USCGC STORIS/Kodiak Cutter Reunion 2-4 June 2024

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Travel Information

Reunion registrations & Inn on Lake Superior reservations must be received/made by 01 May 2024.

Hotel Information:

The Inn on Lake Superior and Conference Center  is located at:

350 Canal Park Dr. Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: (218) 726-1111

Room reservations must be made by calling the hotel. Online reservations are not available.

Attendees should request the “Coast Guard Reunion rate” or code 11027 to get the assigned group rate.

Cancellations may be made up to 24 hours prior to arrival. Check-in time is 1600 and Check-out time is 1100.

Room rates for the reserved room block are:

Two Queen, Lake View – $176/night

Two Queen, Pool View – $159/night

King, Whirlpool, non-Lake View – $166/night

King, Sofa Sleeper, Lake View – $176/night

plus, applicable taxes and charges.

Weekend rates before or after the event are $276/night, all rooms plus taxes/charges.

The Duluth CVB recommends the following alternative lodging for those who may be looking for more economical rooming options:

Airport Information:

Duluth International Airport (DLH) –  is located in Duluth, 7 miles to the northwest or 15 min from the Inn on Lake Superior.

Delta and United Airlines connect to Duluth from Minneapolis and Chicago in the north, and Sun Country Airlines connects directly from Phoenix and Fort Myers to the south and west.

The airport has rental cars and other transportation options available. With the close proximity of the airport to the hotel, it’s likely that other reunion attendees would be willing to help shuttle our shipmates from and to the airport, as necessary.

Campgrounds:

For those interested in attending the event by RV, there are campgrounds located nearby. To learn more, visit the camping resource – https://visitduluth.com/stay/camping/

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Additional information for the Duluth Area is available in the Duluth Visitor’s Guide  and on the Duluth Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site.

Another info source is https://canalpark.com/. These visitor resources list various venues, activities, eateries, museums, shops, scenic routes and walking locations.

Meal Information

Breakfast/lunch/dinner

  • The Inn on Lake Superior offers a complimentary Continental Breakfast.
  • There are several restaurants in close proximity to the lodging/meeting facilities in Canal Park. Visitor information will be distributed to attendees at the event opening.
  • Many dining options listed at: https://visitduluth.com/food-drink/ and https://canalpark.com/.

Event Itinerary

Sunday 2 JUN – Reunion opens – Check-in & Meet/Greet – Northern Lights Ballroom at Inn

  • Meeting room open from 1200 to 2300 – Coffee/water/tea service available at breakfast area.
  • Check in, collect identification badges, attendee packets and visitor bureau information.

“Icebreaker” Meet and Greet – Convention Center Meeting Room – Sunday 18 JUL – 1800-2200

  • Event blessing and introduction.
  • Suggested dress: “casual nice,” uniform or jacket/shirt/tie, to personal preference.
  • Hors d’oeuvres and finger foods with cash bar.
  • Open microphone, sea stories and presentations, TBD.

Monday 3 JUN – “Choose Your Own Duluth – North Shore Adventure, Day 1”

  • Meeting room open from 0800 to 2300 – Coffee/water/tea service available at breakfast area.
  • Since the focus of the reunion is social time and sea stories, we want to fully utilize our meeting space in the Northern Lights Ballroom.
  • Various participants will give presentations in meeting room, schedule/content TBD
  • The Inn’s patio, the Lakewalk behind the hotel along Lake Superior and the Duluth Ship Canal offer scenic views and places to converse or walk, while watching pleasure boats and freighters.

Private reunion brunch charter cruise, MV VISTA STAR– 0955 – 1155 – $70 adult, $40 child

  • Boarding at 0930, then two-hour catered cruise, rain or shine, around Duluth and Superior harbors, the St. Louis River and Lake Superior. A nice opportunity to see the sights, maybe some freighters up close, enjoy a catered brunch and visit with friends, old and new. Dock located at 323 Harbor Drive, a short walk from the Inn. Paid parking available at adjacent DECC – 350 Harbor Drive.

There are several venues nearby where reunion attendees and/or spouses/guests can visit to match their interests and at their leisure on Monday and Tuesday morning and afternoon. Shops and restaurants abound in Canal Park. Refer to the Duluth Visitor’s Guide, the Duluth Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site at www.visitduluth.com and https://canalpark.com for ideas to choose your own adventure on Monday and Tuesday and to plan meal opportunities. Visitor information will be made available at the reunion at check-in Sunday.

Monday 3 JUN – CONTINUED

Dockside visitation to retired USCGC SUNDEW (WAGL/WLB-404) – Pier at S 8th Ave W

The 180-foot Seagoing Buoy Tender is the last operational 180 on the Great Lakes. Constructed at Marine Iron and Shipbuilding in Duluth, SUNDEW was laid down 29 NOV 1943, launched 8 FEB 1944 and commissioned 24 AUG 1944. She was decommissioned 27 MAY 2004 at Duluth. After a brief stint as a museum ship, she is currently owned and maintained as fully functional by Jeff Foster of Foster Trucking in Superior. Our visit may take place Monday or Tuesday as Mr. Foster’s schedule permits, so TBD.

U.S. Coast Guard facilities in the Duluth Area:

CG STA Duluth is located at 1201 Minnesota Avenue, about a mile south of the hotel and other side of the Aerial Lift Bridge on the harbor side of Minnesota Point. This is a small boat station that is involved with LE, SAR and ice rescue cases. This address is also the HQ for ANT Duluth and the moorings for the 225-foot Juniper-Class Seagoing Buoy Tender USCGC SPAR (WLB-206). Located in a federal building downtown at 515 W First Street, about a mile to the NW of the hotel, MSU Duluth handles several types of CG duties including environmental protection, COTP and marine vessel inspections, among others.

The CO of the Coast Guard Ninth District, RADM Jonathan P. Hickey, has been invited to the reunion and has expressed his full support of the event as well as a desire to join us if schedules permit. Until we draw closer to the date of our gathering, it is unknown whether or not RADM Hickey or staff will be attending or whether these USCG units will be available for reunion-related visitation. If the opportunity arises, we will explore any options made available to us by the units or US Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie/Ninth District command staff.

Tuesday 4 JUN – “Choose Your Own North Shore Adventure, Day 2”

  • Meeting room open from 0800 to 2300 – Coffee/water/tea service available at breakfast area.
  • Participants encouraged to visit area sites/venues of interest on their own, as on Monday.
  • Various participants will give presentations in meeting room, schedule/content TBD.

Dinner Banquet with cash bar – Northern Lights Ballroom – 1700 – 2300

  • Doors officially open at 1700 for the beginning of social hour
  • Blessing at 1800, immediately followed by dinner.
  • Evening programming and event wrap-up, reunion officially concludes.

Note: Anyone with special dietary needs should identify their situation on the registration sheet and with the wait staff at the dinner so that a special plate can be prepared.

Suggested dress: “casual nice,” uniform or jacket/shirt/tie, to personal preference.

After-dinner presentations and social time to follow, with meeting room to close at 2300.

Wednesday 5 JUN – “Not ‘goodbye,’ but instead, ‘until we meet again…’”

  • Check-out at 1100 for the Inn on Lake Superior, belongings and displays removed from Northern Lights Ballroom meeting space by this time.
  • Some reunion attendees plan to stay over an extra day, so informal gathering and continued group social and sightseeing opportunities around Duluth and the North Shore will be likely.

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