In The Heart of Grand Marais
North House Folk School
While the harbor is the natural hub of Grand Marais, North House Folk School is the community hub. You can tell just by walking by. There's an energy rolling off the campus. People are gathered around the wood-fired oven anticipating their breads and pizzas, across the way a group cooperatively lifts a beam on a timber frame building and you're not even sure what craft is being learned and taught in the Red Building and the Blue Building.
There's a little patch of green relief breaking the horizon line where the endless blue sky meets the illusionary infinity of the big lake. It is Artist Point, a little connected island that allows you to be out on the lake without ever entering the water. From the door of your suite to the center of the island is less than a half mile. Actually it's not an island, but a tombolo, an island connected to shore via a gravel bar. Learn More
Grand Marais has water - Lake Superior, dozens of inland lakes, rivers emptying into the big lake and rivers emptying into inland lakes. And in that water are fish. With all the different types of waterways, conditions and habitats, figuring out fishing can be tricky. Fishing with a charter fisherman or guide greatly enhances your chance of catching fish. Learn More
People have been gathering around this particular piece of shoreline as long as people have been on the shore. Back in 1658, French explorer Sieur de Radisson, the first European explorer that made it this far north, came across a flourishing Ojibwe fishing camp. John Jacob Astor's fur traders set up shop in the 1820s, adding a fish station the next decade. In 1871 this area, referred to as "double bay" by the Ojibwe, was established as the Village of Grand Marais. Learn More
The Hjørdis & Scenic Airplane Rides
An easy way to do this is aboard the 50-foot schooner, the Hjørdis, sailing out of North House Folk School on the harbor. Schooner outings are offered daily and include an overview about sailing, a tour of the harbor, and weather permitting, a sail into the big lake. Learn More