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3 07, 2020

A Different Kind of Fourth of July

2020-07-03T21:45:28+00:00Uncategorized|

Fourth of July Weekend has arrived! Of course, the Fourth of July in 2020 is going to be a bit different than Fourth of Julys past. Of course, we are still in the midst of a pandemic, and the North Shore, especially Cook County, is continue strong efforts to keep COVID-19 at bay. With only one confirmed case, the area has not experienced the influx of cases, and would like to keep it that way. It can get hard to maintain social distancing amongst crowd of visitors in popular areas, so here are a few tips and tricks we have [...]

3 07, 2020

Guest Post: Best Ways to Preserve Nature While Hiking

2020-07-03T17:02:32+00:00Uncategorized|

Hiking is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Regular hiking gives you a full body workout that will help lower stress, lower your risk of heart attack and stroke, and help manage the symptoms of depression. Studies show that spending time in fresh air surrounded by healthy green plants, grasses, and trees is good for your mental health as well as your physical health. However, there are more than 40 million taking advantage of those health benefits each year and that puts a big strain on the natural world. Do these four things to protect the natural [...]

25 06, 2020

The North Shore Art Scene Blog by Joan Farnam

2020-06-25T20:40:03+00:00Uncategorized|

I got asked a question the other day that resulted in quite the "ah-ha!" moment for me. Someone asked me "Where do you find all of this great info that you share in your newsletter?" The person asking it was just wondering what other resources they could use to help plan their trip. I usually refer people to Visit Cook County, Boreal Community Media, and WTIP Community Radio for resources that list upcoming events and news from around the area. But there's another resource that, for some reason, I haven't really mentioned before. Even though it's a resource I [...]

18 06, 2020

Big Changes Coming to Grand Marais

2020-06-25T14:50:51+00:00Uncategorized|

Big changes are coming to the bustling town of Grand Marais! Minnesota is now on Phase 3 of re-opening, which means indoor dining can resume if restaurants choose to, at a limited capacity. Bluewater Cafe, Gunflint Tavern, My Sister's Place, Voyageur Brewing, and others in the county are slowly opening indoor dining options. Outdoor dining options are also available at several restaurants. Speaking of dining- two new restaurants have recently opened in Grand Marais! Dockside is under new ownership and has been renamed The Fisherman's Daughter. It celebrated its opening day Wednesday, June 17. Order at the window of the [...]

1 05, 2020

COVID-19 Policy Changes and Updates

2020-06-01T01:31:57+00:00Uncategorized|

The State of Minnesota's Stay at Home orders have expired. The new motto of the summer is "Be Smart About Staying Safe". The North Shore is open to visitors, but you should be aware of several changes that you will notice with your stay. The entire globe has been challenged due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s get that right out there. And it’s no different here in northern Minnesota. With being said, let us describe how Cascade Vacation Rentals has been using the last two months preparing for your stay as we plan to welcome you back to the [...]

20 04, 2020

Event Cancellations and Business Closures Due to COVID-19

2020-05-13T19:03:55+00:00Uncategorized|

As I am writing this, the Stay at Home orders in Minnesota is still set to expire on May 4th due to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. However, exactly when and how the state will open back up remains unknown. Grandma's Marathon Has Been Canceled We continue to look to our state leaders to make important decisions on when and if to extend the closure of Cascade Vacation Rentals. At this time, we are still accepting reservations starting May 4th under our new policy. Because of the unknown involved in the current situation, several major area events have [...]

6 04, 2020

A Fun At-Home Challenge + The Best Thing I’ve Seen All Week

2020-04-07T20:22:08+00:00Uncategorized|

Re-Live Your North Shore Vacations With a Photo Contest! Sarah's interpretation of "The Goldfinch" by Carel Fabritius, 1654. Credit: Mauritshuis, The Hague. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. From the Getty Museum Facebook page. Recently, the Getty Museum challenged art lovers to dig into the Getty's online collections, and re-create a piece of artwork with just the materials they found at home. The results were posted on their Facebook Page, and didn't disappoint! This got us wondering if there was a way we could incorporate this creative idea into something for Lake Superior's North Shore. So, we have come [...]

31 03, 2020

Webcams: Your Connection to Nature

2020-03-31T22:22:04+00:00Uncategorized|

Discovering NatureCams Many years ago, I was going to college in New York City and my dad called me because he’d discovered a webcam outside of a camera shop in Times Square. He wanted me to go there, and let him know when, so he could see me waving on the webcam. I tracked down 42nd Street Photo and waved at my dad back in Minnesota. This was the first time I heard of webcams and was introduced to the idea of catching a glimpse of life elsewhere in the world. These days, there are more webcams than ever before. [...]

24 03, 2020

Enjoy the Great Outdoors When At Home

2020-03-25T18:48:38+00:00Uncategorized|

Social distancing and entire countries under "shelter in place" orders have resulted in many being stuck inside or with limited areas to move around. Ironically, I started this post a few months ago as a "things to do on a rainy day" post meant for springtime visits to the North Shore. With a bit of tweaking, I'm hoping it will help you pass the time and find little ways to enjoy nature and getting out as much as you can until we're all able to travel and get out as usual. So here are six ways to enjoy the [...]

4 03, 2020

Bear Rescue

2020-03-04T22:05:55+00:00Uncategorized|

Bears Rescued at Cascade Vacation Rentals The text came in at 7:31 AM. “I just went to the dumpster and both bars were on it and when I opened it the bear was sitting in the dumpster!! I wonder how that is even possible with it being barred shut?!? I ran off with my trash but didn’t put the bars back on or look to see if the bear jumped out.” Bara, a Cascade Vacation Rentals housekeeper, got quite the startle when going to dispose of her garbage in the CVR campus dumpster early Wednesday morning. By the time the [...]