RE: RE: What's it like?
As other people said before, it can get really cold, and yes sometimes it feels like you are getting cabin fever, but again it all depends on the person. I've found that people who either were born or grew up in Duluth have an easier time with the cold. I've lived there since I was 3, (I'm in Iowa right now for college,) but I know that I want to raise my family in Duluth. Yes it gets cold, but Duluth is one of the best cities in Minnesota for winter sports and activities in my opinion. No, it's not a big city like Minneapolis/St.Paul, but there are still gems here and there that can be found where you can go to have a good time. The lakefront tourist area is actually one of my favorite places to hang out, but I don't think I've ever been by the lake itself in the winter, too cold. And there have been several expansions and additions to both the lakefront and Duluth's downtown. So if you like to stay inside but still have a social life, there are several places that you can go. Fitger's Brewery Complex on Superior St. has a bar/restaurant called the Brewhouse, and most of the beer that they serve are microbrews made right there. There is also Pizza Luce on Superior St. and Lake Ave., where there are usually bands at night, and a seperate bar from the restaraunt as well as a bakery. On the lakefront, there is of course the DECC where you can go a hockey game, a symphony concert, or even a movie or an omni showing at the Omnimas or Duluth 10. There are also several restaurants, a few antique shops (which are some of my favorite spots in Duluth,) and several cafes where you can go in and warm up if you need to. (Amazing Grace, Blue Note Cafe, and Caribou Coffee are just a few.) Blue Note Cafe also has a salsa dancing night from 9-12/1 every other Friday night, which I would highly recommend. Up by the mall there are of course lot's of stores, restaurants, and bars, but it usually is snowier up there, but the lake can of course be weird and decide to change things around on us. And any given weekend you can go and find some hockey tournament at the dozens of public rinks all over the city. Duluth is definately a hockey town. University of Minnesota Duluth always has exceptional hockey teams for both the men and women, and several of the members on the Dream Team were from Minnesota, and a few of them were Duluthians or had attended UMD in college. There is also a public skating rink,(besides the pleasure rinks where all the hockey rinks are,) down at the lakefront across from the DECC(Duluth Entertainment Convention Center,) complete with lights, a warming shack, and a sizable parking lot. So, if you know where to look, there are almost always things to do in Duluth, no matter how cold it is.