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Relaxing with Water, Earth, Air, and Fire

Chemistry students in ancient Greece had it easy. They only had four elements on their periodic table to learn–water, earth, air, and fire. Their less-than-accurate description of nature was probably the result of not having particle colliders or even Wikipedia. Although this model is flawed, it can be used to characterize the types of amenities offered at Larsmont Cottages. Here we offer relaxation through all four elements. Water Let’s start with the most obvious...


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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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Local Larsmont Cottages

If you are staying at Larsmont Cottages there is a good chance you are from out of town. While the resort is a vacation in itself, you will probably want to act locally. You can check out the local outdoors, the local shops, the local beer, and of course the local food. But local food doesn’t just mean food cooked locally. It can also mean food grown locally. In recent years many have embraced the local food movement as part of sustainability. Others buy locally because of freshness and to...


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Hot Tubs, Fires, and Saunas: Warming Up In Winter

Even on the coldest day of winter, you can enjoy being outside by the icy waters of Lake Superior. That’s right. With proper preparation, you can be in the winter wonderland and bask in warmness at the same time. One place to do this is Larsmont Cottages. Let Larsmont’s own Garrett Erickson be your guide. “I like to be a liaison and promote hot tubs and saunaing in general,” said Garrett. This ambassador of heat has built many of his own saunas. He is just the person to...


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Victory Through Retreat: Corporate Retreat Basics

Victory Through Retreat: Corporate Retreat Basics In war there are generally two types of retreats. One is where the enemy has forced you back and you fall back or maybe just run.  The other type of retreat happens when you are doing well. You just may have to fall back a little and concentrate your forces before going on the attack again. Corporate retreats come in all shapes and sized but they all have the same goal–to strengthen your team and come back stronger to accomplish tasks...


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A Perfect North Shore MLK Weekend

  Are you looking for a great destination for your Martin Luther King weekend vacation? Look no further: Larsmont Cottages is where you want to be. In addition to superior accommodations we’ve got a great variety of family friendly activities at the resort.     Sledding hill (sleds provided) Snowshoeing (complimentary snowshoe rental for guests) Campfires & s’mores Snow toys and outdoor games Kid’s Crafts and Mystery Crafts Sunday Morning Yoga Outdoor Hot...


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The Mitten Tree, on TV

Did you see the Mitten Tree? The Mitten Tree, for you and me? Well, that same tree was on TV—on TV on channel three! That’s enough rhyming for now (and it wasn’t actually channel three). But something about the holiday season has us feeling bouncy. We won’t go so far as to say our hearts were three sizes too small before starting our mittens, hats, scarves, and boots drive, but now, let’s just say Tiny Tim would be proud. Chuck Paton, our general manager, decided this year to put up a...


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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...


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Larsmont Mitten Tree

May you always have a poem, like a pair of cozy mittens; Knitted by a friend who loves you. May your poem hold your hands through the blizzard of your living; Every word a warm blessing. Written by a soul you’ll never know but somehow understands. -Amy LV    On the Friday following Thanksgiving, we will begin what we hope will become an annual holiday tradition – a Mitten Tree – which will be located in the main lodge building at Larsmont Cottages.  We will be reaching out to the...


Fresh Fish From Hawaii

Fresh, just-caught Pacific Ocean fish in the middle of Minnesota? With modern technology, it’s easier than ever. Our friends at Norpac Fisheries in Hawaii are catching fish, slapping them on a flight, and getting them to our table less than 24 hours from the moment they were caught. That’s as fresh, or fresher, than some Lake Superior caught fish. If you’re skeptical, you’re in good company. Chef Uriah Hefter was too. When the company representative called early this year to say he could...