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America’s North Coast – or the North Shore, as it’s more commonly referred to – is world-renowned for its jagged shoreline, cobblestone beaches and the impossibly blue waters of Lake Superior. Like the North Shore itself, our Minnesota resort property picks promise to delight travelers young and old with their unique blend of pristine Minnesota coastal scenery and contemporary comforts. Consider our Top Minnesota North Shore Resorts list your gateway to the myriad charms of Minnesota’s own Gold Coast!
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Whether you’re looking to explore the rich terrain and myriad diversions or simply relax amidst North Shore splendor, Bluefin Bay certainly won’t disappoint. With seaside accommodations, a wealth of recreation... read more

Whether you’re looking to explore the rich terrain and myriad diversions or simply relax amidst North Shore splendor, Bluefin Bay certainly won’t disappoint. With seaside accommodations, a wealth of recreation and its very own restaurant, Bluefin 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!

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7192 W. Hwy. 61, Tofte, MN 55615

Fun facts

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.

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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... read more

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.

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5700 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen, MN 55612

Highlights

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.

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Superior Shores Resort

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... read more

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.

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1521 Superior Shores Dr., Two Harbors, MN 55616

Highlights

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.

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Cascade Lodge

Lutsen, Minnesota

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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... read more

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!

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3719 Minnesota 61, Lutsen, Minnesota 55612

Fun facts

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.

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Surfside on Lake Superior

Tofte, Minnesota

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With its vaulted pine ceilings, vast expanses of glass and whirlpool tubs for two, Surfside on Lake Superior shatters preconceived notions of North Shore resorts. While it takes something truly spectacular to... read more

With its vaulted pine ceilings, vast expanses of glass and whirlpool tubs for two, Surfside on Lake Superior shatters preconceived notions of North Shore resorts. While it takes something truly spectacular to improve on luxury like this, Surfside 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.

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Hwy. 61, Tofte, MN 55615

Highlights

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.

Fun facts

With its serene colors, cozy fireplace and whirlpool for two, it's no surprise the Surfside Master Bedroom has been nicknamed the Honeymoon Suite.

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Gunflint Lodge

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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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... read more

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!

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143 S Gunflint Lake Grand Marais, MN 55604

Highlights

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.

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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.

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Comfort Suites Canal Park

Duluth, Minnesota

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Flanked by the majestic North Shore and ideally located near the best sights of Duluth, Comfort Suites Canal Park offers an ideal retreat for a weekend getaway!The comfortable rooms here are perfect for both... read more

Flanked by the majestic North Shore and ideally located near the best sights of Duluth, Comfort Suites Canal Park offers an ideal retreat for a weekend getaway!

The comfortable rooms here are perfect for both romantic retreats and family expeditions. Spacious and brightly-colored rooms will make you loathe to leave. But you'll have to someone pry yourself away, because Duluth is filled to the brim with fun things to do and see! After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, head over to the historic Aerial Lift Bridge, the Historic Congdon Estate, or just walk the shore of Lake Superior and enjoy the sand between your toes. All this and more awaits you just minutes away from Comfort Suites Canal Park!

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408 Canal Park Dr. Duluth, MN, US, 55802

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86,277

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610 ft

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Whether you arrive at Hampton Inn Duluth with family, friends, or alone, we can guarantee you'll be loathe to leave when the time comes!Combining superb accommodations with the immaculate beauty of the Lake Superior... read more

Whether you arrive at Hampton Inn Duluth with family, friends, or alone, we can guarantee you'll be loathe to leave when the time comes!

Combining superb accommodations with the immaculate beauty of the Lake Superior coastline, it's easy to lose track of time here. The surrounding area is filled to the brim with fun things to do and see, from fishing and boating to scenic hiking trails and alpine slides. If you're lucky enough to be staying in winter, carve up the slopes at Spirit Mountain! Back at the Inn, there's plenty to keep yourself entertained and/or relaxed. Slide into the pool, relax in the sunroom, or just park yourself outside a window and watch the massive ships chug along Lake Superior. With 103 rooms and suites each more luxurious than the last, your deluxe Duluth destination simply has to be the Hampton Inn!

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310 Canal Park Dr, Duluth, Minnesota 55802

Extra Stops

All ages will find fun at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, where you can set off on a rail journey along the North Shore to Two Harbors for an afternoon adventure!

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Stretch out in your spacious suite, which features a 32-inch LCD HDTV, a Whirlpool bathtub, and a desk with ergonomic chair.

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Loon Lake Lodge

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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Millions of acres of wilderness invite the outdoor enthusiast and travelers alike to enjoy every season in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Be one with nature and explore Bridal Veil Falls, the Gunflint Trail, and more!Loon... read more

Millions of acres of wilderness invite the outdoor enthusiast and travelers alike to enjoy every season in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Be one with nature and explore Bridal Veil Falls, the Gunflint Trail, and more!

Loon Lake Lodge features ideal accommodations that make your family vacation an unforgettable one. Indulge in your choice of one, two or three bedroom cabins. You will find amenities like bathrooms with showers, kitchens with full-size refrigerators, stoves, coffee makers, and utensils. Plan a family barbecue and take advantage of the outdoor grill that comes with your home-away-from-home! And remember, the land of 10,000 lakes offers you plenty of outdoor activities. Enjoy hiking, fishing and sightseeing during the summer months and snowmobiling, dog sledding, and skiing on the winter!

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65 Loon Lake Rd. Grand Marais, MN 55604 US

Highlights

Loon Lake is the perfect Minnesota lake destination. its 1,025 acres and depth of 202 feet, invite you to relax and enjoy the sounds of serenity. You can always take a kayak or paddleboard available and free of charge for guests. Tour the lake and explore the waters. Minnesota's natural beauty is calling!

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Directions from Grand Marais, MN: Drive northeast on Highway 61 through Grand Marais. Turn left onto the Gunflint Trail/Highway 12 (just after Subway) and follow it for 39 miles. Take a right on County Road 51 (Loon Lake Lodge sign). Follow the hairpin turn until you hit the water. Lodge will be on your left.

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Beacon Pointe Resort

Duluth, Minnesota

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An incredible location paired with luxury accommodations make Beacon Pointe Resort a perfect choice for your next North Shore vacation.Not only is Beacon Pointe Resort the only Duluth, Minnesota hotel with... read more

An incredible location paired with luxury accommodations make Beacon Pointe Resort a perfect choice for your next North Shore vacation.

Not only is Beacon Pointe Resort the only Duluth, Minnesota hotel with uninterrupted views of Lake Superior and the Aerial Lift Bridge, it is also the only hotel in Duluth that features condo-style lodging. All of their condos include a balcony or patio with a lake view, full kitchens, and private bedrooms. Beacon Pointe also features amenities such as an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, and complimentary hot breakfast. The resort is located right on the famous Duluth lake walk and is a convenient distance from Canal Park. It is close enough to Canal Park that a gentle stroll or bike ride along the lake walk will take you into the heart of it, but far enough away that you can avoid the crowds. Book your next Duluth vacation at Beacon Pointe and expect nothing but the best.

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2100 Water Street, Duluth, MN 55812

Population

The population of Duluth, Minnesota is 86,066.

Related activities

There is so much to see and do in Duluth. Tour the Glensheen Mansion, grab a cold one at Fitger's Brewhouse, or take a hike on one of the many trails in the city.

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Grand Superior Lodge

Two Harbors, Minnesota

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Grand Superior Lodge is the perfect all-season getaway destination for all, from couples to large groupsGrand Superior Lodge offers a variety of accommodation options, including lake homes, log cabins, and rooms in... read more

Grand Superior Lodge is the perfect all-season getaway destination for all, from couples to large groups

Grand Superior Lodge offers a variety of accommodation options, including lake homes, log cabins, and rooms in the main lodge. Their north shore lodge features guest rooms and suites, many with fireplaces, whirlpools, and spectacular views of Lake Superior. While staying at the lodge, make use of the top-notch amenities such as their indoor pool and hot tub, sauna, and massages in a variety of styles and techniques. Sit down at the on-site restaurant, Splashing Rock Restaurant, for fine dining and a superior view. No matter what you pick, a cabin, a log home, a lodge room, or a lakeside suite, you will create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

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2826 Highway 61, Two Harbors, MN 55616

Highlights

Check out Two Harbors for shops, waterfront museums, parks, restaurants, and more!

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Grand Superior Lodge sits on the North Shore of Lake Superior, where anyone can find something to love. Whether your idea of a great weekend consists of hiking, biking, and kayaking, or just sitting on your lakeside patio looking out over the horizon, Grand Superior Lodge has you covered with a variety of activities.

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Grand Marais Hotel Company

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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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... read more

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.

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PO Box 667 17 South Broadway Grand Marais, MN 55604-0667

Population

The population was 1,351 at the 2010 census.

Related activities

Grand Marais is a gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness!

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AmericInn Lodge & Suites Two Harbors

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... read more

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!

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1088 Hwy. 61 North, Two Harbors, MN 55616

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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!

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The Inn on Gitche Gumee

Duluth, Minnesota

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Bring you family, bring your friends, just make sure you bring yourself to The Inn on Gitchee Gumee, the perfect place to experience Duluth!With the majestic shores of Lake Superior right outside your window, you'll... read more

Bring you family, bring your friends, just make sure you bring yourself to The Inn on Gitchee Gumee, the perfect place to experience Duluth!

With the majestic shores of Lake Superior right outside your window, you'll want to spend as much time as possible out and about. But that doesn't mean that the Inn's accommodations are lacking- far from it! Rooms are uniquely and painstakingly decorated with hand carved wood work, hand woven quilts, and local flowers, and amenities include TV, full bathroom, internet, grill, deck or balcony and a beautiful view of the on site gardens. Once you manage to prey yourself away from your charming quarters, the world is your oyster. Whether you're interested in going into town or getting a little more active is entirely up to you. There are a multitude of activities in the area for you to participate in, including skiing, swimming, shopping, dining, bird watching, hiking and ample opportunity for photography.

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8517 Congdon Boulevard, Duluth, MN 55804

Highlights

There are nine state parks that line the Minnesota portion of the north shore.

Fun facts

Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes, it covers over 31,000 square miles.

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