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!

Easter at The Inn

This past weekend we treated our guests to some of our Easter favorites! Saturday began with pink lemonade and a satisfyingly sweet spring popcorn mix. We dished out hundreds of servings and our guests kept asking for more! You can find the popcorn recipe below. Feel free to make this for any holiday by changing the type of M&M’s or adding your own creative ideas.

Sweet Spring Popcorn Mix
For 4-10 people

Combine ingredients and mix gently! We served our mix in adorable chevron printed popcorn cups.

Spring Popcorn Mix - Easter at The Inn on Lake Superior 2017

The remainder of the weekend included a coloring contest with jumbo egg prizes and our annual Easter Egg Hunt. We hid four baskets throughout the Inn. Each child who turned in an egg from each basket won a funny bunny surprise!

Easter Egg hunt at The Inn on Lake Superior 2017

We had so much fun with our Easter extras, and are already thinking about what we can add to next year’s Easter plans. We wish you were here!


Oranges, cherries, vanilla, OH MY!

Oranges, cherries, vanilla, OH MY!

Have you ever wondered what makes our infused water so delicious? After many requests, we are sharing our favorite infused water recipe! We serve our Cherry, Orange, and Vanilla infused water from the first day of spring until the first day of fall. This delicious creation has become a guest favorite! Check out our recipe below!

Cherry Orange Vanilla Water Blog


For a 1 gallon you will need:


2 Oranges

5 Maraschino Cherries

1 Tablespoon of Maraschino Cherry Juice

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

(Add more cherries, or vanilla to taste)


Step 1

Fill your gallon pitcher with ice and water

Step 2

Wash and slice your oranges

Set aside 5 maraschino cherries

Step 3

Measure out 1 tablespoon of maraschino cherry juice

Measure out 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Step 4

Add orange slices, cherries, cherry juice, and vanilla to your pitcher of water

Step 5

Chill your pitcher in the refrigerator for 1 hour so the ingredients can infuse your water

Step 6


Infused water recipe from The Inn on Lake Superior


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

The thought of being surrounded by 300 teenagers seems daunting, but for us it was another opportunity to welcome some of our favorite guests. During the first weekend in March, nine robotics teams participating in this year’s annual competition at the DECC made the Inn their home base. Some teams were new to us and some were returning, but they all showed a level of respect that went beyond their years.

Robotics 2017 Blog ROBO Sign



This year, we wanted to give these great teams an even bigger and better welcome to Duluth by providing a thank you table in our lobby. The students enjoyed complimentary snacks like granola bars and chocolate chip cookies as well as trinkets to get into the spirit of robotics like temporary tattoos and mini foam fingers.

Robotics 2017 Blog Robo Table 2


Congratulations to our extra special team, New Apple Corps, who won the 2017 Lake Superior Regional, the Engineering Inspiration Award, and the Double DECCer Championship. We look forward to welcoming Robotics 2018!

Robotics 2017 Blog Robo Table 3

With Robotics behind us, we are currently scheming and dreaming special treats for our guests during Easter weekend in April. Make your reservations now for a weekend that will truly be “egg”ceptional!

We wish you were here!

Hi there, we are Carol and Kelsey. If you have stayed at The Inn on Lake Superior in the past year, or if you follow The Inn on Facebook, you have probably noticed a few changes. In March of 2016, we were lucky enough to become the Director and Assistant Director of Guest Services. Since then, we have combined our love for our guests, for Lake Superior, and for crafting concoctions… and the result was pure magic.

Carol and Kelsey - Tall Ships Duluth 2016

We have enjoyed planning extras for holidays like Memorial Day and Christmas and for local special events like Grandma’s Marathon and Tall Ships Festival. As it turns out, estimating treats and goodies for hundreds of guests is no easy task. In the past year, we have purchased 30 pounds of melted chocolate, 300 rubber ducks, 18 gallons of vanilla ice cream, 4 fake skeletal hands, 30 jack o’ lanterns and 5,000 Christmas ornaments. And that is just the beginning.

We are looking forward to making the year ahead even better and we hope to share an inside look into the funny, challenging, surprising, and crazy things that make The Inn on Lake Superior the best place to stay in Duluth. Our goal is to make your stay a memorable one. We wish you were here!