The impending trip home is bringing up so many emotions. The difficulty of moving here, the process of what we have been through since April until now… the process of where this is all going, finding a home, possibly a new school. There is so much to decide. So much on our minds.
But for now, I get to go home. I get my lake, my flannel shirts… Changing leaves and our beautiful Superior Hiking Trails. Craft beer, pumpkin spice everything and the feeling of fall that goes with it. I get the best trail runs in the Midwest, and the hopeful possibility of seeing those aurora borealis.
Here are my personal picks as to why you should make Duluth your destination…
Superior Hiking Trail: 310 miles of mixed terrain, scenic and well-marked hiking trails running from Jay Cooke State Park to the Canadian border. Views of Lake Superior, the Sawtooth Mountains, and the now-infamous swinging bridge that was rebuilt after being wiped out in the 2012 flood. Back-country campsites, a free shuttle service and historic sites line the trail. It’s easy enough to knock out a few miles of some of the best hiking around. A few of my favorite sections include Ely’s Peak, Magney Snivley, and Gooseberry Falls.
Craft Beer: Minnesota brews have blown up the scene the last few years and Duluth has been on and ahead of the curve! Bent Paddle Brewery, Fitger’s, Canal Park Brewing Company, Castle Danger just to name a few of my favorites. All have crazy amazing recipes on tap, brew tours and taprooms to enjoy… and most cater with local food trucks.
Canal Park and Park Point: Canal Park is a well-known favorite of tourists and locals alike. Peppered with amazing restaurants, local shops – Duluth Pack is a must! – and coffee shops. It’s not uncommon to see the massive ore boats and industrial ships pass under the famous aerial lift bridge which crosses onto Park Point. Park Point is a stunning destination, one of the world’s largest sandbars that extends down the world’s greatest fresh water and you can see Wisconsin across the bay. The 4-mile round trip hike to the tip harbors an old Army corps boat house, lighthouse ruins and with the Sky Harbor Airport on site, it’s a guarantee to see float planes up close.
Dive Bars and Burgers: Gordy’s is great and all, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Anchor Bar burgers, Gronks, 7 West, or Billy’s Bar. The more run down the better and bring on the grease! You can feel your arteries clogging after the first 2 bites.
All in all, I’m looking forward to just being home! I’m sure I’ll have plenty to recap, but follow me on Instagram (@thefermentedsole) for all the goodies in the mean time!