Every year, a couple of my friends from high school and I try to plan a quick get away. We’ve been to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Stillwater, Minnesota, and Galena, Illinois. This year, we decided to check out Duluth, Minnesota.
Duluth is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from where I live, so it was a reasonable drive. I rode with one of my friends, and we met the third friend up there. We ended up hitting the road just before one, so we were able to get there with some time to look around and then grab some dinner.
This year, instead of a hotel, we rented a place through vbro. The place was super adorable, and gave us a nice amount of space for the three of us. In the future, I’ll think we will stick to rentals instead of hotels.
Once we got settled, we headed out to do a little exploring. Our first stop was some shopping at the Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace, a warehouse built in 1909 now converted to house shops, restaurants, and businesses.
From there, we went over to the Vikre Distillery, where we had some cocktails and appetizers while we decided on a place for dinner.
Ultimately, we ended up at Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar. The food was delicious. After our late dinner, we headed back to the rental. We enjoyed some wine, watched The Great British Baking Show, and caught up with each other.
The next morning, we grabbed breakfast at a place called Uncle Loui’s Cafe. It was a busy place, which is always a good sign and we were not disappointed.
We did a little bit of shopping. Duluth has a market of handcrafted goods on the second Saturday of the month, called Nice Girls of the North. We stopped there, stopped at an antique bookstore, and hit up a yarn shop, Yarn Harbor. It was a nice yarn store, and I left with three new skeins of yarn (I know, I’m not supposed to be buying yarn, but I’ve been so good).
We then went over to the annual Taste of Duluth Festival. We shopped the booths and had a couple drinks. The weather was super hot, so we cooled off at an Irish Pub.
After the pub, we stopped at the Leif Erickson Park & Rose Garden. It was beautiful!
We finished up the afternoon with some more shopping before having dinner at Pickwick Restaurant & Pub. The restaurant had beautiful views and a true supper club feel. The food was excellent as well. We then settled in for another quiet evening at the rental.
The next morning, before heading back, we made time for breakfast at Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe. This was my favorite restaurants of the weekend, the food was excellent. After breakfast, we did a little more shopping and then headed back home.
It was a fantastic weekend, and a great opportunity to catch up with some old friends. Duluth, as a destination, did not disappoint.