Tofte, Minnesota( 4 Reviews )
Whether you’re looking to explore the rich terrain and myriad diversions or simply relax amidst North Shore splendor, our No. 1 spot certainly won’t disappoint. With seaside accommodations, a wealth of recreation and its very own restaurant, Bluefin Bay promises a truly memorable Minnesota vacation.
Poised on Lake Superior’s shores, Bluefin Bay’s vacation homes were designed to make the most of their surroundings. Expansive windows frame the North Shore scenery you came for, while private decks offer a closer peek at Lake Superior’s impossibly blue waters. A generous measure of sunlight and en-suite fireplaces do their part to keep Bluefin Bay’s accommodations warm and cozy, even when the Minnesota weather outside is anything but. And the addition of a private whirlpool makes these Tofte, MN vacation rentals even more inviting – not to mention perfect for that romantic weekend you’ve been planning! It’s tempting, but we urge you not to spend the entirety of your North Shore vacation admiring the scenery. Instead, leave plenty of time to explore it, be it sea kayaking across Lake Superior’s expansive waters or hiking the surrounding wilderness areas. Come winter, you can traverse the same Minnesota terrain by cross country ski; Bluefin Bay even offers pint-sized snowshoes for those traveling with kids in tow!
7192 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte, MN 55615
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Guests of Bluefin Bay will also enjoy the resort’s indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, exercise room, tennis court, meeting rooms and a children’s play area.
Lake Superior is the largest body of freshwater in the world.
Lutsen, Minnesota( 5 Reviews )
With its unique blend of Northwoods traditions and contemporary comforts, our No. 2 pick offers the best of old and new on your North Shore vacation – fitting for Minnesota’s oldest resort. Equally stunning in all four seasons, Lutsen Resort has become a favorite destination for Minnesota family and leisure vacations alike.
At Lutsen Resort, rustic charms in the form of authentic Scandinavian architecture, hand-carved log furnishings and stone fireplaces pay tribute to the lodge’s historic roots. Inside the lodge rooms, colorful plaid quilts lend as much visual interest as they do warmth, while a charming lobby invites you to sink into the plush depths of its leather furnishings as you look out over Lake Superior’s sparkling depths. Slip into the Lakeside Dining Room for home-style classics with a twist: twice-baked potatoes topped with aged cheddar, Canadian walleye served with Minnesota’s own wild rice and Swedish meatballs – a Lutsen Resort tradition! Here in Minnesota, the recreation changes with the seasons and fortunately for you, Lutsen Resort is prepared for all four! Summer brings campfires on Lake Superior’s rock-laden shores and winter signals time to strap on a pair of skis for your choice of cross-country or downhill styles. When you’ve had your fill of North Shore scenery, return to the WatersMeet Spa for a rejuvenating massage.
5700 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen, MN 55612
In addition to its traditional lodge rooms, Lutsen Resort also offers villas, cabins, condos and townhomes on Lake Superior’s shores.
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The Lutsen Resort grounds include an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, game room and conference center.
Tofte, Minnesota( 2 Reviews )
With its vaulted pine ceilings, vast expanses of glass and whirlpool tubs for two, our No. 3 spot shatters preconceived notions of North Shore resorts. While it takes something truly spectacular to improve on luxury like this, Surfside on Superior pulls off this admirable feat with the option of ownership.
The majestic rise and fall of the Sawtooth Mountains. The region’s trademark rock beaches. And tucked between these North Shore landmarks? Surfside on Superior’s exclusive collection of luxury townhomes. These deluxe accommodations range in size, but all offer the plush comforts, extraordinary scenery and contemporary styling you’ve come to expect from the Bluefin Bay family of resorts. Surfside even offers a full range of resort amenities, including access to the healing powers of the Waves of Superior Spa. As your Minnesota vacation comes to a close, the thought of saying farewell to Surfside on Superior leaves you torn. Fortunately, full or fractional ownership lets you live the Surfside lifestyle as much – or as little – as you like. It’s the perks of a North Shore vacation home with all the benefits of ownership, to say nothing of the convenience factor – Surfside is a mere 30 miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and just three hours north of the Twin Cities.
Hwy. 61, Tofte, MN 55615
With its serene colors, cozy fireplace and whirlpool for two, it's no surprise the Surfside Master Bedroom has been nicknamed the Honeymoon Suite.
Once completed, the Surfside on Superior grounds will include a guest services building, a recreation center with heated pool, a whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, spa and a coffee bar.
Two Harbors, Minnesota( 1 Review )
Situated on 60 densely forested acres overlooking the North Shore’s crowning glory, Lake Superior, our No. 4 spot’s choice location means you’ll be surrounded by the pristine scenery you came for from arrival to departure. And with your choice of lodge or lake home accommodations, Superior Shores Resort complements its surroundings with equal measures of comfort.
While Superior Shores Resort did wonders for our mood, we can only imagine what its corporate facilities could do for your company’s productivity! With its 2,000 ft.-plus stretch of pebble beach, this Two Harbors resort lives up to its name; in fact, we’re confident that you won’t find a more scenic expanse of Lake Superior shoreline anywhere else, its fellow Top 10 picks included. North Shore splendor such as this is sure to inspire equally great things in your employees, should your business have the good fortune of hosting a meeting or event in Superior Shores Resort’s spectacular conference center. Its five meeting spaces occupy a prime stretch of lakefront real estate, and instantly take the “boring” out of your business affairs. This Minnesota resort hails from Two Harbors, a charming town just 20 miles north of Duluth. Given Superior Shores Resort’s central location, you could easily explore the North Shore in its entirety – from the legendary lift bridge of Duluth all the way to Split Rock State Park’s iconic lighthouse – should the mood strike you.
1521 Superior Shores Dr., Two Harbors, MN 55616
Lodge rooms, Jacuzzi rooms, studios and suites are all housed within the cozy confines of the main lodge, while one- to three-bedroom lake homes are located adjacent to the central resort building.
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Indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, cross-country ski trails and an 18-hole golf course.
Lutsen, Minnesota( 1 Review )
Woods and water are boundaries to be broken by Eagle Ridge at Lutsen Mountains! Begin your Midwest adventure past the treeline and beside North Shore and Lutsen Mountain attraction and adventure headquarters Eagle Ridge at Lutsen Mountains!
From alpine slides to mountain trams, scenic ridgelines and waterfalls, you'll find no better harbor on Lake Superior than Eagle Ridge at Lutsen Mountain. Where mountainside studio and condo units boast cozy amenities like fireplaces and Jacuzzis, this Lake Superior resort will warm your heart on the chilly North Shore of Minnesota.
445 Ski Hill Road Lutsen, MN 55612
Peaceful mountain views are just one of the perks of this cozy Lutsen Mountains resort! Cozy up to the fireplace, go for a dip in your Jacuzzi tub, or enjoy a multitude of on and off the mountain activities!
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Pop in to Papa Charlie's Restaurant & Tavern right onsite! Dining experiences can take place in the dining room, bar, or on the deck overlooking Moose Mountain.
Two Harbors, Minnesota
Located just south of Two Harbors, MN, our No. 6 pick boasts convenient access to nearly every North Shore attraction. Then again, with its luxurious waterfront cottages – crafted in the tradition of Scandinavian fishing villages – and nearly 1,300 feet of Lake Superior shoreline, Larsmont Cottages makes sure you never want to venture far.
The warm receptions offered by this Two Harbors resort’s friendly staff serve as proof enough that “Minnesota Nice” is no myth. But surely your gracious hosts can’t take all the credit; with its grand main lodge offering a well-stocked library, wood-burning fireplace and a full-service restaurant and bar, Larsmont Cottage’s interiors do their share to make every stay as comfortable as possible. And its rich heritage, rooted in Scandinavian traditions and combined with truly exceptional four-season amenities like a heated indoor pool, outdoor Jacuzzi and wood-fired Finnish Sauna, makes Larsmont Cottages a Minnesota North Shore resort that is truly one of a kind. Of course, there’s more to the North Shore than cottages – even if they are seriously comfortable and luxurious accommodations, a la Larsmont Cottages. Leave plenty of time to conquer the powder-coated slopes of Lutsen Ski Resort, hike the trails that line the rushing waters of the Temperance River or tee off on the scenic fairways and emerald greens of the Superior National at Lutsen golf course.
596 Larsmont Way, Two Harbors, MN 55616
Canoeing, fishing, hiking, shopping, snowmobiling, cross-country and downhill skiing.
Larsmont’s one- to three-bedroom lakeside cottages are the ultimate North Shore luxury accommodations. Each is beautifully appointed with a designer kitchen, gas fireplace, plush furnishings, theater system with satellite TV and a master bath with whirlpool tub.
Grand Marais, Minnesota( 1 Review )
Discover a secluded North Shore getaway at Bearskin Lodge, located outside of Grand Marais.
Bearskin Lodge offers you an exciting and unique lodge experience on the North Shore. A landmark since 1925, the log cabin lodging from Bearskin Lodge will give you a true rustic experience in the northwoods. Without video games, television, or internet in the rooms themselves, you are sure to experience the North Shore without distractions. But the lack of phone or internet doesn't mean you'll skimp on comfort! Soft beds and rustic decor are waiting in every room. The delicious dinners served nightly include options like seafood stuffed walleye and New York steak with Bearnaise sauce. All this and a wealth of outdoor activities await you at Bearskin Lodge.
124 E. Bearskin Road Grand Marais, MN 55604
Bearskin Lodge was named one of the 2011 Best Lodges by Minnesota Monthly.
Grand Marais, Minnesota( 1 Review )
Whether your idea of the perfect Northwoods vacation is a fishing trip or just a retreat to the beauty of nature, Gunflint Lodge in Grand Marais is waiting for you!
Gunflint Lodge, located outside of Grand Marais, Minnesota, offers you the perfect backdrop for a North Shore vacation that is as unique as you are. Get a good night's sleep at the cabins by Gunflint Lodge and enjoy rustic charm alongside luxurious accommodations: fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs, and other touches sure to impress. More than just a great place to stay, Gunflint Lodge features outfitting for your next trip. Just contact them to create a trip that is perfect for you, whether that means fishing, floating in an inner tube, or any other outdoor activity. The choice is yours at Gunflint Lodge.
143 S. Gunflint Lake Grand Marais, MN 55604
Tofte, Minnesota( 1 Review )
Enjoy luxury and location when you stay at Chateau LeVeaux in Tofte, Minnesota.
Chateau LeVeaux offers you the perfect blend of luxury accommodations and a rustic location with their condo units on the shore of Lake Superior. With special touches like whirlpool tubs and expansive balconies, these luxurious accommodations offer you a unique lodging experience. More than just a great place to stay, Chateau LeVeaux is located within minutes of a wide variety of great outdoor activities. Hike the trails at one of the local state parks. Go fishing in Lake Superior. Go snowmobiling in the winter or boating in the summer. Trade stories around a bonfire. All this and more awaits you at Chateau LeVeaux.
6626 West Highway 61 Tofte, MN 55615
84 inches of snowfall
Last but far from being least on our list, Solbakken Resort is everything a North Shore resort should be, and everything you’d expect from one that’s owned and operated by the same family. With its wealth of recreation including downhill skiing, hiking, biking and beyond, Lutsen is one of the most kid-friendly towns on the entire North Shore!
You’d have to search far and wide for a range of North Shore accommodations like this. The historic Sawbill Lodge, transported and rebuilt on the Solbakken Resort grounds, boasts fireplace suites with convenient kitchens and lakeview patios that provide plenty of scenery. Solbakken Resort also offers rustic cabins scattered along Lake Superior’s shores, and surprisingly comfortable hotel rooms for those looking to explore the North Shore on a budget. And the Jonas House – with its three bedrooms, full kitchen and stone fireplace – serves as this Lutsen resort’s crowning glory! Grand Marais is just a short drive from Solbakken Resort, where you can hike Artist’s Point or snap a photo from the safety of the harbor’s rock-laden beach. The daring can venture out on Lake Superior’s vast waters for sea kayaking, fishing charters and sailing tours. Closer to home, a hot tub, sauna and great room stocked with books, games and movies promises even more entertainment on your North Shore vacation!
4874 Hwy. 61, Lutsen, MN 55612
Breathe easy – all of the Solbakken Resort rooms are non-smoking accommodations.
Dog sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, bird watching, stargazing, hiking and canoeing.