Your day starts on our grand veranda with our special blend of roasted Alakef coffee, while the sun rises over Lake Superior. It’s summer in Duluth, so it’s time to get outside and enjoy all the city and region has to offer. If you’re a golfer, begin your day on one of the city’s beautiful courses; there are so many to choose from and two of the nicest are Lester Park Golf Course and Enger Golf Course. Or if you’re not a golfer, enjoy strolling through one of our many city parks; with two of our favorites being the Lester Park Trail and Enger Tower Park and Gardens. Next head down to the Leif Erickson Rose Garden and enjoy the pure beauty of the spectacular gardens with the perfect backdrop of Lake Superior, then pick up the Lakewalk and stroll east or west along Lake Superiors shores. Now you’ve worked up quite the appetite, so take a break for a tasty lunch at 7 West Taphouse, a unique new brewpub located on West Superior Street. Take some time to enjoy this “eclectic” part of Duluth with a great mix of shopping with local fare to antique shops. After lunch, head down to Canal Park and book a tour on the Vista Fleet. Tours on the Vista will take you out onto Lake Superior and then into the harbor where you will see some of the great ships loading and unloading, as well as be informed with some fascinating history of shipping in our region. After you’re filled with shipping history, take a tour of an actual ship; the William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, and get inside look at one of these amazing vessels. After touring this impressive ship, head back to the tranquility of the AG Thomson House for a glass of wine, or cup of tea and some fresh homemade cookies. Step out on the veranda, sway in the hammock, or relax in quiet solitude of your room and enjoy! After a nice rest, dinner awaits. Duluth has such a great variety of restaurants, most independent and non-chain, to experience. Tonight is a great night to enjoy the casual atmosphere, and balcony seating overlooking Lake Superior from VaBene Berarducci’s Caffe; delicious Italian fare in a relaxing environment. After dinner enjoy some unique shopping right next door at Coppola Art Imports, or wander just a block and shop in the historic Fitger’s Brewery Complex; a great way to top off a beautiful day in Duluth.
Whew! What a great day spent yesterday exploring Duluth’s golf courses, shops, etc. So maybe today you’ll take it a little bit easier but still experience the beauty of our North Shore treasure. After savoring another delicious breakfast, take a relaxing and scenic ride on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Options include the 1 ½ hour Lester River Train, or the 6 hour Two Harbors Train where you enjoy a day leisurely traveling up the shore, with a two-hour layover to shop, site see, and dine in Two Harbors before returning to Duluth. Upon your return to Duluth, head back down to Canal Park and stop in at the Amazing Grace Bakery and Café or the Northern Waters Smokehaus for a sandwich or gourmet snack to take on a picnic on Duluth’s Park Point, across the Aerial Lift Bridge. Settle in at the park, or stroll on to the sandy beach and lay down a blanket to enjoy your tasty treats on the beaches of Lake Superior. Soak in the sun, listen to the soft slosh of the waves, and breathe in the pure, fresh air wafting over you. Today has been dedicated to relaxing and unwinding, and tonight will be too. Dinner tonight will be savored at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, one of Duluth’s new gourmet restaurants. After dinner, take in a great film while enjoying a beer or glass of wine, at the new Zinema 2. The Zeitgeist Arts Café and Zinema 2 share this newly renovated, historic building downtown Duluth on East Superior and it’s a must see while here! After the movie, head across the street for a night cap at the Blackwater Lounge, where you can have a one of a kind martini or your favorite beverage!
It’s another glorious day in Duluth! This morning, grab that coffee cup and fill it with our delightfully roasted A G Thomson House blend, and step outside on our beautiful grounds. Stroll along the “Bear Mulch Nature Trail”, aptly named by our daughter and niece because of the Black Bear that once visited us; then nestle in the cedar swing rested along the tree line. Today’s itinerary will start you out at the historic Glensheen Mansion, originally home to the richest man in Minnesota and now an incredible museum open daily for tours. Experience a step back in time, where forward thinking abounded with unbelievable beauty and modern details for the period in which it was built. Take the extended tour; it’s worth it! After touring the Glensheen Mansion, continue up Scenic Highway 61 and pull in at Brighton Beach. This is one of our favorite spots in town with an incredible view of the city from its rocky and rugged shoreline. Continue up the North Shore on Scenic Hwy 61 and stop in at Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse and pick up some delicious smoked fish and cheese to take home with you, or enjoy as a snack or for a picnic while traveling up the shore. Not much further up the North Shore is Gooseberry Falls State Park. You can spend a little time here, or a lot, depending upon what you’re in the mood for. The trails at Gooseberry offer visitors a nice stroll, or a long hike through evergreen and birch trails. Next stop…Split Rock Lighthouse! Another incredible site to spend time and enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior and the history of one our nation’s most beautiful historic lighthouses! Continue along the shores of Lake Superior, or head back to Duluth. Upon your return to Duluth, take a side journey at the east end of town and head up Seven Bridges Road and along Skyline Parkway. Another incredibly beautiful drive in Duluth, Seven Bridges Road is spectacular as it winds its way through forests of pine and birch, intertwining with Amity Creek and Lester River before they enter into Lake Superior. Connecting with Skyline Parkway and Hawk Ridge, you will be amazed at what you just experienced as you head back “home” to our Duluth Bed and Breakfast! After resting and relaxing from another fun filled day, take the evening to dine at another one of Duluth’s fine restaurants. Located just seven blocks from our Inn, the Blackwoods Grill and Bar is a perfect combination of casual and elegant with a diverse and delicious menu! Enjoy dining in the restaurant along a bank of windows overlooking Lake Superior, or in the casual and spacious atmosphere of the bar.