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.
Lovely Fall Walks in Duluth
Not far from our front door are lovely walks to enjoy the fall season’s beauty. Plan a day strolling down the Lakewalk and soak up the views of Lake Superior’s shoreline. The walk will lead you to the Leif Erikson Park and Rose Garden where you can stretch out on the lawn or wind your way through the gardens. Further down the walk you will come to the historic Glensheen Mansion overlooking the lake. Here you can explore the 12-acre grounds with diverse gardens and quaint stone bridges. There are many tour options of the exquisite 39-room mansion, but a $5 fee will allow you to roam the grounds all day.
Also nearby is Enger Park and Twin Ponds, a must see for autumn colors. This 130-acre park is a forest retreat nestled in Duluth’s lively downtown. Climb the five story Enger Tower and you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the dazzling foliage. Also take the time to explore the park, which includes a Japanese rock garden. Within the rock garden is the Peace Bell Tower, a gift from Duluth’s sister city, Oh Ara, Japan. And if you’re looking for a longer hike, pick up the Superior Hiking Trail here and immerse yourself in the lush forests.
Scenic Fall Foliage Drives
Experience the complete fall foliage adventure by taking a scenic drive on our winding byways. They will lead you to historic lighthouses, trails to waterfalls, and breathtaking vistas. These two gorgeous drives include all the natural beauty our fall season has to offer.
The Duluth Skyline Parkway is 25-miles of amazing scenery and fun recreational activities. It runs Northeast to Southwest of our location. The mid-point at Enger Park is a great place to begin your journey. After taking in the expansive views from the top of the tower, drive northeast to Chester Park. Here, you’ll find great views of Lake Superior and lovely hikes along the Chester Creek. Then, continue your drive and stop at the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve. In addition to beautiful views and hiking trails, it is the home of the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. They provide public education programs during the fall migration of the majestic raptors. Beyond Hawks Ridge the Skyline has an extension known as Seven Bridges Road. This quiet countryside road meanders through golden birch forests and over beautiful stone bridges that cross the tranquil Amity Creek.
Our other scenic treasure is the North Shore Drive on Highway 61. Along this 142-mile drive you will have sparkling Lake Superior on one side and radiant forests on the other. There are countless places to stop and take in the views. However, Gooseberry Falls has the well deserved title of the most popular state park in Minnesota. Here, enjoy the brilliant foliage while strolling to the enchanting falls. Next, explore the unique Iona’s Beach covered in smooth pink rhyolite pebbles alongside dark cliffs of gray basalt. While taking in the lakeside views listen for the magical tinkling sounds of the rocks tumbling in the waves. Further up the road is Split Rock Lighthouse and state park that has waterfall hikes and magnificent overlooks. And don’t miss the dramatic view, from the cobblestone beach, of the lighthouse atop a 130-foot cliff. Then enjoy a fascinating tour of the century-old lighthouse.
The Solglimt Bed and Breakfast on Park Point is the perfect central location from which to enjoy Duluth’s spectacular fall foliage this Autumn. Start your day with our gourmet breakfast served on our deck overlooking Lake Superior, then visit our parks and forests during the intense foliage season. Our fall colors peak between mid-September to late-October, so book your stay with us soon.