A travel journal
to Duluth by g3
Quote: This local nickname for Duluth is a stretch, I can assure you, since I've lived in both cities. But there are enough similarities; the steep, inclined streets, the magnificent views of the water, both cities' economic dependence on two industries: shipping and tourism. The differences are obvious. While San Francisco is a cosmopolitan, international city, Duluth is a classic upper midwestern, industrial port town that, until recently, had seen better days. Thanks to tourism and the city's beautiful natural surroundings, those better days are on their way back. It may never be San Francisco, but with its unique geography and interesting activities, maybe it doesn't need to be.
During the fall, check out Hawkridge which is located just north of the city. This seemingly remote location is in town and is THE place to watch migrating birds as they head south from Canada for the winter. Hawks, eagles and others follow the northern shore line of the lake and then spread out along their migratory routes. The Audubon Society has counters here throughout the fall and there are always amateur bird watchers around to provide information.
The food is better than the typical 'pub grub' and the menu offers a large variety, from burgers to vegetarian. My favorites include their chili, the 'California Chicken sandwich as well as their Black Bean Burrito served with Blue Corn Chips.
Regardless of what you eat, the real star here is the beer, which is brewed on premise. The varieties are frequently updated and almost always feature a seasonal variety. My favorite is Witchtree ESB, a full-bodied amber.
Fitger's features live music most nights of the week and takes care of the die-hards with Grateful Dead night once a week.
NOTE: Duluth recently passed a city ordinance banning smoking in restaurants until after 8PM unless the smoking section is in a room with its own ventilation. Great news for non-smokers, not so good for smokers.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2001
600 East Superior Street
Duluth, Minnesota 5802
New Scenic Cafe
5461 North Shore Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55804
The Chippewa called this place Shaga-wa-mik, or 'narrow point of land." To get here, cross over the Lift Bridge in Canal Park and start driving. Actually, as soon as you cross over the bridge, you are on Park Point but the recreation area is about three miles east past the residential section. Park at the local airport and take the gravel road to the left. This is the trailhead which leads you at to the eastern most tip of the Point and the Superior Entry. The beach and its beautiful dunes are on your left and the mouth of the St Louis and Nemadji rivers flow into the natural harbor on the right.
The terrain is open and sandy, reminding me of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. You are likely to find strawberries, blueberries and raspberries growing wild in the summer but all seasons have their own unique beauty here. I particularly like the winter when the Great Lake has frozen into jagged ice berg like formations along the shore line and the beach is covered in snow. Boomer, my dog, and I can walk for hours in the peace and solitude of this place, enjoying the uniqueness of its geography and beauty.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2001
Park Point Recreation Area
across the Lift Bridge from Duluth
The Chester Creek Trail is a 2.2 mile round trip that can be entered from the top at Skyline Boulevard bridge under Chester Bowl or else at the bottom across from Whole Foods Co-op at the intersection of 4th and 15th. This is a serious hill, so either way you will spend a mile going up and a mile going down. The trail runs both sides of the creek, so you have the choice of returning along a different trail than you come in on.
Much of the trail is maintained by the food co-op and has wood chips neatly spread upon it, but the steeper sections can be muddy--hiking boots recommended. The trail has much to offer in terms of scenery with the creek forming into numerous cascades and waterfalls along the way. Located just below the 8th street bridge (remember, this scenic park is actually loacted in the city limits) is a particularly deep section of the ravine and the trail is over a hundred feet above the creek.
During the summer, there are free concerts in the Bowl on Tuesday nights and in the winter, you can watch (or try?) ski jumping. The Bowl is also a popular mountain biking destination and has a 3K x-country loop for the community to enjoy. Chester Bowl is just one more example of what makes Dukuth an outdoor enthusiast's year round mecca.
Intersection of 4th Street & 15th Avenue East