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I haven't made any jewelry for several weeks because I traveled to Minnesota with my husband and son. My son moved there to start a new chapter of his life and we helped with the relocation. I knew very little about Duluth except that it is cold there in the winter. I discovered it is cold in the "spring" there too--just not as cold. When we arrived at the end of April, there were still traces of snow on the ground. That got my attention!
I also new that Bob Dylan was born in Duluth and when he was about 16 or 17 years old, he went to hear his idle Buddy Holly play at the Duluth National Guard Armory which is still there today.
Before going there I did some reading to discover more about Duluth and found that it is a major port city in Minnesota and has a population of 86,110. Situated on the north shore of Lake Superior at the westernmost point of the Great Lakes, Duluth is accessible to oceangoing vessels from the Atlantic Ocean 2,300 miles away via the Great Lakes Waterway and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Around the start of the 20th century, the city's port passed New York City and Chicago in gross tonnage handled, making it the leading port in the United States.
I had been told that Duluth has great food and beer. There are over half dozen breweries in Duluth. I am not a huge beer drinker but I did sample a few and they were tasty. There are a variety of restaurants here. We ate at a few of the most popular in our short stay.
Pickwick Restaurant and Pub
We had to visit a ribs joint and we picked out the newly opened OMC Smokehouse. OMC stands for Oink Moo Cluck. Too cute! The menu featured items like pulled pork, grass-fed beef brisket, St. Louis style ribs and Nashville hot chicken (fried and spicy). They also carried beer from a local distillery.
Black Woods Grill and Bar is another great spot to get a great meal. I was very impressed to read that Brad Pitt and Rory Gilmore were a few notables who are there.
Downtown Duluth's waterfront has a 3.5 mile sky walk that allows walkers to travel in climate controller comfort to movies, shops, restaurants, etc. We were glad to escape the 40 degree and heavy. I love seeing the old buildings and homes from the turn of the century.
A visit to Canal Park along Lake Superior is a must. On the way you can enjoy the natural beauty of the lake. You can also view an image wall with mosaics based on photographs from Duluth's waterfront history.
|Canal Park, Duluth|
In the heart of Canal Park, set against the majestic Aerial Lift Bridge, is a Great Lakes vessel from 1930's. Despite carrying iron ore and coal for 40 years through treacherous storms, the William A. Irvin remains in pristine condition today and you can tour through it.
|Spirit Bay Trading Company|
Every time i visit a new place, I always try to find a bead shop and stop in to buy some beads. I love to create my own souvenirs. I found a gem in Duluth in the Canal Park area. The Spirit Bay Trading Company supports local (and USA made) businesses and artisans. The carry products inspired by the northwoods and nature.
Even though I was only in Duluth for a long weekend, I got a real feel for the town and hope I get to return there. It definitely has a strong arts scene that I would like to explore.