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Apr. 11th, 2007 | 02:24 pm
posted by: osani in mn_runners

Does anyone have any advice on finding a place to stay in Duluth for Grandma's Marathon?

The places seem like such a rip-off, like just because there are few accommodations to choose from, they feel they have the right to charge ridiculous amounts with a 2-3 day minimum. It makes me want to sleep in my car. I bet they get so much business from the event. Why do they feel the need to rip people off?

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from: thursby
date: Apr. 11th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
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You can try camping. Or if you can find people to go in with, maybe renting a cabin. But yeah, its very expensive that weekend. I have an uncle that lives in Duluth, that's who I stayed with when I ran it.

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Just a girl

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from: osani
date: Apr. 11th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
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I'm considering camping although, I've never been camping and am not sure that would be the venue for my first experience. The car is looking pretty good though.

Unless I can stay with your uncle ;)

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from: thursby
date: Apr. 11th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
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I like camping, so it wouldn't bother me. And at least you would have access to facilities (at some campgrounds).

Your alternative is to try to find a hotel room a few miles outside of Duluth, and just be prepared to get up earlier and travel.

I'm not sure my uncle would be okay with that.

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Sarah

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from: sarahontheleft
date: Apr. 11th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
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I agree that it might be worth it to explore your options in the towns outside of Duluth --Cloquet, Carlton, and Superior are all 20-30 minutes away, at most. Then again, I have no idea what the parking situation would be if you are driving in the morning of the race.

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from: paddle2paddle
date: Apr. 11th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Jeez,
We (sarahontheleft is my wife) should offer my parent's field for camping for $10 or something. Sauna afterwards, pond to jump in, only 20 minutes from Duluth. Hmmm... *plots*

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Just a girl

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from: osani
date: Apr. 12th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
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Heh - sounds like you're on to something :) Especially the sauna deal - nice.

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Callista Scully

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from: callistascully
date: Apr. 12th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
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I would not recommend doing Cloquet or Carlton - they are 20 minutes or so outside of Duluth. Then you have to get through Duluth to the buses and then the buses have to get to Two Harbors.

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Girl From the North Country

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from: madame_chuchita
date: Apr. 11th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Try looking north of Duluth. It's much easier to navigate to the start when you're north and you will probably have better luck finding vacancy because the spectators tend to stay south towards the finish. If places are still booked, start calling a few weeks beforehand to find cancellations. But yeah, they are expensive and have minimum stays.

I know that quite a few people pay $5 to park at DECC and sleep in their cars! A stiff neck sounds like a miserable way to start a marathon.

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Just a girl

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from: osani
date: Apr. 11th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
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That's what I was thinking too. Normally I'd be totally fine sleeping in the car, but I am not so sure it would be good before a marathon.

Thanks for the info.

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Callista Scully

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from: callistascully
date: Apr. 12th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
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I recommend camping! We stay at the Burlington Bay campground in Two Harbors. It seems it would definitely beat sleeping in a car, I think. Hotels are so ridiculous anywhere near Duluth - I hate how they hurt the marathon so much.

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Callista Scully

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from: callistascully
date: Apr. 12th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
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Oh! I have also heard that UMD rents out their dorm rooms but I have no idea how much they charge.

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Just a girl

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from: osani
date: Apr. 12th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
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What are the regular rates there, just out of curiosity? How do they get off charging so much? It seems a running club or group should try to come up with other options so no one would have to put up with their crap.

Camping does seem to be the way to go - there's got to a first time for everything :)

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Callista Scully

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from: callistascully
date: Apr. 12th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Regular rates for UMD? I don't think they rent out normally - I'm pretty sure it's just a Grandma's special thing and that it came about fairly recently as a response to the digusting hotel rates. Though I could be completely off about that.

There are two running clubs of sorts up here that I know about - both are store teams and one is new in the last two years. But yeah, you would think one of them would figure something out. Though, I have a low opinion of one of the stores and don't see them caring about it so much.

Here's something I found, though:

"The colleges also are open at other times, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth and St. Scholastica both operate popular programs for seniors who leave their winter homes in Arizona and Florida to spend a cool summer on the shores of Lake Superior.

"For Grandma's, the University of Minnesota-Duluth charges $176.28 for two nights in a room with two beds and $384.20 for up to four in a two-bedroom suite. Call 1-218-726-7390, www.d.umn.edu/housing. The rest of the summer, seniors can rent furnished apartments that sleep four and include phone, utilities and a meal card; cost is $1,195 for five weeks, $1,815 for eight weeks and $2,215 for 10 weeks.

For Grandma's, St. Scholastica, just west of UMD off Skyline Parkway, charges $170 for two nights in a dorm room for two, with bath down the hall, $370 for a two-bedroom suite for four with private bath and $470 for a two-bedroom or four-bedroom apartment for four. At other times, the room rents for $54 nightly, $360 weekly; the suite for $90 nightly, $400 weekly; and the apartment for $155 nightly, $450 weekly. Call 1-218-529-5777, www.css.edu/x1316.xml.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior charges $70 per room for up to two adults and two children for Grandma's weekend, with a two-night minimum. On other days, it may rent them for $29 per night for a single and $40 for a double. Call 1-715-394-8575, www.uwsuper.edu."

I would say UWS would be worth it - it's close by and easy to get to off the High Bridge. UMD and St. Scholastica are both up top the hill, so not good on cars and they might all be about the same distance from the DECC if you're taking the buses from there.

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Just a girl

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from: osani
date: Apr. 12th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
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THANKS! You ROCK!

I will look into the UWS for sure.

I was wondering what regular rates might be for the hotels around there not during Grandma's weekend, just curious by how much they were ripping people off.

Too bad about the running clubs there though.

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Sarah

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from: sarahontheleft
date: Apr. 12th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
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We had our wedding up there last September and checked into the hotel rates for our guests. Average was maybe $80-$100 per night, which seemed kind of pricy to me for just a regular old Super 8 or AmericInn (and that was the special 'wedding discout' rate).

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