The rooms are large and there is a lot to do without ever leaving the buidling. There are art, book and other tourist stores connected to the hotel which is a former brewery. At night there are several really hopping bars down in the basement for all ages and persuasions and most have live music.
The only downside is that their "breakfast bar" in the mornnig is able to sustain life and that is about it. Don't look for good food in the a.m.
Duluth is often a difficult place to just "grab a room" on the fly. Because of the seasonal volume of tourists, rooms are often booked up well in advance. If you are a bit more savvy and don't mind driving a few miles, there are many "mom and pop" motels at more reasonable prices further along the north shore. However, these often fill up fast as well. Most are not advertised on the web.
Hotels are my one and only real complaint
about the Duluth area. In my opinion, most of them are waaaaayyyy too expensive (particularily the "revamped" ones) if
all you want is a good night's sleep and a
hot shower after a busy day of sightseeing. I personally have a tough time advocating spending $100 and up a night when I only need a bed and bathroom. However, obviously people are still filling the rooms up in tourist season. Rates tend to moderate a little in some hotels after the middle of October, but you are entering a month where winter can and sometimes does make itself known.
I encourage you to shop around, plan early, and ask about specials if you are bringing a family. Otherwise accomodations could eat into your budget rather quickly.
Cove Point Lodge is a resort on the shore of Lake Superior near Beaver Bay. All rooms face the lake, and are nicely appointed.
There is a swimming pool. Also, all rooms face the lake for an excellent view. There are canoes available to use as well as bocce ball etc.
There is also a restaurant on the premises.
There is also access from the resort to the Superior Hiking Trail, a great hiking opportunity.
There are 14 Mountain Villa's on Spirit Mountain. They are condo like accomodations, all with two bedrooms, two baths and a full kitchen/dining plus a living room with pullout sofa bed. They can accomodate up to six people and allow you to do some of your own cooking also. They are completely furnished with towels, cooking utensils and bedding and all tv's, some with vcr's. Most have fireplaces (for winter skiing) and some have jacuzzi's. They also have wrap around decks with full length glass windows throughout. Most are also equipped with gas grills.
Enjoy morning coffee on your deck overlooking the St. Louis Harbor, or grill a steak for dinner. There is a magnificent view from the villa's and they are pretty reasonably priced considering they will accomodate up to six! Plus, you can do a lot of your own cooking, if you wish too.
Indian Point Campground is located in West Duluth across from the Lake Superior Zoo and right next to the start of the Willard Munger Trail. It is on a penninsula, surrounded on three sides by the St. Louis River. It is a beautiful, parklike setting and is kept up nicely. They have about 50 sites, around 10 full hookups that are drive thru sites and the others are mostly just electric.
This is our favorite place to camp in Duluth as it is right in town yet is so peaceful and serene. There is a bath house with coin operated showers and flush toilets; a laundry room; and a camp store with coffee, light groceries, snacks, ice and firewood. They also rent paddleboats and canoes. There is no pool or beach but there is a small playground for the kids. The price is $24 for a full hookup.
Duluth is a place to relax and take things slow. It's a quaint town that screams, "B & B."
My advice is to find a bed and breakfast or a cabin along the North Shore of Lake Superior. If you're coming in the summer time, be sure to book well in advance. Check out the website below.
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