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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, and then…


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…


Fitger's Brewhouse

The Beers of Summer

The Beers of Summer When the weather is warm there is nothing like sitting out on the patio with an ice cold beer. Duluth’s beer scene is consistently vibrant and while All Pints North may be over for the year there are still plenty of places to imbibe. Here are some of this summer’s offerings. Because the craft beer industry is so fast paced, these may go off tap at any moment—but we’re sure the new beers will be equally tasty. Fitger’s Brewhouse Cumberland Blues IPA A grateful bond of…


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…


Art Classes in Duluth

Painting Class at On the Rocks ArtThey say art imitates life. Like a chameleon, it also imitates its surroundings. It is no wonder that a beautiful town like Duluth is home to so many artists. If you are visiting Duluth, maybe the hills, rocks, streams, and lake will make you want to try out being an artist for a day. Or, you might be an artist already. Then, you can try being an artist in a different location. Duluth has a number of places you can take…


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 Learn…


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 here…


Duluth Homegrown Music Festival Planning Guide

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival Planning Guide If you live within earshot of Duluth, Minnesota, you’ve surely heard of Duluth’s Homegrown Music Festival. What started in 1999 as a birthday party for its founder, Scott “Starfire” Lunt, has now grown into a week-long, multi-venue, 200-performer celebration of Duluth’s music scene, and people come from all over the region to partake in its offerings. If you’re coming from out of town for your first Homegrown experience, or…