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!
Surprise mom with a weekend getaway in Duluth this Mother’s Day. Why should moms only be celebrated one day in May? Instead share an experience together that creates wonderful, lasting memories. Duluth has a lot to offer and it’s easy to find fun activities. Start the weekend with a biking or kayaking tour. Treat your mom to a day of shopping on Canal Park and lunch overlooking Lake Superior. Then catch a show in the evening after a wonderful dinner. The Solglimt Bed and Breakfast offers a serene escape with 120 feet on the shores of Lake Superior. Our porches and decks (including our new rooftop deck) invite guests to slow down and take in the stunning views. Our tranquil location is also only steps away from great shopping, entertainment and dining. Book your getaway with mom and treat her to a weekend she will always cherish.
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.
The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) houses all the big events and shows for our city. Located on the shores of Lake superior, the DECC has multiple arenas, stages, halls and showrooms. Visitors can choose from hockey games, rock concerts, symphony performances, Broadway shows, ballets, and conventions. However you define great entertainment you will find it here. The Solglimt B&B, located in Canal Park, is an easy four minute walk from the DECC. Guests can experience a thrilling evening out then stroll home to our Victorian lakeside inn. We offer the convenience of a great location with the serenity of an elegant, relaxing B&B. Reserve your guest room with us today, and add an exciting show or event to your visit.
Duluth has a vibrant nightlife including performing arts centers, pubs and cocktail lounges with live music. Plan the perfect night after a day cross-country skiing or snowboarding. Begin the evening with a fantastic dinner at one of the exceptional restaurants found in Duluth’s downtown. Continue the fun evening with a live play, a local band or sipping cocktails. And when your ready for quiet and relaxation return to our B&B on Duluth’s Park Point Beach. Book your room at the Solglimt and it will be an intimate retreat after an exciting evening.
Duluth is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and winter offers plenty of adventures. Choose from skiing, dog sledding, and ice climbing to name a few. In fact winter might be the best time to visit Duluth, when the trails are the most beautiful and less crowded. Explore miles of city park trails on cross country skis or snowshoes. After a day immersed in the wilderness return to downtown Duluth, only minutes away, and enjoy great restaurants and nightlife. Reserve an elegant suite at Solglimt Bed and Breakfast located near all the attractions in the Park Point neighborhood. Begin each morning refreshed and ready after a perfect night’s sleep and a gourmet breakfast. Then start a new day checking another adventure off your winter wishlist.
The holidays are just around the corner, and Duluth ushers them in with a breathtaking display at the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. This magical holiday tradition is America’s largest walk through lighting display and is a completely free event. Spirits will soar while you stroll under the twinkling of over 4 million lights, each reflected on the shores of Lake Superior. Bentleyville is walkable from the lovely Solglimt Bed and Breakfast, or guests can cross the bridge and ride the “jingle bus.” Book your stay now and enjoy our Bentleyville Special available from November 20th to December 22nd. Our suites will be reduced during these dates for Monday through Thursday getaways. The special pricing will be reflected when making reservations on our website and cannot be combined with a gift card. Bentleyville lights up on November 18th to December 26th, so plan an enchanting visit to Duluth now.
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.
Fall is the perfect time to see Duluth and the North Shore at it’s most colorful. The days are still sunny and our parks and forests are exploding with an array of brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. And those warm autumn hues are reflected in the deep blues of Lake Superior. Plan ahead using the Fall Color Finder provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Come stay at our lakefront Bed and Breakfast with spectacular views and all the comforts for a perfect fall vacation. Book your room at the gracious Solglimt Bed and Breakfast and see the North Shore at its most stunning. Continue reading →