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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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.
Duluth 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.
Some 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, 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.
Thoughts 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 US” by 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.
Begin 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 →
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.