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You're Going to Love Duluth

Like a mini version of San Francisco, but on the coast of Lake Superior, Duluth will surprise and exceed your expectations. This lovely lakefront city has everything weekend getaway fans could need, from fantastic ski slopes to world music festivals.

Don't expect a gray port city when you visit Duluth. All of that's in the past. Modern Duluth is a vibrant tourist destination. For example, Canal Park is Minnesota's finest boutique shopping district. Pick up unique Native American jewelry at Spirit Bay Trading Co. or irresistible caramel apples at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Hang out with the folk musicians at cafe venues like Beaner's Coffeehouse or Amazing Grace. Sample Minnesota's craft ale scene at Lake Superior Brewing Co or dine on platefuls of steak at Pickwick Restaurant.

With food, music, museums, ski slopes and lakeshore scenery, Duluth is a city that demands attention, so don't cross it off your list. Instead, make it your next weekend getaway destination.

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When to Visit Duluth

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When you visit Duluth depends on what you want to see and do. Summer offers the best sight-seeing conditions, so if you want to shop at Canal Park, ride the steam railroad or see the harbor's historic ships, visit between June and August. However, while winter is very chilly, there's still plenty to do in the city center, as well as the constant attraction of ski slopes a few minutes out of town.

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Where to Stay in Duluth

Most of the best accommodation in the Duluth area is close to the shore of Lake Superior. One of the best hotels is the Solglimt Inn Bed and Breakfast, with a lakefront location and a reputation for serving healthy organic, locally-sourced food. The Sheraton and Pier B Resort are both in Downtown Duluth near the port and offer comfortable city-center accommodation. Cheaper accommodation can also be found at motels like the Super 8 and Comfort Inn on Route 35, just to the southwest of the city.

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Shopping Streets

Duluth's major shopping area is definitely Canal Park, which is studded with bothindependent and chain stores selling a wide range of items. You can find boutique kitchenware and home furnishings at the Blue Heron Trading Co., check out the toys and puzzles at J Skylark or pick up jewelry and ornaments inspired by Native American art at Spirit Bay Trading Co. Alternatively, you'll find plenty of major brands at Miller Hill Mall, just outside of town, including American Eagle Outfitters, Claire's and J.C. Penney.

Groceries and Other

Duluth is an affordable city to live in, with reasonable grocery prices. The best places to shop for food and drink are supermarkets like Super One Foods and Cub Foods, and there are up-market options like Whole Foods as well. Expect to pay around $3 for a gallon of milk, $2.35 for a pound of apples and $12 for a bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in Duluth

Gourmet dining is one of Duluth's best kept secrets, and food fans will be in their element when they visit. Check out the Tex Mex burgers and grilled meats at Little Angie's Cantina & Grill, order a mountain of beef and lamb at the Timber Lodge Steakhouse or munch on wild rice burgers and down local beers at the Brewhouse Brewery and Grille. There are also plenty of places that mix great cooking with live music, like the popular Amazing Grace Bakery or the Lake View Coffee House. Expect to pay around $15 for a mid-range meal.

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