Duluth, Romantic or Not?

By KBJR News 1

February 10, 2012 Updated Feb 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter) -- After news broke this week that the social media tool "Foursquare" called Duluth one of the most unromantic cities in the country, we had to check with the city to see if that was true. The program allows people to "check in" on their electronic devices at businesses to receive deals and promotions.

Duluth has been singled out and apparently some say we've lost that loving feeling. But is that the truth? Eric Faust, Manager of JJ Astor restaurant with rotating 180 degree views of Duluth says the Northland kindles all kinds of love.

"We're so close to the North Shore. A beautiful lake. There's so much beauty around us it makes us more in tune with romance and with what is beautiful."

If the decidedly romantic natural beauty of Duluth isn't enough, the city also boasts one of the top Bed and Breakfast establishments in the country. Tim Allen, owner of the award winning, and very romantic, AG Thomson House, says Duluth has become a romantic getaway destination.

"We get people from all over staying here that look at Duluth as a destination because there's so much to do for couples."

His B&B does it's best to sell a magical night or two with only you and your loved one.

"We even have one package where we sneak in after dinner and we turn down the bed, scatter rose petals everywhere, champagne is put on ice right next to the whirlpool and so that you come back from dinner and you're a romantic hero."

But be careful when you visit this unromantic city of Duluth. Kevin Ferris, known as "The Rose Man", says he found love in this city of sparkling water and splendor.

"I moved here, I'm a transplant and the reason I'm here is because of probably romance. My fiancée moved here first and so I followed her and I've always wanted to live in Duluth it's the most beautiful city."

"It's so cold up here that you need to share life with somebody who's warm and keeps you warm. That may sound cheesy but people like to go up the shore and walk out in the cold because they get to hold each others hands. This is a place where love is very prominent."

Now maybe romance to you is enjoying a great wine at one of the fabulous restaurant locations throughout Duluth. Or maybe it's scanning the cityscape at Enger Tower. Or maybe romance is the proverbial long walk on the beach. Either way, Duluthians have always checked in for romance by the lake.

The Foursquare statistics show a lack of "checking in" to various romantic locations throughout the Northland. Many we spoke with said that method may be flawed because if they're in a truly romantic situation, they are not using social media.

Jordan Weinand