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Area Information

General Area Info

Boreal Community Website

This website provides readers with a central location for links about local art, churches, banks, and local news for Grand Marais and the surrounding area.

Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce

Find out what events are happening during your stay on the North Shore. Check out the community calendar, or choose links about community businesses or the DNR’s Lake Finder.

Grand Marais Area Tourism Association

Everthing to see or do, and places to eat in the Grand Marais area. This is a great resource for your Lake Superior vacation.

Lutsen Tofte Area Tourism Association

Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder’s guide to shopping, dining and activities for all seasons on the North Shore. This site includes links to the North Shore’s Mountain Bike Trails and gives cross country ski and snowmobile trail condition updates during the winter season. Also included is an event’s calendar for the Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder Area.


The Angry Trout Cafe

A seasonal cafe on the shores of Lake Superior with indoor and outdoor dining. Committed to the concept of sustainability, this restaurant offers organic choices, buys wind power, and purchases from local providers whenever possible. You will not find brand name soda because they make their own!

The Gunflint Tavern

This restaurant and bar overlooking Lake Superior’s harbor has great eclectic food, microbrews, wines and spirits. Set in an old bank building the atmosphere is great and provides an old table made from boards of a bowling alley and the cooler is actually the old walk-in bank vault. Check out their music calendar to see if there is someone playing during your cabin rental stay.

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North House Folk School

Spend your next vacation taking a class at North House Folk School. There are a variety of unique classes to take including boat building, fiber arts, painting, photography, and woodworking with many more class choices on their website. While taking a class you can stay at one of our many Lake Superior cabin rentals close to the school.

Art Colony

Take a class at Minnesota’s oldest art colony. This unique old church turned art school offers classes in glass, ceramics, painting, and drawing. There are even classes for kids. Located in the heart of Grand Marais, this school is minutes away from our rental cabins.

Grand Marais Playhouse

Enjoy the Grand Marais theatrical community by taking in a musical or play performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Check the website to see if a show is going on during your vacation on the North Shore.

Arrowhead Center for the Arts

Thriving on the North Shore’s unique creative culture, this organization provides the Arrowhead region with theatre, performing arts, music, an artists’ colony, a community radio station (WTIP 90.7FM), and a variety of cultural events. A calendar is listed with Arrowhead Center for the Arts current programs and concerts.

Outdoor Recreation

Superior Hiking Trail

Take a hike on Minnesota’s most scenic hiking trail. This 205 mile trail stretches from Two Harbors to the Canadian Border. Views of Lake Superior and the surrounding hills are breathtaking. Most of our cabin rentals on the North Shore of Minnesota are minutes away from this trail. Stop by the Superior Hiking Trail store in Two Harbors to purchase a trail map or in Tofte at the Lutsen Tofte Tourism Association and Visitor Information Center located within the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum.

State Park Info

The North Shore is home to eight different Minnesota State Parks. These parks offer tourists a beautiful look at the North Shore scenery and occasionally a glimpse at some wildlife too. All of the parks have hiking trails, picnic spots and some of the parks have events. These parks are a great spot to stop at on your way up the North Shore of Lake Superior or make a lovely day trip.

Boundary Waters Info

Experience nature in the BWCAW 1.3 million acres of forest. A day trip is a North Shore must. There’s a good chance you’ll see wildlife along the drive! This area has great hikes and lots of lakes to do a day canoe or kayak trip. There are outfitters in the area to rent canoes and kayaks from if you do not have your own.

Sawbill Canoe Outfitters

This small family run outfitter is a great stop for many of our vacation rentals in Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder. Jump into the BWCAW from Sawbill Lake up the Sawbill Trail or go to other lakes in the area. Take a paddle into the wilderness and enjoy a day of quiet enjoyment. Rent canoes and life vests and meet some great local friends. Steve, our owner and a former Sawbill employee, recommends the Kelso Loop which takes you to 3 lakes and can be done in 1 day.

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Real Estate & Development

Lutsen Real Estate Group

Looking for land or a cabin to purchase in the North Shore area? Check out what’s currently for sale. Steve Surbaugh, a licensed real estate agent and owner of Cascade Vacation Rentals, can help you fulfill your real estate dreams. Call him today to find out what is available at 1-800-950-4361, extension 4.

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