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Grand Marais, MN: An Artist’s Paradise on the North Shore

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Grand Marais MN Lake Superior painterSince the early 20th century, Grand Marais has built a reputation as an artist’s paradise on the North Shore. With Lake Superior in the background, the ever-changing beauty of the north woods has drawn generations of painters, sculptors and musicians.

If you know Grand Marais and the North Shore only for outdoor recreation, you owe it to yourself to check out the art scene. Here are a few ways to immerse yourself in the rich artistic community, either for an hour, a day or a week:

Take a class at the historic Grand Marais Art Colony

Spend and hour (or three) browsing at Sivertson Gallery, Betsy Bowen Studio, Johnson Heritage Post or any of the other small galleries in town.

Take the Crossing Borders Studio Tour in the fall, or put together a casual art crawl as you drive up Highway 61.

Learn a new handicraft at North House Folk School

Listen to live music at a local restaurant.

Sign up for the Northshore Art Scene, a great local blog.

If you ever need suggestions for artsy things to do, you can always feel free to ask our rental agents – we’re all enthusiastic about local arts!


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The Best Dog-Friendly Activities on the North Shore

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Grand Marais Harbor with dogThe North Shore has always been a dog-friendly place. Woods, water and fresh air are just naturally things that humans and dogs enjoy together. But these days it seems that the North Shore has “gone to the dogs” …and we think it’s great!

Here are some of the latest trends in pet-friendly fun on the North Shore:

#1 New Dog Park! – Local group “Go Dog North Shore” has started a grassroots effort to build a dog park in Grand Marais. The new park is located near the horse arena at the intersection of the new Gunflint Trail and County Rd. 12 (the “old” Gunflint Trail.)  There are plans for a new and improved park in the near future. A great place to spend time with your pooch off leash and meet other dogs, both locals and visitors.

#2 Pet friendly restaurants – Towns on the North Shore are generally pretty dog-friendly, including the harbor town of Grand Marais. In summer, you’ll see dozens of dogs and their owners enjoying walking, shopping and even dining. Two of Grand Marais’ best restaurants, The Angry Trout and The Pie Place, have patio seating where pets are welcome.

#3 Pet-friendly lodging – This trend just continues to grow. Of course, we recommend pet-friendly vacation homes where Fido has plenty of room to roam. We’re adding more homes to the rental pool every season!

#4 Lake Superior – Dogs might enjoy Lake Superior even more than their humans. What’s better than fetching sticks, swimming, and meeting lots of new dogs and people on the shore? Just remember to clean up after your pup so that all can enjoy the beach.

#5 Superior Hiking Trail – Great for a half-day or multi-day outing, the Superior Hiking Trail boasts stunning scenery and amazing views of Lake Superior. A perfect pet outing, but be aware that the rules require a leash at all times.

#6 BWCA – For advanced dog adventurers! As long as you have a dog who can sit still in a canoe, you can take your dog on the perfect summer camping adventure. Permits available here.

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