October 19, 2018
UP THE NORTH SHORE
First stop: Ice Sculptures.
Your vacation starts in the car while you’re driving on scenic Hwy 61. The drive along the North Shore is gorgeous and there are plenty of places that you won’t want to miss on your way up, even in the winter. The frozen shores of Lake Superior are ideal for finding natural ice sculptures, which makes for a great Instagram post! The easiest way to get at these sculptures is a quick stop at one of the many State Parks or waysides along the way. This #DoNorthShore Scavenger Hunt map will help point you in the right direction for easy access and other must-see spots during your journey.
Once in Grand Marais: Check in at East Bay Suites.
After you’ve had your fill of north shore pit stops and have finally arrived in Grand Marais, check in at East Bay Suites. This will be the perfect opportunity to relax, refresh, get settled and share a bottle of wine and watch a nostalgic movie or play a board game. Feel free to browse through our selection in the lounge area.
As for the evening: Stay In
You’re probably exhausted from all the fun north shore pit-stops. Enjoy your fully furnished suite with stunning views. Take advantage of the full kitchens that East Bay has in their rooms and make dinner. If you forgot to pack groceries just swing over to the Whole Foods Co-op right next door.
You’ve made it all the way to Grand Marais, you might as well get out and see why everyone raves about the #1 Coolest Small Town in America. Do what the locals do and glide through the forest with cross-country skis or hike above it all at Pincushion Mountain Trail in snowshoes (free snowshoe rentals at the front desk). All the fresh air and outdoor exercise will only make dinner taste that much better!
Take a short ride into Lutsen to have a spa day at the Woodlands Spa. Enjoy a relaxing massage or a rejuvenating body treatment. You’re on vacation, treat yourself.
And on your way back to Grand Marais, stop at the North Shore Winery for a selection of locally crafted wines and ciders.
If you prefer to stay in town check out Ancient Traditions Healing.
After recharging: Dinner
There are many great places to eat in Grand Marais but one to note and one that is still open this time of year is The Gunflint Tavern. This local favorite is located right down the street within walking distance to East Bay Suites.
Experience something new!
Nothing seems more Northwoods than a dog-sled adventure into the great outdoors. Enjoy the woods from a whole new perspective when you take a day trip with Points – Unknown who deliver more than just a dog-sled ride. They offer a unique off the grid dog sledding experiences that are educational in nature.
After a nice ride: It’s time to Eat & Drink
It’s not a vacation unless you spoil yourself with great food and craft beer. Head over to Voyageur Brewing Company for a local pint and some upscale bar food. Don’t be surprised if there is local live music playing when you walk in the doors.