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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...


Stoney Point

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...


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Ancient Relaxation

Sauna and Hot Tub Near the Lake “Life without sauna,” former Finnish prime minister Urho Kekkonen once said, “seems to me impossible.” And while some go for years without this experience, we more or less agree. A life without a little sauna in it is not quite complete. What is a sauna? Those of you who grew up in Northern Minnesota already know, but for the uninitiated, it’s a wooden room where you go to experience the deepest relaxation of your life. The room is heated to preference,...


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...


Ledge Rock Grille

Best Dining Experience: Larsmont Cottages

Our Ledge Rock Grille offers legendary dinners off the main menu. Brunch, served seven days a week until 4pm, means pancakes with cinnamon apples, honey roasted sweet potatoes with fresh herbs, eggs, and ciabatta, or spicy maple bacon panini with tomato and brie. The a la carte menu is equally good at dinner, with crab stuffed rainbow trout, braised BBQ wontons, or hickory scented filet mignon providing more than a match for hearty appetites. But true epicures should reserve the only...


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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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Why the last half of August is the best time to visit!

Late August is the best time to visit Lake Superior. Gorgeous weather, fewer people, and tons of activities. To help “paint the picture” of what your stay could look like, we’ve put together a little narrative with some sample itineraries to get your imagination going! Give us a call to book your August getaway! 1-866-687-5634 As you outstretch your arms your mouth gaps open as a yawn passes, the sunrays are peaking in through the window; you can feel their warmth, as you lay cocooned in...


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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...