Duluth is a way of life. To consider yourself to be full-blooded Duluthian, we suggest you load up on these 25 items:
- Frost River Growler Pack
Camping? Hiking? Dinner date? No matter the occasion, these cool canvas bags will keep your craft beer growlers safe, sound, and ready for any adventure ahead.
- Hillsider by Don Ness
Not many mayors have been cool enough to publish an entire book documenting his political career. It’s a transparent look at his journey from city councilor through mayor, and explains just why Duluth is so great.
- At least one Trampled By Turtles Album
- Stormy Kromer Hat
Nothing says Duluth quite like a red and black plaid hat designed for both fashion and practicality.
- DLH clothing
Hand printed in Duluth, you can’t go wrong when paying proud homage to your favorite city on your shirt.
- Steger Mukluks
Like warm hugs comforting your feet in ridiculous cold temperatures. And made in Ely. You betcha.
- DPDtip App
Install this app on your smartphone to alert our local authorities of suspicious behavior. Together, we can keep our neighborhoods safe.
- UMD Bulldogs Gear
What better way to show your Bulldog pride than with bulldog gear. Available at fine retailers.
- A Tick Key from Duluth Pack
No one enjoys plucking ticks out of one’s skin. This magic device is a no-brainer for anyone spending time in the Minnesota woods.
- A Giant Fan
The Lake is our air conditioner. Which means most houses in Duluth do not have central air. Investing in a large fan will help draw the cool lake air inside on warm summer days… When we have them.
- Static Guard Spray
Because Duluth’s winter air will completely dry out your hair, clothes and skin until every item in your household is clinging to your wool coat.
- Epicurean Cutting Board
Particularly a Minnesota shaped board. Or walleye, that would be equally great. Made in Duluth.
- DTA Bus Pass
Only $40 for a 31 day bus pass with unlimited rides; an economical and environmentally-friendly alternative to your everyday transportation.
- A Winter Facemask for Winter Mornings (Balaklava)
Slightly creepy, but extremely practical.
- Kitty litter for your Trunk
An age old secret to create traction under your wheels on those slippery trips up the hill. Also used for potty trained felines. Ya know?
- Snow Shovel
Also keep in your trunk. Trust us.
- Minnesota State Parks Permit
Helps the conservation of nature, which is inevitably why you love Duluth. Plus it’s pretty inexpensive.
- Hiking boots
Duluth is home to countless parks, trails and recreation areas dying to be explored. No matter the weather, there is always a new place to adventure outdoors.
- Grandma’s Marathon Shirt or Medal
Need not be a runner to gather memorabilia. Volunteering for this community event is also an option, as well as purchasing from the store.
- Homegrown Music Festival Mix Album
Homegrown is a bit of an institution around here and the annual mixtapes are a great way to stay connected with Duluth’s thriving music scene.
- Portland Malt Shoppe Malt
Okay, not exactly something to own, but absolutely something to enjoy on a hot summer day.
- Spirit Mountain Season Pass
If you’re a skier or snowboarder, it’s definitely the most affordable method.
- Hot Dish Pan
In which to bake all those Minnesotan hot dishes.
- Lost Duluth by Tony Dierckins and Maryanne C. Norton
Lost Duluth details Duluth’s industrial, neighborhood and landmark history. To continue to thrive as a community, we all need to understand where we’ve been.
Do you have all the things on this list? What other things are essential for a true Duluth experience? Share your ideas in the comments below!