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Christmas City of the North Parade, Bentleyville Train and More!

November 12, 2014

The calendar has turned and it’s time to think about the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.  November in Duluth is full of things to do including craft shows to get a jump on your holiday shopping, the ever-popular Bentleyville and so many more fun family things to do!

Bentleyville Ship

The crafts show season starts November 7 with The Gingerbread Arts & Crafts show at the Miller Hill Mall all weekend.  The Hermantown Community Church (near Sam’s Club) will also be hosting another fabulous craft show on November 8.  And the largest craft and one-of-a-kind handmade gift show in the area is November 22 & 23 at the Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center – Junior League’s Festival of Trees.

The Christmas City of the North Parade is Friday, November 21.  The route has been moved back to Downtown Duluth on Superior Street for the entire parade.  Be sure to bring a chair to sit on and dress warm!

Bentleyville Tour of Lights opens November 22 and will be open through December 27.  The Edgewater will once again have the Bentleyville train pick up guests and take them from the hotel to Bayfront Festival Park and back again.  This is a fun trip for the family and if you have never visited Bentleyville, there is no better time than this year.   Admission is free, however; donations are graciously accepted at various points in the park.  Since this is an annual event for many, booking early will guarantee you a warm, comfy room during your stay.  We have some great Bentleyville packages just for you so check them out!

Bentleyville - Thomas

And as traditions go, SnoCross is the weekend of Thanksgiving and is always a blast.  This event is held at Spirit Mountain where you can enjoy the snowmobiling action, get in a little skiing and take in the views of the twin ports.

Duluth has become a mecca for micro-breweries and The Duluth Experience offers a variety of tours to help you enjoy the most of what the breweries offer.  These tours include behind the scenes look at the process as well as tasting some of the best beer around.

The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion is currently at the Duluth Children’s Museum until December 14.  The kids will certainly enjoy this Mayan treasure hunt.

Get into the holiday spirit with the Duluth Playhouse’s rendition of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.  This show is sure to be very merry and full of holiday cheer!

Come one, come all and enjoy the festivities of the season with the Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark in Duluth!

Things To Do in October in Duluth MN

September 2, 2014

Summer might be over but the fun is just beginning with things to do in October in Duluth, Minnesota!  Duluthians and the Edgewater Hotel staff embrace the autumn weather, fall colors and all the fun that comes with Halloween.

Boo at the Zoo - Lake Superior Zoo

The North Shore Scenic Railroad runs fall color tours along the northern shore of Lake Superior.  This is a spectacular way to view the city of Duluth and the shore line.  And be sure to check out the Pumpkin train October 17 – 19 where you ride to pick up your pumpkin at a secret location that can only be gotten to by train.  Boo at the Zoo is always a treat for the kids where they can see the zoo and get a head start on their trick-or-treating.  This event is October 11 & 18.  The Duluth Experience is still offering their fantastic history tours through October.  There is their easy bus tour and the more adventurous walking tour.  Evil Dead The Musical will be playing at the Duluth Playhouse Underground beginning October 23 – could be shockingly interesting.  University of Minnesota – Duluth (UMD) Men’s and Women’s hockey is in full swing in October.  These games are always fun and exciting for the whole family.  Engwall’s corn maze is always a hoot as you find your way through the stalks of corn.  But watch out! This corn maze becomes the field of screams October 25 – 26 where you never know what might be lurking around the next corn stalk.

And of course the biggest event in October is the William A. Irvin ore boat becomes quite haunted during the month (check the calendar for open dates).  These haunted ship tours are by no means for the faint of heart so beware! This tour is so scary that no child under the age of 12 is allowed without a parent.  Bring a canned good to receive $1 off the admission price.

The Edgewater loves to have fun with guests at Halloween and are offering a spooktacular discount along with ghastly activities.   A costume contest, spooky crafts, tattoos, dirt cake, pizza buffet and tons more frightening things are on tap for guests.  Book early as this weekend tends to be popular!

Halloween Activities for the family in Duluth MN

September Festivals and More!

August 25, 2014

We try to pack as much fun as possible in to your family’s extra-long weekend before summer ends and school begins.  Join us all weekend long for discounts on food and drinks and fun crafts for the kids.

Activities in Duluth for Families

The Duluth-Superior Pride Festival gets into full swing on Saturday, August 30 with music at Bayfront Park, the Hummingbird Family 5K, and the Block Party in Superior.  Sunday’s fun includes the parade, Fruit Float Boat Cruise, the Foo Foo Choo Choo and lots of great food and exhibits throughout the weekend.  Take pride in our diversity!

The gardens are full of produce and the Lake Superior Harvest Festival on September 6 is a great venue to see what’s available at this time of year. In addition to the farmer’s market, visitors can also enjoy music, great food, family activities, art for sale, and so much more fun for everyone.

The 19th Annual Inline Marathon is Saturday, September 13 and will again run the 26.2 mile course from Two Harbors to the Duluth waterfront.  This is a beautiful stretch this time of year with changing colors and cooling breezes off Lake Superior.

Duluth Experience’s History Tours are available most days of the week.   They offer a wide variety of experiences from beer tasting and tours to walking and bus tours learning about the history of the city and Canal Park.   A truly great Duluth experience!

Le Festival des Montgolfières à Duluth, the Duluth Balloon Festival, is back again this year September 19 – 21 at Bayfront Festival Park.  The Edgewater is a proud sponsor of this year’s event! The kids will love flying Kiwanis kites, seeing these massive balloons up close and enjoy activities from the Duluth Children’s Museum and the Duluth YMCA.

Hot Air Balloon Festival in Duluth

Don’t miss out on the fun at the Edgewater! Call or reserve now and enjoy the festivities in Duluth!

Duluth Air Show in Minnesota

August 12, 2014

The Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark and parent company, ZMC Hotels, are proud to be sponsors of this year’s 2014 Duluth Air Show coming to the Duluth International Airport August 23 – 24, 2014.  ZMC’s Chief Operating Officer, Jon Driscoll, was invited to go up in the Pitts Special S-2B biplane with professional pilot, Brent Handy, owner operator of Redline Aerobatics.

The day was sunny with clear skies for this special flight.  Jon was a little nervous and honored to be asked to take this flight.  He didn’t show any fear as he climbed into the front seat of this beautiful plane and got strapped in for one of the best rides of his life.  After take-off, they performed a few aerial maneuvers including barrel rolls and a few G’s.

Jon & Brent Handy

The 148th Fighter Wing Air National Guard was out practicing during Jon’s flight with the take-off of four of their mighty fighter jets.  You can feel and hear the power of these jets as you stand on the runway.  Thank you to all the service men and women – your dedication and sacrifice are appreciated by us all.

Jon Thumbs Up

The Duluth Air Show will highlight the capabilities of these kinds of planes as well as offer demonstrations and insight into what makes these machines so great.  With the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels as the headliner act, along with the multitude of spectacular stunt flyers, this air show will appeal to all ages.

Fighter Jet