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Get your summer festival on
July 8, 2014 by Andrew Slade

Get your summer festival on

Freshly popped kettle corn, a new handmade piece of art, a cold lemonade—it's time for summer festivals. Find a complete list of 2014 Best North Shore festivals here … read more


A slow short walk to Palisade Head
July 18, 2011 by Andrew Slade

A slow short walk to Palisade Head

Palisade Head. The very name sounds dramatic and romantic, like nearby Castle Danger. The sheer red rhyolite cliffs tower over Lake Superior and provide an amazing view across the lake. 1000-foot ore boats sail past looking as small as dollhouse figurines. Peregrine falcons and rock climbers dance about the crevices of the cliff, and on a busy summer day, dozens of cars crowd the cliff-edge viewing area. There are no crowds there today. With the Minnesota government shutdown still underway, now is the perfect time to take the slow short walk to the top of Palisade Head and have the North … read more


Skiing Silver Bay: The best first K on the shore
March 29, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Skiing Silver Bay: The best first K on the shore

It took me all winter and part of the spring to get back there, but yesterday I skied on my absolute favorite first kilometer of ski trail on the North Shore. Every ski trail has its charms in how it starts, but no trails have a first kilometer that is more intimate, welcoming and scenic than this one. It's at the Northwoods Ski Touring Trail outside of Silver Bay. Skiers looking for this charming ski trail have no choice in the matter; from the parking lot on Penn Boulevard, every skier heads up the first kilometer of trail before they can … read more


Winter is still here, with more on the way
March 21, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Winter is still here, with more on the way

There is plenty of snow up in the North Shore ridges. With a blizzard watch for tomorrow and a stretch of cold days coming after that, it looks like we've got a bonus week of real winter still ahead. I love these snowdepth maps from the climatologists at the Minnesota DNR. Check out that raindrop-shaped smear of mauve along the North Shore. That's snow over two feet deep.  Even if the forecasts for a big snow don't pan out, here are some great ski trails right in that mauve smear: Flathorn-Gegoka, IsabellaNorthwoods Ski Touring Trail, Silver Bay Sugarbush Trail, Tofte-Lutsen Bally Creek Trails, … read more


Miss North Shore, please come home
January 14, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Miss North Shore, please come home

What is the North Shore? What does it mean to live there? And...can saying you live here make it true? The Lake County News Chronicle reported on a case of mistaken North Shore identity. The four contestents for the title of Miss North Shore listed their homes as Silver Bay, Two Harbors...and "Scenic Highway 61." The eventual winner, Caitlyn Thompson, was the person from the scenic highway. After some consideration by authorities, however, it was decided that Ms. Thompson did not actually live on the North Shore. She lives in a Twin Cities suburb, Vadnais Heights.View Larger MapMs. Thompson's family has … read more


Hiding from Grandmas
June 18, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Hiding from Grandmas

We're prepared for the storm. Two bottles of milk. Lunch meats and cheese. A DVD from Blockbuster. It's not a blizzard, not even this crazy year. It's Grandma's Marathon weekend. But like when a blizzard hits, we're not going ANYWHERE for the next two days.Duluth gets so locked up by Grandma's...by the car traffic arriving, by the runners in THREE different races...that you have to plan far ahead.Our friends in Grand Marais are even suggesting skipping Duluth entirely on your way to their fair harbor town, heading nearly to the Iron Range and then taking Superior National Forest Scenic Byway … read more


Take the Scenic Route!
July 6, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Take the Scenic Route!

Fourth of July has come and gone, so summer on the North Shore is in high gear.To me, one of the main indicators of summer on the shore is the big pick-up truck RV swaying and bouncing along Highway 61 at 45 mph leading a train of 5,6,8,10 cars through the curves. If you're in a hurry to get somewhere, it's frustrating to be caught in the train of cars. Passing on Highway 61 is a risky endeavor at any time.But, hey, you're on vacation. If you're headed up or down the shore and the traffic is looking heavy, don't … read more


Twin Lakes Trail: One of the Best
May 22, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Twin Lakes Trail: One of the Best

One of the best hikes on the North Shore is the Twin Lakes Trail, also known as the Bean and Bear Lakes hike. Most people hike to Bean Lake on the Superior Hiking Trail, off of Penn Boulevard. The Twin Lakes Trail has its own trailhead, right in town in Silver Bay. I think this access is more wild and more interesting.The hike is 6.8 miles long and involves some pretty good climbing, so it's not suited for young children. Pack a lunch, too. Not only will you need the calories, but there are three really great lunch spots to … read more


Twin Lakes Trail: The Gag Reel
May 21, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Twin Lakes Trail: The Gag Reel

Coming very soon to a browser near you: a captivating blog posting about a wonderful hike to Bean and Bear lakes out of Silver Bay.For today, however, enjoy the gag reel. See, poodles just do not get the self timer photograph thing.What do you get when Chloe (the poodle) makes a blooper? A Chlooper.Chlooper 1, atop "Elam's Knob" overlooking Silver Bay and Lake Superior:Inner dialogue for Chloe: "He wants me to look that way, so I'll look the other way."Chlooper 2, overlooking Bear Lake:"Oh, I get it now. You go in front of the camera and stand stock still. I … read more