Snowshoeing With the SHTA

Snowshoeing With the SHTA Snowshoeing is a fun way to explore the winter and is even sort of a team sport. It is fun to do with others because of the company and because the more people who have walked the same path as you the easier it is. The Superior Hiking Trail Association (SHTA) offers free guided hikes year-round. January through March they lead people down the trails on snowshoes. This is a fun way to get introduced to or return to snowshoeing…


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Two Harbors Walk Through Time

The name "Two Harbors" implies the town is on water. It also suggests the history of the town probably revolves around shipping. If you are staying at Larsmont Cottages you can drive a short distance to investigate this town's colorful history. For best results, park and get out and walk. Here you’ll find the birthplace of 3M, railroads, an old lighthouse, and more. The place to start this history tour is near the Two Harbors Light Station. To tell the story of the lighthouse we must first tell…


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The Longest Night of the Year

“It was the first breath of the new moon,” novelist Diana Gabaldon wrote, “but the whole of it was visible, a perfect ball of violet and indigo cupped in a sickle of light, luminous among the stars.” Gabaldon hasn’t stayed with us (yet), but she could be describing the weather right out our window. We’ll be experiencing a new moon December 22 along with winter solstice on the 21. The brooding lake and the crisp white snows of winter have an austere beauty but it’s under the stars where winter’s…


The Best Fall Colors along Highway 61

Two Harbors to Illgen City via Beaver Bay This drive takes you through the hardwood forests of the North Shore’s back country. You’ll see a variety of trees (and colorful leaves) including oak, maple, basswood and pines. From Hwy 61 drive north on Co. Rd. 3 to Lax Lake Road (Co. Rd. 4). Turn south and continue on to Illgen City. Hike Castle Danger to Gooseberry Falls This eight and a half mile hike along the Superior Hiking Trail has some tremendous overlooks including: Wolf Rock, Crow Creek…


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Get Inline

America’s Largest Inline Marathon We all love Grandma’s Marathon, but sometimes you’d rather just go roller blading. Experience the largest inline marathon in the nation as the leaves begin to change. The NorthShore Inline Marathon (September 13) draws participants from all over the country for a 13.1 mile, 26.2 mile, or combined 39.3 mile race. There are even a couple of races for the runners—the Wheels Off half marathon and a 10k that takes you through the power tunnels. It’s a fun…


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Two Harbors Kayak Festival

  Would you like to tour the lake in a kayak, watch (or participate) in a 5, 10, or 18-mile race, or get your kids involved in the sport with instruction or with a kids race? This August 2–3 (with an event or two on the 1st), come visit the Two Harbors Kayak Festival. The oldest and largest open water kayak race on Lake Superior has evolved into a festival perfect for anyone interested in recreational kayaking. The event features the following:  Racing These 18, 10, and 5 mile races draw…


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The Longest Day of the Year

“Summertime,” Charles Bowden said, “is always the best of what life might be.” And sun, glorious sun, is the essence of summer. Without it, life on earth would be impossible. Though winters here in the Northland are long and harsh, our summer days are equally glorious. From Thursday, June 19, through Saturday, June 21, the sun in Two Harbors rises at 5:11 am and sets at 9:05 pm. This year, are you going to let it slip you by while hanging out inside in front of the television? Or are you going…


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All Trails Lead to Two Harbors

All roads might lead to Rome, but all trails lead to Two Harbors. Our fair town has ended up as the gateway to the Superior Hiking Trail, a 296-mile footpath that leads from Duluth to the border of Canada. Two Harbors is a doable drive from Minneapolis (2 hours and fifty minutes), Fargo (5 hours), Ashland (2 hours), or Thunder Bay (just over 3 hours). You can drive up after work, get a good night’s rest, and start hiking in the morning (we do have delicious pancakes, if you need to fuel up for…


Bird is the Word

There’s something about coffee that seems to inspire deep conversation. The French Enlightenment took place in salons, and artists, writers, and philosophers seem to swear by their favorite brew. If wine is the drink of choice for the elite jet-setter, then it’s coffee for the intellectual, the poet, the musician. Is it any wonder, then, that so many coffee shops host art exhibitions? These community gathering spaces are often havens for the arts, and The Vanilla Bean (open daily 7am-3pm) in…


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A Waterfall For Easter

“Are our souls a waterfall, a true Niagara or a smile, a flirt of an angel?” Romanian philosopher Sorin Cerin asked this years ago, but it feels particularly relevant today. The land is shaking off winter like a long sleep and the waterfalls are beginning to roar. We’re blessed here in the north country. We’re fairly sheltered from the kinds of natural disasters that afflict other areas—you won’t see tornados or hurricanes or earthquakes up here. That said, we experience climate in other ways.…