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Naniboujou Lodge

Located close to the tip Minnesota’s arrowhead, the Naniboujou Lodge is one of the many treasures the North Shore calls its own. It is most recognized by the iconic paintings found in the canoe-shaped dining room ceiling which has been referred to by many as the North Shore’s Sistine Chapel. It was painted by Antoine Goufee, a French artist, with Cree Indian designs (the word Naniboujou is Cree for “God of the Outdoors”) that cover the walls and ceiling and transport guests to another world.

Beginning in 1929, this sportsmen club was characterized as an ultra-exclusive private club that many legends, like Babe Ruth, were members of. It’s no surprise why so many high-class members gathered here, as the lodge is located in a beautiful location and has lived up to its expectations from its first day of business.

Back in its early years, the Naniboujou Lodge was struggling to make ends meet following the Stock Market crash in the 1930’s, and was quickly foreclosed on despite just being opened. Since then, the club has revitalized and now serves as one of the most recognized restaurants on the North Shore. The lodge is home to Minnesota’s largest native rock fireplace, a beautiful 200-ton piece of art located in the dining room.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we highly recommend visiting Naniboujou Lodge and exploring all of the wonderful things nearby. Whether it’s hiking or fishing the Brule River, located right next to the Lodge, or even just strolling the beaches that lie on the property, no time spent there will be a waste. So, come out and enjoy a nice meal accompanied by a relaxing day on the North Shore.

To get there: turn right just after Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Naniboujou Lodge is located 14 miles north of Grand Marais.


Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.


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Posted on July 11th, 2017 in Uncategorized |


Whispering Giants Sculpture in Two Harbors

Peter Wolf Toth is a well-known American Sculptor known in Minnesota for his impressive statue built in Two Harbors. He built and erected this sculpture in 1977, but was drawn back to it when he heard it needed repair. Spending weeks camped out next to the statue, Peter was unpaid and basically unnoticed, but was determined to give the previous inhabitants back what he had once been so proud of.

 

Completing a total of 71 statues, the entire collection is known as The Trail of Whispering Giants and can be found all over the US and even various Canadian Provinces. The collection is even cataloged by the Smithsonian. Although it is an ongoing project, Peter has been recognized all over the country for his incredible artistry. He always donates the sculptures to the community he makes it in, and never charges a fee for his time.

 

The statue itself in Two Harbors stands around 30 feet tall and is made of pine. It is located at the Visitor Center within Two Harbors and has plenty of picnic tables and space to enjoy a nice afternoon. There is also an original Civilian Conservation Corps cabin nearby filled with maps and brochures for all to enjoy.

Posted on July 4th, 2017 in Uncategorized |


A Mysterious Structure at Gooseberry State Park

Just 13 miles north of Two Harbors stands one of the most unique and well-crafted pieces of work on the North Shore. Without knowing its history, the water town that is found at Gooseberry State Park appears out of place and somewhat mysterious. Built from red and blue granite, the Water Tower at Gooseberry looks so unique, some even say it’s from a fairy tale.

 

The water tower itself stands around 25 feet tall with a 17-foot diameter. Housing a 10,000 gallon take that is no longer in use, the tank served as a water source because there was no well nearby. The Civilian Conservation Corps managed to fill the tank from the CCC camp up the river, making its presence a crucial factor in the surrounding community members lives. They knew they needed something that would blend well with the natural beauty surrounding it, so they hired U.W. Hella and two Italian masons to construct the beautiful stone work surrounding the tank.

 

Today, the water tower still stands tall and proud, drawing in anyone who happens to pass by. There is a short dirt path from one of the roads in the park that makes it easy for people to get to and enjoy. So, during your next trip to Gooseberry State Park, be sure to stop by to enjoy its grandeur.

Posted on June 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized |


Burlington Bay

 

The small town of Burlington, which consisted of a sawmill and a few shacks, was built by David A. Currier and Charles Hibbard in the mid-1800’s. The two men initially came to the area to salvage lumber after a nearby forest fire ripped through the area. A steam-powered sawmill and dock was built on the east side of the bay to support their efforts. At the peak existence in 1957 there were 25 residents. Just a few short years later, after the timber salvage was over, the sawmill was moved to Duluth. Eventually the town was taken over by Two Harbors. Now, the location is primary used for picnicking, boating and recreation. It is a perfect place to come and enjoy an afternoon on the water and dip your toes in Lake Superior.

Although its mostly known for its great beach, the bay also has great access to the beautiful Sonju trail that winds through Two Harbors and on the shore of the Lake. The beach has several picnic tables available to the public that provide a perfect place for a lunch with a view. Although the temperature rarely reaches above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, some love the cold water when the summer sun is beating down on the North Shore.

Posted on June 20th, 2017 in Uncategorized |


Alpine Slide (at Lutsen Mountains)

Looking for a thrilling adventure while you’re vacationing or visiting the North Shore? The Alpine Slide at Lutsen Mountains is a great choice! Take a chairlift ride to the summit of Lutsen’s Eagle Mountain, then hop on the provided sled and slide on down the half mile of twisting, turning track back down to where you started.

Don’t fret, you control the speed the entire way down. Speed demon? Go full speed and enjoy a thrilling sensation the whole way down the twisting track. Or, take it slow and enjoy the beautiful sights that Eagle Mountain, one of the four peaks that make up Lutsen Mountains, has to offer. Savor the views of Lake Superior, the Superior National Forest, and the Sawtooth Mountain Range.

Overall, it’s an amusement park fun for the whole family, with that North Shore twist that everyone craves. The slide is open approximately May through October and open to all ages. Children ages 2-5 ride free with a paid adult and children under 48’’ must be accompanied by an adult. For more information regarding prices, exclusions, parking, etc., visit the slide homepage at: https://www.lutsen.com/summer/alpine-slide/

 


 

Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.

 


 

Check back often for updates on where to go and the top things to do on your next North Shore visit.

Posted on June 13th, 2017 in Uncategorized |