Stay at Grand Superior Lodge in Two Harbors, MN, with Dates into August
Hotel at a Glance: Grand Superior Lodge
Grand Superior Lodge stands along Lake Superior-s rocky shore, its log frame serving as a nod to the pine and birch trees that dot the property. A patio right off the water lets guests keep warm by a fire pit as they look out across the waves.
In every room and suite: WiFi, along with a mini fridge and a microwave for snacks
Couples escape: The lake-view king suite adds romance with a fireplace and a whirlpool tub.
Fresh catch: Splashing Rock Restaurant-s specialties include fritters made with local whitefish and a batter infused with local beer.
It-s always warm in the indoor pool area, which also has a 12-person hot tub.
Best way to unwind: with a Swedish or deep-tissue massage (fees apply)
Two Harbors, Minnesota: Quiet Town Along Lake Superior
Two Harbors sits on the shores of the largest freshwater lake in the world: Lake Superior. It's the top draw for most visitors, many of whom are lured by the Split Rock Lighthouse that juts over the water on a scenic crag. Gooseberry Falls State Park also occupies a prime spot along the lake, featuring three gorgeous waterfalls created by Gooseberry River's lakeward trajectory through a rocky gorge. The park also features 20 miles of hiking trails and 15 miles of paved bike paths, many of which feature views of the falls.
Just 25 miles to the south sits Duluth, named the “Best Outdoors Town in America” by Outside magazine in 2014. Along the edge of the water, Duluth's Lakewalk attracts joggers, bicyclists, and skaters, as well as provides access to the city's waterfront pubs, ice cream parlors, and shops. For a night on the town, head to Canal Park, a warehouse district where the buildings have been converted into restaurants, cafes, and shops. Canal Park also sits near the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, whose interactive maritime exhibits greet over 400,000 out-of-towners annually.