depending on the cruise we will go out under the Aerial Bridge, spend a little bit of time out on the lake, weather permitting,...


View near Enger Tower.

Beacon Pointe is the Perfect Fall Color Base Camp

Beacon Pointe is the Perfect Fall Color Base Camp Beacon Pointe is known for it’s stunning views of Lake Superior, but our location also makes for the perfect fall color base camp! Between the nearby state parks and the secret local hot spots, there is an abundance of fall color viewing opportunities nearby. Here are a few of our favorites to get you inspired: Trail at Bagley Nature Area UMD Hawk Ridge – Besides being known as a great place for birding, Hawk Ridge is a great place...


Superior Hiking Trail: Enger Tower to the Twin Ponds

Superior Hiking Trail: Enger Tower to the Twin Ponds One of the most powerful things about Duluth is its combination of wilderness and city life. Beacon Pointe is steps away from the lake and three miles from upscale restaurants, art galleries, and symphony orchestra concerts. Take a right instead of a left, though, and you’ll find yourself on a rugged forest trail. That’s the Superior Hiking Trail, a treasure for locals and a free-to-use amenity for guests. This trail runs 310 miles from...


Join The Sailboat Races

Kentucky has its derby and Boston its marathon, but where in Duluth can you experience the thrill of a race? Winter has dogsled marathons and ski meets and summer does have its share of marathons, but for a truly lake-oriented experience, you have to stay for the sailboats. Every Wednesday night of the summer, you’ll see the usually calm Lake Superior fill up with white sails. This fleet of boats looks peaceful at first. But in reality, every boat is on a mission. Each captain is striving with...


A Path through a Gap in the City

Duluth is not big but it has many urban characteristics squeezed into a small package. It has a busy downtown and tourist district. It has hillside neighborhoods with houses squeezed together and hotly contested parking spots. Then, there is the dense concentration of shipping-related industry crowded around the harbor. But Duluth is never far from the wilderness. Even in busy neighborhoods there are stretches of woods that seem 100 miles from any city. The Superior Hiking Trail from Enger Tower...


The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra

The late great Canadian pianist Glenn Gould once said: “I couldn’t imagine a life in which I would not be surrounded by music. It shelters you from the world, which protects you, which keeps you at a certain distance from the world.” The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) is one place you can go to slip into one of the alternate worlds created by various instruments and voices hitting well-chosen notes with precise timing. Heaven & Earth May 7, 2016 DECC Symphony Hall...


An Adult Vacation

You love your kids but sometimes they drive you crazy. Even when they are behaving, your main hobby seems to be helping them enjoy themselves. If you need an adult vacation, Beacon Pointe is here. You can have fun for the weekend or longer doing the things grownups love to do, while the babysitter can settle disputes over who took whose turn on the Xbox. Beacon Pointe is a place for adults to rekindle their romance. “You have the fireplace, the Jacuzzis, and the great view we provide...


Jam Sessions: Join In And Make Some Music

Jam Sessions: Join In And Make Some Music Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake is a place to hear the live music of Duluth. But if you’re here for a visit, you just might take the chance to join in yourself. There are three main open jam nights at Sir Ben’s. Tuesdays are open mic nights. Wednesdays have the Bluegrass Jams and Thursdays feature the Celtic Jams. At all of them, anyone can join in and there are various skill levels. Like other open mics there is variety in what is...