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Must See Scenic Drives in Duluth, Minnesota

Discover the most stunning scenic drives in Duluth and along the North Shore of Lake Superior this summer. Ancient glaciers created the dramatic landscape with sheer cliffs, sparkling shorelines, deep old-growth forests and distant mountain peaks. So, it’s no surprise that Travel and Leisure highlighted The North Shore Drive in their article listing America’s Most Scenic Roads. However, the Duluth area actually has four amazing scenic drives. Each offer an unforgettable day of overlooks, waterfall hikes and charming towns. See the unparalleled beauty all around Duluth while enjoying a relaxing drive. Stay at the hub of all the attractions in lovely Canal Park. The Solglimt Bed and Breakfast, right on the water’s edge, has sweeping views of Lake Superior. Our tranquil retreat feels like a world away, while being just steps from great restaurants and shopping. Our three course, gourmet breakfasts will have you ready for another exciting day in Duluth. Reserve your elegant guest suite with us for a perfect summer escape. 

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Plan Ahead for the Fall Foliage in Duluth

The brilliant fall foliage reflected off Lake Superior may seem far away, but now’s the time to plan an autumn getaway to Duluth. This dazzling, yet fleeting season has a devoted following and bed and breakfasts fill up quickly. The vibrant hills and mountains draw in many visitors, but Duluth also offers a wide range of ways to bask in the autumn glow. Lose yourself in the hundreds of hiking and mountain bike trails in and around the city. However, many love the leisurely scenic drives along the shoreline, cliffs and beaches. Join a relaxing fall foliage train excursion or a guided photography tour. Stay at the center of all the wonderful options and reserve your suite at the Solglimt Bed and Breakfast right in Canal Park. Guests enjoy waterfront views of Lake Superior from our gardens, porches and new rooftop deck. Each crisp fall morning begins with our gourmet coffee blend alongside a delicious three course breakfast. Remember this season only lasts from mid-September to late October, so watch the DNR color finder for peak colors. Book your fall foliage adventure to Duluth today.

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Brewery Tours in Duluth

Glasses with different sorts of craft beer on wooden bar on brewery toursDuluth is known as a great beer town and brewery tours are a fun way to see several in one day. Visitors can join a tour group through The Duluth Experience or sample a few brewery tours on their own. In addition to tasting amazing craft brews learn about the whole beer making process. Many of the breweries have excellent restaurants, some with great views and patios to enjoy on warm days. Also check their calendars for lively evening events such as music and trivia nights. Close to all the action find a tranquil retreat on the shores of Lake Superior. The Solglimt Bed and Breakfast is located in Canal Park and walking distance to several of the best breweries. Every morning sip our custom blend of Alakef Coffee on the many decks and porches. Then sit down to a three course gourmet breakfast while taking in the lake views. Reserve your perfectly appointed guest room and plan a refreshing spring or summer getaway.

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The Best Hikes to Take Near Downtown Duluth

Happy couple hikes in the forestSome of the best hikes in Minnesota are found near Duluth’s lively downtown. Duluth’s hilly terrain and diverse landscape make for interesting and sometimes challenging hikes not found in most major cities. Visitors can stroll sandy beaches, hike forest trails and enjoy amazing views just minutes away from great restaurants and entertainment. Days are getting longer and the hiking season will be here soon. Now’s the time to plan a relaxing Duluth getaway. The Solglimt Bed and Breakfast offers guests a waterfront retreat with sweeping views of Lake Superior. Our tranquil inn, located in Canal Park, is just steps away from wonderful hikes and all the city’s attractions. Not to mention our rooftop deck, the perfect place to put up your feet and watch the sunset after a day hiking. Reserve your private suite at the Solglimt Bed and Breakfast for a wonderful hiking adventure.

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Book Early for a Summer Getaway in Duluth in 2019

Summer at Park Point Beach On Lake Superior With Duluth, Minnesota In BackThoughts of warm summer vacations spent relaxing on a sunny beach will drive away any lingering winter blues you may be feeling. Those precious summer days will be here before you know it. Now’s the time to plan your summer getaway to our idyllic waterfront location. Duluth was recently picked as one of the “7 Wonderful Beach Cities In The USby MostInside.com. To quote the article, “The city of Duluth has so much to offer beach enthusiasts such that a single visit here will not be enough.” They also consider Park Point Beach a “must” when visiting Duluth. We at the Solglimt Bed and Breakfast couldn’t agree more. Our welcoming Victorian cottage is located on the water’s edge of Park Point. Guests here enjoy breathtaking 360 degree views of Lake Superior and St. Louis Bay from our porch and rooftop deck. In addition to wonderful views and beach access, Canal Park shops and restaurants are just two blocks away. Our reservation calendar fills up quickly, so book your summer getaway with us today.

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Spend a Romantic Weekend in Duluth this February

Romantic winter getawayBegin 2019 with a romantic escape to Duluth this February. Break free from all your daily stressors, and take the time for each other on a quick getaway. Rekindle your passion at our secluded, lakefront Inn on the shores of Lake Superior, while also enjoying easy access to all the city and its outdoor recreation. Spend the days exploring Canal Park and downtown Duluth, or the miles of skiing trails, many just minutes away. Enjoy evenings at a play, musical, or concert, then finish the night with a delicious dinner before sinking into the restful accommodations. Everything is just steps away when staying at the Solglimt Bed and Breakfast. Couples love our stunning water views, generous suites, and full gourmet breakfasts. Give yourself and your loved one the gift of an adventure together. Book your romantic vacation today. Continue reading →

Cross-Country Skiing in Duluth

cross-country skiing on a bright sunny day. Cross-country ski lovers will find their paradise this winter in Duluth. The hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails are now perfectly groomed skiing paths. While gliding through deep forests, over hillsides and along streams, you’ll forget you’re only minutes from downtown. After losing yourself in a snowy wonderland of local parks and trail systems, refuel at the many great restaurants, coffeehouses or pubs. Visitors will never run out of trails to explore, views to experience and new challenges to conquer. In the middle of all the activities find the Solglimt Bed and Breakfast. We have a central location that also offers a tranquil setting with wonderful views of Lake Superior. Our gourmet breakfasts, along with our custom coffee blend will have you ready for another day skiing. Book your cross-country ski getaway with us today and discover Duluth adventures this winter.

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A Winter Getaway along the Shores of Lake Superior

Winter background with couple making heart with gloved handsAs autumn transitions into winter on the shores of Lake Superior the holiday and snowy outdoor activities are gearing up. Downtown Duluth sparkles with seasonal cheer, while powdery snow covers the surrounding mountains. Plan a Duluth vacation filled with Christmas celebrations and performances, in addition to outdoor adventures and events. At the center of all the action find a peaceful retreat at the Solglimt Bed and Breakfast. Located right in Canal Park, with sweeping lakefront views and elegant guest rooms. Give yourself the gift of a winter getaway and create magical memories.

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Plan Ahead for the 2018 Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Duluth

couple enjoying The Bentleyville Tour of LightsThe Bentleyville Tour of Lights known as America’s largest walk through light show, is a beloved tradition in Duluth. Thousands of locals and visitors stroll the amazing displays each year that include over 5 million sparkling lights. Held at the 20-acre Bayfront Festival Park along the shores of beautiful Lake Superior, it’s a magical way to celebrate the holidays. Santa and Mrs. Claus parachute into the park on opening night, November 17th, and the season wraps up with a spectacular fireworks display on December 26th. This enchanting event is completely free and great for everyone. Nearby in Canal Park, find the tranquil Solglimt Bed and Breakfast. Our lovely lakefront location is just a short walk to the Bentleyville Tour of Lights and close to great restaurants along with the best shopping. Check the Bentleyville “Crowd-O-Meterand plan your festive getaway at our charming Duluth inn during this joyful time.

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Discover the Beautiful Fall Adventures in Duluth

Fall Foliage along highwayThe glorious fall season has begun to paint the Duluth landscape with its vibrant colors. The parks, mountains and forests are transformed into a wonderland of fiery reds, oranges and yellows. In addition to hiking, there are many ways to explore the autumn beauty. Stroll the gardens of a historic mansion, drive a scenic highway or watch the countryside roll by on a relaxing train ride. After your adventures, return to the serene Solglimt Bed and Breakfast location overlooking Lake Superior. Our lovely inn offers visitors a gourmet breakfast, with wonderful lakefront views and elegant guest rooms. Book your fall getaway with us today and catch the peak autumn colors.

3 Great Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors

As Duluth dons its fall colors, visitors and locals alike rush outdoors to witness the splendor. Many choose the wonderful hiking and biking trails, while others opt for a winding drive through the landscape or a day long train excursion. All are great ways to see the landscape bursting with the hues of autumn.

Duluth hiking trails are always beautiful but they are at their most magical during fall. Right outside our door find the lovely Lakewalk Fall Foliage at Middle Gooseberry Fallsalong the shores of Lake Superior. This paved pedestrian and bike trail leads to the picturesque Rose Garden and Leif Erikson parks. However be sure to make time to explore the charming gardens at the Glensheen Mansion. Another nearby trail is the one at Sandy Park Point and has breathtaking 360 degree views of Lake Superior.  For more great views also explore Enger Park, and climb the five story Enger Tower for beautiful panoramic views. For a short hike walk the Lester Park Trail, a gentle wooded trail with views of the lovely Lester River. While experienced hikers can challenge themselves on the Superior Hiking Trail.

To get a grander view of the scenery around Duluth consider a dayFall Foliage at Split Rock Lighthouse driving one of the two scenic highways. The Duluth Skyline Parkway has stunning lake views and amazing trails to explore. Begin your journey at Enger Park then stop at Chester Park and the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. The charming extension called “The Seven Bridges Road” is worth the extra time. The North Shore Drive hugs cliffs and beaches providing stunning views of Lake Superior. Popular stops on the route include the enchanting Gooseberry Falls, Iona’s Beach, and Split Rock Lighthouse.

Fall Foliage along Train TracksFor an all day fall excursion book a North Shore Fall Color Train Tours along Lake Superior on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. This 6 hour tour invites guest to relax as they travel to historic towns and watch the fall scenery go by. The trip includes a two hour stop in Two Harbors to stretch your legs and get a bite to eat. It’s a wonderful carefree way to spend the day.

The intense color of the season is fleeting, and that’s what makes it so special. Visit Duluth before the brilliant colors begin to fade.  Reserve your room today at the Solglimt B&B for a tranquil autumn vacation.