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Lake Superior

The Lowdown, Trip Planning


June 11, 2015

If you’re taking a trip to the Northland coming up, 1) we’re excited for you and 2) you need to know the tricks of the trade when visiting this glorious city! We consider all of you our friends, so we want to share with you the best locations to relax, gobble down bites, lodge at, adventure to see and of course drop a few dollars at (365 Canal Park Drive – wink, wink) .

Here is a lineup of all the must, need, gotta have do’s of Duluth, Minnesota in our opinion.

Your stomach is talking to you and you’re on the verge of drooling because of how hungry you are. Where on Earth should you spend you pretty penny on a meal that will leave you full, happy and craving another visit back? Look no further. Here is our go-to agenda for you.

1) You can’t beat a crunchy and deliciously filled egg roll. You just can’t . Our (basically neighbors) friends at Taste of Saigon in the Dewitt Seitz Building cook a mean lunch menu and trust us, you HAVE to have one (or five – no judgements from us) of their homemade egg rolls. The sound affect from this egg roll alone will make you feel like you’re in a commercial for these. Seriously, I’m now craving one. No exaggeration here.

2) Breakfast time is the best time, or so we believe. A hardy and delicious brunch is just the ticket to starting your day off in Duluth on the right foot. Say hello to (hands down) one of the best brunches and it’s conveniently located in Canal Park, Duluth, MN – Amazing Grace Cafe! This eatery is tucked away in the basement of the DeWitt Seitz building and has an array of bakery and breakfast dishes that are a knock out, plus they make killer good mimosas. Trust us, you’ll feel like you’re waddling out of the place, because you had to take at least one bit of everything (and it’s oh so worth it!) .

3) Brew pubs, yes please! Our great friends at Fitger’s Brewhouse on Superior St. crush the competition when it comes to great grub, an awesome atmosphere and the tastiest beer around. Ps: we make growler packs for them! Check out the selection here . Picking “favorites” on their menu is a real head scratcher, because you can’t just pick one! Here is a quick run down of what you need to take a nibble out of. Fish tacos, yes! Maple salad, always! Burgers, yum! Now don’t even get us started not their bevy selection – it’s too hard to choose!

Now that you have filled up on tasty treats, it’s time to burn off some fuel and get your body moving and grooving.

Hello, Duluth Lakewalk! There are so many activate that you can partake in on this gorgeous and scenic area. First off, you can rent one of the many different types of bicycles available. Have a group of 5? Don’t sweat it – there is a bicycle available (ps: you can really motor in these things once you start!) . Maybe biking isn’t your forte and that’s a-okay! The most common of the activities on the Duluth Lakewalk consist of individuals and groups walking, jogging and running around Lake Superior. It’s a phenomenal location to prep for Grandma’s Marathon that is always hosted in the Canal Park region of Duluth, MN. On a side note, have any of you ran Grandma’s Marathon before? If so, kudos from your friends at Duluth Pack! Here I go getting sidetracked, oofta sorry folks! Maybe running, biking and walking isn’t what you crave in the Northland, but if you’re fan of four legged mammals you’re in luck. Say hello to the horses. Horse drawn carriages are available and give a fun and exciting ride during the day and a romantic edge during the nightlife along the water. The last and final idea around the lakewalk involves being a beach bum and if being that way is wrong, well, we don’t want to be right! Throwing the pebbles and laying out on the warm rocks and sand is always a fan favorite during the gorgeous summer days.

SHT. This may look like a bad word missing one letter, but don’t worry it’s the farthest thing from that! SHT stands for the famous Superior Hiking Trail that runs right through our backyard (basically) . It’s the perfect sanctuary that allows one to get away from the city life and become one with nature. Strolling through the pine filled lands is almost like a dream. Fun Fact: Duluth Pack proudly adopted a section of the SHT to clean, tidy and fix up during the year. It’s in great pride that we can step in and do our part with the Superior Hiking Trail!


Time to lay that noggin of yours down and dream of the following day in Duluth. Location. Location. Location. We hear we, we know it and listen to it. As buddies of yours, we highly recommend for you, your family and friends to enjoy your stay in Canal Park during the summertime. The sounds from Lake Superior crashing on the shores, the convenience of shopping (cough – the Duluth Pack store) , eateries and adventure locations, like Vertical Endeavors is a hoot! A similar vibe-esque as the Duluth Pack retail store is the hotel called, “Canal Park Lodge”. It’s the perfect combination of modern meets rugged and they have breakfast in the a.m. PS: BOOK EARLY These hotels go fast, fast, fast!

Now that you know some of the most lusted after restaurants, lodging, shopping and activities we can’t wait to hear about all of your upcoming travels and memories from the Duluth area!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

The Fresh Coast Project at the Banff Mountain Film Festival

November 18, 2011
Copyright Ed Wargin
Copyright Ed Wargin

The Granite Island Lighthouse on Lake Superior, Copyright Ed Wargin

Film as a photographic medium may soon be gone. Photographer Ed Wargin has embarked on an endeavor to capture the Great Lakes on film before it disappears forever. According to industry reports we could see the demise of film in the next few years.

Come to the Marshall School on November 20th and 21st for the Banff Mountain Film Festival to see and sign up to win Ed Wargin’s photograph “Granite Island Lighthouse.” This wonderful piece was captured as part of the Fresh Coast Project. The lighthouse sits on an island in Lake Superior approximately six miles north of the city of Marquette, Michigan.

The Great Lakes were given to us as a gift and it is our duty to be responsible stewards of these waters. Mr. Wargin is assembling a body of artistic work that will serve as tangible evidence of their importance in our lives. Here’s hoping we all gain knowledge and awareness of the Great Lakes through this project.

I hope you will join me in this attempt to capture our Great Lakes on both the American and Canadian shores in The Fresh Coast Project.”Ed Wargin

Now that the Banff Mountain Film Festival has come and gone you may sign up to win the photograph attached above by leaving your name and email in a comment below, or by emailing me at: [email protected] Drawing will be held on December 16th, 2011.

Best of luck!



Techniques & Advice, The Lowdown

The Duluth Pack experts head out on Lake Superior

July 27, 2011
Three kayaks of Duluth Pack experts head for the sea caves

Duluth Pack experts head out on the water

It is hard work being an expert in the Duluth Pack store. Between the canoe packs, the paddles, and all the camping gear there is a lot to know to provide customers with the best outfitting service in Duluth, Minnesota. No store or staff knows their stuff like the pros at Duluth Pack. From the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to the Superior Hiking trail, to any adventure you can dream they will give great advice.

Naturally then, with so much wonderful gear at their disposal the Duluth Pack staffers want to take it out and play.

Last week ten of those store experts headed out to the Mawikwe Bay Sea Caves (formerly the Squaw Bay Sea Caves) for some kayaking and canoeing on Lake Superior. About four miles to the northeast of Cornucopia, Wisconsin are sandstone cliffs which have been eaten away by thousands of years of wind and water. Today you can explore by boat the caves and arches carved out of the amazing red rock.

Please check out the photo gallery contained below, it is a sunset not to be missed. And, be sure to stop by the store at 365 Canal Park Drive, the experts on the water are also the experts on the trails.

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The Lowdown

Quitting Time at Duluth Pack

October 28, 2009


Internet worlds collide or more like intertwine when I posted on Twitter about my after work canoe paddle adventure on a calm Lake Superior. Folks wanted to see photos (or maybe proof).

Duluth Pack has been in Duluth for 128 years and I am sitting in the factory where we have been hand making our products since 1911. The factory is a mile away from the head of Lake Superior.

This Lake must be taking seriously, we picked a calm day and stayed close to shore and never took off our life jackets.  On one of the last days of summer, you realize what a special place this is.