With mild temperatures spring through fall (winters are usually below freezing), plenty of outdoor attractions along with small businesses, this lakeside town provides the perfect getaway for dogs and humans alike. To help welcome four-legged visitors, a complete dog guide (complete with front window stickers around town) helps delineate the many dog-friendly shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and more in the Western Lake Superior area. Your pup may see it as a free treat guide, but for human travelers, it’s a great resource for bringing your pet on the road and never having to leave them behind.
An estimated 78% of Americans travel with their pets each year. Whether your dog is collecting stamps on his pup passport or is new to life on the road, Duluth is an accessible destination for dog lovers and canines alike. Here are six great things to do with your dog in Duluth.
1. Hike the Duluth Lake Boardwalk
Stretching 8 miles on the edge of Lake Superior, Duluth’s Lakewalk is pedestrian and bike friendly, and perfect for humans and dogs alike. Enjoy the paved path through the city center as you take in the lakeside views, or head to Brighton Beach (Kichi Gami Park) to immerse yourself in more nature. Park benches, picnic tables, small businesses, a public orchard, restrooms and more dot the trail, so there are plenty of spaces to stop and rest.
2. Get a local beer
Duluth is filled with excellent micro and craft breweries, many of which are very dog friendly. Just up from the Lakewalk, Canal Park Brewing Company welcomes four friends to the expansive patio, where humans can enjoy blonde cherry ales, cheese curds, and more local specialties with lakeside views. The Bent Paddle Tap Room also has a dog-approved patio, and Hoops Brewing welcomes dogs in the beer garden. Wild State Cider is a popular spot in Lincoln Park for hard cider and dog-friendly fun, and Vikre Distillery welcomes dogs inside while humans sample spirits with locally foraged botanicals.
3. Check into the Sheraton Duluth Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown, the Sheraton Duluth is the perfect headquarters for a dog-friendly vacation in Duluth. Guest rooms are spacious, clean and well-presented, many offering stunning views of Lake Superior. Larger suites are available for families, and an indoor fitness center and indoor pool provide on-site entertainment. For dining, Restaurant 301 serves breakfast and dinner to locals and visitors alike, with new Executive Chef Chris Ricoeur preparing seasonal cuisine that celebrates the region, including walleye cakes; A signature burger mixed with bison, wagyu beef, wild boar and elk; and local almond-crusted fish with wild rice. Reservations are available on OpenTable and guests can order the full room service menu, if you prefer to stay with your pup and take advantage of the streaming options on the in-room TV.
4. Hike along Chester Creek
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a quick drive to Chester Park, where the trails along Chester Creek are easy to navigate and scenic. A popular spot for local dogs and humans to explore, Chester Creek features waterfalls, bridges and surrounding greenery with miles of accessible hiking trails. In winter, cross-country skiing is a popular way to get around. Free parking is available at the park and dogs must be on a leash at all times.
5. Grab a snack at Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe
Sara’s Table Chester Creek Café is Duluth’s fork farm gem, offering friendly hospitality, a homemade retreat, and a dog-friendly patio. Open from breakfast to dinner, the cozy restaurant serves pastries, vegetarian specialties and hearty dishes (think eggs Benedict with wild rice sausage or steak with gorgonzola butter and purple potatoes), plus cocktails, wine, beer and more.
6. Shop at Fitger Mall
Step into this historic mall to stock up on souvenirs, necessities, and maybe a treat for your pup. Housed in a 19th-century building, the multi-level shopping center is home to an independent bookstore, pet specialty store, cookware and pantry goods stores, outdoor apparel retailers, and more.
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