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The People and the Place

From budget-friendly family activities to hidden waterfalls to recommendations from locals, check out our blog for trip ideas and to learn more about what makes Duluth so special. 

Dustin Heckman stands in the Glensheen

Faces of Duluth: Dustin Heckman of the Glensheen Mansion

When it comes to iconic Duluth landmarks, it’s hard not to think of Glensheen Mansion. Situated right on Great Lake Superior, this historical destination has been preserved for visitors to enjoy both inside and out – no matter the season.

We talked with Dustin Heckman, director at Glensheen, about what drew him to the mansion, and what continues to draw visitors year after year, especially during the holidays.

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empty hockey arena at DECC

Duluth Shines on the Silver Screen: See the Sights of “Merry Kiss Cam”

Duluth has brought the most recent spotlight to the North Star State with Hulu’s new original holiday movie, “Merry Kiss Cam,” which was both filmed and set in Duluth. Live a day in the life of the movie’s main characters Jess Woods, a local artist, and Danny Carmody, a local bar owner, with this self-guided tour of the sights featured in this holiday love story.

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Bentleyville at night

How to Bentleyville

If you’re planning a trip to Bentleyville this season with your family, significant other, friends or solo, we have a few top tips to help you keep those joyful sleigh bells ringing the entire time you’re in Duluth.

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Nathan Bentley, in Duluth, in mid-October, four weeks into Bentleyville setup

Faces of Duluth: Nathan Bentley

Dubbed the “Christmas City of the North,” Duluth transforms into a holiday wonderland with events and festivities at every turn. At the center of Duluth’s holiday festivities is Bentleyville Tour of Lights, located in Bayfront Festival Park along the shores of Lake Superior, featuring “America’s Largest Free Walk-Through Lighting Display.” It all started with one person – Nathan Bentley – who pulled out all the stops to decorate his home with holiday lights 19 years ago. Nathan took a moment to share more about what he calls his “out-of-control hobby” that is Bentleyville, and how visitors can enjoy all the season has to offer in Duluth.

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two women sit in a sauna in winter

What the Hygge: Embracing Cozy in Duluth

When it comes to Duluth, the hygge vibes are strong. But what exactly is hygge? In short, it’s a Danish concept that encompasses the feeling of embracing life’s pleasures, especially those that are cozy and rejuvenating.

For travelers looking to get hygge with it, Duluth is the destination. To help inspire your next cozy stay, here are some ideas to make the most of your relaxing getaway.

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