Best Places to Stay Near Duluth, Minnesota

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A visit to Duluth is a Minnesota staple. Unlike other ares in the state, Duluth and the surrounding shores of Lake Superior offer locals the chance to steps away from the typical Midwest look and feel. Duluth and the North Shore is distinct with it’s rocky cliffs and deep expansive lake. Visiting in the summer and fall is my go-to, but it’s certainly a destination year long. 

Having visited this area since I was a child, I’ve stayed at a plethora of different places. Some locations have been extraordinary while others have been unmemorable. Of course, the season of your visit will have a heavy influence on where you should stay. Since I really haven’t visited the area during the winter, I’d recommend this particular list for summer and fall visits. 

Cove Point Lodge

You’ll have to drive almost all the way up the North Shore to Beaver Bay to stay at this Scandinavian inspired lodging. Once you arrive you can’t miss the giant white chair signs. This quiet location has rooms for rent or cottages too. Cove Point Lodge seems to be nestled away from a lot of the hustle and bustle of the popular North Shore traffic. It’s been many years since I’ve visited this popular resort, but it was  voted one of the Best of the Lake places in 2016.

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Larsmont Cottages on Lake Superior 

This resort destination is a great place to stay to embrace the North Shore experience. Guests can rent rooms or {my preference} cottages that come with all the accommodations of home. If you have kids staying at places with a kitchen, dining room, living room, multiple bathrooms and bedrooms are a must. It just helps keep everyone on much happier terms. 

The views of Lake Superior are spectacular and Larsmont’s location is a great in between place to explore the North Shore. Travel north to checkout Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse or travel south to head into Duluth. With it’s own restaurant {Ledge Rock Grille} at the resort and nightly s’mores this places is a great fit for kids and adults. 

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{photo courtesy of The Inn on Lake Superior} 

The Inn on Lake Superior 

I’ve stayed at a couple of different places either actually in Canal Park or near it and by far The Inn on Lake Superior has been my best to date. Create s’mores nightly around the campfire outback and easily take a morning walk on the boardwalk along Lake Superior. However the secret treat here is an outdoor rooftop hot tub! Catch a glimpse of the Aerial Lift Bridge while you relax after a day of hiking around the area. 

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Gooseberry Falls State Park 

You’ll probably have to make reservations ways in advance if you want to stay during the weekend, but if you are visiting the area in the summer or fall camping at Gooseberry Falls State Park is a great way to experience the park. Most visitors will merely stop for a few hours to see the falls and perhaps take a hike along one of the many trails, but actually staying in the park is the best way to see the best spots without so many people.

Hike the trail to the falls early in the morning and stroll along the Lake Superior shoreline along the bluffs. Gooseberry Falls is one of Minnesota’s best state parks! 

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Jay Cooke State Park 

Located just south of Duluth this state park is a bit further of a drive for those that want to spend most of their time on the North Shore. If that is your focus I’d recommend staying at one of the locations listed above instead. But if you are looking for some great hikes and easy access to Duluth, Jay Cooke is a great choice.

With more camping sites that Gooseberry Falls, your chances of finding a location to reserve is increased by a bit. But camping in Minnesota in the summer is a popular activity so I’d still recommend making reservations as far in advance as possible. 

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Have you visited the Duluth or North Shore of Lake Superior recently? Please comment with any other additional recommendations! 

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