north shore lodging

north shore lodging

Here it is, a complete list of hotels, motels, cabins, resorts, lodges, campgrounds, inns and bed and breakfasts. I’ve thrown in a handful of longtime vacation home rentals, too. Every part of the shore has a variety of lodging. You just need to choose if you want to be on/near Lake Superior, inland, inland on a lake, in/near a town or in the woods and then the amenities that are important to you.

Some tips to keep in mind, July and August are busy, as are fall color weekends [3rd week of Sep through 3rd week of Oct], holidays and major events, so plan ahead. Peak times often require 2- or 3-night minimums. Quiet time is April through Memorial Day [late ski season into waterfall season] and late October to the Christmas holiday. Remember most lodges also have hotel rooms which allow for the resort experience with smaller accommodations, but you can also bring the entire family as 3-bedroom+ offerings are also available. Cabins can be quaint old one-room dovetail structures or modern homes, check them out. Looking for the familiar, you will find some national franchises with north shore twists. Enjoy your stay!

tips for finding lodging when everything seems booked up

Camping

Look at all the listings, keeping in mind the further from the shore, the more likely you will find an opening. If a federal [Superior National Forest] Campground takes reservations, there will be a link to the page where you can see availability. Note rustic sites [np fees charged, no water, no trash] can fill up because they are small, but sometimes have openings because people prefer amenities.

Cabins, Resorts, Motels, Hotels

Check at some of the larger resorts. Because their larger units can be broken down into 2 or 3 rentable units, they may have specific openings. Ask if they have a waiting list.

Vacation Rentals and B & Bs

If everything is full, remember resorts rent entire townhomes, condos and occasionally free-standing units making them essentially vacation rentals [with amenities!] Ask about waiting lists for cancellations.

covid 19 update

Note – almost all lodging properties are open; many properties’ pools are closed. All properties have covid cleaning practices in place.

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Grand Portage Area Lodging

Head northeast out of Grand Marais and the road opens up to Lake Superior more often, there’s only a few businesses, and 35 miles out the topography changes with the three sisters, Mount Jo, Mount Maud & Mount Rose, open vistas to Isle Royale and the nearby Susie Islands. Six more miles and you can access a 120-foot waterfall and enter Canada.
The Outpost Motel

2935 East Highway 61 | 8 miles from Grand Marais | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Knotty pine walls, hardwood floors, and beautiful views of Lake Superior give your motel room or fully-equipped kitchenette suite the warm feel of a cabin on the lake.  Hike from your room to the Superior Hiking Trail, Kadunce River Wayside Park, or along Lake Superior’s shore. Picnic and playground area.  Free WiFi. All units are smoke-free.

Points Unknown Guest Suite

82 Irish Creek Road | Hovland, MN 55606

One of the most unique lodging options you will find in Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region, the Points Unknown Guest Suite is located within our off-grid homestead, 35 minutes northeast of Grand Marais! Actively participate in our off-grid lifestyle with traditional sled dogs or just use our Guest Suite as your base for outdoor adventure. We have solar panels that power the home, no phone lines and our delicious drinking water comes from our own well. Our heat is in floor and is fed by an outdoor wood boiler. We have indoor plumbing!

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino

70 Casino Drive | Grand Portage, MN 55605

Grand Portage Lodge & Casino is your great north shore getaway! Located on scenic Highway 61 with breathtaking views of the Lake Superior shoreline and rolling, wooded hills. Relax in the renovated lodge, play in the new casino and enjoy delicious comfort food in Island View Dining Room!

Points Unknown Guest Suite

82 Irish Creek Road | Hovland, MN 55606

One of the most unique lodging options you will find in Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region, the Points Unknown Guest Suite is located within our off-grid homestead, 35 minutes northeast of Grand Marais! Actively participate in our off-grid lifestyle with traditional sled dogs or just use our Guest Suite as your base for outdoor adventure. We have solar panels that power the home, no phone lines and our delicious drinking water comes from our own well. Our heat is in floor and is fed by an outdoor wood boiler. We have indoor plumbing!

Judge C.R. Magney State Park

4051 East Highway 61 | Grand Marais, MN 55604

State Park Campground

27 drive-in sites in a heavily wooded campground, 45′ RV length limit, accessible showers and flush toilets, vault toilets. 14 miles northeast of Grand Marais on Highway 61; details here.

Sweetgrass Cove Guesthouse

6880 Highway 61 | Grand Portage, MN 55605

The finely crafted four room accommodation is a private wing of the main house and includes two entrances, a large deck to the Lake, a main room with window seats, a loft sleeping area with either a king sized or twin beds, bathroom with shower and a separate dining area. Just steps from the Guesthouse is a traditional wood fired Finnish sauna and outdoor hot tub overlooking the Lake. A hearty breakfast is served to you each morning at your convenience.

The Naniboujou Lodge

20 Naniboujou Trail | Grand Marais, MN 55604

On Lake Superior, historic 1920s lodge and wonderful grounds abutting the Brule River and Lake Superior; great restaurant open May into October and winter weekends. 15 miles northeast of Grand Marais on Highway 61.

Sorry, we do not allow pets anywhere inside, including guest rooms.
 

Gunflint Trail Lodging

Looking for a cabin in the woods, vacation home, maybe a historic lodge, something rustic on a lake, something with all the bells-and-whistles on a lake, perhaps a campground or an inn? Head up the Gunflint Trail and stay at one of many lodges and resorts. Perfect if you want to paddle around a lake, go fishing, swim, cross-country ski, hike, see wildlife and snowmobile.
 

Grand Marais MN Lodging

Grand Marais is basically one big resort; you’ve got multiple shopping and dining options, amenities throughout town, can walk everywhere, have Lake Superior out your front door and the Superior National Forest out back. And you have loads of Grand Marais MN lodging options including cabins, cottages, mom-and-pop motels, condos, townhomes, and hotels plus Vacation Homes, B & B, and Campgrounds. Looking for the quintessential North Shore tourist town, stay here.
 

Lutsen Resorts and Lodging

Lutsen is spread along Lake Superior and up the hill into the woods including Lutsen Mountains Ski and Summer Recreation Area. You will find historic Lutsen resorts, quiet motels, cabins, condos, vacation homes and lodges; some on Lake Superior, some slopeside, some tucked in the woods [campgrounds, too!]. They are all listed here. Lutsen is perfect for adventurers and relaxers and groups of both
 

Schroeder / Tofte Lodging

For such tiny towns, you certainly have lodging choices, on and off Lake Superior. The towns are next door to each other, Schroeder / Tofte lodging choices include condos, cabins, small motels, a hotel, and full-service resorts. Looking to stay on the shore, but don’t need a small town experience, this is your place. You still have a grocery store, a liquor store, a gas/convenience station, some nice shops and eating establishments. Lutsen skiing and golf is 10 minutes away, Temperance River State Park is right there and all kinds of trails are nearby.
 

Silver Bay / Little Marais / Finland Area Lodging

The triangle from Silver Bay north to Finland and then south to Little Marais is not quite midway up the shore and is ideal for folks who like to explore, like the way things used to be, and want to stay inland. If you choose lodging in this area, you will enjoy two state parks, excellent hiking and cross-country skiing, tasty, simple fare, a few fun shops and the Superior National Forest are the highlights.
 

Split Rock / Beaver Bay Area Lodging

Wondering if you should choose lodging here? It’s four miles from Split Rock Lighthouse to Beaver Bay, not too far from Duluth, near state parks, hiking, the Gitchi Gami state trail, cross country skiing, snowmobile trails, snowshoeing and a handful of shopping and dining choices.
 

Gooseberry Lodging

That little burg just to the south of the state park is Castle Danger and it offers up a nice little selection of lakeside lodging. Gooseberry lodging choices include a full-service resort and a variety of cabins and cottages. If you can’t get enough of Gooseberry State Park, this is the place to stay; perfect for hikers, Gitchi Gami bikers and cross country skiers, too!
 

Scenic Highway 61 Lodging

Scenic 61 is ‘old Highway 61′ and runs from eastern Duluth to the western edge of Two Harbors, right along Lake Superior. For lodging, you will find a number of mom-and-pop resorts with about a dozen cabins, a full-service resort and an inn. Scenic 61 is a ideal if you want to be on Lake Superior and near Duluth with a quieter feel.
 

Two Harbors Lodging

Two Harbors is a hop skip and a jump from Duluth via the expressway, or a lovely drive along Scenic 61 and it is a jumping off location for the rest of the North Shore. Two Harbors lodging choices include a full service resort, townhomes, a few mom-and-pop motels and a few hotels with amenities. Stay in Two Harbors if you want to be on the shore without the drive.