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I’m just about to move to Duluth…

…and I’m gonna have about two weeks of free time to just waste away. What are some things that I need to go and check out? Thank you.

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  1. Keep checking this website and maybe and for sure the Duluth News trib website. Good stuff all the fricken time. This town is a treasure trove of activity if you are willing to look and take chances with your time

    wildgoose | Nov 28, 2009 | New Comment
  2. thank you, I can’t wait to get up there!

    piffmop | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  3. If I may state the obvious, Bentleyville. You could sit down, toast some marshmallows and do some people-watching.

    Beverly | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  4. I like marshmallows and all, but how’s eating going to help me?

    piffmop | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  5. Which weeks will you be free? Knowing will help people give more specific advice.

    Barrett Chase | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  6. The Superior Hiking Trail. It’s all nice, but I really like anywhere West of Enger Tower.
    The Transistor has a helpful calendar of events:

    Dave Sorensen | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  7. Fitgers Brewhouse beer.

    Swan | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  8. Chester Park, hike up from 4th to the bridge (where 9th turns into 8th), walk up 8th, and reward yourself at Chester Creek Cafe before proceeding onward.

    Calk | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  9. This is all great, I liked fitger’s beer last time I had it but, I really liked the german place near that whole complex. I’m going to be in duluth next Monday and then that’s when those two weeks kick in before the restuarant opens. Ha, so maybe three weeks of free time!

    piffmop | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  10. german place?

    sir ben’s?

    zra | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  11. My first thought was the Pickwick.

    Barrett Chase | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  12. I think that’s the place. Thank you ,so far this list is just what I was looking for. You see, I’m a single guy so I’ve got to come up with my own ideas, outside of vegging out or playing the hell out of some videogames.

    piffmop | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  13. Run/walk one one of various awesome trails. Or if you have a road bike/mountain bike, ride. Or, if we finally get some snow, ski.

    the Big E | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  14. Walk or bike the Lakewalk if it’s not too cold.

    Calk | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  15. Midi Restaurant bills itself as a German restaurant — the restaurant where Bennett’s used to be, in the hotel part of Fitger’s.

    udarnik | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  16. My favorite weekend night activity is to go to the Inn on Lake Superior in Canal Park, act like I’m staying there, and get in on the free ‘smore action on the patio.

    very anon! | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  17. 1. You have to be 65 years old to enter Midi.

    2. Slowly disassemble and destroy your video games.

    3. Out of curiosity, what restaurant opening are you referring to?

    4. A couple of us are going to move the Lift Bridge over to the Wisconsin Canal. We could use some help…hint, hint.

    vicarious | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  18. -snowshoe the lakewalk after a blizzard.
    -snowshoe the lakewalk during a blizzard.
    -snowshoe chester creek after a blizzard.
    -snowshoe to Carmody during a blizzard.

    vicarious…you know where to find me. i’m down with helpin out. i know a guy with a truck who might help out.

    zra | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  19. Vicarious, as sarcastic as this may sound, I’d honestly love to help you move a bridge! I’ve never done that before, ha. I’ll be in town next week.

    piffmop | Nov 29, 2009 | New Comment
  20. With two weeks I would for sure take a day to head to Lester River and hike and then head up to Split Rock to hike. I would spend some time at Amazing Grace in Canal Park. I would also check out what music is happeining at Pizza Luce, Sacred Heart Music Center and Beaner’s.

    mark | Nov 30, 2009 | New Comment
  21. Man, this is all great stuff! Does the Pizza Luce in duluth have the same weekend hours as the Pizza Luce in downtown mpls?

    piffmop | Nov 30, 2009 | New Comment
  22. Not sure where you’re coming FROM, but I’d recommend a drive up the North Shore, a visit to Split Rock Lighthouse, a dinner at Lemon Wolf Cafe in Beaver Bay, a slice of pie at Betty’s Pie (the coffee there is horrid, though) and then back to Duluth. Climb to the top of Enger Tower, visit the shops in Canal Park, hope to see a foreign ship going through the canal, maybe have dinner at Grandma’s or Lake Avenue Cafe (which probably has a new name by now) and walk around downtown to people watch. You never know what you’ll see. Welcome to Duluth! (Home of my heart.)

    PJ | Nov 30, 2009 | New Comment
  23. Until 1:30AM during the week. 2:30AM on weekends.

    adam | Nov 30, 2009 | New Comment
  24. I think the best first-thing-to-do is Enger Tower. From up there you’ll get a good lay of the land.

    The Superior Hiking Trail through Duluth is also a great way to get a good sense of what Duluth has to offer, but it’s not something you can do in a single day unless you’re a marathon athlete. But it’s easily divided up into small hikes.

    The main thing about Duluth, though, is that you can feel like you know the place after a few months, but you’ll keep discovering new things about it constantly.

    Paul Lundgren | Nov 30, 2009 | New Comment
  25. Fitgers, Thirsty Pagan Brewing (Superior), and The Anchor (also Superior) are all great places for food and drinks. The Zinema located downtown is also a cool new place for movies.

    Ed Zachary | Nov 30, 2009 | New Comment
  26. I’ve heard about that place before.

    piffmop | Nov 30, 2009 | New Comment
  27. There’s a big raccoon that hangs out on West Third Street, directly below the power lines coming down from Enger Tower. You might see him at dusk.

    Ramos | Dec 1, 2009 | New Comment
  28. Haha thanks.

    piffmop | Dec 1, 2009 | New Comment
  29. Don’t wait. Just hang yourself now.

    Malko | Dec 4, 2009 | New Comment
  30. Really? I had a pretty sweet deal going on though….

    piffmop | Dec 5, 2009 | New Comment
  31. All you need to know:

    Danny G | Dec 5, 2009 | New Comment
  32. Thanks, I’m checking it out right now

    piffmop | Dec 5, 2009 | New Comment
  33. Check out 222 E. Superior Street while you are here! The Zeitgeist Arts building has the Teatro Zuccone live theatre (currently showing a hilarious sketch comedy holiday show and improv every Fri at 10:30 PM) The Zinema independent movie theatres (also showing midnight movies) and the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe (yummy cuisine). Welcome to town! Have fun!

    Crystal | Dec 6, 2009 | New Comment
  34. The Scenic Cafe on the old North Shore road, Lake Avenue Cafe in the Dewitt Seitz building (but I haven’t been there since the ownership change), At Sara’s Table on 9th street….great breakfast’s and they cook with really good ingredients. Russ Kendall’s smoked fish house in Knife River, Hacienda Del Sol on Superior Street for cheap mexican. Bixby’s in Mount Royal shopping area for bagels and coffee. Dunn Brother’s on London Road. Someone else already mentioned Beaner’s in West Duluth….definately a good cup of coffee and light fare food.

    Ruthie | Dec 6, 2009 | New Comment
  35. thank you very much! This stuff is great.

    piffmop | Dec 6, 2009 | New Comment
  36. The Hacienda is good for CaliMex, but way too much cheese to be truly authentic…for the authentic mexico…maya across from the mall.

    zra | Dec 6, 2009 | New Comment
  37. Mexico Lindo in Cloquet

    edgeways | Dec 6, 2009 | New Comment
  38. Lindo, I’ve heard, is tops. haven’t been to find out for myself.

    maya has the finest fajitas north of the (TX/OK) Red River.

    zra | Dec 6, 2009 | New Comment
  39. Yeah, I’ve been to that socialist styled burrito place and the Hacienda they were both good. But, Lindo is the place to be?

    piffmop | Dec 6, 2009 | New Comment
  40. Lindo is great, I grew up in Cali, and Lindo is the most authentic to me. Hacienda is like Mexican McDonalds. And Piffmop? Don’t waste your time on Danny does Duluth --seriously. Big yawn, and 30 minutes of your life you will never have back.

    Calk | Dec 6, 2009 | New Comment
  41. Keep an eye out for shit sheets and basement shows.

    adam | Dec 6, 2009 | New Comment
  42. really Zra you haven’ been to Lindo? I’m moderately shocked. Doing anything Weds or Fri for lunch?

    edgeways | Dec 7, 2009 | New Comment
  43. Ok, so after moving in, imma gonnas goes to linda!

    piffmop | Dec 7, 2009 | New Comment
  44. Just gotta say the cafe at Zeitgeist has totally changed my dining habits!Every time I’ve eaten there, I leave elated that I live in this town.

    Terry G | Dec 7, 2009 | New Comment
  45. That’s really a huge deal Terry, I must check it out.

    piffmop | Dec 7, 2009 | New Comment
  46. Thanks for the plug, calk.

    I would like to also recommend Maya up by the mall. It’s sort of a pain in the ass trying to figure out how to actually get there these days, but the chow is good.

    Danny G | Dec 7, 2009 | New Comment
  47. I kind of think it’s hilarious how people are freaking out about the Zeitgeist cafe.
    “Oh my God! A mussel!”

    cando | Dec 7, 2009 | New Comment
  48. edge: unfortunately, i’ll be working. i’m totally down with going on a weekend?

    zra | Dec 7, 2009 | New Comment
  49. Terry G, try the walleye sandwich at Zeitgeist, if you haven’t already. OMG. Fabulous. I love that place. And the artwork on the walls — the best artists in town are well represented there, including the brilliant TimK’s equally brilliant spouse.

    Calk | Dec 7, 2009 | New Comment
  50. Danny, let me give you some constructive criticism: less humming and hawing and “ummmmm, ummmmmmmm, ummmmmmm” would go a longgggggggg way. Don’t quit your day job (if you have one, that is). But I do like the song that you use to intro the show.

    Calk | Dec 7, 2009 | New Comment
  51. Calk…way to stay on topic. Anywho, thatnks for the advise. Of course, it’s the same thing you’ve said about me/my podcast many times before in other online comments. It’s very strange how you repeat yourself so often in the local blog-o-sphere. It’s like you have virtual Tourettes or something.

    Anyway, back on topic…another recommendation I would like to make is the new Zinema2 movie theater downtown. They’ve had so far a great line-up of new films that we don’t normally get around here. Plus, the “classics” they’ve been playing are terrific choices. And…beer.

    Danny G | Dec 7, 2009 | New Comment
  52. Does the zinema serve beer durning the movie/s?

    piffmop | Dec 8, 2009 | New Comment
  53. Yes indeed they do.

    Danny G | Dec 8, 2009 | New Comment
  54. There’s quite a selection in cans, in bottles, and on tap. You can even get Surly Furious, which is awesome. I’m not sure of the prices, but there are frequently $2 PBR specials, and there’s some deal where you can get something like 5 or 6 bottles in a bucket of ice.

    Barrett Chase | Dec 8, 2009 | New Comment
  55. Downing a few Blue Moons in a (plastic) glass while watching the extended edition of Alien on a big screen made for a pretty pleasant Sunday for me a few weeks ago.

    Danny G | Dec 8, 2009 | New Comment
  56. Cando: Zeitgiest has a great curry sauce -- the mussels are just one thing there that I guess folks must rave about to you. I had the rice bowl and flourless chocolate cake there the other night and the cake reminded me of the old Table of Contents in St. Paul. Good stuff!

    Terry G | Dec 8, 2009 | New Comment
  57. This I’m gonna check this place out today! Thank you.

    piffmop | Dec 8, 2009 | New Comment
  58. @Terry G, you are so right about that curry sauce! Made me want to skip the mussels and just spoon some curry sauce into my mouth. I hear the rice bowls are also terrific. I just love the vibe there. We were there the other night, knew half the people at the bar. Went to Blackwater across the street afterwards, and knew nobody. Where do the people who frequent Blackwater come from anyways?

    Calk | Dec 8, 2009 | New Comment
  59. Do you really think Zeitgeist is really all that better than, say, the Scenic? Or many other restaurants in Duluth? Yes, it is lovely and tasty and inviting and of course it is a fantastic addition to Superior Street, but I’ve eaten there a few times now and wasn’t totally blown away, and yes, I had THE MUSSELS with the OH-MY-GOD Curry sauce. Even my boyfriend who will eat anything gave the whitefish sandwich a, “Meh. It was good.” And our server was totally confused. About many things. But who am I to be a Grinch? I’m happy it’s there, I’ve just never heard such lavish praise come from Duluthians. You’d think you’d all been eating at Burger King.
    Oh never mind. I just think it’s funny. The reviews online too; you guys just LOOOVE this place. That’s good, that’s good.

    cando | Dec 8, 2009 | New Comment
  60. Sala Thai up in Woodland. Best tasting food in this town by far.

    Nick | Dec 8, 2009 | New Comment

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