Snowshoeing & Christmas Lights
The weekend after Thanksgiving Jo and I decided to run up to Duluth, Minnesota one of our favorite towns around Lake Superior. Last year the Duluth Chamber & Visitors Bureau together with a number of private interests created a new holiday attraction called Bentleyville Tour of Lights. Weather forced us to cancel our trip up to see the new festival so this year soon after it opened we decided to make the trip while the weather cooperated. Jo’s sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Dan Laufenberg, joined us on the trip. We also brought our snowshoes along because Duluth and the North Shore had been blessed with several inches of snow over the past two weeks. We found some nice trails near Spirit Mountain. After catching a very good fish fry dinner at Old Chicago in Canal Park, we headed over to Bentleyville for a stroll through the village.
Bentleyville is actually a fairy tale Christmas Village created out of wire and lights at Duluth’s Bayfront Park. A number of Duluth neighborhoods and landmarks are depicted as well as several familiar Christmas themes. A path winds through the village so holiday visitors can see all the exhibits. Along the way they can stop at various cottages that offer hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn, gift items, marshmellows for roasting over fire bins, as well as visits to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. We strolled through the village for well over an hour and would probably have spent more time enjoying the festivities had we not had a three hour drive ahead of us to get back to Minneapolis. Bentleyville’s Holiday Village is a super fun time for the whole family. There is no admission charge but donations are certainly welcome. This really a nice touch because a family can come out to enjoy the experience and contribute whatever they feel they can afford and in these times some folks can’t afford much and they can enjoy Bentleyville without worry. Bentleyville is open all evenings from 5 – 9pm until December 26th. They will re-open New Years Eve for a special exhibit that includes fireworks.
Have a Merry Christmas