24 06, 2021

Returning in 2021

2021-06-28T14:54:22+00:00Duluth, Events & Holidays, Grand Marais, Hovland/Grand Portage, Lutsen, Schroeder/Tofte, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Last week, we were overjoyed that Grandma's Marathon returned to Duluth after being canceled in 2020. Seeing the runners was a welcoming sight to see! This weekend, we are excited to see the return of the Lutsen 99er. Already, the North Shore has seen the return of several popular events. Now, we are pleased to announce that there are several popular events and festivals along the North Shore that are returning in 2021! Festivals in Cook County (Grand Marais, Grand Portage, Hovland, Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder) According to the Visit Cook Count Events Calendar, things are really hopping up in Cook [...]

25 02, 2021

Split Rock Lighthouse

2021-02-25T16:53:04+00:00Activities & Attractions, Beaver Bay/Silver Bay/Finland, History, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Split Rock Lighthouse is one of the most iconic buildings on Lake Superior's North Shore. Now decommissioned, the lighthouse has been beautifully preserved and is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. Read on to learn more about the history of the lighthouse. Why A Lighthouse at Split Rock? Starting on November 27, 1905, a massive storm, known as the Mataafa Storm, hit the Great Lakes region. The storm caused a total of 29 shipwrecks on Lake Superior during a two-day period.  One of those ships, the Madeira, sank near the area known as Split Rock.  Recognizing a need [...]

10 07, 2020

Lake County Festivals

2021-08-18T20:34:05+00:00Beaver Bay/Silver Bay/Finland, Events & Holidays, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Lake County comes to life during the celebration of two large festivals in the month of July. Bay Days (Silver Bay/Beaver Bay) and Heritage Days (Two Harbors).  Both towns celebrate a weekend of fun, family-friendly activities that are worth checking out.  Both festivals take place in mid-July, oftentimes on the same weekend. Making Lake County the place to be on the North Shore! Bay Days Bay Days celebrates the community of Silver Bay and Beaver Bay in the heart of Lake County.  The festivities kick off on Friday night with a parade that runs from the Mary McDonald center to [...]

1 07, 2020

4th of July

2022-06-15T14:39:10+00:00Beaver Bay/Silver Bay/Finland, Duluth, Events & Holidays, Grand Marais, Hovland/Grand Portage, Schroeder/Tofte, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

The 4th of July on the North Shore is as fun and festive as you can imagine.  With activities, parades, and firework shows all along the Lake Superior shoreline.  Wherever you are, you probably aren’t far from a 4th of July Celebration.  Here’s a list of happenings around the area. In Cook County Tofte: Tofte has quickly become the place to be in Cook County on the 4th of July! A full day of events including live music, fabulous food, a beer garden, bingo, a craft show, and minnow races.  It all starts with the Annual Tofte Trek 10k Trail [...]

1 06, 2020

Grandmas Marathon

2021-02-25T16:54:01+00:00Duluth, Events & Holidays, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Many visitors to the North Shore enjoy a morning run or casual hike to get their day started. In fact, there are a few races throughout the year along the shore to celebrate these popular forms of recreation. With that in mind, each June the Grandmas Marathon starts in Two Harbors and ends in Duluth. Since 1977 Grandmas Marathon has been bringing an estimated 18,000 participants for its three-race weekend – the 26.2-mile Grandma’s Marathon from Two Harbors to Duluth’s Canal Park, the 13.1-mile Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon also on Saturday, and the 3.1-mile William A. Irvin 5K, which is [...]

2 01, 2020

Split Rock River Falls

2022-05-11T14:44:59+00:00Activities & Attractions, Two Harbors/Castle Danger, Waterfalls|

Split Rock River Falls If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful waterfall, but don’t want all of the foot traffic that is found near many popular North Shore waterfalls, Split Rock River Falls is the place to go. Found on a section of the Superior Hiking Trail inside the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Split Rock Falls offers a beautiful 20-foot waterfall. You can also find a lovely wooden bridge, and a surrounding forest to hike and explore. The first part of the hike to the waterfall is about half a mile hike. Continue on the trail to see [...]

1 01, 2020

Golfing on the North Shore

2021-09-30T18:16:28+00:00Activities & Attractions, Beaver Bay/Silver Bay/Finland, Duluth, Lutsen, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

There are many activities to do outdoors on the North Shore, a favorite of many is golf. When golfing on the North Shore you have many options of where to go. If golfing is your ideal activity check out these golf courses. Superior National at Lutsen Golf Course Few Golf Courses have been built on land as spectacular as Superior National. And more recently, the golf course just completed its nearly $4.6 million course improvement project on the River and Canyon 9's. The River and Canyon 18 make up the newly renovated “Premier 18” hole golf course while the Mountain [...]

1 01, 2020

Whispering Giants Statue

2021-08-10T17:12:18+00:00Activities & Attractions, History, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Peter Wolf Toth is a well-known American Sculptor known in Minnesota for his impressive statue built in Two Harbors. He built and erected the Whispering Giants Statue in 1977. But Peter was drawn back to it when he heard it needed repair. Spending weeks camped out next to the statue, Peter was unpaid and basically unnoticed. He was determined to give the previous inhabitants back what he had once been so proud of. The statue is part of a larger collection known as The Trail of Whispering Giants. The 71 statues that make up the collection are cataloged by the [...]

1 01, 2020

Edna G Tugboat

2021-08-09T19:59:02+00:00Activities & Attractions, History, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Built-in 1896, the Edna G Tugboat was the last steam-powered tugboat that operated on the Great Lakes. It sits at 110 feet long, with a 23-foot beam, and has a 1000 horsepower engine. The engine generates a bollard pull of a whopping 30 tons (bollard pull is the nautical equivalent of horsepower)! During its operation, the engine would use roughly 25 tons of coal per week, or 5 tons per day. That equates to about 12 shovels full of coal that had to be manually shoveled into the boiler every 10 minutes! Edna G was built by the Cleveland Shipbuilding [...]

1 01, 2020

Duluth and Iron Range Depot

2021-09-09T18:22:00+00:00Activities & Attractions, History, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

The Duluth and Iron Range Depot is a two-story brick building that has been standing in Two Harbors since 1907. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places it was the headquarters and corporate office for the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad. The Minnesota Iron Company developed the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad in 1883. They laid out the town of Two Harbors in 1885 and built depots to conducts its business. When the railroad line to Duluth was complete, it served as a transfer point for passengers, lumber, and mining supplies. It played a major role in both passenger [...]

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