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
Lake Superior is the largest body of freshwater in the world.
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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.
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.
Two Harbors, Minnesota
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Situated on 60 densely forested acres overlooking the North Shore’s crowning glory, Lake Superior, our No. 3 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.
With its vaulted pine ceilings, vast expanses of glass and whirlpool tubs for two, our No. 4 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
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.
With its serene colors, cozy fireplace and whirlpool for two, it's no surprise the Surfside Master Bedroom has been nicknamed the Honeymoon Suite.
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.
Experience a Lake Superior landmark at Cascade Lodge! A rustic atmosphere connects guests with nature, making for an outdoor enthusiast's oasis. No matter the season, whether on land or water, you'll find wilderness adventures around every corner!
The adventures start on Lake Superior, which is just outside your door. This breathtaking body of water abounds with aquatic activities like fishing, boating, and a wealth of water sports. If you'd prefer to stay dry, explore some of Minnesota's finest state parks. Nearby, you'll find Cascade River State Park and Superior Hiking Trail, both exceptional for exploration. When the winter wonderland arrives, Lusten Mountains ski area provides alpine adventures just 10 minutes away. When you're not enjoying Minnesota's many nature offerings, enjoy the hospitality and history of the rustic yet refined log cabins. Wood-burning fireplaces. Whirlpools, and scenic views highlight the stay while the award-winning restaurant and pub please every palate. Look no further than Cascade Lodge for your North Shore nook!
3719 Minnesota 61, Lutsen, Minnesota 55612
Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, meaning you'll find plenty of space for water-fueled fun!
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The onsite restaurant serves up wide variety of breakfast options, soups, salads, sandwiches, and several steak, poultry, fish and pasta dinner selections.
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.
Offering a huge variety of accommodations and locations, Grand Marais Hotel Company holds dominion over all other Grand Marais hotel conglomerates. While that might seem a little specific, the fact remains that a stay with the GMHC will be one that you will never forget.
On the rugged shore of Lake Superior, at the "Tip of the Arrowhead", you’ll find Grand Marais, a town that’s as full of charm and fun as any other in Minnesota. The GMHC takes full advantage of this, and manages to show each and every guest a great time during their stay. In the summer head over to the Lake for swimming, boating, and plenty of fishing. If you’re staying in the winter, skiing is where the fun is! Whatever you choose to do, GMHC will make sure you have an excellent experience.
PO Box 667 17 South Broadway Grand Marais, MN 55604-0667
The population was 1,351 at the 2010 census.
Grand Marais is a gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness!
Two Harbors, Minnesota
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Discover superior accommodations in Lake Superior country at AmericInn Lodge & Suites Two Harbors! All the amenities to make you feel at home while on vacation are within your grasp. Come enjoy year-round recreation and relaxation at this North Shore staple!
No matter what type of vacation you're looking for, AmericInn delivers. Choose from a variety of rooms, including suites that feature whirlpools and fireplaces. Wake up each morning to a complimentary home-style AmericInn Perk breakfast and stay connected with free high-speed internet. The kids can splash around in the sparkling swimming pool while adults relax in the hot tub and sauna. When you're ready for adventures, head to the activity-filled waters of Lake Superior. Hop in a kayak and paddle the scenic waters or throw in a line and enjoy some fantastic fishing. If you'd prefer to stay dry, hike the lush nature trails of Gooseberry State Park. When the snow falls, explore the winter wonderland snowmobiling, cross country skiing, or snowshoeing. Located on scenic Highway 61, AmericInn Lodge & Suites Two Harbors is just a stone's throw from all the area's adventures. For some urban excitement, head into town for excellent shopping and dining options!
1088 Hwy. 61 North, Two Harbors, MN 55616
Breathtaking North Shore surroundings will welcome your wedding party and guests with spacious accommodations and an attentive staff ready to make your special day even more memorable.
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Enjoy a true family vacation when you stay in a pet friendly room. Explore the North Shore with your four-legged friend!
The No. 10 pick in our list, Gunflint Lodge, offers the ideal North Shore getaway just off the beaten path in Grand Marais. Located two hours from Duluth and just over five hours from the Twin Cities area, Gunflint Lodge offers the privacy and natural beauty you are looking for in your next Minnesota getaway
The lodge features lakeside fireplace cabins, ranging in size from one to five bedroom units, all scattered along the shores of Lake Superior and adjacent to the main lodge where registration and the main dining room are located. What makes Gunflint Lodge a truly remarkable getaway is the number of activities and amenities you can enjoy during your stay. The kids will love feeding corn to the ducks at the sand beach, or you can take the whole family out for a guided fishing trip where you may have the chance to reel in a trophy walleye, lake trout, smallmouth bass, or northern pike. There are also more than 25 weekly Naturalist Adventure programs offered including horseback rides, hiking trails, and trips on the Towering Pines Canopy Tour for you to enjoy!
143 S Gunflint Lake Grand Marais, MN 55604
On Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, a tasty BBQ cookout is offered for the evening meal. It includes dry rubbed ribs smoked over hickory for several hour, smoked chicken, and smoked salmon. Then there is the fresh fruit, the homemade coleslaw, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, corn, fresh bread out of the wood fired bake over, and all topped off with a nice homemade dessert.
Plan your trip to Gunflight Lodge during the winter months for the opportunity to see natural beauty at it's finest. On a clear night, there is always the prospect of a colorful display of northern lights dancing crazily across the sky. Full moon nights are nearly as bright as the day, with the moon shimmering off the white snow. Winter at the lodge is a magical time.