Best Weekend Getaway
For an effortless weekend on the North Shore of Lake Superior without having to sleep on the ground, or paddle and portage for your life, visit Grand Marais. Budget Travel named it America’s Coolest Small Town in 2015, and Grand Marais has been running with it ever since. Located at the tippy-top of Minnesota’s northeastern wing, the town is just a few clicks short of Grand Portage and the Canadian border. The adorable downtown, with its cute little shops, is a regular host to festivals and street carnivals. Food trucks and fishermen descend in legion one weekend in August every year for an annual picnic and gathering. It’s perfect for boating, hiking, and lying around under the sun on boulders beside the lake while great blue waves crash underfoot — good for the romantic in you, and for those in search of solitude. The fresh fish, it goes without saying, is splendid. Bring some of the smoked stuff home.