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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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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...


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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....


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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...


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...


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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...


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Just Do It! Leave Reviews And Help Other Guests!

Online reviews are becoming a great source of wisdom and knowledge among many of our guests. Our guests often times share about their experiences so our other guests can benefit from their wise words. Online reviews, like Google Places, social media sites, Travelocity, Tripadvisor and Yelp help connect guests in order to share information. We welcome all reviews! Good and bad alike! Next time you stay with us, leave a review online. Tell us how we did. Tell us if you would recommend staying with...


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Four Snowshoe Spots Worth Exploring

There is an austere beauty to being outdoors in winter. Soft snow casts its hush over the woods, so that you can hear your own breath. All is still, except for the occasional rabbit darting by or bird wheeling overhead. It’s beautiful and somber all at the same time. Even the Victorian novelist George Meredith was not immune to its joys:  “Just got back from a beautiful eve of winter solstice snowshoeing. My heart was lost and enlivened by both the hush of the mountainous snow world and a...