Home to the original Peachtree Road, the city of Duluth was incorporated into Gwinnett County in 1906. The city derives its name from Duluth, Minnesota, which was named after Daniel Greysolon Sieur du Lhut, a French captain and explorer of the upper Midwest who was responsible for negotiating a signed peace treaty between the Chippewa and the Sioux nation.
Duluth has a very reputable status as one of the best places to live, and it is recognized as a model city for Gwinnett County. It has been mentioned in Forbes magazine, which ranked the city at No. 26 in the nation in America’s Best Places to Move in 2009, in BusinessWeek magazine as the Best Affordable Suburb in Georgia and most recently in NewsMax Magazine as a Top Ten City for Best American Values. Located close to I-85 and featuring great shopping, recreation and dining throughout the city, it’s no wonder that more than 26,000 people call Duluth their home. More than 900 homes are for sale on Zillow that range in price from $60,000 to $6.2 million. In addition, there are nearly 100 rental homes on Trulia available, which are priced from $600 to $4,000 per month.
Duluth’s youngest residents can attend a variety of 18 public and 26 exceptional private schools, including Findley Oaks Elementary, Shakerag Elementary, Wilson Creek Elementary, River Trail Middle, Hull Middle, Northview High, Woodward Academy and Notre Dame Academy.
Despite Duluth being at the forefront of the Metro Atlanta area’s great business and residential development, it still manages to retain its small-town character with its many annual holiday and festive events and tight knit community. Attractions in Duluth include:
Shopping and Dining:
- Gwinnett Place Mall. Located in the heart of Gwinnett, this mall has a variety of stores for the whole family. Popular stores include American Eagle Outfitters, Finish Line, Bath & Body Works, Abercrombie & Fitch, Express and Macy’s.
- Sugarloaf Mills. Located less than six miles away from downtown Duluth, this shopping mall has an eclectic mix of shops. Stores include Bass Pro Shops, Forever 21, Books-A-Million, Adidas, Disney Outlet and Nike Factory Store. The mall is also home to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.
- The Forum on Peachtree Parkway. Just a short drive from the city of Duluth, The Forum has the reputation of being an upscale outdoor mall with great restaurants. Shops and dining include top destinations such as Trader Joe’s, Moe’s, GiGi’s Cupcakes, Yogurtland, Chipotle, ULTA, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Loft, Fab’rik, Barnes & Noble’s and Charming Charlie’s.
- Kurt’s Bistro. A favorite in the Atlanta metro area, this German bistro is a must if you’re a fan of beer and meat. Menu items include Escalope De Porc Forestiere, Schwabian Platter, bistro salad, potato pancakes and bananas foster.
- Park Café. A lovely Southern neighborhood bistro, Park Café offers their guests quality food and wine. Favorite menu items include a fried shrimp po-boy, salmon “BLT”, shrimp and grits, crab cake sandwich, fried green tomatoes, duck confit pasta, bacon meatloaf and BBQ-glazed pork tenderloin.
Entertainment and Recreation
- Pinckneyville Park. Located on Old Peachtree Road, this park is the perfect place for the whole family with offerings including a dog park, soccer fields, baseball fields, a skate park and multiple playgrounds.
- Jones Bridge Park. A little further away, Jones Bridge is a great place for the for children of all ages. With its open fields, the park is perfect for Frisbee or flying kites. A large covered playground also sits in the park, as well as multiple pavilions for picnics.
- The Arena at Gwinnett Center. With free parking, tasty concessions and great views from every seat, The Arena at Gwinnett Center is a great venue for basketball, concerts and other shows.
- Tournament Players Club at Sugarloaf. TPC Sugarloaf houses an exquisite course within Sugarloaf Country Club that was designed by Greg Norman. Consisting of three courses of nine holes, each a par-36, this venue would be fun and challenging for any golfer.
- Eddie Own Presents at Red Clay Theater. With great acoustics and a convenient location in historic downtown Duluth, this is a great place to go if you’re looking for a small venue with a friendly staff.
- Strickland House, Duluth Historical Society. The Duluth Historical Society is located in the Historic Strickland House. The home was established in 1898, and was the home of Alice Strickland, the first female mayor of Duluth. Artifacts, exhibits and pictures show stories from Duluth’s first inhabitants, Cherokee Indians and its founder, Evan Howell. The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 3 p.m..
- Southeastern Railway Museum. Operated by the National Railway Historical Society’s Atlanta Chapter, visitors can tour passenger coaches and business coaches, explore old WWII troop kitchens and look at old freight cars.
- Lamplighter Tours of Atlanta. Housed in Duluth and one of Atlanta’s oldest group tours with more than 25 years of experience, this tour takes visitors to important historical sites in Atlanta. Sites include The Atlanta History Center, Stately Oaks Plantation, Sweet Auburn, Margaret Mitchell House, The Carter Presidential Center and much more.
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