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Guidebook for Duluth

Eric

Guidebook for Duluth

Food Scene (restaurants, cafes, etc.)
Quaint coffee shop offering a variety of coffee and tea options, including a limited menu of food.
Mocha Moose Coffee Cafe
543 Scenic Drive
Quaint coffee shop offering a variety of coffee and tea options, including a limited menu of food.
Excellent ambiance and food, with a great view of Lake Superior
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New Scenic Café
5461 North Shore Drive
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Excellent ambiance and food, with a great view of Lake Superior
Known for their pies, Betty's offers a variety of food offerings in a diner atmosphere.
Betty's Pies
1633 Minnesota 61
Known for their pies, Betty's offers a variety of food offerings in a diner atmosphere.
Great local dive bar and restaurant with excellent drink prices.
Earthwood Inn, Bar & Grill
933 Stanley Road
Great local dive bar and restaurant with excellent drink prices.
Great place to have some locally influenced food and coffee.
Vanilla Bean Restaurant
812 7th Avenue
Great place to have some locally influenced food and coffee.
This diner atmosphere is anything but. A variety of healthy food options, including vegetarian and vegan. The owner believes is farm to table, and even grows his own herbs and vegetables.
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Duluth Grill
118 South 27th Avenue West
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This diner atmosphere is anything but. A variety of healthy food options, including vegetarian and vegan. The owner believes is farm to table, and even grows his own herbs and vegetables.
This Minnesota chain is a fantastic place to go for pizza, pasta and drinks, whether you sit at the bar or with your family at a table. Super friendly and great food.
Green Mill Restaurant & Bar
340 South Lake Avenue
This Minnesota chain is a fantastic place to go for pizza, pasta and drinks, whether you sit at the bar or with your family at a table. Super friendly and great food.
Excellent pizza joint located in the heart of Duluth, offering a variety of interesting pizzas, including Vegan.
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Pizza Luce
11 East Superior Street
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Excellent pizza joint located in the heart of Duluth, offering a variety of interesting pizzas, including Vegan.
A bit pricey, yet excellent Italian food with a very romantic ambiance.
Bellisio's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
405 South Lake Avenue
A bit pricey, yet excellent Italian food with a very romantic ambiance.
I love this place, reminiscent of a Seattle coffee shop, located in a garden space right on Canal Park. Excellent breakfast and lunch offerings, along with some of the best espresso in town.
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Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe
394 South Lake Avenue
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I love this place, reminiscent of a Seattle coffee shop, located in a garden space right on Canal Park. Excellent breakfast and lunch offerings, along with some of the best espresso in town.
If you want an old school feel, McQuade's is awesome. Frank McQuade, the owner along with his staff, have created a comfortable experience while offering wonderful food choices, and a wonderful bar if you desire a cocktail. Picture Frank Sinatra-esque vibe in Two Harbors.
McQuade's Pub and Grill
602 1st Avenue
If you want an old school feel, McQuade's is awesome. Frank McQuade, the owner along with his staff, have created a comfortable experience while offering wonderful food choices, and a wonderful bar if you desire a cocktail. Picture Frank Sinatra-esque vibe in Two Harbors.
Variety of smoked fishes and cheese. A local and tourist favorite, though be prepared, the counter help can be a bit direct or not super friendly.
Russ Kendall's Smoke House
149 Scenic Drive
Variety of smoked fishes and cheese. A local and tourist favorite, though be prepared, the counter help can be a bit direct or not super friendly.
Wonderful homemade candies as well as some vintage offerings. Truly a must stop if you love candy. Just be aware, they are seasonal and are closed after Christmas and usually don't open again until late April to early May.
Great! Lakes Candy Kitchen
223 Scenic Drive
Wonderful homemade candies as well as some vintage offerings. Truly a must stop if you love candy. Just be aware, they are seasonal and are closed after Christmas and usually don't open again until late April to early May.
Sightseeing (nature, scenery, hiking, etc.)
Great views, an interesting history, and educational exhibit, makes this a must see. Tours are also seasonally available. Be warned, you have to pay a fee to access the visitor center, lighthouse and grounds, but it is worth it. If you wish to just see the lighthouse, there is a scenic overlook pull-off just south of the lighthouse, which doesn't cost anything. During the off season, you can usually walk the trails free of charge.
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Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road
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Great views, an interesting history, and educational exhibit, makes this a must see. Tours are also seasonally available. Be warned, you have to pay a fee to access the visitor center, lighthouse and grounds, but it is worth it. If you wish to just see the lighthouse, there is a scenic overlook pull-off just south of the lighthouse, which doesn't cost anything. During the off season, you can usually walk the trails free of charge.
The road I live on is truly magical, as many folks take walks, look for agates along the shore, and enjoy the peace and solitude of nature. This looped road connects to The Scenic Highway on each end.
Stoney Point Drive
The road I live on is truly magical, as many folks take walks, look for agates along the shore, and enjoy the peace and solitude of nature. This looped road connects to The Scenic Highway on each end.
This is truly an interesting place to go if you like nature and birds. The ridge sits right under a major migration route and has numerous trails and naturalists available.
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Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve
East Skyline Parkway
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This is truly an interesting place to go if you like nature and birds. The ridge sits right under a major migration route and has numerous trails and naturalists available.
A must see in the warmer months. It is absolutely beautiful and not far from my home, if you enjoy light hiking and amazing waterfalls.
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Gooseberry Falls State Park
3206 Minnesota 61
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A must see in the warmer months. It is absolutely beautiful and not far from my home, if you enjoy light hiking and amazing waterfalls.
This amazing shopping area features restaurants, shops, museums and other tourist highlights. I a must see. If you are lucky, you might witness a long ship coming or going out of the port.
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Canal Park
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This amazing shopping area features restaurants, shops, museums and other tourist highlights. I a must see. If you are lucky, you might witness a long ship coming or going out of the port.
This short hike up the hill features amazing cliff views of Lake Superior and Beaver Bay.
Palisade Head
This short hike up the hill features amazing cliff views of Lake Superior and Beaver Bay.
Absolutely gorgeous state park roughly 45 minutes from my home. Rivers, waterfalls, trails and cliff overlooks of Lake Superior. Truly beautiful.
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Tettegouche State Park
5702 MN-61
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Absolutely gorgeous state park roughly 45 minutes from my home. Rivers, waterfalls, trails and cliff overlooks of Lake Superior. Truly beautiful.
This beach area is managed and owned by one of the mining companies, so it is sometimes closed to the public, yet it is truly a gem of a place to visit, swim and picnic. Two honey rock out-croppings frame the beach cove between, where you can play on the black pebbled shore or swim in the cool waters. Truly a lovely and safe place to have a picnic and enjoy some solitude.
Black Beach
This beach area is managed and owned by one of the mining companies, so it is sometimes closed to the public, yet it is truly a gem of a place to visit, swim and picnic. Two honey rock out-croppings frame the beach cove between, where you can play on the black pebbled shore or swim in the cool waters. Truly a lovely and safe place to have a picnic and enjoy some solitude.
Many wish to see moose, wolf and other animals, and the Gunflint Trail is a wonderful location to attempt to do so. Miles of scenic roads and trails offer all sorts of natural vantage points. Note that it is outside of Grand Marais which is a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from my house. Worth the drive if you are willing to get up early and have a few days to stay in the area.
Gunflint Trail
Many wish to see moose, wolf and other animals, and the Gunflint Trail is a wonderful location to attempt to do so. Miles of scenic roads and trails offer all sorts of natural vantage points. Note that it is outside of Grand Marais which is a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from my house. Worth the drive if you are willing to get up early and have a few days to stay in the area.
Essentials (grocery stores, etc.)
Typical chain grocery store with all the essential.
Super One Foods
802 11th Ave
Typical chain grocery store with all the essential.
Excellent option for locally grown and organic food, especially if you are not on a budget. This is not Whole Foods, it is a food CO-OP.
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Whole Foods Co-op
610 East 4th Street
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Excellent option for locally grown and organic food, especially if you are not on a budget. This is not Whole Foods, it is a food CO-OP.
This is a higher end grocery store than Super One.
Mount Royal Market
1600 Woodland Avenue
This is a higher end grocery store than Super One.
Towns with Lots to Do
Grand Marais is an hour and forty-five minute drive from my home, yet is well worth the drive, especially if you are staying with me for a few days. The town offers many wonderful shops, restaurants, bars and beautiful scenery. The bay area often has sailboats and there is a Coast Guard station, along with one of the five historic lighthouses along the North Shore. It is very much a seasonal artist community, so much of the town shuts down in the winter, though it is a great jumping off point to the Gunflint Trail.
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Grand Marais
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Grand Marais is an hour and forty-five minute drive from my home, yet is well worth the drive, especially if you are staying with me for a few days. The town offers many wonderful shops, restaurants, bars and beautiful scenery. The bay area often has sailboats and there is a Coast Guard station, along with one of the five historic lighthouses along the North Shore. It is very much a seasonal artist community, so much of the town shuts down in the winter, though it is a great jumping off point to the Gunflint Trail.
Entertainment (museums, theaters, etc.)
If it is a rainy day and you desire to see a movie, this is a lovely and large theater right in the Canal Park area. And, on Tuesdays they have $5 movies all day.
Marcus Duluth Cinema
300 Harbor Dr
If it is a rainy day and you desire to see a movie, this is a lovely and large theater right in the Canal Park area. And, on Tuesdays they have $5 movies all day.
If you love trains, this is the place for you. And the Train Depot often offers other activities and art shows throughout the year.
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Lake Superior Railroad Museum
506 West Michigan Street
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If you love trains, this is the place for you. And the Train Depot often offers other activities and art shows throughout the year.
This historic mansion now owned by the University of Minnesota offers all sorts of themed tours throughout the year. If you are into history and architecture, this is a must-see. My guests who have gone have all loved it.
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Glensheen
3300 London Road
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This historic mansion now owned by the University of Minnesota offers all sorts of themed tours throughout the year. If you are into history and architecture, this is a must-see. My guests who have gone have all loved it.
If you wish to learn more about Lake Superior and the shipping history on the lake, this is a perfect stop. Located right next to the historic lift bridge in Canal Park, you will find this a very interesting place.
Lake Superior Marine Museum Gift Shop
600 S Lake Ave
If you wish to learn more about Lake Superior and the shipping history on the lake, this is a perfect stop. Located right next to the historic lift bridge in Canal Park, you will find this a very interesting place.
I am not adding this as a recommendation, it is to give you more details. To me, it is not the best aquarium that I have ever seen, and like most aquariums, is a bit expensive to visit. If you would like to see some of the types of fish that live in the lake, along with some River Otters, you will enjoy this aquarium. It is a lovely building and there are some kids activities. They also often have special exhibits available.
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Great Lakes Aquarium
353 Harbor Drive
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I am not adding this as a recommendation, it is to give you more details. To me, it is not the best aquarium that I have ever seen, and like most aquariums, is a bit expensive to visit. If you would like to see some of the types of fish that live in the lake, along with some River Otters, you will enjoy this aquarium. It is a lovely building and there are some kids activities. They also often have special exhibits available.
I have never been to this zoo as I am not a lover of zoos, yet I am including it here as a possible thing you may wish to do if you enjoy visiting zoos.
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Lake Superior Zoo
7210 Fremont Street
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I have never been to this zoo as I am not a lover of zoos, yet I am including it here as a possible thing you may wish to do if you enjoy visiting zoos.
Beer Scene (microbreweries, etc.)
This is one of the newer microbreweries, and is a wonderful place to visit if you wish to sample some local beer. The modern restaurant is right on the lake, and offers fire pits for outdoor enjoyment, and the food is very good.
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Canal Park Brewing Company
300 Canal Park Drive
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This is one of the newer microbreweries, and is a wonderful place to visit if you wish to sample some local beer. The modern restaurant is right on the lake, and offers fire pits for outdoor enjoyment, and the food is very good.
Fitger's is the oldest microbrewery in town. They are a definite local favorite and is located in the historic Fitger's Inn.
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Fitger's Brewhouse Brewery and Grille
600 East Superior Street
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Fitger's is the oldest microbrewery in town. They are a definite local favorite and is located in the historic Fitger's Inn.
One of the states favorite microbreweries, Castle Danger Brewery is located in Two Harbors and offers all of their beers in a tasting room environment. Though they don't serve food, you can bring food in, buy food from local restaurants, and have food delivered. And, often there are food trucks on the property.
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Castle Danger Brewery
17 7th Street
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One of the states favorite microbreweries, Castle Danger Brewery is located in Two Harbors and offers all of their beers in a tasting room environment. Though they don't serve food, you can bring food in, buy food from local restaurants, and have food delivered. And, often there are food trucks on the property.
One of the states favorite microbreweries, Bent Paddle Brewery is located in Duluth and offers all of their beers in a tasting room environment. Though they don't serve food, you can bring food in, buy food from local restaurants, and have food delivered. And, often there are food trucks on the property.
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Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
1912 West Michigan Street
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One of the states favorite microbreweries, Bent Paddle Brewery is located in Duluth and offers all of their beers in a tasting room environment. Though they don't serve food, you can bring food in, buy food from local restaurants, and have food delivered. And, often there are food trucks on the property.