I love autumn. I think it’s my favorite season. Autumn reminds me of hunting season, football season, and the Twin Cities Marathon season. It’s also almost perfect weather-wise. The air is crisp in the morning, warm by midday then chilled and still by evening. But one thing I love more than all of the above, one thing that makes me happy to live in this state above all else, the changing colors of the trees.
Minnesota has had good luck with its cities being named in the top cities around the country. Maybe it isn’t luck at all, but either way Duluth was named the best town in America by Outside magazine while Minneapolis was named third best. Although Duluth won the competition back in June, since Minnesota Connected didn’t cover the results, I had to brag about Minnesota a little bit more.
Next month the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is bringing some hoppy and malty cheer to America’s Best Outdoor Town; All Pints North Summer Brew Fest is returning to Duluth for a third year. With the heat of the summer in full swing, the “Air-Conditioned City” and Minnesota craft beer are perfect temptations for taking that weekend road-trip out of the metro.
Split Rock Lighthouse has stood tall on the cliffs of Minnesota’s North Shore since it’s construction in 1910, providing one of the most iconic images in our great state.
Minneapolitans are not used to being surpassed in many categories that start with the word “best,” but our defeat is easier when the victor is just as Minnesotan as we are. Outside Magazine (or voters on its website rather) determined Tuesday night that Duluth, not Minneapolis, is the best place to live in the Midwest. Who would have thunk it?
Minneapolis and Duluth are fighting for the title of Best Town in the Midwest, part of Outside Magazine’s contest for America’s Best Place to Live.
Duluth is currently in the lead, beating out Minneapolis by more than 4,000 votes. The winner is chosen by voting done on Outside Magazine’s website.
A historic voyage took place in 1926, when a replica viking longboat set sail from Bergen, Norway, and made it all the way to Duluth in 1927. Having completed its purpose of showing the world the vikings could have made it to America, the ship was purchased by Duluth business partners Emil Olson and Bert Enger. The two then donated the boat to the city of Duluth, intending it to be put on public display. Unfortunately, things were about to go poorly for the vessel.
As a relatively snowless November stretches into December, many Minnesotans start to get restless. What is the point of it being cold when there is no snow? What can we do here in this type of weather? If you feel like driving two and a half hours north, the answer is Bentleyville. Situated at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, the “Tour of Lights” is a bright, festive, and cheery event for the whole family.