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OFFICIAL 2017 VISITOR GUIDE

COOK COUNTY MINNESOTA

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Visitor Information

BY AIR

International airports are located in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Duluth, Minnesota and Thunder Bay, Ontario. There is also a state-ofthe-art regional airport just outside Grand Marais. For more information,see boreal.org/airport

Getting Here DRIVING FROM MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (240 MI) AND DULUTH (80 MI)

Head north on Interstate Highway 35 toward Duluth. Follow Interstate 35 through Duluth until you see signs for Highway 61/ North Shore. From Duluth, follow Highway 61 - the nationally recognized North Shore Scenic Drive - to the numerous beautiful communities located in the Arrowhead region.

DRIVING FROM THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO (100 MI/160 KM) Follow Highway 61 south to the Canada/U.S. border, then continue south along the North Shore Scenic Drive.

QUESTIONS? 800-922-5000

BY WATER

Travel options include sailing, sea kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding and boating. The Lake Superior Water Trail extends 150 miles from the St. Louis Bay in Duluth all the way to the Pigeon River at the Canadian Border. There are detailed maps available along with designated camp sites. Be sure to wear a PFD, register your watercraft, and check the weather often. For maps and more information, see dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/lswt

VISITOR CENTERS Grand Marais Information Center: 116 West Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604, 218-387-2524 Lutsen-Tofte Information Center: 7136 West Highway 61, Tofte, MN 55615, 218-663-7804

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OFFICIAL 2017 VISITOR GUIDE

EXPERIENCE

COOK COUNTY

COOK COUNTY MINNESOTA

DEPARTMENTS 2 Welcome to Cook County, Minnesota:

A Message from Linda Jurek, Executive Director of Visit Cook County

6 Outdoor Explorations: An Assortment

of Handpicked Adventures

7 Scenic Golf: Award-Winning Play

in Spectacular Surroundings

10 Dining Adventures: Taste the North 11 Lutsen Mountains: Minnesota’s

Mountain Vacation

12 Wondrous Moments: Moose, Northern

Lights & Starry Nights

COMMUNITY GUIDE 13 Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder 17 Grand Marais 26 Gunflint Trail 32 Grand Portage

FEATURES

SEASONAL DELIGHTS 3 Seasonal Flavors and Event Highlights

4 The Spirit of Superior Snowshoe & Cross-Country Ski 8 Amidst Pristine Beauty

Immerse yourself in the beauty and power of the big lake

Set yourself free and explore 2 million acres of beauty

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Hike & Bike the Superior Way

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Northern Renaissance

Variety is what you’ll find in the heart of the Superior National Forest

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Dear Visitors, Whether this is your first trip to northeastern Minnesota or whether you’ve been called back time and time again, you know this is a special place. We are steeped in tradition and generations of families. And yet, we keep pace with the world outside our door.

Linda Jurek, Executive Director

We are unique. Cook County Minnesota is geographically surrounded by an international border, the Superior National Forest, and the largest of the Great Lakes – Lake Superior. You will discover a landscape that is unscathed by time; the Sawtooth Mountains, quiet inland lakes, hidden river canyons and endless forest trails. And while our land is a protected jewel, you will find five star restaurants and lodging accommodations, outdoor recreation and a thriving arts community second only to Minneapolis and St. Paul. If you’ve never visited, we hope this visitor guide tempts you to plan your trip. If you know our corner of the world well, enjoy the photography and make a new bucket list of Cook County experiences. Plan your adventure at visitcookcounty.com. With warm regards,

Linda Jurek Linda Jurek, Executive Director

ABOUT THIS GUIDE This guide was designed and published by Visit Cook County. 116 West Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604 218-387-2788 © 2017 All rights reserved.

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Delights

Seasonal

SUMMER

WINTER

Seasonal Flavor: Festivals, Wilderness Trips Event Highlights: • Lutsen 99er, Lutsen • Grand Marais Arts Festival, Grand Marais • Hopped Up Beer Festival, Lutsen • North Shore Water Festival, Grand Marais • Gunflint Trail Canoe Races, Gunflint Trail • Fisherman’s Picnic, Grand Marais • Rendezvous Days and Pow-Wow, Grand Portage

Seasonal Flavor: Northern Lights, Winter Sports Event Highlights: • Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival, Grand Marais • North Shore Holiday and Oh Ole Night Parade, Grand Marais • Norpine Fat Bike Classic, Lutsen • Gunflint Mail Run, Gunflint Trail • Lake Effect Music and Ski Festival, Lutsen • Ski Party, Lutsen • Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Countywide • Pincushion Mountain Family Ski Festival, Grand Marais • Sugarbush Candelight Ski and Snowshoe, Lutsen • Dog Days of Winter Fun, Gunflint Trail • DuLutsen Music and Ski Festival, Lutsen

MORE: visitcookcounty.com/summer

FALL Seasonal Flavor: Fall Colors, Storm Watching Event Highlights: • Radio Waves Music Festival, Grand Marais • Unplugged, Grand Marais • Plein Air, Grand Marais • Moose Madness Family Festival, Grand Marais • Bluegrass Masters Weekend, Lutsen • Lake Superior Storm Festival, Lutsen and Grand Marais MORE: visitcookcounty.com/fall

For a complete list of seasonal events, visitcookcounty.com/calendar

MORE: visitcookcounty.com/winter

SPRING Seasonal Flavor: Spring Skiing, Waterfall Watching Event Highlights: • Mountain Meltdown, Lutsen • Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge, Lutsen • Ham Run 5K and Half Marathon, Gunflint Trail • Art Along the Lake, Countywide • Le Grand Du Nord Gravel Cycling Classic, Grand Marais • Boundary Waters Expo, Gunflint Trail MORE: visitcookcounty.com/spring visitcookcounty.com 3


“THE VOICE OF THE SEA SPEAKS TO THE SOUL,” wrote Kate Chopin in The Awakening. Lake Superior is a freshwater sea. No wonder people are drawn to her shore as a place to rejuvenate the body, feed the spirit and even rekindle romance. Here are some ways to immerse yourself in the beauty and power of the big lake. RELAXATION & ROMANCE

Leave your cares at the county line. Here, you can indulge in a massage among the most dramatic scenery in Minnesota, bask with your sweetheart in a private hot tub with a glass of wine amidst millions of acres of wilderness, or simply sit and watch the lake. If you get a thrill from waves and wind, visit in November. In the fall, frigid lowpressure systems from the Arctic swing down over Lake Superior and bump into warmer systems fed by the jet stream. These collisions can spawn ferocious gales. We celebrate this display of Superior’s wild side with the annual Lake Superior Storm Festival. Our communities offer plenty of snug harbors for storm watching. Hunker down with a hot beverage and behold the drama in comfort.

No gear or experience? No worries. Book a paddling tour (including sunset, half-day or multi-day trips). Experienced paddlers can rent equipment for unguided use.

No wonder people are drawn to her shore as a place to rejuvenate the body, feed the spirit and even rekindle romance. Alternatively, try a stand-up paddle board (SUP) tour. They’re more stable than you think – you don’t have to be athletic to enjoy this adventure. And you’ll never forget the feeling of gliding serenely over Superior’s surface.

More: visitcookcounty.com/storms visitcookcounty.com/spa

More: visitcookcounty.com/kayak

GLIDING ON THE WATER

FISHING AND SAILING

You don’t have to travel to the ocean to go sea kayaking. With hidden coves, crystalline water and uncrowded shores, the Cook County stretch of Lake Superior coastline makes for a magical paddling experience.

The

We don’t like to brag, but a lot of Minnesota state record fish have been caught here in Cook County. Kamloops rainbow trout, pink salmon, Chinook salmon and steelhead trout thrive in the cold, rocky waters just off our

Spirit

OF SUPERIOR

Immerse yourself in the beauty and power of the big lake.

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LAKE SUPERIOR

FACTS

It is named “Superior” for a reason. As the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior has as much water as all of the great lakes (Michigan, Huron, Ontario, Erie) plus three more Lake Eries! • Surface area: 31,700 square miles or roughly 10% of the world’s surface water • Length: 350 miles • Width: 160 miles • Volume: 3 quadrillion gallons (that is enough to cover both North and South America under a foot of water) • Shoreline: 1,826 miles • Average Depth: 483 feet Maximum Depth: 1,276 feet • Shipwrecks: over 350 • Average water temperature: 40º Fahrenheit • Ojibwe name: Gichigami – meaning “big water” • Gems: the Lake Superior agate is the official Minnesota state gemstone. Other unique gemstones include thomsonite, Isle Royale greenstone and a variety of other stones. More: visitcookcounty.com/lakesuperior

shoreline. Lake trout begin to bite early in the spring and good fishing continues into the fall. Coho and Chinook salmon are also caught beginning in late summer, usually by trolling within a few miles of shore. Charter captains can take you out for half-day or full-day adventures on Lake Superior. Charters will take care of special equipment needs and help arrange the appropriate license. Dress warmly!

For fishing or scenic sailing, BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) is an option, too. For a sightseeing voyage to remember, visit in September and behold the glory of fall colors from the water. More: visitcookcounty.com/sailing visitcookcounty.com/fishing

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Outdoor Explorations

An Assortment of Handpicked Adventures LOOK FOR AGATES

The Minnesota state gem is the Lake Superior agate. Find one anywhere rocks have been dropped by glaciers or moved by humans. Begin your agate quest on any public beach or along any gravel road. On the beach, dig down a few inches to where the rocks are wet; wetness will help you spot the telltale translucent sheen of agates. More: visitcookcounty.com/agates

EXPLORE UNCROWDED PARKS

The four state parks in Cook County – plus the national park you can access from here – are among the loveliest on the North Shore. And the least crowded!

the Brule River to see Devil’s Kettle Falls, a spooky split waterfall that pours into a hole said to be bottomless. Numerous scientific attempts have been made to locate the outlet of the Kettle, but anything dropped into the hole – including dyes and ping-pong balls – simply vanishes. Grand Portage State Park – See more on page 32. Grand Portage National Monument– See more on page 32. Isle Royale National Park – About 22 miles from Grand Portage, in Michigan waters. Designated an International Biosphere Reserve. Explore historic sites, including lighthouses and shipwrecks. Backpack the Greenstone Ridge Trail. More: visitcookcounty.com/parks

Temperance River State Park – One mile north of Schroeder on Highway 61. Gaze in the Temperance River Gorge, then hike to Hidden Falls or the summit of Carlton Peak.

LEARN THE SECRETS OF BEARS

Cascade River State Park – 10 miles southwest of Grand Marais on Highway 61. View beautiful Cascade Falls (see photo above) just off the highway. Then trek to the dramatic, multi-tiered gorge section known as The Cascades.

More: visitcookcounty.com/naturalist

Judge C.R. Magney State Park – 14 miles northeast of Grand Marais on Highway 61. Hike 2.5 miles (round-trip) beside 6 Cook County Visitor Guide

Year round, U.S. Forest Service naturalists lead free familyfriendly programs at resorts and other locations all around Cook County. Learn about moose, agates, bears, wildflowers and more.


Scenic Golf Award-Winning Play in Spectacular Surroundings GUNFLINT HILLS GOLF COURSE

Located four miles north of the Grand Marais Harbor, Gunflint Hills Golf Course is a scenic 9-hole, Par 36 layout with smooth and fast undulating greens and lush fairways accented with native grasses and wildflowers. At 3,030 yards with three sets of tees, it will challenge and delight all levels of golfers.

SUPERIOR NATIONAL AT LUTSEN

Superior National at Lutsen is a visually stunning 27-hole, 6,300-yard championship golf course with sloping fairways and grand elevation changes. It has been named the #1 public golf course in Minnesota by Golf Digest Magazine. The course is currently being enhanced by a multi-phase $4.6 million renovation led by renowned golf course architect Jeffrey Brauer. Eighteen holes will always be available for play during renovations.

Superior National at Lutsen is a visually stunning 27-hole, 6,300-yard championship golf course with sloping fairways and grand elevation changes. Superior National nestles against the Sawtooth Mountain Range, winds through the Poplar River Valley, and opens onto Lake Superior vistas so spectacular you might struggle to concentrate on your swing. You also might find yourself sharing the links with whitetail deer, fox, bald eagle, or even moose. More: visitcookcounty.com/golf

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THIS WINTER, HAVE A SNOWVENTURE TO REMEMBER. In Cook County, you can glide along over 400 km of groomed cross-country ski trails – the biggest such network in North America. Or feel the freedom of snowshoes, which allow you to blaze your own trail through our 2 million acres of wildlands.

SNOWSHOE

MAJOR TRAIL SYSTEMS

Anyone can snowshoe! Strap on a pair and go for a quick kid-friendly jaunt or a full-day adventure. Follow a trail along the Lake Superior shore, trek to a waterfall or glide through the Boundary Waters. Most Gunflint Trail area hiking trails and most segments of the Superior Hiking Trail are suitable for snowshoeing. You can buy, rent, or check out snowshoes from many Cook County businesses. Your lodging establishment can point you to nearby trails, and may even loan you snowshoes, or offer guided excursions.

Sugarbush Trail System – 81 km, Tofte Groomed for both classic and skate ski, this system winds through the Sawtooth Mountains and boasts views of Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest.

Follow a trail along the Lake Superior shore, trek to a waterfall or break trail through the Boundary Waters.

More: visitcookcounty.com/snowshoe

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI Learners and lifelong skiers alike will find suitable trails here. In addition to the seven systems detailed below, there are many smaller systems, among them Lutsen Mountains, Cascade River State Park and George Washington Pines. Pass requirements vary for each trail system – see our website for details. More: visitcookcounty.com/xcski

Norpine Trail System – 57 km, Lutsen These wide trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing, winding through evergreens and maple forest with sapphirine Lake Superior views. Pincushion Trail System – 25 km, Grand Marais Twining along the flanks of Pincushion Mountain, this trail system is groomed for classic and skate skiing and includes perks like a warming chalet, 2 km of illuminated trails, a separate snowshoe trail and jawdropping overlooks of Lake Superior.

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Set Yourself

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with Snowshoes & Skis Explore 2 Million Acres of Beauty


More Thrills

DOGSLEDDING

Cheer at one of our annual dogsled races, then engage a local company to take you out on a dog-drawn adventure of your own. Fun for all ages! More: visitcookcounty.com/dogsled

ICE FISHING

Cook County offers 867 ice-fishing lakes, some inside the Boundary Waters. (Check regulations carefully). Favored winter fishing species: lake trout. Mmm. More: visitcookcouty.com/icefishing

SNOWMOBILING Bally Creek Trail System – 25 km, Grand Marais Wooded ski trail system groomed for single track skiing featuring multiple loops near Bear Track Camp and connects with some of the Norpine Ski Trails. Central Gunflint Trail System – 98 km, Gunflint Trail This privately-maintained system features virgin pines, glacial eskers, sky-high white pines, gemlike lakes, moose habitat and rollicking terrain, plus 1.5 km of illuminated trails.

Banadad Trail System – 43 km, Gunflint Trail These single-tracked public ski trails sidle along lakes, creeks and old-growth pines in the Boundary Waters. Upper Gunflint Trail System –70 km, Gunflint Trail This privately-maintained system skirts Canada and the Boundary Waters. Encounter dramatic valley views, ancient cedars, sprawling lakes and areas known for animal tracks and sightings. There is also 4 km of lit trails for night skiing.

With 450 miles of trails, every part of Cook County offers something special to snowmobilers—from wilderness and solitude to Lake Superior views. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like moose, fox, coyotes and wolves. More: visitcookcounty.com/snowmobiling

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Dining Adventures Taste the North HUNGRY?

Cook County pairs breathtaking scenery with mouthwatering food. Choose from over two dozen quality eateries, ranging from romantic fine dining and family restaurants (including one featured on the Food Network’s hit show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) to fresh café cuisine.

Half the fun of dining in Cook County is the setting. Who knew that dinner could be an adventure? Half the fun of dining in Cook County is the setting. Who knew that dinner could be an adventure? Try an eatery overlooking the rugged Lake Superior coastline, or with a view of the Grand Marais lighthouse. Pop into a cafe or pub you’ve never been to. Drive up the Gunflint Trail – a National Scenic Byway – to look for moose and a bite to eat. No matter where you end up, you’ll detect the influences of the Ojibwe culture and Scandinavian immigrants for which this region is known. Chow down on chowder with wild rice. Indulge in “Lake Superior caviar” – herring roe that is considered a delicacy in Sweden. Feast on locally-caught fish. For a tasty souvenir, take home bottles of locally-harvested maple syrup. The maple syrup companies in Cook County have won dozens of national awards. Speaking of bottles, you’ll also find microbreweries and a new winery here. More: visitcookcounty.com/dining

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Lutsen Mountains Minnesota’s Mountain Vacation

LUTSEN MOUNTAINS offers the Midwest’s

only true mountain ski area experience, just four hours from the Twin Cities. Four peaks overlooking Lake Superior bring big mountain skiing with Up North authenticity and scenery. Plus, you’ll enjoy the comforts of a modern ski resort, including restored chalets, slope side lodging and dining and live music seven days a week. Whether you’re looking for a family ski holiday, a romantic retreat, or a weekend ski or snowboard getaway with friends, you’ll discover a true mountain vacation at Lutsen.

LUTSEN BY THE NUMBERS • 1,088 feet of vertical, nearly double that of other Midwest resorts • Four big mountains with 1,000 acres to explore • 95 runs, from bunny hills to double black diamonds • 60 acres of tree skiing • Five terrain parks • Longest run: 2 miles • 10 feet average annual snowfall

NEW EVERYTHING

In the past few years over $25 million has been invested to enhance the Lutsen experience. You’ll find the new eight-passenger Summit Express gondola, new six-passenger high-speed chairlift, millions in new snowmaking technology and more. Investments that slash wait times, multiply slope time and improve every aspect of your visit.

WHERE TO STAY

You’ll also find the finest collection of lodging in all of ski country. Savor the ambiance of a classic old-world lodge or cozy northwoods cabin, the luxury of a seaside spa resort, or the convenience of a ski-in/ski-out condo. More: lutsen.com

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Wondrous Moments Moose, Northern Lights & Starry Nights SEE A MOOSE Moose are Minnesota’s largest animal, weighing as much

as four or five deer put together. For the best chance of seeing one of these massive, elusive creatures, drive the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway at dawn or dusk. Every October, the village of Grand Marais celebrates the Moose Madness Family Festival. Carpe moosem!

CHASE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Legends from northern peoples attribute the aurora borealis to dancing spirits, the souls of the dead and the tail-twitching of a magical fox. Thanks to our location and vast, dark skies, we in Cook County are lucky enough to see the aurora borealis fairly

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often, especially in the late fall and winter. The best viewing is during clear, moonless nights. Find a spot with a good view to the north, without hills or trees blocking your line of sight. Try the south shoreline of one of our larger lakes. More: visitcookcounty.com/northernlights

STARGAZE UNDER THE MILKY WAY

Thousands of visible stars adorn the night sky, but those in the city may only be able to see a few hundred. Pack a telescope or binoculars and join the many stargazers and astrophotographers who flock here to escape light pollution.


LUTSEN, TOFTE, SCHROEDER

Lutsen – Tofte – Schroeder Basecamp for Adventure

STRUNG ALONG THE LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE

like beads on a necklace, the communities of Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder serve as the southern gateway to Cook County, Minnesota.

MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES

One striking feature of the Lutsen-Tofte-Schroeder area is the Sawtooth Mountain Range, which draws its name from its serrated profile. In winter, scenic snowshoe and cross-country ski trails wrap around the peaks, along with snowmobile trails. Lutsen Mountains lures skiers and snowboarders with over a thousand feet of vertical (more on page 11). In summer, access mountain bike trails, the Superior Hiking Trail and the Boundary Waters. Summit all ten of Minnesota’s tallest peaks. For amusement-park thrills, try the Alpine Slide at Lutsen Mountains – an exhilarating ride down the mountainside on half a mile of twisting, turning track.

SHORELINE DELIGHTS

After you’ve taken in the beauty of the mountains, head to the Lake Superior shore. Take in the view by biking the paved Gitchi Gami State Trail or visiting Father Baragas’ Cross, a breathtaking historical site. Go sailing or fishing. Kayak along the cliffs. Behold the waterfalls of Temperance River State Park and Cascade River State Park.

Strung along the Lake Superior shore like beads on a necklace, the communities of Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder serve as the southern gateway to Cook County, Minnesota. RELAXATION, REFINED

If relaxation is your aim, you’ve come to the right place. Play a world-class round of golf at Superior National at Lutsen (more on page 7). Savor a hot-stone massage or other spa service. At Lutsen Mountains, ride the Summit Express gondola, a gentle all-ages gondola that glides from summit to summit, and in the winter, catch live music at Lutsen Mountains’ ever-popular Papa Charlie’s pub. More: visitcookcounty.com/lutsentofte visitcookcounty.com 13


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CASCADE LODGE RESTAURANT & PUB 3719 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen | cascadelodgemn.com/dining 218-387-2911 | 800-322-9543

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COHO CAFE BAKERY & DELI 7126 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte | bluefinbay.com/plan-your-stay/dining 218-663-8032 | 800-258-3346

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LAKESIDE DINING ROOM AT LUTSEN RESORT 5700 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen | lutsenresort.com/dining 218-663-7212 | 800-258-8736

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LOCKPORT MARKETPLACE & GRILL 55364 Hwy. 61, Lutsen | 218-663-7548

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BLUEFIN GRILLE AT BLUEFIN BAY RESORT 7192 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte bluefinbay.com/plan-your-stay/dining/bluefin-grille | 218-663-6200 | 800-258-3346

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DINING

Lakeside view: Inland Lake

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MOGULS GRILLE &TAP ROOM 371 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen | caribouhighlands.com/moguls-grille 218-663-3020 | 800-642-6036

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NORTH SHORE WINERY 202 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen | northshorewinery.us | 651-605-5107

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PAPA CHARLIE’S AT LUTSEN MOUNTAINS 467 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen | lutsen.com | 218-663-7281

POPLAR RIVER PUB AT LUTSEN RESORT 5700 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen | lutsenresort.com/dining 218-663-7212 | 800-258-8736 SUMMIT CHALET AT LUTSEN MOUNTAINS 467 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen | lutsen.com | 218-663-7281 THE MOUNTAIN VIEW GRILL 467 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen | lutsen.com | 218-663-7800

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WAVES OF SUPERIOR SPA & CAFE 20 Surfside Dr., Tofte | bluefinbay.com/spa 218-663-6888 | 800-258-3346

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RECREATION, ARTS & SERVICES = CHAMBER MEMBER CROSS RIVER HERITAGE CENTER 7932 W. Hwy. 61, Schroeder | crossriverheritage.org | 218-663-7706 GRAND MARAIS STATE BANK 4 Johannes Lane, Tofte | grandmaraisstatebank.com | 218-663-7891 LUTSEN MOUNTAINS ALPINE & WINTER SPORTS 445 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen | lutsen.com | 218-663-7281 LUTSEN MOUNTAINS ALPINE SLIDE, SUMMIT EXPRESS GONDOLA & SUMMER ACTIVITIES 445 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen | lutsen.com | 218-663-7281 MOUNTAIN MASSAGE AT CARIBOU HIGHLANDS LODGE 371 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen | caribouhighlands.com | 800-642-6036 NORTH SHORE COMMERCIAL FISHING MUSEUM 7136 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte | commercialfishingmuseum.org | 218-663-7050 NORTHWOODS VOLUNTEER CONNECTION USFS Tofte Ranger Station, 7355 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte | mnnvc.org | 218-663-8608 SUGARLOAF COVE INERPRETATIVE CENTER 9096 W. Hwy. 61, Schroeder | sugarloafnorthshore.org | 218-525-0001 SUPERIOR NATIONAL GOLF COURSE AT LUTSEN 5731 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen | superiornational.com | 888-564-6543 WAVES OF SUPERIOR SPA 20 Surfside Dr., Tofte | bluefinbay.com/spa | 218-663-3888 WATERSMEET SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER AT LUTSEN RESORT 5700 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen | 800-258-8736 | 218-663-7212

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GREAT GIFTS 5325 W. Hwy 61, Lutsen | greatgiftslutsen.com | 218-663-7680

KAH NEE TAH GALLERY 4210 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen | kahneetah.com | 218-387-2585

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SAWTOOTH OUTFITTERS 7213 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte | sawtoothoutfitters.com | 218-663-7643

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TEMPERANCE LIQUORS Temperance Traders Gift Shop, 7759 W. Hwy. 61 | Schroeder | northshorecabins.com | 218-663-0111

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THE MOUNTAIN SHOP AT LUTSEN MOUNTAINS 445 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen | facebook.com/TheMountainShopatLutsenMountains | 218-663-7842

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THOMSONITE BEACH JEWELRY 2920 W. Hwy. 61 | Grand Marais | thomsonite.com | 888-387-1532 TOFTE GENERAL STORE AND BOTTLE SHOPPE 7125 Hwy. 61, Tofte | 218-663-7288

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LAST CHANCE STUDIO & GALLERY 17 Railroad Dr., Lutsen | lastchancefab.com | 218-663-7008 LOCKPORT MARKETPLACE & GRILL 5364 Hwy 61, Lutsen | 218-663-7548

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AMERICINN LODGE AND SUITES 7231 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte | americinn.com | 218-663-7899

Equipment Rentals

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Fridge & Microwave

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On an Inland Lake

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ASPENWOOD W. Hwy. 61, Tofte | vrbo.com/45094 | 651-698-5371 VR BLUEFIN BAY ON LAKE SUPERIOR 7192 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte | BluefinBay.com | 800-258-3346

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CARIBOU HIGHLANDS LODGE 371 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen | caribouhighlands.com | 800-642-6036

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CASCADE LODGE 3719 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen | cascadelodgemn.com | 800-322-9543 | 218-387-1112

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CASCADE VACATION RENTALS 5335 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen | staycvr.com/north | 218-464-6754 VR

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CHATEAU LEVEAUX 6626 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte | stayclv.com/vcc | 218-464-6753

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CLIFF DWELLER ON LAKE SUPERIOR 6452 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte | cliffdwelleronlakesuperior.com 800-223-2048

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COBBLESTONE CABINS 6660 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte | cobblestonecabins.biz | 218-663-7957

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EAGLE RIDGE RESORT AT LUTSEN MOUNTAINS 445 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen | eagleridgeatlutsen.com 800-360-7666 HIDDEN COVE CONDO Cty. Rd. 35, Lutsen | hiddencovecondo.com | 218-663-7379 KAH NEE TAH COTTAGES 4210 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen | kahneetah.com | 218-387-2585

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MOUNTAIN INN AT LUTSEN 360 Ski Hill Rd., Lutsen | lutsenmountaininn.com | 855-338-0227 | 218-663-7084 x x x x SATELLITE’S COUNTRY INN CABINS 9436 W. Hwy. 61 | 218-663-7574 x x SAWBILL CANOE OUTFITTERS 4620 Sawbill Trail, Tofte | sawbill.com | 218-663-7150

SAWTOOTH OUTFITTERS 7213 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte | sawtoothoutfitters.com | 218-663-7643

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SOLBAKKEN RESORT 4874 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen | solbakkenresort.com | 800-435-3950 | 218-663-7566 VR

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TEMPERANCE LANDING ON LAKE SUPERIOR Temperance Trail, Schroeder x x x bluefinbay.com/temperance-landing | 800-258-3346 | 218-663-7296 TEMPERANCE TRADERS NORTH SHORE CABINS 7759 W. Hwy. 61, Schroeder | northshorecabins.com 218-663-0111

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GRAND MARAIS

Grand Marais

America’s Coolest Small Town

ARTSY AND QUIRKY

The North Shore harbor village of Grand Marais welcomes creatives, families and adventure seekers alike. The accolades almost speak for themselves. Grand Marais has been named America’s Coolest Small Town (Budget Travel Magazine), Top 100 Adventure Town (National Geographic Adventure Magazine), and just recently was dubbed one of the 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. (Outside Magazine).

HARBOR PLEASURES

Grand Marais is a village made for strolling, so lace your shoes and reclaim the simple pleasures of a walk. Browse unique shops owned by local artisans. Experience Artists’ Point, an easy half-mile hike to a tiny boreal forest surrounded on three sides by Lake Superior. Access the Grand Marais lighthouse and look west for a dramatic view of the Sawtooth Mountains. Refuel with diner fare, cafe cuisine or a cold microbrew. Watch otters play by the dock. Sip cappuccino and skip

rocks at the cobblestone beach. Or, in winter, sip cocoa and look for natural “ice sculptures” along the shoreline. Inspired? Perfect. Grand Marais is home to the Grand Marais Art Colony, North House Folk School, art festivals, and galleries galore (More on page 30), plus an array of one-of-a-kind festivals and events (More on page 3).

ADVENTURE SPRINGBOARD

Grand Marais is a springboard for outdoor adventures of all stripes. Trekking amidst fall colors, for example. Gravel and single track biking. Snowmobiling and ice fishing. Cross-country skiing by starlight. Paddling a canoe or sea kayak. Stand-up paddleboarding and sailing. Driving up the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway to look for moose. Hiking to Devil’s Kettle Falls in Judge C.R. Magney State Park. And even more. More: visitcookcounty.com/grandmarais visitcookcounty.com 17


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1 BLUE WATER CAFE 20 W. Wisconsin St. | bluewatercafe.com | 218-387-1597

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2 COOK COUNTY WHOLE FOODS CO-OP 20 E. 1st St. | cookcounty.coop | 218-387-2503

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3 CROOKED SPOON CAFÉ 17 W. Wisconsin St. | crookedspooncafe.com | 218-387-2779

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4 DOCKSIDE FISH MARKET & DELI 418 W. Hwy. 61 | docksidefishmarket.com | 218-387-2906

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6 GUN FLINT TAVERN 111 W. Wisconsin St. | gunflinttavern.com | 218-387-1563

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7 HARBOR HOUSE GRILLE 411 W. Hwy. 61 | harborhousegrille.com | 218-387-1889

8 HUGHIE’S TACO HOUSE 15 W. Hwy. 61 | 218-387-3382

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10 MY SISTER’S PLACE 401 E. Hwy. 61 | mysistersplacerestaurant.com | 218-387-1915

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11 VOYAGEUR BREWING CO. 233 W. Hwy. 61 | voyageurbrewing.com | 218-387-3163

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NANIBOUJOU LODGE DINING ROOM 20 Naniboujou Trail | naniboujou.com | 218-387-2688

12 WORLD’S BEST DONUTS 10 E. Wisconsin St. | worldsbestdonutsmn.com | 218-387-1345

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1 ARROWHEAD CENTER FOR THE ARTS 51 W. 5th St. | grandmariaisplayhouse.com | 218-387-1284 2 ANCIENT TRADITIONS HEALING 1910 W. Hwy. 61 | ancienttraditionshealing.com | 218-370-0150 3 ARROWHEAD PHARMACY AND THE DOG HUS 21 W. Hwy. 61, | arrowheadpharmacy.com | 218-387-1133 COOK COUNTY AIRPORT 123 Airport Rd. | royaero.com | Daily 8am - 5 pm: 218-387-3024 After Hrs.: 218-387-2012 4 COOK COUNTY COMMUNITY CENTER 317 W. 5th St. | co.cook.mn.us | 218-387-3015 5 COOK COUNTY COMMUNITY YMCA 105 W. 5th St. | cookcountyymca.org | 218-387-3386 6 COOK COUNTY HIGHER EDUCATION 300 W. 3rd St. | northshorecampus.org | 218-387-3411 7 COOK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 8 S. Broadway Ave. | cookcountyhistory.org | 218-387-2883 8 COOK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 143 Gunflint Trail | co.cook.mn.us | 218-387-3030 9 GRAND MARAIS ART COLONY 120 W. 3rd Ave. | grandmaraisartcolony.org | 218-387-2737 10 GRAND MARAIS MUNICIPAL LIQUOR STORE 10 W. 1st St. | ci.grand-marais.mn.us | 218-387-1630 11 GRAND MARAIS POST OFFICE 117 E. Hwy. 61 | uspspostoffices.com/mn/grandmarais | 218-387-1020 12 GRAND MARAIS PUBLIC LIBRARY 104 W. 2nd Ave. | grandmaraislibrary.org | 218-387-1140 13 GRAND MARAIS SEGWAY TOURS 14 W. 1st Ave. | grandmaraissegwaytours.com | 612-708-5177 14 GRAND MARAIS STATE BANK 211 E. Hwy. 61 | grandmaraisStateBank.com | 218-387-2441 15 JOHNSON HERITAGE POST GALLERY 115 W. Wisconsin St. | cookcountyhistory.org | 218-387-2314 16 LutZen REFLECTIONS MASSAGE STUDIOS 14 S. Broadway Ave. | lutzenreflections.com | 612-327-9405 17 NORTH HOUSE FOLK SCHOOL 500 W. Hwy. 61 | grandmaraisstatebank.com | 218-387-9762 18 OFFICE OUTPOST 15 N. Broadway Ave. | officeoutpost.space POINTS UNKNOWN SLED DOG ADVENTURES 82 Irish Creek Rd., Hovland | points-unknown.com | 218-370-0283 19 PUTT N’ PETS MINI GOLF 2014 W. Hwy. 61 | puttnpets.com | 218-387-3570 20 USDA FOREST SERVICE GUNFLINT RANGER OFFICE 2020 W. Hwy. 61 | 218-387-1750 SAWTOOTH AVIATION Flights from Grand Marais/Cook County Airport | sawtoothaviation.com | 218-370-0373 SUPERIOR PET CLIPS 1517 Devil Track Rd. | 218-387-1484 21 WTIP NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY RADIO 1712 W. Hwy. 61 | wtip.org | 218-387-1070

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9 JAVA MOOSE ESPRESSO CAFE 218 W. Hwy. 61 | facebook.com/pages/javamoosegrandmarais 218-387-9400

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CASCADE LODGE RESTAURANT & PUB 3719 W. Hwy. 61 | cascadelodgemn.com/dining 218-387-2911 | 800-322-9543

5 GRANDMA RAY’S 19 W. 1st Ave. | facebook.com/grandmarays | 218-387-2974

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1 THE BEAVER HOUSE 3 E. Wisconsin St. | beaverflicktackle.com | 218-387-3349

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6 BUCK’S HARDWARE W. 1st Ave. and Hwy. 61 | buckshardware.net | 218-387-2280

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7 DRURY LANE BOOKS 12 W. Wisconsin St. | drurylanebooks.com | 218-387-3370

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8 GRAND MARAIS ROCK SHOP 1821 W. Hwy. 61 | 651-485-9973 | 651-247-9679

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9 JOY & CO. 16 W. 1st Ave. | 218-387-1004

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10 JOYNES DEPARTMENT STORE & BEN FRANKLIN 105 W. Wisconsin St. | joynesbenfranklin.com | 218-387-2233 11 LAKE SUPERIOR TRADING POST 10 W. 1st Ave. S. | lakesuperiortradingpost.com | 218-387-2020 12 PICNIC & PINE 19 W. Wisconsin St. | facebook.com/PicnicAndPine | 218-387-2181 13 SIVERTSON GALLERY 14 W. Wisconsin St. | sivertson.com | 218-387-2491

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14 STONE HARBOR WILDERNESS SUPPLY 22 E. 1st St. | stoneharborws.com | 218-387-3136 15 THE MARKET 3 W. Wisconsin St. | themarketgifts.com | 218-387-2118

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4 BIRCHBARK BOOKS & GIFTS 11 W. 1st Ave. | facebook.com/birchbarkgifts | 218-387-2315 5 BLUE MOOSE 1301 W. Hwy 61 | thebluemoosemn.com | 218-387-9303

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2 BETH’S FUDGE & GIFTS 11 S. Broadway Ave. | facebook.com/BethsFudge | 218-387-2081 3 BETSY BOWEN GALLERY & STUDIOS 301 W. 1st Ave. | woodcut.com | 218-387-1992

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THOMSONITE BEACH JEWELRY 2920 W. Hwy. 61 | thomsonite.com | 888-387-1532 | 218-387-1532

16 WHITE PINE NORTH 15 W. Wisconsin St. | 218-387-1695

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A-FRAME ON THE RIVER vrbo.com/514804 | 218-370-0909 VR

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ANDERSON’S NORTH SHORE RESORT 1390 Croftville Rd./Cty. Rd. 87 andersonscabins.com | 218-387-1814 1 ART HOUSE B&B 8 W. 7th Ave. | arthousebb.com | 218-370-1625

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4 ASPEN INN 1711 W. Hwy. 61 | gmhotel.net/properties/aspen-inn | 218-387-2448 | 800-247-6020

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7 BEAR TRACK OUTFITTING & BALLY CREEK CABINS 2011 W. Hwy. 61 bear-track.com | 800-795-8068 | 218-387-1162 8 BEST WESTERN PLUS SUPERIOR INN 104 E. 1st Ave. at Hwy. 61 bestwestern.com | 888-670-7234 | 218-387-2240 VR

10 CHARLIE’S HAVEN 1823 W. Hwy 61 | ravensbeakdesign.com | 218-370-9802

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11 COBBLESTONE COVE VILLAS UNIT 1 17 S. Broadway Ave. gmhotel.net/properties/cobblestone-cove-villas | 800-247-6020 | 218-387-2633 VR

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COTTAGE BY THE SEA Croftville Rd./Cty. Rd. 87 | thecottagebythesea.com 952-240-6705 | 612-516-8821

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CROFTVILLE ROAD COTTAGE 1558 Croftville Rd/Cty. Rd. 87 | croftvilleroadcottages.com 866-387-1790 | 218-387-1790

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DELIGHTFULLY QUIET ON LAKE SUPERIOR Stonegate Rd. | vrbo.com/243767 | 952-913-1245 VR

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DEVIL TRACK RESORT VACATION HOMES 5335 W. Hwy. 61 cascadevacationrentals.com | 218-663-7971 VR DEVIL’S TRACK CABINS 18 Roman’s Rd | devilstrackcabins.com | 218-387-2194

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13 ELLA’S INN 118 W. 3rd Ave. | vrbo.com/359152

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12 EAST BAY SUITES 21 E. Wisconsin St. | eastbaysuites.com | 800-414-2807 | 218-387-2800

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14 FEATHER NEST INN 101 W. 5th Ave. | feathernestmn.com | 218-387-1454

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15 GRAND MARAIS CABINS 1821 W. Hwy. 61 | grandmaraisrockshop.com | 651-247-9679 | 651-485-9973 VR

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16 GRAND MARAIS GETAWAY Grand Marais Getaway, 110 W. 5th Ave. | vrbo.com/715247

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17 GRAND MARAIS RECREATION AREA 114 S. W. 8th Ave. W. grandmaraisrecreationarea.com | 800-998-0959 | 218-387-1712

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18 HARBOR INN 207 W. Wisconsin St. | harborinnhotel.com | 218-387-1191

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9 COBBLESTONE COVE VILLAS 2 - 10, 17 S. Broadway Ave. | cobblestone-cove.com | 218-663-7971 VR

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CHICAGO BAY HIDEAWAY 4766 Chicago Bay Rd | chicagobayhideaway.com | 218-475-2240

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6 BALLY HOUSE B&B 121 E. 3rd St. | ballyhousebnb.com | 218-387-5099

9 CASCADE VACATION RENTALS 5335 W. Hwy. 61 | staycvr.com/north.com | 218-464-6754

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5 ASPEN LODGE 208 E. Hwy. 61 | gmhotel.net/properites/aspen-lodge | 218-387-2500 | 800-247-6020

CABIN SWEET CABIN Pike Lake Rd. | vrbo.com/387252 | 507-250-5041

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3 ARTIST’S LOFT 107 W. Wisconsin St. | vrbo.com/199006 | 612-386-3096 VR

DEVIL POINT CABIN S. Shore Dr. | vrbo.com/289964

Equipment Rentals

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HUNGRY HIPPIE HOSTEL 401 Cty. Rd 14 | hungryhippiefarm.com | 218-387-4827

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LARSEN’S LAKEVIEW CABINS 1423 Croftville Rd./Cty. Rd. 87 | larsenslakeviewcabins.com | 218-387-2710

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19 LUND’S MOTEL & COTTAGES 919 W. Hwy. 61 | lundsmotel.biz | 218-387-2155

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20 MACARTHUR HOUSE B&B 520 W. 2nd St. | macarthurhouse.net | 800-792-1840 | 218-3871840

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20 MACARTHUR HOUSE CABINS & MOTEL 520 W. 2nd St. | macarthurhouse.net 800-792-1840 | 218-387-1840

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21 MANGY MOOSE MOTEL 202 E. 1st Ave. | mangymoosemotel.com | 218-387-2975

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22 MCFARLAND HOUSE 1825 W. Hwy. 61 | ravensbeakdesign.com | 218-370-9802 23 MOKKI COTTAGE 210 W. 1st St. | mokkicottage.com

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NANIBOUJOU LODGE 20 Naniboujou Trail | naniboujou.com | 218-387-2688

24 NELSONS TRAVELERS REST 1300 W. Hwy. 61 | travelersrest.com | 800-249-1285 | 218-387-1464

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NORTH SHORE FISHERMAN’S CABIN 9 W. 4th Ave. | vrbo.com/405338 VR

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OPEL’S LAKESIDE CABINS Croftville Rd./Cty. Rd. 87 | opelslakesidecabins.com | 218-663-7971

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OUTPOST MOTEL 2935 E. Hwy. 61 | outpostmotel.com | 888-380-1833 | 218-387-1833

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PINCUSHION TRAILS INN B&B 968 Gunflint Trail | pincushiontrailsinn.com | 218-387-2009

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25 RUSSELL’S MOTEL & COTTAGES 20 W. 5th Ave. | russellsresort.com | 218-387-1108 26 SHORELINE INN 20 S. Broadway Ave. | gmhotel.net/properties/the-shoreline-inn | 218-387-2633

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STILLE HAVET 3280 W. Hwy. 61 | grandmaraiscabin.com | 877-570-1759 | 218-370-9677

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STONE HARBOR WILDERNESS SUPPLY 22 E. 1st St. | stoneharborws.com | 218-387-3136

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STONE’S THROW CABIN stonesthrowcabin.com | 612-236-3777 VR

STONE’S THROW COTTAGE vrbo.com/446009

SUPERIOR’S SHORELINE Stonegate Rd. | vrbo.com/254232 | 952-913-1245 VR

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TERRACE POINT 11B Terrace Point | vrbo.com/729822 | 612-865-6190 VR

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THE LIGHTHOUSE 9 W. 4th Ave. | vrbo.com/473955 VR

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THE WRITER’S CABIN 7 W. 4th Ave. | vrbo.com/452067 VR

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THOMSONITE BEACH INN & SUITES ON LAKE SUPERIOR 2920 W. Hwy. 61 | thomsonite.com x x x 888-387-1532 | 218-387-1532

TIMBERLUND’S RESORT 20 Fall River Rd. | 218-387-1147

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27 TRAILSIDE CABINS & MOTEL 1100 W. Hwy. 61 | stayattrailside.com | 800-585-2792 | 218-387-1550

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The accolades almost speak for themselves. Grand Marais has been named America’s Coolest Small Town (Budget Travel Magazine), 16 Best Places to Live (Outside Magazine), and Next Great Adventure Town (National Geographic Adventure Magazine).

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Hike&Bike

the Superior Way

WHAT MAKES A PLACE A MECCA for hiking and

• VARIETY OF TERRAIN – Explore canyons, mountains, overlooks, country roads, wild forest, river valleys, winding shoreline and waterfalls

biking? In a word: variety. • VARIETY OF CHALLENGES – Over 386 miles of hiking trails and Which – spoiler alert – is hundreds of bikeable routes from gentle to gnarly, plus races and long-distance opportunities precisely what you’ll find in the heart of the Superior • VARIETY OF FUELING OPTIONS – Please any palate with local National Forest. microbrews and award-winning eateries offering pizza, pub fare, northern fusion cuisine and everything in between

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INSIDER TIP: That trail you love to

hike in the summer? It’s also an awesome snowshoe trail in the winter. For more about snowshoeing, see more on page 8. Range. Local favorite for fall colors: Oberg Mountain Loop (a spur trail off the main Superior Hiking Trail).

Eagle Mountain

“Best Hiking Trail in Minnesota” – Star Tribune. For an all-day odyssey that will challenge your quads, summit Eagle Mountain, the highest peak in Minnesota.

Honeymoon Bluff

Short, steep and so very worth it, this hike brings you to a spectacular overlook of Hungry Jack Lake and more Boundary Waters waterways stretching to the horizon. Pack a picnic.

Mount Rose

See Isle Royale, the Susie Islands and Grand Portage National Monument from the summit of Mount Rose. For a full afternoon, pair this short hike with stops at the National Monument and Grand Portage State Park, home of High Falls (see more on page 32). Printable maps and more: visitcookcounty.com/hike

BIKING HIGHLIGHTS Gitchi Gami State Trail

HIKING HIGHLIGHTS Superior Hiking Trail

Voted “#2 Best Hiking Trail in the Nation” by the readers of Backpacker Magazine. Cook County holds some of the wildest and most scenic sections of the 277-mile Superior Hiking Trail. Encounter hundred-mile views of Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest from the peaks of the ancient Sawtooth Mountain

Lollygagging beside the Lake Superior shore, the gentle, paved Gitchi Gami State Trail offers family-friendly bike riding, jogging, walking and in-line skating with beautiful views. The full trail extends for 86 miles, but most folks opt for a shorter segment.

Singletrack

Pincushion Mountain and Britton Peak offer over 15 miles of singletrack, including beginner trails and advanced technical trails with rocks, roots and granite outcroppings.

Gravel Adventure Rides

Over 2,000 miles of backcountry gravel roads and Forest Service roads twine through the Superior National Forest, ready to usher you into some of the most breathtaking country ever to roll beneath your bike. Your journey could encompass burbling streams, spruce bogs, towering white pines, mixed forest and prime moose habitat. Choose your own adventure. Printable maps and more: visitcookcounty.com/bike

Races

Taking advantage of the scenery and glacier-carved topography of the area, Cook County’s unique cycling events bring together like-minded folks for friendly competition and fun post-race festivities. Mark your calendars for: • Le Grand du Nord Gravel Cycling Classic – 50- and 100-mile gravel cycling events with almost 6,000 feet of climbing • Lutsen 99er – Nationally-recognized Lutsen-area mountain biking event with 19-, 39-, 69- and 99-mile races, plus kids’ races • Sawtooth Mountain Bike Challenge – Race lengths from 6-21 miles on and around spectacular Pincushion Mountain • Norpine Fat Bike Classic – 15 and 33 miles (+/–) through the Boreal Forest along the rugged ridgeline of the Sawtooth Mountains with Lake Superior serving as your back drop Event details: visitcookcounty.com/calendar

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GUNFLINT TRAIL

Gunflint Trail

Gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness THE GUNFLINT TRAIL is the North Shore

gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), named one of the world’s “50 Places of a Lifetime” by National Geographic. The Gunflint Trail (County Road 12) begins in Grand Marais and winds through forests and past lakes, ending at Lake Saganaga. Keep watch for moose and other wildlife along this 57-mile paved road.

LAND OF THE SKY BLUE WATERS

Picture a storybook northwoods summer: loons, lodges, shimmering water, pristine Minnesota forest. That’s what you’ll find on the Gunflint Trail, spring, summer and fall. Watch morning mist caress a glacier-carved lake. Fish by boat or canoe for walleye, smallmouth, and lake trout. Take your first Boundary Waters canoe trip with the help of a friendly outfitter (See more on page 28). Wander hiking trails, picking wild blueberries. Learn the cultural and natural history of the land, lakes and people at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. Get an eagle’s-eye view of the wilderness on the Towering Pines Canopy Tour. At night, gaze at the Milky Way Galaxy in the dark night sky.

ENCHANTED WINTER

Snowfall transforms the Gunflint Trail into a fairy tale – and a playground. Glide along three networks of groomed cross-country ski trails, traversing wildly-scenic terrain. Go snowmobiling. Catch a fish through the ice. Treat yourself to a sauna. Thrill your kids with a dogsled ride. No matter what you’re doing, have your camera ready, because winter is prime time for spotting wildlife – think moose, wolf, deer, eagle, fox, owl and lynx. At night, look for the aurora borealis – the northern lights – then warm up by the flickering fire. More: visitcookcounty.com/gunflinttrail

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BEARSKIN LODGE 124 E. Bearskin Rd. | bearskin.com | 800-338-4170 | Reservation Required

Seasonal

Live Music & Entertainment

Outdoor Seating

Scenic Vista

Brewery / Winery

Casual

Fine Dining

Local Flavor

= CHAMBER MEMBER

Lakeside View: Lake Superior

DINING

Lakeside view: Inland Lake

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GUNFLINT LODGE, RED PADDLE & JUSTINE’S 143 S. Gunflint Lake Rd. | www.gunflint.com | 800-328-3325 DANCING BEAR CAFÉ AT BIG BEAR LODGE 7969 Northwoods Loop | bigbearlodgemn.com 218-388-0172

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HUNGRY JACK LODGE DINING ROOM & LOGGERS LOUNGE 372 Hungry Jack Rd. | hungryjacklodge.com 218-388-2265

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LOON LAKE LODGE BREAKFAST & DINNER DINING 65 Loon Lake Rd. | visitloonlake.com | 800-552-6351 x 218-388-2232 | Reservation Required

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TRAILS END CAFÉ 12582 Gunflint Trail | wayofthewilderness.com | 800-346-6625 | 218-388-2212

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CLEARWATER HISTORIC LODGE BREAKFAST & BAKERY 774 Clearwater Rd. | clearwaterhistoriclodge.com 218-388-2254 | 800-527-0554 | Reservation Required

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GUNFLINT PINES RESORT SNACK BAR 217 S. Gunflint Lake Rd. | gunflintpines.com | 218-388-4454 TRAIL CENTER 7611 Gunflint Trail | 218-388-2214 | trailcenterlodge.com

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RECREATION, ARTS & SERVICES = CHAMBER MEMBER

NOR’WESTER LODGE GIFT SHOP 7778 Gunflint Trail | norwesterlodge.com | 800-992-4386 | 218-388-2252

Seasonal

Bait, Gas, & Fuel

Licenses

Specialty

Clothing

Gallery

= CHAMBER MEMBER

Gift Shop

RETAIL

Outdoor Gear

CANOE TO CLIMB: SPIRIT GUIDE ADVENTURES 124 E. Bearskin Rd. | spiritguidingadventures.com | 800-388-4170 | 218-388-2292 CHIK-WAUK MUSEUM & NATURE CENTER 28 Moose Pond Dr. | chikwauk.com | 218-388-9915 TOWERING PINES CANOPY TOUR ZIP LINE AT GUNFLINT LODGE 143 S. Gunflint Lake Rd. | gunflint.com/Zip 218-388-2294

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BEARSKIN LODGE & WILDERNESS OUTFITTERS 124 E Bearskin Rd. | bearskin.com | 800-338-4170

Equipment Rentals

Seasonal

Campground

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BIG BEAR LODGE & CABINS 7969 Northwoods Loop | bigbearlodgemn.com | 218-388-0172

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BOUNDARY COUNTRY TREKKING 11 Poplar Creek Dr. | boundarycountry.com | 800-322-8327 | 218-388-4487 x CASCADE VACATION RENTALS 5335 W. Hwy 61 | staycvr.com/north | 218-464-6754 VR

Canoe Outfitters

Fridge & Microwave

Pet Friendly

Ski in/out: Downhill or XC

WiFi

= CHAMBER MEMBER

Wellness Services

On an Inland Lake

VR = VACATION RENTAL

On Lake Superior

LODGING & OUTFITTING

Restaurant /Bar Onsite

GUNFLINT TRAIL

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CLEARWATER HISTORIC LODGE AND CANOE OUTFITTERS 774 Clearwater Rd. clearwaterhistoriclodge.com | 800-527-0554, 218-388-2254

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CROSS RIVER LODGE 196 N. Gunflint Lake Rd. | crossriverlodge.com | 866-203-8991 | 218-388-2233

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FLOUR LAKE CAMPGROUND 468 Clearwater Rd. | Gunflint Trail | flourlakecampground.com | 877-444-6777 x

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GOLDEN EAGLE LODGE & CAMPGROUND & NORDIC SKI CENTER 468 Clearwater Rd. | golden-eagle.com 800-346-2203 | 218-388-2203

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GUNFLINT LODGE & OUTFITTERS 143 S. Gunflint Lake Rd. | gunflint.com | 800-328-3325 | 218-388-2296 GUNFLINT PINES RESORT & CAMPGROUND 217 S. Gunflint Lake Rd. | gunflintpines.com 800-533-5814 | 218-388-4454

HUNGRY JACK OUTFITTERS & CABINS 318 S. Hungry Jack Rd. | hjo.com | 800-648-2922 LOON LAKE LODGE 65 Loon Lake Rd. | visitloonlake.com | 800-552-6351, 218-388-2232

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HESTON’S LODGE & RESORT 579 S Gunflint Lake Rd. | hestons.com | 800-388-7230 | 218-388-2243 HUNGRY JACK LODGE 372 Hungry Jack Rd. | hungryjacklodge.com | 218-388-2265

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NOR’WESTER LODGE AND CANOE OUTFITTERS 7778 Gunflint Trail | norwesterlodge.com 800-992-4386 | 218-388-2252

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POPLAR CREEK GUESTHOUSE B&B LAKE CABIN AND YURTS 11 Poplar Creek Dr. | poplarcreekbnb.com 800-322-8327, 218-388-4487

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ROCKWOOD LODGE & OUTFITTERS 50 Rockwood Rd. | rockwoodbwca.com 888-898-2922 | 218-388-2242

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SEAGULL CANOE OUTFITTERS SAGANAGA & SEAGULL LAKE CABINS 12208 Gunflint Trail seagulloutfitters.com | 218-388-2216

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SEAGULL CREEK FISHING CAMP 12056 Gunflint Trail | seagullcreekfishingcamp.com 800-531-5510 | 218-388-9929

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TRAIL CENTER LODGE 7611 Gunflint Trail | trailcenterlodge.com | 218-388-2214

TROUT LAKE RESORT 789 Trout Lake Rd. | troutlakeresort.com | 800-258-7688 | 218-387-1330

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TUSCARORA LODGE & CANOE OUTFITTERS 193 Round Lake Rd. | tuscaroracanoe.com 800-544-3843 | 218-388-2221 VOYAGEUR CANOE OUTFITTERS & RESORT 189 Sag Lake Trail | canoeit.com | 888-226-6348 | 218-388-2224

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WAY OF THE WILDERNESS CANOE OUTFITTERS 12582 Gunflint Trail | wayofthewilderness.com 800-346-6625 | 218-388-2212

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WINDIGO LODGE 7890 Gunflint Trail | windigolodge.com | 800-535-4320 | 218-388-2222

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s e v o L a c Ameri y t n u o C Cook

THE VOTES ARE IN...

Voted Minnesota’s Best...*

BEST

BEST

BEST

BEST

BEST

BEST

BEST

BEST

Resort

Shopping

Festivals

Restaurant

Wildlife Spotting Romantic Getaway

Place for Local Music

BEST

Place to Watch A Sunset

Weekend Destination

Grand Marais, MN named one of the Best Places to Live by Outside Magazine

* Lake Superior Magazine, 2015 & 2016

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Renaissance

Northern

Where natural wonders meet art, history and culture WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CULTURES MINGLE?

When artists work amidst natural splendor? When museums and galleries are just steps away from canyons, lakes, waterfalls, mountains, Lake Superior vistas and endless braids of trails? Magic, that’s what. From live music to photography to traditional crafts, Cook County will feed your sense of connection and inspiration. More: visitcookcounty.com/arts 30 Cook County Visitor Guide

LIVING CULTURE

For centuries, the rugged northern Minnesota landscape has nourished the Ojibwe culture of Grand Portage, home of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Learn more about the traditions, myths and regional history of this vibrant culture at the Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Center and the Grand Portage State Park Exhibit Hall (see more on page 32). During the second full weekend in August, join the Grand Portage community to celebrate Rendezvous Days and Pow-Wow. Everyone is welcome. More: visitcookcounty.com/grandportage

ARTS AND ARTISANS

Feel that? Creativity is in the fresh air. Cook County abounds with artists, musicians, artisans and opportunities to stretch your creative skills. (No wonder our arts economy is highly ranked). Get inspired – and maybe pick up a memento of your visit – by browsing our many galleries.


Over 155 different species of birds inhabit the Superior National Forest, designated a Globally Important Bird Area. More: visitcookcounty.com/birding • Tofte: Visit the Tofte Commercial Fishing Museum • Grand Marais: Visit Johnson Heritage Post and multiple sites maintained by the Cook County Historical Society. Also, hike out toward the Grand Marais lighthouse and look for the Victorian-era signatures etched into the rocks • Gunflint Trail: Visit the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center at the end of the Gunflint Trail • Grand Portage: Visit the Grand Portage National Monument to see the history of the North American fur trade come to life

Then take a class or workshop. The Grand Marais Art Colony – the oldest art colony in Minnesota, founded in 1947 – offers workshops for kids and adults in everything from intaglio printmaking to plein air painting. It also produces the annual summer Grand Marais Arts Festival. North House Folk School is a nationally-renowned center for traditional northern crafts like building your own rowboat or timber-frame house, making homemade sausage, or dying your own fibers with plants. Follow local art happenings with the weekly blog NorthShore ArtScene. While you’re here, tune into 90.7 FM for stories and updates from WTIP: North Shore Community Radio.

INSPIRING EVENTS

STEP INTO HISTORY

RETREATS AND FESTIVALS GALORE

We believe history is anything but dusty and boring. Here are some fun ways to encounter the past in Cook County: • Stay at a historic lodge or resort (we have many) • Schroeder: Visit Father Baragas’ Cross and Cross River Heritage Center

More: visitcookcounty.com/arts

Throughout the year, our communities spark and celebrate creativity. Enjoy plays and musicals by the Grand Marais Playhouse. Concerts and special performances at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais, hosted by the North Shore Music Association. Like the Northern Fibers retreat, held in February; Art Along the Lake, held during Memorial Day weekend; the summer Grand Marais Arts Festival; the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival held every other November. And many more. Check the calendar and see what’s happening during your trip dates, or – better yet – plan a trip around an event that speaks to you. More: visitcookcounty.com/calendar visitcookcounty.com 31


GRAND PORTAGE

Grand Portage Where Legends Live

AT THE VERY TIP of Minnesota’s Arrowhead, about 45 minutes northeast of Grand Marais, sits the community of Grand Portage. It is a place steeped in tradition and vibrant culture. Home to the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, this community has been a legendary meeting place for centuries – and after one visit you’ll understand why. NORTHERN CROSSROADS

History and nature buffs will love Grand Portage National Monument, where you can encounter historical reenactors at the voyageur-era trading post, learn about the heritage of the Grand Portage Ojibwe people, hike old portage trails, and marvel at the bluegreen waters of Grand Portage Bay. During the second full weekend in August, the Grand Portage community celebrates two iconic events: the National Park Service’s Rendezvous Days and the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Pow-Wow.

FOR EXCITEMENT OF A DIFFERENT KIND

Feeling lucky? Head to the newly renovated 15,000 square foot Grand Portage Lodge and Casino. Playing with a Lake Superior view makes it a truly upgraded gaming experience.

BEAUTY AND AWE

Have you seen Minnesota’s tallest waterfall, the 120-foot High Falls of the Pigeon River, located in Grand Portage State Park? All visitors can enjoy this dramatic canyonspanning waterfall, thanks to the short, barrier-free trail to the overlook. Craving more of a challenge? Hike to the summit of Mt. Rose for panoramic views of Lake Superior, Isle Royale, and the Susie Islands. Speaking of Isle Royale, you can reach this remote national park via Grand Portage ferry for a day trip or overnight adventure to remember. More: visitcookcounty.com/grandportage

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GRAND PORTAGE LODGE & CASINO 70 Casino Rd. | grandportage.com | 800-543-1384 | 218-475-2401

Live Music & Entertainment

Seasonal Equipment Rentals

Seasonal

Scenic Vista

Outdoor Seating Canoe Outfitters

Campground

Seasonal

Bait, Gas, & Fuel

Licenses

Gift Shop

x

Specialty

x

Clothing

x

RETAIL

GRAND PORTAGE TRADING POST 77 Mile Creek Rd. | grandportage.com | 218-475-2282

Lakeside View: Lake Superior

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SWEETGRASS COVE GUESTHOUSE 76880 E. Hwy. 61 | sweetgrasscove.com | 218-475-2421 | 866-475-2421

= CHAMBER MEMBER

x

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Gallery

HOLLOW ROCK RESORT 7422 E. Hwy. 61 | hollowrockresort.com | 800-543-1384 | 218-475-2917

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Outdoor Gear

GRAND PORTAGE MARINA & CAMPGROUND 7402 Upper Rd. | grandportage.com | 218-475-2476

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Fridge & Microwave

= CHAMBER MEMBER

Ski in/out: Downhill or XC

On an Inland Lake

VR = VACATION RENTAL

Brewery / Winery

Restaurant /Bar Onsite

LODGING & OUTFITTING

x

WiFi

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Casual

Fine Dining

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Wellness Services

Local Flavor ISLAND VIEW DINING ROOM & ANTLER’S LOUNGE Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 70 Casino Dr. grandportage.com | 218-475-2918

On Lake Superior

= CHAMBER MEMBER

Pet Friendly

DINING

Lakeside view: Inland Lake

GRAND PORTAGE

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BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS (BWCAW)

FACTS

Imagine a million acres of woods and water, virtually untouched since the glaciers melted and created over a thousand crystal-clear lakes. • The BWCAW was named one of the world’s “50 Places of a Lifetime” by National Geographic. • Cook County contains 48 entry points to the BWCAW. • The lakes, streams and rivers of the Boundary Waters form a seemingly endless chain of possible canoe routes— over 1,200 miles of them, in fact. • Within the BWCAW, there are 15 hiking trails, 2,000 designated campsites, and over 1,000 lakes. • Just across the Canadian border, in Ontario, sits like-sized Quetico Provincial Park. Together with the BWCAW, they form a sprawling, multimillion-acre wildland. • Iconic northern wildlife species that roam the Boundary Waters include timberwolf, moose, bear, lynx, deer and loon. • Minnesota’s highest point, Eagle Mountain at 2,301 feet, is located within the BWCAW. The trailhead is just minutes away from Grand Marais. • The BWCAW is open for year-round exploration. During the summer there is a quota permit per entry point that is required May 1 – September 30. Permits for summer entries are open for registration annually in January. More: visitcookcounty.com/bwcaw

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Best Ways to

Relax

in Cook County Minnesota

IT HITS YOU AS YOU CROSS THE COUNTY LINE, that enveloping calm reassuring you that you are exactly where you are supposed to be. The reset button is different for everyone. Some find their inner peace by reading a book next to the fire or getting a hot stone massage. Others find it by sitting around a campfire or breaking a trail through the wilderness. The end result is the same. Relaxation is synonymous with Cook County. This collection of images was curated from photos on Instagram using #visitcc that embodied the spirit of relaxation. More: visitcookcounty.com/photo-gallery

Paddle In The BWCAW

Breaking Your Own Trail

Catch The Nightlife

@nataliemianooo

@donorthmn

@thenorthjake

Read With A View

Get Off The Grid

Experience Nature Together

@halpaal

@micahkvidt

@the_resplendent

Go For A Drive

Hike To The Top

Share Campfire Stories

@jbop01

@tmac2272

@caliemae

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Heaven Beckons You love your work, and you are good at it. But where you live drains you. That’s not good. You need an environment that refreshes your spirit, stimulates your creativity and offers the things you love.

Cook County: The Lifestyle You Love, The Opportunity You Want

Live here:

• Live and play by Lake Superior, the Boundary Waters and the Sawtooth Mountains – never run out of trails, lakes or adventures • Enjoy live music, cool events, and plenty of places to eat out • Make your home in a friendly community that truly cares about its people and environment

Thrive here:

• Broadband internet up to 1 GB/second

• Entrepreneurial culture and support, including mentoring and financing • Business infrastructure in place, including daily shipping services and a business park with competitive terms available

Get More Information by contacting: Jim Boyd of the Cook County Chamber at ccchamber@boreal.org or 218-387-2079 (office), 218-370-9665 (cell). Mary Somnis of the Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority at somnismary@gmail.com or 218-387-3112.


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2017 Visit Cook County MN Visitor Guide