Where is it? 25 miles northeast of downtown in Gwinnett County. It’s about a 40 minute drive to I-85.
What’s the story? Like many small towns in Georgia, Duluth owes its existence to the railroad. Originally known as Howell Crossing after an early settler, it was renamed Duluth after Congress passed legislation authorizing the construction of a rail line to connect the city to Duluth, Minnesota.
What are the local attractions? The Southern Railway Museum is a treat for children and adults. There are 90 locomotives, pullman cars, caboose and other rolling stock spread over 30 acres. Duluth also borders the Chattahoochee River and is full of parks, including the 45-acre Bunten Road Park with its sports facilities, and Rogers Bridge Park, home to the historic remains of a steel bridge spanning the river. Duluth Town Green is a popular gathering place for concerts, festivals and events. Downtown If you’re a ‘Stranger Things’ fan, be sure to visit the nearby Gwinnett Place mall, which also served as the Starcourt mall in the Netflix series.
What about the culinary scene? The city has cultivated the entire food scene, thanks to the multitude of Asian restaurants (pho, hot pot, Korean barbecue, bubble tea) along nearby Pleasant Hill Road. In downtown Duluth you’ll also find Dreamland BBQ, Good Word Brewing & Public House, Nacho Daddy, The Chocolaterie and Maple Street Biscuit Company, outposts of O4W Pizza and Pure Taqeuria, Truck & Tap, Sweet Ocotopus, Simply Done Donuts and more. .
What about houses? As of press time, there is a wide variety of single-family homes that can be purchased from $200,000 all the way up to $1 million and more. You can also snag a mid-$200,000 townhouse or condo.