lodging in mnLast month we provided five essential reasons to visit nearby Duluth this winter, which can be found here. With New Year’s Eve officially in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start planning your next wintertime getaway to the North Shore! Superior Shores Resort, home to some of the coziest pet-friendly lodging in MN, is only 22 miles from the lively port city of Duluth. As you read last month, Duluth has beautiful city parks, entertaining college athletics, and delicious local cuisine. This month we take a more in-depth look at the five best winter attractions that Duluth has to offer!

5. Lake Superior Zoo

Lake Superior Zoo, located in West Duluth across Grand Avenue from the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad, is one of the premier hidden gems on the North Shore! This quiet zoo features adorable wallabies, an unusually friendly tiger, and a beautiful lynx. But the highlight of this zoo is the Nocturnal Building, home to some of the most bizarre yet cute animals in the world! The Nocturnal Building is blanketed in complete darkness with only red lights. In the dark, you’ll discover African fruit bats, a genet, Pallas’s cat, seven-inch tall burrowing owls, and two heart-melting swift foxes, which only weight approximately five pounds.

4. Enger Tower

lodging in mnDespite being a popular hangout for locals, Enger Tower remains a hidden gem for tourists. Not only is this 80-foot-tall, five-story watchtower a beautiful marvel, but it features the best panoramic views of Duluth, including nearby Wisconsin, Canal Park’s aerial lift bridge, and Spirit Mountain! This 80-year-old watchtower offers spectacular views regardless of the season, especially in the glow of the city under twinkling nighttime stars. If you walk the grounds, you’ll discover a Japenese Garden, a lake-view gazebo, and a working peace bell! If there’s still time left on the itinerary, go for a stroll along Skyline Parkway, where locals often play music, jog, and practice yoga.

3. The Craft Beer Scene

As we outlined in our local brewery blog two months ago, the North Shore is home to a budding craft beer scene with the arrival of several new breweries! Castle Danger Brewing, located here in Two Harbors, MN, is a short drive from our lakefront North Shore lodging. Duluth, meanwhile, is now home to nine breweries, which includes the likes of Bent Paddle, Fitgers, and Blacklist. Dubh Linn Restaurant in downtown Duluth slings authentic Irish fare and delicious microbrews, perfectly paired with live comedy on Saturday nights! Ursa Minor Brewing, the new kid on the block, opened its doors in late September to rave reviews. They have an eclectic mix of taproom-only beers, including an oatmeal stout, a milkshake IPA, and a dry-hopped sour ale. Few things rival a creamy stout on a chilly winter evening!

2. Canal Park

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Even in the wintertime, every visit to Duluth should include an afternoon of shopping, dining, and amateur photography at Canal Park! Take a stroll down the boardwalk, and watch angry winter waves splash onto the rocky shoreline. Sit down for lunch at Lake Ave Cafe, Little Angie’s Cantina, or Canal Park Brewing. And shop for rare treats, souvenirs, and apparel at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Duluth Pack Store, and Global Village.

1. Glensheen Mansion

We’re one of the closest Lake Superior resorts to Glensheen Mansion, the number one attraction in Duluth! This timeless 20,000-square-foot mansion is located on the north end of town, making it a smooth, scenic 30-minute drive from Superior Shores Resort and some of the most luxurious pet-friendly lodging in MN. Glensheen Mansion was built in 1908 for local legend Charles Congdon, a capitalist millionaire who had his hand in everything from gold and copper to banking. The 39-room estate is equally breathtaking and mystifyingly eerie! The University of Minnesota Duluth guides daily tours.

Pet-Friendly Lodging in MN

After a memorable day in nearby Duluth, return to Superior Shores Resort for an evening of delicious local cuisine, fireside stories, and hot tub relaxation. We’re one of the only Lake Superior resorts to provide pet-friendly lodging in MN! Give us a call today at 1-800-242-1988 to book an overdue wintertime getaway to the tranquil, beautiful North Shore.