Yesterday’s (May 19th) Star Tribune has a section on The Best of Minnesota. It is really nice to see that a few of the Grand Marais attractions made the cut.
First there is the North House Folk School for the Best Way to Sail Lake Superior (without your own boat). The school owns the Hjordis, a 50 foot schooner that goes out a couple of times a day with a full boat, so to speak. They sail out of the harbor and depending on conditions they come around Artist’s Point and into the East Bay. It is impressive to look out the office window and see them just off shore. I think all of us who live here enjoy taking the trip with friends and family when they visit.
Next is the Best State Park category. I am going to cheat a little on this one, since it is Gooseberry Falls State Park and anyone who knows geography knows that it is not near Grand Marais. You are correct about that, but to get here from the south and west, you can’t miss it and it is worth the stop to stretch your legs. The Star Tribune states that it is among the most beautiful parks in North America and I will not dispute that. What i will say is that when you get up the rest of the way, there are quite a few more parks that are as beautiful. You just have to hike a little to take in the full experience.
The Best Hiking Trail category lists Eagle Mountain as the best the area has to offer. It is the highest point in Minnesota at 2,301 feet. It is a full day’s hike but well worth it when you get to the top. The panoramic view is spectacular! We can assist you in finding other gorgeous hikes, like the Devil’s Kettle, Cascade River State Park, Mount Josephine, or for a little longer hike, the Caribou Rock Trail. Shorter hikes with panoramic view like Oberg Mountain are also easily accessible for those not wanting to walk the seven mile round trip.
Lastly is Best Outstate Restaurant Worth the Drive and once again the Angry Trout comes out on top. Not only is this a favorite among visitors, but locals flock to it for a night out. The food is fresh and very good. But we pride ourselves with our great selection of great places to get a meal. You can’t go wrong at any local establishment. The Angry Trout is just up there at the top with quite a few others nipping at their heels.
The New York Times has also taken notice of another of our local attractions. When you walk out of The Angry Trout, look next door and you see the Dockside Fish Market. This is a great place to pick up smoked fish to take back to your hotel or take home with you. Or, if you are still looking for that fish fix, stop in and have their famous Fish and Chips for lunch. The locals always take a look to see what fresh fish are available. Somedays there may be a wait but you will find it is worth it.
Now, what do you think? Did the Strib get it right with its awards? Is the Times on the mark? Did they miss your local favorite? Tell us what you think in the comments below. Or better yet, come on in and chat with us. We can tell you about our personal favorites in the area, including some of the best outdoor attractions that only the locals know.
Most of all, get your summer trip planned. We can assist you in many ways–just give us a call.