July 5, 2017
You’ve made it here. You are at East Bay Suites in the heart of Grand Marais. While staying in “America’s Coolest Small Town,” there is so much fun: for singles, couples and large and small families alike. It has endless activities to keep you busy, but still is relaxing, with lots of little corners where you can hide out. There are activities for each age group and activities for everyone.
Looking out at the water from Stone’s Throw gathering space
From our gathering room everyone can sit and look right out at the vast lake, with nothing to block the view. Everyone can play games and enjoy the fireplace if it is a cold day.
Sailing on the Hjordis
Operated by North House Folk School, the Hjordis is a big and beautiful blast from the past. This craft is a schooner, built like the ones that gracefully glided across these waters before water travel became quicker and noisier.
Really small kids may just enjoy watching the shapes on the land become smaller and the sails flapping. Older members of the crew will learn a little about sailing and get a chance to work the ropes.
Enjoying the harbor and lake
With perhaps a little help from someone taller, everyone can enjoy walking around the harbor or by the main lake. You can enjoy both sections of the water by going out to Artist’s Point. From here, you can look at the water crashing against the rocks, or the green rock at the bottom of the clear pools of water.
Enjoying some waterfalls
When you are staying at East Bay Suites, you are at a great base camp for seeing a number of waterfalls. Close by are the falls at Judge Magney State Park and Cascade River State Park. Then there is Caribou Falls, Devil Track Falls and High Falls in Grand Portage.
Some of these are a challenge to see with a young child. Some are easier. At some parks, like Judge Magney, you can walk as far as you’d like while seeing various smaller waterfalls along the way. You might not reach the main falls with your kids, but you still see some spectacular white-water rapids.
Grand Marais is one town that is easy to bike as a family. You will probably want to stay along the low parts of town if you have a child on your back, but that’s also where most of the action is.
Exploring nature by car
Of course, you can also see a lot of nature in the way that is easiest for a family—by car. The highlands and the lowlands of the area are equally easy to travel when you are driving.
Skipping rocks is something that people of all ages enjoy. You may have to guide your child’s hand a little, but he or she will smile just as big, when the rock bounces three times.
Especially for Kids
Going to daycare
When you need to be alone as a couple, for a little while, daycare is always an option. There are several daycare providers in town to choose from. Some are in private homes and some are in places like the YMCA.
Going on the Fire and Ice beach walk
This is held right outside East Bay Suites, every Thursday from late June to late August. Everyone can meet at 10 AM and walk along the beach and learn about volcanoes, glaciers and the rocks on the beach.
Going to the Young Children’s Story Hour with the Muffin Man at Drury Lane Books
This is held every day until September 3rd. The Muffin Man comes out and reads stories to kids.
Taking a kid’s class at North House Folk School
North House Folk School sometimes has classes made for kids. You can go on their website or call (218) 387-9762 for more information.