The Start. The PortLand Malt Shoppe Duluth, MN

The beginning of our travel season began over the 4th of July weekend.  I decided that a romantic trip to Duluth, Minnesota to watch the fireworks over Lake Superior was exactly what my significant other and I needed. I am a very lucky girl; he enjoys travel and camping as much as I do.

If you have never experienced Duluth , I highly recommend it.  You cannot possibly fit in all the wonderful things to do and see in a single weekend, but we managed to do quite a lot of it. We are strong believers of the saying, “You can sleep when you are dead,” and try to fit in as much as possible on our trips.

We were able to visit a couple amazing lighthouses in the close vicinity of Duluth. One of the more notable was Split Rock. After a horrific season of shipwrecks in 1905 the Split Rock lighthouse was built to try to prevent further destruction of ships.

After our tour of Split Rock we were able to enjoy the sun on the piers of downtown Duluth, explore the beautiful Great Lakes Aquarium, browse the local shops, and enjoy Fitgers Brew house.  Fitgers offers some wonderful food and its own micro brewed beer. My personal favorite was the apricot wheat.

Perhaps the best part of Duluth was the PortLand Malt Shoppe located next to Fitgers Brew house. The Portland Malt Shoppe holds our number ONE position for best malt in the Midwest. It is a small store, with window front service specializing in malts. There were a ton of different flavors, I chose the strawberry while my significant other chose raspberry. Each malt came with a vanilla wafer cookie that complimented the rich malt flavoring and a healthy amount of whipped cream on top. The malt itself came in a generous serving (I was unable to finish mine, the Mr. got to enjoy both flavors.), and was at a very reasonable price.

The only downside to the PortLand Malt Shoppe was that they didn’t accept credit cards. If you didn’t have cash you would have to go to a gift shop next door to purchase a gift certificate and come back. Overall, Duluth Minnesota, and the Portland Malt Shoppe are at the top of our list for places to visit. We can’t wait to go back.


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About midwestmalts

This summer has truly been incredible. Our travels have lead us around Minnesota and into parts of Wisconsin and North Dakota. We have explored mines, caves, wild life centers, and much more. One of the most entertaining parts of the summer was our pursuit for the best malt. Each small town offers their own tourist attractions which often times include a small town ice cream parlor. Because of the wide array of ice cream these shops offer we decided early on in the summer to limit our malt choices to either a raspberry or strawberry, and due to an unfortunate experience which will be discussed later on our malts are always ordered in the smallest possible size.

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