Duluth lands 11 ‘best of’ honorsDuluth — the city itself — earned an award for “Best Place for a Day Outside.”
By: Terry Mattson, for the Budgeteer News
Duluth is the best. We felt so all along and now readers of Lake Superior Magazine have overwhelmingly confirmed it in the magazine’s “Best of the Lake” honors.
In the current August/September issue, public and private locations in Duluth landed 11 “best of” honors. For those of us in tourism, we’re pleased to see our investments are working. More broadly, the selections strengthen for me how lucky we are to be residents of Duluth.
Our Visit Duluth marketing reinforces the beauty of where we live, the attributes of our fantastic community and the support of Visit Duluth members (some of whom got awards, too). It all goes to the common goal of doing the best for our community — and turns out others think we’re the best, too.
First, Duluth — the city itself — earned an award for “Best Place for a Day Outside.” Very impressive given the region’s outdoor appeal. A majority of the magazine’s online and print readers, sending surveys from 16 states and three Canadian provinces, agreed that enjoying a day outside exploring Duluth was their top pick.
Other top choices show why Duluth has such strong character. Duluth’s Lakewalk earned “Best Shoreline to Stroll,” Park Point got “Best Swimming Beach” and Canal Park was the choice for “Best Public Lake-View Spot.” The Thompson Hill Travel Information Center at the edge of the city earned “Best Information Center,” no doubt because of both its service to visitors and its spectacular views of the city.
Public spaces were not the only ones honored. Many Duluth businesses proved their merit, too, for Best Locally Made Brew (Fitger’s Brewhouse), Best Casual Dining (Duluth Grill), Best Smoked Fish (Northern Waters Smokehaus), Best Family Lodging (The Inn on Lake Superior) and Best Experience on the Water (Vista Fleet — another contribution to a great day outside).
These assets — public and private — help Duluth overall. Then this year, when Visit Duluth added in the spectacle of tall-masted ships arriving for Tall Ships Duluth 2013, the city benefited with at least a 15 percent increase in lodging revenue alone for the month of July. And the visitors who came from all across North America also ate, shopped and, naturally, enjoyed our views.
The folks who visit — and thus help us pay for our amenities and quality of life — continue to tell us day after day that they truly love all of Duluth: the fun attractions, warm hospitality of our residents and our star attraction — Lake Superior — which is the focus of our own national magazine, Lake Superior Magazine, which started here in Duluth as Lake Superior Port Cities in 1979, and with which Visit Duluth has been proud to partner with for many years.
Lake Superior Magazine has in recent years taken advantage of online surveying for its long-running annual Best of the Lake choices, broadening its polling reach beyond its 20,000-average circulation that includes subscriptions in all 50 states, all Canadian provinces and more than 20 foreign countries. The magazine’s strong local circulation and readership helped to choose the winners — showing that as residents we also know how to enjoy time in our city.
The full Best of the Lake 2013 survey, and past surveys (where Duluth also is a frequent winner), can be found online at www.LakeSuperior.com. You can check it out – and then make a note to put Duluth at the top again next year with your votes when the survey starts for 2014.
We’re the best, after all, when we all work together.