First Series of the Year
Traveling for hockey this season? Unsure where to meet up with fellow Huskies fans? Wondering where the best food is and what sights to see? This season, Tech Hockey Guide will be looking at the away cities the Michigan Tech Huskies will be playing in. We'll be highlighting the best hockey hang outs, the best hotels within walking distance to the arenas and the Michigan Tech Alumni Association events you should be attending. First up is Minnesota-Duluth, a great city to travel to and only a few-hours drive from Houghton.
Traveling with: A Family
If you haven't booked travel yet, hotels are already scarce in Duluth for the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The Holiday Inn Downtown is still available for $207 a night. You'll be a little further from Canal Park, but it has two pools and is connected to the rest of Duluth by the Skyway system The Holiday Inn has a breakfast restaurant right in the building or you can head over to Pizza Luce for brunch and a Bloody Mary. You can also head over there a little later in the day for "The Best Pizza in Minnesota."
In the afternoon, make your way to the Great Lakes Aquarium. The kids will love the array of Great Lakes fish, and the otters are downright adorable. The otters eat between 3:00 and 3:30 most days and it's worth the trip. Minnesota's North Shore, just north of Duluth on US-61, is well known for it's beautiful fall colors and scenic vistas. Drive up to Split Rock Light House and gaze out over Lake Superior. Before the game, make sure to bring the family to the Michigan Tech Alumni Association event at Old Chicago in Canal Park. Dinner and hockey tickets are $35 or all you can eat pizza and pop (without tickets) for $10.
Traveling with: Old Friends
If you're reconnecting with friends in Duluth next weekend, you're going to want to be in Canal Park, an epicenter of bars and restaurants in Duluth and within walking distance to downtown and the DECC arena. Currently, there are few hotels with availability in Canal Park, but the Comfort Suites is still showing available for $271.
Duluth has a healthy brewing atmosphere. Canal Park boasts the Canal Park Brewing Company and is within walking distance of two Growler Magazine 2015 Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal award-winners: Best Brewpub Fitger's Brewhouse and Best Craft Beer Bar Tycoon's Alehouse. A short drive will bring you to Bent Paddle Brewing Company. Beer not your thing? The Vikre Distillery in Canal Park mixes craft cocktails with craft liquors that they make with all-Minnesota ingredients. While you and your friends would love the otters at the aquarium, perhaps some shopping at the Duluth Trading Company flagship store is more your speed. Gather up some Huskies gear at the Michigan Tech Alumni Association event at Old Chicago in Canal Park. Dinner and hockey tickets are $35 or all you can eat pizza and pop (without tickets) for $10.
Traveling with: Fellow Tech Students
Making the trip over from Houghton isn't such a bad drive. Unfortunately, there aren't very many reasonable deals for hotels remaining in Duluth. Investigate the Superior, Wis. side of the bridge for more options, but make sure to designate a sober driver, as Superior can be a hike. There are additional hotels up the hill, or split the cost of one of the above-listed hotels and the cost shouldn't be too bad. When in town, make sure to head to a couple Duluth staples in Grandma's Saloon & Grill and the nearby canal and lift bridge at the end of Canal Park. Looking for something a little outside-the-box? See if you can escape a room at Solve Entertainment. The Michigan Tech Alumni Association event at Old Chicago in Canal Park before the game will be your best bet for a cheap (yet filling) meal. Dinner and hockey tickets are $35 or all you can eat pizza and pop for (without tickets) $10.
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip to Duluth, and as always, Go Huskies!
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Cover photo courtesy of Tmajewski.