Great! Lakes Candy Kitchen

This is the real thing! Third and fourth generation candy makers using family recipes, and quality ingredients. And they make an amazing variety of candy -> chocolates with and without nuts, divinity, barks, fudge, jellies, brittle, toffee, marzipan, caramels, truffles. Everything is flavorful and fresh and beyond delicious!

Open seasonally from late April until late December.
Open daily 10am-6pm, and until 7pm June 1 to mid-October

At 233 Scenic Drive in Knife River at mile marker 19.5
note: the Scenic Drive runs along Lake Superior parallel to Highway 61
218-834-2121

Russ Kendall’s Smoke House

Smoking Lake Superior Fish since 1908. That’s 110 years. They’ve got it down.

My favorite is the smoked whitefish, but you should really try the sugar cured salmon. And the trout. Or get a sampler and pick your own favorites. You’ll also find crackers and cheese and a few other items to round out your quintessential North Shore picnic lunch. By the way, bring a cooler, because smoked fish makes a great souvenir. Keep it in the paper, not ziplocs or plastic as they encourage mold. And for a fresh off the smoker taste, I like putting mine in the oven just until it warms through – yum!

At 149 Scenic Drive in Knife River at mile marker 19.0
note: the Scenic Drive runs along Lake Superior parallel to Highway 61
218-834-5995

The newest old smoked fish shop on the shore. Re-opened this summer, the new owners maintain the quality and legacy of founder Lou Sjoberg. Specialties include Cajun Smoked Salmon and Lake Trout, smoked jumbo shrimp and a nice selection of artisan craft cheese’s by Eichtens.

New to the shop -> hard-scooped ice cream in small, medium and large.

Open 7 days a week in the summer at 10am, closing at 6pm Monday – Wednesday, 8pm Thursday & Saturday, 9pm Friday, and 7pm Sunday.

Located at 1319 Highway 61 just past the northeastern most stop light in Two Harbors at mile marker 27.1.
218-834-5254

Maple Syrup

Liquid gold. Many locals tap trees, collect sap and boil syrup for personal use and the shore is home to a few commercial operations. These two welcome you to stop by and see how the process happens and purchase real North Shore maple syrup. Check local grocery stores, co-ops and gift shops for local maple syrup, too.

Caribou Cream
558 Caribou Trail in Lutsen
Open 7 days/week
Stop in and see how maple syrup is made. The sugar house is just off Caribou Trail. Maple syrup and other maple related items for sale as well as hand harvested wild rice. Open 7 days/wk

Wild Country Maple
191 Barker Lake Rd in Lutsen
Open daily May-Dec from 9am-5pm
Visit the sugar bush operation and unique dovetail log buildings [call to schedule a tour]. This is the retail operation for Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup and they sell maple syrup and caramels, honey and wild rice.

split rock lighthouse fall colors

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