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…


Homegrown Music Festival Planning Guide

Homegrown Music Festival Planning Guide If you live within earshot of Duluth, Minnesota, you’ve surely heard of the annual 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…


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…


Fitger's Brewhouse

Duluth Winter Brews

Before modern food storage and transportation you ate and drank what was in season. For example, it used to be unheard of for northern people to have fresh fruit and vegetables during winter. Duluth has a lot of microbrews and many for different seasons. This is time to reap the winter harvest. But what makes a winter brew a winter brew? It’s not just a slick marketing hook American pubs invented so you have something to sip on after hanging up your coat and hearing someone jam on an electric…


Valentini's

Valentine's at Beacon Pointe

Beacon Pointe Resort can help you and someone special draw attention to each other. Hopefully, you are attentive without a resort. Still, someplace like Beacon can help “pointe” you in the right direction. It can do this by first getting you away from what is distracting you and then letting you focus together on the beautiful surroundings, together. “There are the breathtaking views,” said Tor Anderson of Beacon Pointe. “Since I’ve been here, I don’t know how many people have come down and…