There are a lot of bloggers out there who are "cool" and heralded as "style-makers". I'm just a nerd who uses words like heralded and doff. I say this because I don't want you to expect recommendations for anything avante-garde. This isn't even a comprehensive guide. Hubby & I just love to travel - anywhere - so I decided I want to start sharing tidbits about the places we visit.
Due to the proximity of my hometown to the American border (Thunder Bay even shares Lake Superior with Duluth) I have visited the city of Duluth, MN too many times to count and, as a result, have my favorite haunts:
Glensheen Mansion is a gorgeous mansion with an incredibly interesting, but also tragic, history. The rooms (especially on the "women's floor") are awe-inspiring and the technology (like an intercom system and clothes "dryer") was remarkably advanced for the time. Definitely splurge and take the expanded tour. The only problem is that there is no photography allowed inside.
Favorite Place to Shop:
Father Time Antiques
I love this antique store because it is spacious (9,600 square feet!), clean and always freshly stocked with great finds. Also, because this city can be COLD in the winter, it is nice to ogle the wares of more than 70 antique vendors under one cozy roof. No website for this shop, but here's the info you need:
Father Time Antiques
395 S. Lake Ave
Duluth, MN 55802
Favorite Place to Dine:
Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar
With a fabulous location in the historic Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace in Canal Park, surrounded by inspiring galleries and fun shops (like Father Time Antiques), Lake Avenue Restaurant is definitely convenient. But that's just icing on the cake because the food is phenomenal - I recommend a pizza.
Favorite Place to Chill:
You already know I'm not a spa-gal so what do I do to relax? I stare at Lake Superior. No joke. Even when I visit my hometown I like to grab a snack and park my car in a spot with a perfect view of the lake and just sit there. Even if you don't rent a spot with a view of the lake, go for a walk along the beach. Can getting your toe nails clipped beat this?
Rent a house or waterfront condo from VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner). I'm planning a post on the ins & outs of renting from owners (for both Canadian & American rentals) but the bottom line is this: you get much more value for your dollar.
If you can't find a nice rental or are only staying a few days, here is my recommendation for a clean hotel with lots of amenities: The Inn on Lake Superior. We have stayed at this hotel many times because the view is amazing and the location couldn't be more convenient. Plus, the customer servive is great and the staff work hard to remedy any problems/issues. But really, DIY waffles at the well-stocked breakfast bar & evening s'mores make the stay.
P.S. As always, I haven't been perked in any way for dithering on about my favorite places.