The exterior of Hostel du Nord in Duluth, MN, with owner Bob Monahan. Hostel du Nord is set in an urban setting with access to the city’s convenient skywalk system. Photo taken by Kathleen Murphy on September 25, 2018.

Monahan said he was inspired to open the hostel after struggling to find affordable accommodation for touring musicians playing at the Red Herring.

“It only made sense to take matters into my own hands,โ€ he said, though the hostel is sure to also be popular with backpackers heading to the North Shore and the Boundary Waters.

Taking over the space vacated by Garon Bros. Jewelers at 217 W. 1st Street in 2013, the space has been completed renovated by Monahan and transformed into a contemporary hostel with space for 48 guests.

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