Why Visit Duluth?!

Why Visit Duluth?  Winter or summer, the city has something for everyone….

Duluth’s visitor’s and convention bureau, Visit Duluth, is seeking photos for its 2015 Visitor Guide.  These were a few of my favorites from the past year or two which are just a small sampling of why the Lake Superior City of Duluth should be on everyone’s vacation destination list.

The summer arts and crafts fair at Glensheen (taking a year off in 2014 as construction wraps up on the grounds) creates a stunning shopping venue.

Art Fair at Glensheen Mansion ~ Duluth, MN

If you  need a break from shopping, you can grab a seat on one of the benches and rest a bit while enjoying Glensheen’s beautiful gardens.

Glensheen Mansion gardens ~ Duluth, MN

For a different seating option, the contrasting whites and blues at Brighton Beach in the winter invite you to sit and ponder the Lake awhile.

Winter scene on Brighton Beach ~ Duluth, MN

And for wintertime shopping, Canal Park is full of unique shops.

Canal Park ~ Duluth, MN

On the far eastern end of the city, the mouth of the Lester River provides a peaceful spot to watch the moon rise over Lake Superior.

Monnrise on Lake Superior ~ Duluth, MN

Once the sun is down and moon is up, Lester Park’s lit ski trails are just across Highway 61, with an extensive trail system day or night for cross-country skiing.

Lester Park Ski Trails ~ Duluth, MN

But, come Spring, the ice breaker is a welcome sight as the Lake’s waters open and shipping (and duck and goose) traffic begins!

U.S. Coast Guard ice cutter on Lake Superior in Duluth, MN

If you travel to the western end of the City, you can find the Lake Superior Zoo, where the peacocks provide a colorful show as they strut around the grounds.

Peacock at Duluth's Lake Superior Zoo

And if you happened to visit the Zoo last year, you may have been fortunate enough to catch a glance of not one, but two, baby Angolan colobus monkeys.

Lake Superior Zoo's Angolan colobus monkey

Spring gives way to Summer, and that means it is time for a Portland Malt Shoppe treat, while you enjoy the Lakewalk.

A malt from the Portland Malt Shoppe in Duluth, MN

Duluth is bursting with opportunities for residents and visitors alike.  If you have not had the opportunity to explore the City, be sure to add it to your travel list.

Ciao! ~ Kat

Need more information about visiting and exploring Duluth?  Check out Visit Duluth.

Spooktacular! (Travel Theme: Spooky)

It is that time of year again — Duluth’s Glensheen Estate is gearing up for the 3rd Annual Jack O’Lantern Spooktacular! Sharing my post from last year’s event — definitely worth a visit if you have a chance between Thursday, October 24 and Sunday October 27. from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (grounds close at 9:00 p.m.).

Travel. Garden. Eat.

Beautiful Glensheen mansionin Duluth, Minnesota hosted its second annual “Jack O’Lantern Spooktacular” last weekend.  The evenings were classic bone-chilling, northern Minnesota fall weather, but they were clear with an almost-full moon for some of the nights of the event, which added to the spooky fun ambience!

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

As you enter the grounds, one of the majestic old trees is lit from below, appearing to stretch its branch fingers to the moon.

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

You are guided by lit pumpkins into the old carriage house, which would be the starting point of your tour if you ever have the chance to take a detailed look at this magnificent property on the shores of Lake Superior.  As you exit the carriage house, you walk along the winding path, and can see Duluth’s aerial lift bridge on Canal Park in the distance.

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

Walking toward the house, a magical sight meets you as you turn to look at Glensheen’s gardens…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

A butterfly in focus against the dreamy backdrop of the gardens of Glensheen Mansion.

Butterfly at Glensheen Mansion's gardens ~ August 2013

Click on any of the photos in the gallery to view them full size.  

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Focus” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

Returning to the Glensheen Arts and Crafts Festival, which was the subject of one of my first blog posts, seemed appropriate as this little blog celebrates its first anniversary! Glensheen is situated on a stunning piece of property on Lake Superior, so as we wandered through the artists’ booths, we made time for a detour down to the water.

Skipping stones along the shores of Lake Superior

No matter how old my boys get, I suspect Lake Superior’s rocky shoreline will always invite a rock-skipping competition.

Skipping stones along the shores of Lake Superior

Thank you to all of you who follow my blog, who take the time to like or comment, and who help make this blogging community a pleasure in which to participate.  I look forward to year two, and hope that you will continue to share your insights and creativity.  It is time well spent.

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” ~ Mary Oliver

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”One Shot, Two Ways” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Spooktacular! (Travel Theme: Spooky)

Beautiful Glensheen mansion in Duluth, Minnesota hosted its second annual “Jack O’Lantern Spooktacular” last weekend.  The evenings were classic bone-chilling, northern Minnesota fall weather, but they were clear with an almost-full moon for some of the nights of the event, which added to the spooky fun ambience!

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

As you enter the grounds, one of the majestic old trees is lit from below, appearing to stretch its branch fingers to the moon.

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

You are guided by lit pumpkins into the old carriage house, which would be the starting point of your tour if you ever have the chance to take a detailed look at this magnificent property on the shores of Lake Superior.  As you exit the carriage house, you walk along the winding path, and can see Duluth’s aerial lift bridge on Canal Park in the distance.

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

Walking toward the house, a magical sight meets you as you turn to look at Glensheen’s gardens and fountain (or at least turn to look at where they would be found in daylight).  My camera was inadequate in capturing the awesome vision!

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

The self-guided pumpkin-lit path leads you briefly through the house, where you have the opportunity to vote on your favorite carved pumpkin.  Then, you walk through the kitchen, where a devilish young woman is pounding pumpkins, and the other pumpkins await their fate — notice the worried and fright-filled expressions of the pumpkin gallery!

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

During the evening’s festivities, you have three opportunities to watch a fire performer (Dave Carlson of Malleable Reality, according to the Spooktacular Facebook page).  You can enjoy a s’more and warm your hands next to the fire pits.

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

You still have time to participate in Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme at Where’s My Backpack?  This week’s theme is “Spooky” which may be interpreted in a variety of ways — click here for more ideas on how to respond to the theme, and to see others’ responses in the comments and pingbacks.

Happy Halloween to all!

Ciao! ~ Kat