Tribute Fest Rides the Waves of Classic Hits and Timeless Tunes

Mark your calendars for a musical event on August 25th & 26th  where the greatest legends of music come alive once more. This year’s Tribute Fest turns back the hands of time as we experience yet again the magic of classic hits performed by talented tribute artists.

Tribute Fest is more than just a music celebration. It’s a harmonious gathering that resonates a heartfelt cause, while the festival’s main stage will echo with the timeless tunes of legendary artists whose impact extends far beyond the music.


Image courtesy of  Tribute Fest. Photo sourced from Tribute Fest Facebook page


Music for a Cause Rallies to Support Homeless Veterans

For over 25 years, Tribute Fest is dedicated to supporting homeless veterans who bravely fought and risked their lives for this country as we continue to enjoy our freedom. As fans gather to relive the magic of iconic melodies, they’re also contributing to a vital mission by aiding those who’ve served overseas and now find themselves without a place to call home.

Alternatively, tribute festivals provide a platform for talented tribute bands and musicians to showcase their skills. These performers invest significant effort into replicating the sound, style, and stage presence of the artists they’re paying tribute to. Up-and-coming talents can use this event as an avenue to support local music scenes that feature local or regional tribute bands and exposure for emerging artists. It can also be a launching pad for these bands to gain wider recognition.

So, if you’re ready to groove to the beats of history and be part of a meaningful cause, save the date for this year’s Tribute Fest. Make your lodging arrangements ahead at one of the top Duluth lodge destinations in Minnesota. Secure your spot in the heart of the action at the Inn on Lake Superior before the Tribute Fest sweeps the town. Don’t miss the chance to wake up to breathtaking lakeside views just steps away from the festival’s rhythms.

Exploring Gitche Gumee, the Mighty Lake Superior

Did you know that Gitche Gumee is a legendary Ojibwe name for Lake Superior which means “Great Sea” in English? It has a surface area of 31,700 square miles, and an estimated depth of 1,333 feet making it the largest and the deepest of the Great Lakes.



Lake Superior holds a fascinating abundant history that goes back thousands of years formed by a multitude of cultures, exploration, trade, and its road to shaping into the sophistication of modern society. The cultural connection between Ojibwe (the American Indians that inhabited the region around Lake Superior) and Lake Superior runs deep as the people’s way of life revolves around the great lake for food, transportation, and spiritual relevance.

The magnificence of Lake Superior and its strategic location for trade has attracted many European explorers. Its connection from North America to the Great Lakes region made it a vital route for fur traders, which eventually led to the establishment of fur trading posts along its shores. The trade paved the way for European settlers to interact with the natives which greatly influenced the economic development of the region. Like the rest of the world, Lake Superior underwent a lot of changes in its landscape resulting from industrialization, yet maintained its natural beauty, and the Ojibwe’s cultural fabric is still celebrated by indigenous communities to this day.


Journey Through Time: Unveiling the Rich History and Allure of Lake Superior

Fast forward to the present day Duluth, Minnesota, Lake Superior’s majestic beauty laid the foundations for beautiful Duluth attractions. We are proud to say that one of the most fascinating and successful contributions to this industry is our very own Inn On Lake Superior! Situated along the elegant shores of Gitche Gumee, the Inn On Lake Superior is a wonderful escape for travelers looking to experience the uniquely tranquil space of Duluth attractions. We are confident about our place among Lake Superior hotels as one of the best, the moment you step into our welcoming premises to the stunning views of the lake’s gentle waves facing the hotel grounds. The ideal blend of comfort, adventure, and nature’s serene historical spirit is significantly palpable in this outstretched Lake Superior resort.

Whether you seek adventure or simply yearn for a time of peacefulness in the lake’s crystal clear waters, the Gitche Gumee never ceases to amaze, and so does your memorable stay at the Inn On Lake Superior!

In a heartwarming display of gratitude and community support, the Duluth Police Department and Duluth Fire Department were treated to a delicious morning feast at the Inn on Lake Superior last June 20, 2023. This special event, made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Inn on Lake Superior, Black Woods Grill & Bar, Johnson Bakery, and Super One Foods with Bernick’s, aimed to express appreciation for the dedication and sacrifices of these brave men and women who ensure the safety of the community.


Beyond the Morning Grub

The event was not just about delicious food—it was a meaningful opportunity for the community to connect with and appreciate the “Protectors.” The conversations and interactions during the breakfast revealed the respect and admiration the community holds for these dedicated individuals. The Duluth Police and Fire “Protectors” felt the outpouring of support and realized the significant impact of their service on the lives of those they protect.

The morning of delectable delights at the Inn on Lake Superior stands as a testament to the unity and appreciation within the Duluth community. The collaboration between The INN on Lake Superior, Black Woods Grill & Bar, Johnson Bakery, and Super One Foods with Bernick’s demonstrated the power of collective gratitude and support. Through this event, the community conveyed heartfelt thanks to the Duluth Police and Fire “Protectors” for their selfless commitment to keeping the city safe. The morning grub became a symbol of appreciation, fostering a stronger bond between local heroes and the community they serve.


A Huge Thanks to the Local Businesses Who Played a Vital Role in Making this Event Spectacular

Black Woods Grill & Bar

Photo sourced from Black Woods Grill & Bar Facebook page.

Located in Duluth, proctor, and two harbors serving the classics with a black woods twist from hand-cut steaks & ribs, flavorful pastas, fresh-caught fish, comfy classics, and beyond. There is something for everyone to love when they choose to eat like the locals. Proudly serving our north shore locals & visiting guests with a lunch & dinner menu and full bar as well as curbside and delivery services for those who choose to dine.
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Johnson’s Bakery – Duluth MN

Photo sourced from Johnson’s Bakery – Duluth MN Facebook page.

Johnson’s Bakery has been serving the Duluth-Superior area with fine, made-from-scratch bakery products for over 70 years. Our family-owned bakeries offer a variety of choices like wholesome and hearty specialty breads, morning sweets and delicious desserts. Our bakers are working round-the-clock to prepare the best baked goods for your family. Stop in for a pastry with your morning coffee, or shop our wide selection of bakery products.
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Super One Foods

Photo sourced from Super One Foods Facebook page.

Welcome to Super One Foods, County Market, and Woodland Marketplace Foods – 32 stores that are owned and operated by Miner’s Inc. in Hermantown, Minnesota. We are sure you will easily find all the information you’re looking for on our website, just as you would find all the items you are looking for when you visit one of our stores. From Minnesota and Wisconsin, to stores throughout the upper peninsula of Michigan, we want you to shop with confidence, knowing that the quality and price you’ll pay are a true value on every item. Our standards for all departments are the highest you’ll find.
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Photo sourced from Bernick’s Facebook page.

We’re a Family-Owned Distribution Company. We help businesses bring the best food and beverage options to their customers, employees, students, patients, and staff. We’re built on a foundation of service, community, family, and excellence. We partner for long-term success with our customers who represent a wide range of industries through our innovative solutions to food and beverage distribution. And, we’ve been doing it for over 100 years.
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We are delighted to look back on the exhilarating conclusion of Grandma’s Marathon, which took place on June 17, 2023, and unfolded near the renowned Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. Nestled near the thrilling finish line, the Inn on Lake Superior embraced the electric atmosphere, witnessed extraordinary triumphs, and became a witness to the unforgettable moments that defined this prestigious event.


Experience the Thrill and Celebration as Runners Conquer the Finish Line at Duluth’s Inn on Lake Superior

Inn on Lake Superior proudly served as the epicenter of excitement and accomplishment as the runners of Grandma’s Marathon event crossed the finish line. The air was filled with a palpable sense of triumph and determination as participants, fueled by their training and the support of enthusiastic spectators, completed their monumental journey. Witnessing these incredible moments of achievement was an honor for our entire team at the Inn on Lake Superior.


Celebrating the Achievements of Grandma’s Marathon: Honoring Winners, Participants, and the Spirit of Excellence

Congratulations to the extraordinary winners and participants of Grandma’s Marathon. Your steadfast commitment and exceptional athletic abilities were truly awe-inspiring. Each runner’s journey represents a testament to the human spirit’s pursuit of personal excellence. Whether you achieved a new personal record, conquered your first marathon, or simply embraced the joy of running, we applaud your determination and celebrate your well-deserved successes.

Image courtesy of  Grandma’s Marathon. Photo sourced from Grandma’s Marathon – Duluth, Inc Facebook page


Image courtesy of  Grandma’s Marathon. Photo sourced from Grandma’s Marathon – Duluth, Inc Facebook page.

Grandma’s Marathon is a collaborative effort that involves numerous individuals and organizations. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the event organizers, volunteers, medical staff, and security personnel who dedicated their time and expertise to ensure the smooth running of the marathon. Their meticulous planning, unwavering support, and selfless efforts behind the scenes created an unforgettable experience for all involved. It is through their dedication and hard work that Grandma’s Marathon continues to flourish.


Grandma’s Marathon, A Catalyst for Community Pride and Tourism in Duluth

Grandma’s Marathon holds profound significance for the Duluth community. Beyond its reputation as a challenging athletic event, it unites individuals from diverse backgrounds, fostering a sense of camaraderie, inspiration, and community pride. The marathon showcases the breathtaking beauty of Duluth, with its stunning landscapes along the North Shore and the majestic presence of Lake Superior. Moreover, Grandma’s Marathon boosts tourism, attracting visitors from near and far who explore the city, support local businesses, and contribute to the vibrant growth of the community.

The event’s popularity draws participants, their families, and supporters, creating a significant influx of tourism to the city. Visitors had the opportunity to experience the charm of Duluth, enjoying its picturesque scenery, engaging in local activities, and savoring the hospitality of the community. This tourism boom positively impacts the local economy, supporting businesses, and fostering further growth and development.


The Inn on Lake Superior: A Supportive Partner in the Journey of Grandma’s Marathon’s Success

The Inn on Lake Superior proudly stood as a supportive partner in the journey of Grandma’s Marathon’s remarkable success. As one of the supporting sponsors, we wholeheartedly embraced the vision and dedication of the event organizer, working hand in hand to bring this extraordinary event to life. Our commitment to excellence and creating an unforgettable experience for participants and spectators alike perfectly complemented the marathon’s goals.

To all our fellow sponsors, we are honored to stand alongside you on this incredible journey. Your support and dedication have made a lasting impact, not only on the marathon itself but also on the runners, spectators, and the entire Duluth community. It is through our combined endeavors that Grandma’s Marathon thrives, year after year, motivating numerous individuals to surpass their boundaries and commemorate the victory of resilience and determination.


A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Valued Guests at the Inn on Lake Superior

To our valued guests and visitors who chose to stay at the Inn on Lake Superior during the Grandma’s Marathon event period, we extend our sincerest gratitude. We hope that your time with us was filled with comfort, relaxation, and excitement as you immersed yourself in the electrifying energy of the marathon.

As we reflect on the incredible success of this year’s Grandma’s Marathon, we can’t help but feel a deep sense of gratitude and anticipation for what the future holds. We are already eagerly looking forward to next year’s event, where we will once again have the privilege of welcoming runners, participants, and spectators to the Inn on Lake Superior. We promise to continue providing exceptional hospitality, ensuring your stay with us remains nothing short of extraordinary.

Thank you once again for choosing the Inn on Lake Superior as your home away from home during this exciting time. Your support is instrumental in our continuous pursuit of excellence. We can’t wait to welcome you back for the next Grandma’s Marathon, where we will celebrate the triumphs, resilience, and spirit of all those who take part in this remarkable event.

Until then, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors and hope to see you again soon!




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Cold Front Celebration

Duluth’s Canal Park is doing a Cold Front Celebration Kick Off February 1 – 4, 2018! We know you love Canal Park for its many restaurants, shops, and awesome lake views but now you can enjoy it in a whole new way!

Bring the whole family to enjoy the s’mores while they warm up by the fire.  Duluth Day Tripper will be giving a fat tire biking demonstration. There will be ice skating, sledding, and skiing, as well as plenty of food and beverages to enjoy – including area craft brews!

Being in the heart of Canal Park makes us a great place to stay when you come for the Cold Front Celebration and we have a special discount just for this weekend! Reserve now before we are sold out!

Of course, we wish you were here all winter enjoying the many winter activities that are available all the time.  The skiing at Spirit Mountain is great with good conditions and depth of snow.  Also, the biking trails are open for anyone who wants to get out and enjoy a little fat tire bike ride. View for more February winter fun.

Community ice rinks and Heritage Sports Center have all the ice you need to get a little ice skating in.  The state and local trails in Duluth and along the North Shore are just waiting for you to enjoy on your cross-country skis and snowshoes.  The lakes are frozen, so a little ice fishing could be on your Duluth visit list as well!

We welcome you to experience some winter fun in Duluth!

From the first day of Fall until the first day of Spring the aroma of complimentary, delicious hot apple cider welcomes you the moment you step into our lobby. We brew our famous recipe fresh every day—make the most of the season by enjoying a mug on your next stay!

Hot Apple Cider

For one gallon of cider you will need:
1 Gallon of Apple Cider
2 Oranges
2 Tablespoons of Vanilla Extract
5 Cinnamon Sticks

Step 1

Fill your percolator with 1 gallon of Apple Cider

Step 2

Wash and slice your oranges

Step 3

Measure out 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
Set aside 5 Cinnamon Sticks

Step 4

Add orange slices, vanilla, and cinnamon sticks to percolator

Step 5

Heat your Apple Cider mixture for at least one hour

Step 6


If you give it a try, let us know what you think! We would love to see photos of your Hot Apple Cider, share them with us on Facebook by using the #Innonlakesuperior!

Help us answer the age-old debate: Is it ever too early to decorate for Christmas? For us, the answer is it’s never too early! Bentleyville Tour of Lights starts on Saturday, November 18th so we wanted to welcome our guests coming to see that great holiday display with Christmas decorations of our own.

We started with our main lobby where the aromas of an 11 foot Fraser Fir and hot apple cider welcome you into a cozy seating area with a glowing fireplace, holiday children’s books, Christmas ornament tic tac toe, soft holiday stockings, and as always our two life-size nutcrackers that guard the entrance.

Fireplace Decorated for Christmas

Across from the front desk, a candy cane themed Christmas tree offers complimentary candy canes to children and adults alike. Near the hot apple cider, we have a peppermint themed countdown to Christmas: only 38 more days to go!

Entering the pool area, one cannot help but think… Santa! This tree is decked out with a skirt resembling Santa’s boots, ornaments with his face on them, and a Santa hat at the very top. Our favorite piece of this tree is the garland that looks like Santa’s clothesline. Nearby is our holiday photo booth where you can take a selfie looking like a snowman or Rudolph. For younger children, we have cards and a mailbox for sending Santa their Christmas list. He might even reply back!

Kids Mail

For our guests visiting Bentleyville, we have our complimentary shuttle to and from Bayfront park equipped with Christmas music and extra candy canes. The shuttle will be running exclusively for Bentleyville every day of the week including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Be sure to sign up the morning of to reserve your spot.

Also, hot chocolate and coffee are available in our breakfast area 24/7—perfect enjoying an early sunrise over Lake Superior or warming up after Bentleyville.

Today is a Hot Cocoa Kind of Day

Call our service associates or reserve online today to book your winter getaway so you can experience all we have to offer just INN time for Christmas!

The breeze is in, the lake is great.
We wish you were here, don’t be late!

The Inn on Lake Superior Fall in Duluth

Autumn breezes are in the air and the leaves are starting their display of colors.  Lake Superior is as warm as it gets and we don’t want you to miss any part of our fleeting fall season.

Bayfront Festival Park with again host he Hot Air Balloon Festival September 15 – 17, 2017.  The festival features balloon rides, kite flying, craft brews and live music.  The Northshore Inline Marathon on September 16 will make the Canal Park area of Duluth the place to be this weekend!

The ever popular Engwall’s Corn Maze will be open September 16 – October 29 and offers visitors a chance to get lost in the maze, shoot a corn cannon for prizes, enjoy a hay ride, try pumpkin bowling and check out the Big Corn-Top Tent.  Special events include Flashlight Nights and Field of Screams.

The Haunted Ship again makes its ghostly appearance in Duluth on October 5.  The William A. Irvin ore boat becomes the scariest place to be at this time of year – don’t go alone!  We don’t want to lose any of our guests to the ore boat ghouls.

October 14 & 21 everyone will be at Boo at the Zoo which is hands down the best trick-or-treating experience for kids and adults.  The treats will overflow the pumpkin buckets and your family will have experienced a truly wonderful day at the Zoo.

Soon to be Halloween, have no fear.
Off to Duluth, we wish you were here!

Do you wish you were here? Reserve online now!

Thinking about a trip to Duluth this Summer? There are tons of events happening just steps from the Inn on Lake Superior! Here are some of our favorite events happening in June and July. Let the Inn be your home base for all your summer fun.

The 37th Annual Park Point Rummage Sale takes place June 9 & 10th and features 4 miles of bargains! Bring a good pair of walking shoes, an empty trunk or bags, and some cash to help you bring home some unique treasures.

Grandma’s Marathon and the arrival of thousands of runners and their families is quickly approaching. Grandmas Marathon takes place on June 17th and the finish line for the race is located just a few hundred feet from our property!  The marathon isn’t just for the runners—Canal Park transforms into a hub of family fun activities. The Grandma’s Marathon website has a great layout of the weekend’s events, check it out here:

We’ve been brainstorming fun ideas to incorporate into the action-packed weekend for everyone staying at the Inn on the 16th and 17th. You can expect great service, great fun, and some tasty treats. In the works are a Popcorn Bar, a Chocolate Fountain, Poster Making, and delicious Infused Water. Stay tuned to our social media for more details!

The City of Duluth 4th Fest is the greatest fourth of July celebration in the Midwest! Join us for the fun and experience, live music, great food, and even a family friendly carnival that takes place in the DECC parking lot. Fireworks are shot from a barge in the harbor so you can view them up close from Bayfront park or up on Skyline Boulevard for a bird’s eye view.

Duluth Fourth Fest

Looking for the best view of the firework extravaganza? Check out our friends at the Vista Fleet! They offer an incredible 4th of July Fireworks Cruise, book your tickets soon as they will sell out quickly! You can check them out here:

The fun doesn’t end there – here at the Inn we’ve got extra special activities planned for you and your loved ones. You can look forward to a popcorn bar and ice cream floats to celebrate the holiday. Stay tuned for more details.

Events at The Inn on Lake Superior

Don’t miss out on Movies in the Park taking place every Friday in July and August. The Downtown Council sponsors a giant inflatable screen in beautiful Leif Erickson park. The movies start at dusk, and we suggest bringing your camping chairs or a blanket for a cozy spot to sit! You can find the schedule of movies here:

Duluth is a 4-season city and the activates keep on coming! During your stay, don’t forget to stop by our concierge desk for discount attraction tickets to see even more local sights and sounds. We wish you were here!

30 gallons of ice cream,

444 ice cream cups,

34 bottles of soda,

14 cans of whipped cream,

And 3 days of fun!

We celebrated the brave men and women who served our country as well as the kickoff to summer by dishing up ice creams floats over Memorial Day weekend. It was a nice time for us to step away from the office work to visit with our guests face-to-face.

The Inn on Lake Superior Duluth MN Memorial Weekend

During the entire weekend, a red, white, and blue themed photo booth welcomed our guests and encouraged them to snap memories of their time at the Inn. After taking pictures, guests enjoyed a beautifully decorated lobby and fireplace to warm up during the few brief rain storms.

However, rain was not a deterrent for ice cream floats. Over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we scooped hundreds of root beer, strawberry, and orange floats. Providing families with quality time together is what our job is all about, and it was great to see little ones all the way up to grandparents spoon and slurp a delicious float.

After the floats and between the bouts of rain, many guests enjoyed our newly refinished bean bag toss games in our backyard. We’re so fortunate to have a massive expanse of lawn to enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Superior. If not playing bean bag toss, other guests checked out our complimentary bikes that are now available for the entire summer.

The Inn on Lake Superior Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Thank you to all of our guests who stayed with us. We are looking forward to the great summer months ahead!