The Best Place to Enjoy Winter in Minnesota

Skiing at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, one of the best places to enjoy winter in Minnesota!The rugged outlines of Duluth as it rises from the shores of Lake Superior are an exceptional place to get away and enjoy a bit of this winter in Minnesota.  Duluth is a breathtakingly beautiful winter wonderland that is as fun as it is beautiful. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that Duluth is THE destination when it comes to enjoying winter in Minnesota – after all, it’s a pretty incredible place for outdoor recreation throughout the rest of the year, too! Here, you’ll find a countless number of trails crisscrossing the rugged terrain, suitable for a host of winter activities, including downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and fat-tire biking.

While most people might tend to turn inwards when the cold weather strikes, Duluthians tend to bundle up and head outdoors, embracing the beautiful winter in Minnesota. This winter, we’d love nothing more than to help you relax, unwind, and have a little fun in our snowy playground.  When it’s time to warm up and rest up for the next days’ adventures, our welcoming Duluth Bed and Breakfast will be waiting. We will show you why we are Duluth and Minnesota’s #1 best bed and breakfast!  Book your room at our luxurious Duluth lodging today!

Enjoy Winter in Minnesota at Spirit Mountain in Duluth

Winter in Minnesota can be pretty excited no matter where you go, and there are definitely a number of places in the Duluth area for downhill skiing and snowboarding, in addition to cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and more.  Our favorite place to send guests for downhill skiing and snowboarding is Spirit Mountain in Duluth. The runs and atmosphere at Spirit Mountain are fantastic, but one of the best things about it is how close it is to town, and, specifically, our B&B!  Spirit Mountain is just a quick 15-minute drive from the Inn, which means you’ll be geared up and on the slopes in no time!

Spirit Mountain Duluth stands as the second tallest ski hill in Minnesota, with a total vertical drop of 700 feet. Talk about a fun place to enjoy winter in Minnesota! In total, Spirit Mountain in Duluth offers 22 different ski runs, with something suitable for all levels of ability. There’s also night skiing available at Spirit Mountain, which is a truly magical experience, in addition to a Terrain Park, which offers 4+ separate freestyle terrain areas and has been ranked as the #4 terrain park in the Midwest.

If all of that’s not enough to get you up here enjoying winter in Minnesota, perhaps the opportunity to add a bit of snow tubing will be?  Snow tubing combines the best of your family sledding adventures of old, with the ease and convenience of being carried back to the top for endless hours of fun! There’s even a special glow-tubing event that usually takes place on Saturday nights, and we put this on our list of “must-have” experiences for winter in Minnesota!

We are a lodging partner with Spirit Mountain, which means when you take advantage of our Ski and Stay option, you’ll get discounted lift tickets!  so have a Ski and Stay option to get discounted tickets. Single-day tickets can also be purchased as needed throughout the season if you’d rather keep your plans more flexible. This year, all tickets must be purchased in advance, and capacity limits on the slopes may apply, so it’s best to plan well in advance whenever possible. You can find all covid-related information for Spirit Mountain Duluth online.

Try out some Nordic skiing in Duluth, one of favorite ways to enjoy Winter in Minnesota

Where to go Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing in Duluth

Cross country skiing is a favorite winter pastime during the winter in Minnesota, and there are plenty of trails to explore while in Duluth. Not only are cross country skiing and snowshoeing a great way to get some exercise in the winter, it’s also one of the best ways to see the area’s scenery – something we can confidently say you won’t want to miss! You don’t even have to travel far from our Duluth Bed and Breakfast to enjoy it, either. There are plenty of great trails right here in the heart of Duluth, just a few minutes from our Inn. Here are some of our favorites:

  • The Lester-Amity Trail is by far the most popular of the cross country ski trails in Duluth and is good for both traditional and skate-style skiing. It is even lit up in the evenings, allowing for a beautiful night skiing experience.
  • Piedmont Ski Trail is a wonderful place to go for traditional skiers of all levels and offers scenic overlooks of the St. Louis River valley.
  • Hartley Nature Center is the perfect place for traditional cross-country skiing at beginner and intermediate levels. These wooded loops include 5 kilometers of double-tracked classic trails. There’s a hilly outer loop and a gentler inner loop, best for those new to the sport.
  • Magney-Snively Park lies in the forested hills just beyond spirit Mountain, and rewards cross country skiers with sweeping views over the St. Louis River Estuary. The 14-kilometer trail is hilly and challenging, so best for intermediate to advanced level skiers.
  • Chester Park is a great place to go for advanced level skating-style cross-country skiing in Duluth. It’s an enjoyable, but challenging, 3km hilly trail.
  • It’s hard to beat the cross country ski trails at Spirit Mountain.  In total, there is more than 20 km of groomed trails that wind through the woods.
  • Snowflake Nordic Center is a privately operated ski center, and it features 15 kilometers of ski trails, which are groomed daily and are lighted for night skiing.

All cross country skiers over age 16 will want to pick up a Great Minnesota Ski Pass, which is required to ski on groomed trails in Minnesota state parks or state forests. A yearly pass is just $25, or you can buy a daily pass for $10. You can keep track of all trail conditions at Skinny Ski, and if you need to rent equipment head to Continental Ski and Bike.

Our Inviting Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to spend winter in Minnesota

Unwind at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast

After a tiring but fun day in the snow, we recommend heading to Vikre Distillery, where they’re doing a Winter Wunderbar for outdoor cocktails on heated benches and fire pits. It’s a fantastic way to relax and unwind, followed of course by sinking into the sumptuous accommodations at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast. Soak your tired muscles in our whirlpool tubs, curl up in front of a fire, and sink into opulence at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast. Choose from one of our 7 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, and make our home your private oasis for the duration of your stay.

The next day, wake up to our delicious 3-course breakfast, made for you fresh each day in our kitchen, and served in our socially-distanced dining room.  If you prefer, we’re also happy to deliver breakfast to your room at this time, to ensure adequate social distancing. One this is for sure; you won’t leave hungry!  Our breakfast is the perfect fuel for another day of fun skiing and playing in Duluth’s winter wonderland and just one more reason the AG Thomson House is Duluth’s #1 best bed and breakfast. With ski season at Spirit Mountain in Duluth in full swing, now is the perfect time to book your room at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast!