It’s been an unusual few months for everyone and I hope you and yours are doing well.
We’ve been keeping busy here at the Superior Inn. We just had our sauna refinished and it looks great. We also had the trees that were unfortunately damaged during the big winter storm last year removed.
The summer weather has rolled in and I’ve been getting a lot of outdoor projects done. Hopefully, this wonderful weather keeps up and we’ll have a great summer while still keeping safe and healthy!
Whew, what a heatwave! Here in the Twin Ports, we’ve been having days around 40ºF, which have been absolutely wonderful. While I don’t trust the spring-like weather not to get cold again just yet, that doesn’t stop me from getting to work on the usual spring projects. At the Inn, we’re going to be doing some painting both indoors and out once the snow melts (which might not be until April—knowing how things go around here).
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra is a long-standing love of mine and they are celebrating the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven all month long and taking his music on tour! You can check them out at pubs and breweries all around the area or see the concert at the DECC Symphony Hall on March 21st.
We’ve officially made it a full month into 2020, and with all these snowstorms I feel like I’m living out Groundhog Day every time I have to clear my driveway. And to think, we get an extra day of February this year!
It doesn’t take long to get sick of the wintry weather (if you’re not sick of it already!) and you start trying to think of things to do indoors. There’s always Vertical Endeavors for some rock climbing or Planet3 trampoline park for active folks.
Escape rooms have gotten very popular, and as it happens the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center is hosting a weekend full of them called Escape the Bong! With multiple historic themed rooms, it’s sure to be a fun few days.
After a blustery Thanksgiving week, December has arrived! This kind of weather makes me want to stay home where it’s nice and toasty and settle in with a good book. However, bundling up and braving the elements is not without its payoffs.
My family will be staying here at the Superior Inn while they’re in town to visit and we plan to check out Duluth’s Winter Village at Glensheen. Local vendors gather on the grounds where folks can shop, eat, enjoy some hot cocoa, and make s’mores while taking in the sights. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon while supporting local businesses.
As the temperature starts to drop, here in the Northland we start getting ready for the inevitable snow (if it hasn’t come already of course!). It’s only a matter of time until we here at the Superior Inn will be hosting folks visiting for hockey, snocross, ice fishing, and other winter sports and activities.
I get ready for the cold by picking the last of the apples on my tree before the deer get them, and harvesting what’s left of my garden before the deep frost.
It’s also time to start getting ready for the holiday season, which always seems to come so fast. The Christmas City of the North Parade is on Friday, November 22 this year. And, the ever-popular Bentleyville Tour of Lights opens the following day, November 23. So, if you’re in town for Thanksgiving, or any other holiday and are looking for something to do that is always a great choice.
The leaves are changing quickly here in the Twin Ports, which can only mean one thing: Fall is officially here!
Most folks come to the Northland this time of year to enjoy the gorgeous colors on the North Shore, which is always fun. You can even take a day-long ride on the North Shore Scenic Railroad to check those out if you don’t want to do the drive yourself.
If you’re like me, you love the spooky part of the season. The Underground is putting on performances of Dracula at the Duluth Playhouse.
Additionally, Glensheen Mansion is once again hosting their 21+ Flashlight tours at the end of the month.
Of course, for more kid-friendly events, I recommend Boo at the Zoo – an annual favorite at Lake Superior Zoo.
The best month in the Northland begins with a long weekend and crisp autumn air. It’s the perfect time of year to pull out your sweaters and join friends around a campfire.
Superior hosts the GREAT NORTHERN CLASSIC RODEO the first weekend of the month. It’ll be a weekend full of bull riding, mutton bustin, and even a watermelon crawl!
Also this month you can check out the Harvest Fest. It showcases local foods and many different vendors.
And one of the best reasons to visit the Duluth/Superior area this season is for the FALL COLORS! You can track the changing of the leaves with this handy tool provided by the MN Department of Natural Resources.
August is the busiest month of the year at the Superior Inn (and every other hotel in Duluth/Superior). We try to make sure that every room is in tip-top shape and the staff is well trained.
There are several events that occur every August.
The Blues Festival takes place at Bayfront Festival Park on the weekend of August 9-11, 2019.
The Dragon Boat Festival is co-sponsored by Superior Rotary and Harbortown Rotary. It takes place on the fourth weekend of the month—August 23-24—at Barker’s Island. If you can’t assemble a team of 22 people to fill a boat, there are lots of opportunities for single paddlers to help round out one of the teams.
Festival of Sail is in Duluth for three fun-filled days, August 11-13. Join us on the shores of the world’s Greatest Lake for Festival of Sail Duluth 2019. It’s a three-day party full of music, food, historic ships from around the world, and the world’s largest rubber duck!
I have been thinking a lot about customer feedback. The trend has been for folks to write reviews sometimes long after their stay. As a longtime hotel owner, I would like to recommend that you talk to the staff right away if something isn’t going the way you expected. This will allow you to get immediate action.
July kicks off with 4th of July festivities. Make sure you are in a good place to watch the fireworks (which usually start at 10:10 p.m.).
A fun event to attend is All Pints North. The number of micro-breweries in the area has increased year after year. Duluth wanted to be known as the Craft Brew Capitol of Minnesota and I think they have achieved it. The wonderful Lake Superior water has helped draw these businesses here.
Don’t forget you can always get some good food and drink in Superior at both Thirsty Pagan (pizza) and the Anchor Bar (burgers).