Duluth has endless choices of great hikes in its forests, mountains and stunning shoreline. However, one of the most unique and surprising hikes at the end of Park Point. Just beyond the vibrant Canal Park shops and restaurants, a hidden oasis stretches far into Lake Superior. The Park Point Trail includes miles of beach and forest paths through old growth pines. It’s a wonderful place to escape the crowds, spot some wildlife and enjoy endless views of the water and the Duluth skyline. Guests at the Solglimt Bed and Breakfast appreciate the convenient access to Canal Park and being close to downtown Duluth. While also loving the quiet waterfront location with beautiful views from our many porches and decks. Book your stay with us before summer slips away and take advantage of the best vacation location in Duluth.
Park Point Hike Details
Visitors get both a forest and a beach hike on this 4 mile round trip trail. Located on the a thin stretch of land between Lake Superior and Duluth Harbor it offers special views not found anywhere else. Early birds love to hike out to the beach, coffee in hand, and admire the sunrise over the water. Watch float planes land in the bay, photograph Duluth’s city skyline, and wave to boats entering the harbor.
Since the area has been protected the trail has many amazing old growth pines. Keep an eye out for the herd of white tailed deer that make their home in this forest sanctuary. The red and white pines are also home to many majestic raptors including Merlin falcons. The sandy beach section of the trail also offers great bird watching. Many shore birds run along the beach and nest in the wildflower covered dunes. A variety of songbirds can be seen perching in the trees that border the grassy patches.
This hike even has some history complete with ruins to explore. Check out the brick ruins of Lake Superior’s first lighthouse built in 1858. There’s also an abandoned US Army Corps of Engineers boat house and remnants of settlers cabins.
When our guests are looking for a peaceful hike we’re pleased to direct them to this lovely, nearby trail. Not many hikes have dunes, ancient pines, grassy meadows, all with stunning water views and we’re lucky to have one just minutes from our door. Reserve your room at our tranquil retreat on the shores of Lake Superior and discover the hidden treasures in Park Point.
Canal Park has everything for a relaxing and fun summer day in Duluth. This converted warehouse district offers great restaurants, eclectic shops, museums, and fantastic views of Lake Superior. Find iconic Duluth landmarks here such as the Aerial Lift Bridge and the Duluth North Pier Lighthouse. Spend the day discovering local history at the Lake Superior Marine Museum or catch a show at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Or just enjoy a sunny summer day walking along the shoreline on the scenic Lakewalk path. And the beautiful Solglimt Bed and Breakfast is found within this diverse and charming neighborhood. Enjoy our gourmet breakfasts each morning with stunning lake views, after a perfect night’s rest in our luxury guest rooms. Book your summer getaway with us for a restful, restorative vacation just steps away from the best neighborhood in Duluth. Continue reading →
Grand ships from around the world glide into Lake Superior Harbor during the summer months. Watching them pass under the impressive Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in Canal Park cannot be missed when visiting this summer. These behemoths sail through the bridge canal and are awesome to witness. Experienced ship watchers consult harbor schedules before waiting under the bridge for the vessels to appear on the horizon. It’s quite a show with the ships and bridge operators greeting each other with blaring bells and horns. And first time viewers will be amazed at the sheer size of the crafts. The peak ship watching season continues through summer, already a great time of year to visit Duluth. The Solglimt Bed and Breakfast, located right in Canal Park, has great Lake Superior views and easy walking access to the Aerial Lift Bridge. Find the best of comfort and luxury in our beautiful guest rooms, lovely gardens and multiple decks with amazing views. Book your getaway today and start enjoying all the summer fun in Duluth.
Ship Watching for Beginners
Over 1,000 ships visit Duluth every year and the summer months are the most active. However, don’t count on just catching one coming through the canal. Planning ahead makes a more successful and relaxed viewing. There is a new service from the Duluth Maritime Museum, call Harbor Lookout, which provides ship schedules, cargo information and country of origin. Now, our guests can schedule their day around a boat arrival through the canal. When you’re ready to watch these graceful boats pull into the harbor, head down to the Canal Park Neighborhood where the Aerial Lift Bridge is located. Leave yourselves plenty of time to catch the impressive ships coming into the harbor.
By far the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge has the best, close up views of the cargo vessels pulling into the canal. The ships are amazing but watching the huge counterweights raise the 900-ton span of bridge is quite impressive as well. When completely raised the bridge opens up to a clearance of 180 feet. This 100 year old engineering marvel was completed in 1905, and entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. And during the busy summer months it’s lifted an average of 26 times a day.
Ship Types and History
The two distinct types of ships that visit the port are named “Lakers” and “Salties.” 90% of the traffic comes from visiting “Lakers,” cargo carriers built for sailing the Great Lakes. They supply the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway with bulk commodities such as iron ore, coal, and stone. These ships can be up to 1,000 feet long and carry up to 70,000 tons. While the “Salties” are a maximum size of 740 feet and regularly travel the 2,342-miles from the Atlantic Ocean to Duluth-Superior.
Learn more about shipping history and get a close up look at one of these magnificent ships while touring The William A. Irvin. This preserved ship, permanently docked in the Duluth harbor, offers tours that transport you back in time. From 1938 until 1975 it was the flagship of the US Steel Great Lakes fleet. It carried tons of iron ore and coal while braving treacherous storms. Visit the pristine historic ship in the heart of Canal Park and discover its rich history. Also learn more about Duluth’s shipping history at the Lake Superior Marine Museum.
These awe inspiring leviathans are a wonder to see with your own eyes. And that’s why tourists and locals alike gather under the Aerial Lift Bridge to observe their arrival. With their immense size, booming horns and soaking waves, the experience engages all the senses. Add witnessing this piece of living history and local pride to your summer visit to Duluth. Reserve your room at the Solglimt Bed and Breakfast today before summer slips away!
Spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to think about warmer weather and summer vacations. Certainly, nothing cures the lingering winter blues like planning a summer getaway. The Solglimt Bed and Breakfast, located near Duluth’s summer playground, Canal Park, boasts 120 feet of shimmering shoreline on Lake Superior. Your stay with us will be even more magical lounging on our new rooftop deck. Our beautiful Victorian seaside cottage has always taken advantage of the stunning views from our porches and decks. Now the new rooftop deck adds a breathtaking 360 degree view of Lake Superior and St. Louis Bay. Our reservation calendar is filling up quickly and those valuable summer weeks are limited. Book your vacation with us today and start dreaming of a sunny retreat with many great summer adventures.
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Duluth has excellent dining options for every taste, and many are a short walk from our beautiful location on Park Point. At our gracious Solglimt Bed and Breakfast we also celebrate great food every morning with a delicious, gourmet meal. All of our breakfasts feature fresh, local produce and a custom blend of Alakef Coffee. This will prepare you for an exciting day of site-seeing, biking or hiking. After your adventures in our lively town, relax in a fun cafe for lunch or have an elegant evening out for dinner. Book your room with us today and treat yourself to a charming get-away that includes fantastic dining.
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There are few places in Minnesota more exceptional than Duluth. Duluth has a reputation for being a rugged and active city, perfect for the avid outdoor enthusiast. It’s a reputation that’s well deserved. Summer is a special time of year in Duluth; there’s just something about this city that brings out your adventurous spirit. Perhaps it’s the wide open waters ready for exploration; or the hilly forests criss-crossed by trails; or the rugged outcroppings just begging to be climbed. Whatever it is, now is a great time to wrap up your summer fun with a getaway to our beautiful Bed and Breakfast on Duluth’s Park Point. Book your room at the luxurious Solglimt Bed and Breakfast, and get ready for an unforgettable summer vacation in Duluth. Continue reading →