The four-seasons of Duluth, Minnesota have much to offer all types of travelers. Listed below are a few of the many attractions, festivals, and outdoor adventures that our guests enjoy when staying at the Ellery House in Duluth. Rest assured, after a day of exploring all that Duluth and the North Shore have to offer, you will love coming home to privacy, comfort, pampering, fireplaces and soaking tubs.
Eagles Nest Massage Therapy
Twin Ports Night Life
Fit in Duluth
Visit Duluth Events
Area Golf Courses
Duluth Birding Report at (218) 728-5030
Lake Superior Museum and Scenic Railroad
Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra
Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra schedule
Duluth News Tribune entertainment information
Saint Louis County Heritage and Arts ~ The Depot
For a comprehensive list of events, please visit the Duluth Convention and Visitors Website. Here are a few favorites to consider…
Bayfront Blues Festival – The first weekend in August, Blues lovers from around the world descend on Duluth for a long weekend of outdoor blues performances, Book Early!
Grandma’s Marathon – This world-famous June marathon starts in Two Harbors and runs along Lake Superior ending in Canal Park. Come to participate or come to watch this amazing race. Reserve early!
John Beargrease Sled Dog Race – Bring warm clothes and be there for the start of this exciting event held in January.
NorthShore Inline Marathon – This race, held every September, brings top-notch and novice skaters to Duluth to compete.
Birdwatching - Enjoy the Spring Bird Festival, or come in the fall to help count hawks at Hawk Ridge where migrating birds follow the shoreline of Duluth before spreading out.
Concerts/Theatre – Duluth offers performances by the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra as well as various performers at the DECC, outdoor concerts at Chester Bowl and the Glensheen Mansion.
Night Life – Come listen to musicians at the Blue Note Café, Sir Benedicts, Beaner’s Central, Amazing Grace and Fitger’s Brewhouse. There are even free movies at Leif Erickson Park during the summer and fall. Check out Twin Ports Night Life for listings on nightlife, restaurants, concerts and more!
While in Duluth, consider taking a tour of Glensheen Mansion, Duluth’s most famous waterfront mansion, the Duluth Aquarium. The Maritime Museum, Karpeles Manuscript Museum. The Tweed Museum of Art, The Depot Museum, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, The Rose Gardens, The Lake Walk, and self-guided tours of Duluth’s Historic East End Mansion District.
Get up early and hit the greens. For more information on Golf Courses, please visit www.visitduluth.com.
WINTER SPORTS & ACTIVITIES:
Duluth is a winter wonderland – a place that will spark a new interest in winter activities and the realization that Duluth is a fabulous YEAR-ROUND destination!
Weather & Snow Conditions details:
Skiing/Snowboarding - Avid downhill skiers and snowboarders will want to check out the five ski areas that are all within driving distance from the Ellery House.
Spirit Mountain (800 642-6377) 5 chairlifts and 24 runs. 22 km of wooded cross-country ski trails, double tracked with skating lanes. Snowshoe rentals available for backcountry area. One of the best hills in the state with gorgeous views of Lake Superior.
Giants Ridge (800 688-7669) 50 miles from Duluth with 6 chairlifts and 34 runs, Giants Ridge prides itself on having exquisitely groomed trails including more than 60 km of cross-country ski trails and the six-foot-wide “Sleeping Giant” snowshoe trail that winds through the scenic Superior National Forest.
Lutsen Mountain (218 663-7281)1 00 miles from Duluth with 7 chairlifts and 88 runs. 27 km of cross-country ski trails and a backcountry trail system for snowshoeing. Awesome views and the best mountain skiing in the Midwest.
Chester Bowl (218 724-9832) 1 chairlift and 3 runs. Operated by Duluth Parks and Recreation and surrounded by cross-country ski trails.
Mont du Lac (218 626-3797) 7 miles from Duluth with 1 chairlift and 7 runs. Affordable lift ticket prices and easygoing runs make it a great place to practice your moves before tackling the tougher hills.
The North Shore Trail - 146 mile natural surface trail from Duluth to Grand Marais winds its way through the forests behind the outer bluffs, overlooks Lake Superior, and provides access to some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery in Minnesota.
The Willard Munger State Trail - collection of multiple use trails between Hinckley and Duluth with interconnecting trails highlighting the picturesque scenery and rich history of East Central Minnesota.
Duluth Cross Town Trail - West Ride the skyline ridge, around Spirit Mountain and on the trail behind the zoo leading to the Willard Munger State Trail.
Snowmobile from Lester Park into the Hawk Ridge Valley and city forests to the start of the North Shore State Trail.
Taft Trail - A popular local trail that leaves the North Shore State Trail 14 miles north of Duluth and heads west to Island & Fish Lakes.
Pequaywan Lake Trail - Leaves the North Shore State Trail about 20 miles north of Duluth, heads north into the Cloquet Valley State Forest and connects with the State Trail.
Two Harbors Corridor Trail - Ride the ten mile from Two Harbors to the State Trail.
Cross Country Ski Trails
As owners of the Ellery House, we can offer first-hand information about the best Cross Country trails as we are avid skiers ourselves. We keep a selection of trail maps at the inn. Duluth has over 100K of groomed trails within driving distance. Experience the peace and quiet of wooded trails and the breathtaking views of Lake Superior and the St. Louis River Valley.
Note: The Minnesota Ski Pass is $3/day or $10/year for city-maintained trails. Ski resorts offer Nordic passes at a nominal price.
Snowflake Nordic Center – 15 km of expertly groomed trails, a biathlon range and a cozy chalet.
Chester Bowl – 3km, hilly terrain for advanced skiers and racers.
Hartley Trail - 5 km, gentle, meandering trail inner trail and challenging outer trail.
Lester-Amity Trail - 15 km varied terrain through pine, aspen, and birch forests. An add’l 3 km circles the Lester Park Golf Course, excellent for beginners.
Magney-Snively Trail – 14 km remote old-growth hardwood forest. Rugged terrain for intermediate and advanced. Magnificent views of St. Louis River and Duluth Harbor.
Piedmont Trail – 5 km perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers. Double-tracked trail through birch and hardwood forest with beautiful overlooks.
Western Waterfront Trail – The Munger Inn grooms this 2-mile trail for classical skiing. Excellent for beginners.
Korkki Nordic Ski Center – 11 km of easy to difficult single-tracked, classic groomed trails. Gorgeous woods. Warming cabin with wood burning stove maintained by volunteers.
Boulder Lake Management Area – 21 km of classic and 8 km of skating style skiing trails for beginner to advanced. Well maintained trails, warming hut with hot cider and coffee is open sunrise to sunset.
Jay Cooke State Park - 27 km groomed trails for all skill levels. Scenic St. Louis River views. Jay Cooke is one of Minnesota’s most pristine parks.
Superior Municipal Cross Country Trails – 36 km of skating and classical trails on the Wisconsin side of the St. Louis River. All levels. Conditions permitting, you can ski across the St Louis River from the Water front Trail to these trails.
Gooseberry Falls State Park – 22 km of trails from easy to challenging meander through the woods and past waterfalls. Gorgeous view of Lake Superior.
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park– 13 km double-tracked intermediate to difficult trails along Lake Superior and around Day Hill.
Park Point Recreation Area Peaceful, gorgeous, at the end of Park Point.
Kingsbury Creek Trail/Lake Superior Zoo Snowshoe through the Fairmount Park area, up the trail and through the zoo.
Lester Park Snowshoe along Lester River and through the park and adjacent golf course.
Boulder Lake Management Area Northern shore of the reservoir as well as across the frozen lake. Wind can sometimes be a factor.
Jay Cooke State Park Trekkers must keep off groomed ski and snow machine trails, but can blaze trails or follow trails that are packed and marked for snowshoeing. Jay Cooke Park rents snowshoes.
Skis & snowshoes Continental Ski & Board 218 728-4466.
The Skihut 218 724-8525
Snowflake Nordic Center 218 726-1550
Jay Cooke Park Rents snowshoes only.
Snowmobiles: Twin Ports Recreation & Rental Inc. 715-392-5967
Their page links to Minnesota and Wisconsin DNR trail maps and trail condition reports. Their rentals include helmets as well as trailers.