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Lutsen, Minnesota

Swedish immigrant Charles Nelson began homesteading at the mouth of the Poplar River in 1881. As new immigrants arrived, he provided lodging and meals. Voila, Minnesota’s first resort! A post office, school, general store and town hall were built to serve the local loggers and fisherman. Nelson, his family and townspeople continued expanding their burg and today Lutsen is home to Lutsen Mountains, Superior National, resorts and a cluster of business along Highway 61 fondly referred to as ‘downtown Lutsen.’

 

Lutsen Mountains
Lutsen Mountains

445 Ski Hill Road | Lutsen, MN 55612

The Midwest’s largest and tallest ski area offers alpine skiers and snowboarders 92 sweeping runs over four mountains. Nonskiers can enjoy slopeside views and amenities at two chalets. Spring, summer and autumn visitors can hike, bike, ride the gondola and… see more

The Midwest’s largest and tallest ski area offers alpine skiers and snowboarders 92 sweeping runs over four mountains. Nonskiers can enjoy slopeside views and amenities at two chalets. Spring, summer and autumn visitors can hike, bike, ride the gondola and alpine slide and chalets’ offerings.

1.4 miles north of Highway 61

thomsonite beach gems & jewelry
thomsonite beach gems & jewelry

2920 West Highway 61 | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Mother Nature’s contribution to our amazing piece of property lies in the “Thomsonite gemstone” embedded in our shoreline.  Unique in its presence and beauty, we hope it will encourage lasting memories of your time spent relaxing on our shoreline, listening… see more

Mother Nature’s contribution to our amazing piece of property lies in the “Thomsonite gemstone” embedded in our shoreline.  Unique in its presence and beauty, we hope it will encourage lasting memories of your time spent relaxing on our shoreline, listening to the waves, breathing in the fresh air of the North Shore, sitting by a campfire, watching the sun rise or sun set over the Sawtooth Mountain range.  Or a visit to our Thomsonite Gemstone/Jewelry and gift shop, located in our office, will allow you to find the perfect souvenir.

Lutsen Mountains Alpine Slide
Lutsen Mountains Alpine Slide

445 Ski Hill Road | Lutsen, MN 55612

A summer luge run, fun for all ages! Take a scenic chairlift ride to the summit of Eagle Mountain followed by an exhilarating 1/2-mile ride through hairpin curves. Make a day of it – use the combo pass on the… see more

A summer luge run, fun for all ages! Take a scenic chairlift ride to the summit of Eagle Mountain followed by an exhilarating 1/2-mile ride through hairpin curves. Make a day of it – use the combo pass on the Alpine Slide and Summit Express Gondola!

Summit Express Gondola
Summit Express Gondola

445 Ski Hill Road | Lutsen, MN 55612

Spectacular 100-mile views! Ride in a brand-new 8-person gondola to the summit of Moose Mountain , where you can hike, take photos, admire the views,  eat and relax at the chalet. A must-do during fall colors!

Spectacular 100-mile views! Ride in a brand-new 8-person gondola to the summit of Moose Mountain , where you can hike, take photos, admire the views,  eat and relax at the chalet. A must-do during fall colors!

North Shore Winery

202 Ski Hill Road | Lutsen, MN 55612

The North Shore Winery and the Sawtooth Mountain Cider House are open providing tastings and tours noon to 7 p.m. We are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Music at the Winery Join us every Saturday during the ski season for… see more

The North Shore Winery and the Sawtooth Mountain Cider House are open providing tastings and tours noon to 7 p.m. We are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Music at the Winery
Join us every Saturday during the ski season for music on Saturdays from 3-6 p.m. while enjoying a tasting, a glass of wine or a cup of mulled wine!
Superior National at Lutsen

5731 Highway 61 | Lutsen, MN 55612

Stunning course! 27-holes featuring the Canyon Nine, Mountain Nine & River Nine; follows the base of Moose Mountain with the Poplar River cascading through the course. Driving range, golf pro, clubhouse. “The Cadillac of Minnesota Golf Courses” – Explore Minnesota magazine  

Stunning course! 27-holes featuring the Canyon Nine, Mountain Nine & River Nine; follows the base of Moose Mountain with the Poplar River cascading through the course. Driving range, golf pro, clubhouse.

“The Cadillac of Minnesota Golf Courses” – Explore Minnesota magazine

 

Stops Along the Way

oberg mountain mn Oberg Mountain (mile marker 86.1)

Hike the perennial favorite, the 2.25-mile Oberg Mtn Loop, or get up early and follow the hilly 7-mile trail east to the peak of Moose Mountain. After lunch, descend through the maple forest into the Poplar River Valley arriving at Lutsen Mountains.

 

 

State Wayside Photo Ray Berglund Wayside (mile marker 86.5)

Climb the wooden steps and hike above the Onion River to view the stair step falls [slightly over 1-mile round trip]. Lakeview picnic tables are on the bluff near the top of the stairs. Fisherman take note, the Onion River is a designated trout stream. Everyone take note of the swanky outhouse. Seasonal.

 

 

Old Covered Bridge Over Poplar RiverCovered Bridge (mile marker 90.1)

Stroll the covered bridge over the Poplar River, take a photo and see if anyone is fishing the rivermouth. The bridge is part of Lutsen Resort and is open to everyone.

 

 

 

The Lutsen Town Skyline

Downtown Lutsen (mile marker 91.9)

Browse gifts, books, treats, spirits, necessities and fine art.

 

 

 

 

Grandview Park in Lutsen Grandview Park (mile marker 93.6)

Take a break! Picnic tables, a playground and some room to run around.

 

 

 

 

hike the cascade river Cascade River State Park (mile marker 99.8)

Find the cascades on the Cascade River! It’s an easy 0.5-mile loop from the parking along the highway. The main entrance to the park is just northeast of river, off Highway 61.

 

 

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