Knife River Beach: The Stealth Beach

When you are staying at Larsmont you have beach access at your doorsteps, with amenities like the sauna and massage cottage feet from the lake. Still, there are other beaches near Larsmont with their own unique features and charms. One particularly great beach is within biking distance of Larsmont. Knife River Beach has a lot of natural features and other curiosities in a small package. This beach is only 3 miles from Larsmont and is one of the area’s best-kept secrets. The path to it is...


Castle Danger Brewery: Past Meets Present And You Get To Drink Beer

The story of beer is the story of America. Our country began as a nation of small brewers, and countless colonists brewed their own on the farm or at home. During the years after World War 2, large industrial breweries displaced most of their smaller rivals. But over the past ten years, microbreweries have exploded again, bringing a resurgence in both small-time entrepreneurship and creative flavors. Castle Danger is a new brewery just over ten minutes from Larsmont. The big red building by the...


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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...


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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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Kids Activities in Two Harbors

There is nothing quite like unstructured outside play, but if you’ve ever heard your little ones tell you “I’m bored” you know that spontaneity doesn’t always come easy. Fortunately, there are a number of convenient and low-cost activities for kids to enjoy in the Two Harbors area this summer to provide a little spice during a vacation. Here are four picks for late June. June 27 Minnesota Twins Kids Baseball Clinic Odegard Park Boys and girls ages 6-16 will get hands on instruction to...


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Summer Museums for the Family

With the arrival of the summer tourism season comes the reopening of all the main attractions, and in Two Harbors, this means that all of the Lake County Historical Society museums are going to be in business once again. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, Two Harbors museums will be open seven days a week. Here’s a short list of what’s out there to check out. The Depot Museum, the former headquarters for the Iron Range and Duluth railroads, is located seven blocks south of Highway 61....


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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North Shore Poets

In an age where libraries are closing left and right, the social experience of gathering in one and talking about the written word is becoming more valuable all the time. There isn’t a website around that can provide the feeling of being in a room and sensing the electricity of the emotions of all assembled when a person reads aloud a powerful, beautiful poem. The North Shore Poets group has been around for about four years, and they are dedicated to keeping alive the kinds of storytelling...


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Having Fun, In Spite Of Winter

A photo I  was looking at today from earlier this February reminded me of something very important–we Minnesotans don’t let snow get in our way. Ever. snow But the newspapers are reporting that this is coldest winter in 139 years, and that has a way of getting even the best of us down. So we’ve put together a list of three ways to embrace the winter in Two Harbors. Superior Hiking Trail Snowshoe Hike 03/01/2014 / Meet at 10am 6866 Cramer Rd, Finland, MN 55603 (218) 353-0300...