Grand Marais

Get your summer festival on: 2018 edition
June 21, 2018 by Andrew Slade

Get your summer festival on: 2018 edition

Freshly popped kettle corn, a new handmade piece of art, a cold lemonade—it's time for summer festivals. Find a complete list of 2018 Best North Shore festivals here … read more


The amazing Mount Josephine trail
September 3, 2016 by Andrew Slade

The amazing Mount Josephine trail

I’ve been revisiting some of my favorite trails in order to update trail information in my guidebook. Here’s a sneak preview of one of the most dramatic trail views on the North Shore. … read more


A North Shore Black Friday
November 26, 2011 by Andrew Slade

A North Shore Black Friday

Canadians rushing down Highway 61 to Duluth on our Thanksgiving because their Thanksgiving was last month.Lines snaking past the kitschy keychains and into the Rubbermaid aisle at Joynes' Ben Franklin. And a black-and-white poodle getting all the love on a day known just for the black.Today was Black Friday, and the North Shore nearly missed it. No doorbusters at the Lake Superior Trading Post in Grand Marais. No controversial midnight openings at Waters Edge in Tofte. Just 20% off all clothing and footwear at Grand Marais' landmark five and dime, Joynes.All the super good deals must have been in Duluth and … read more


First oil tanker arrives in Grand Marais
April 27, 2009 by Andrew Slade

First oil tanker arrives in Grand Marais

Thanks to the folks at Northern Wilds for capturing this image of the first oil tanker to arrive in the Grand Marais harbor. According to the normally straight-shooting Amber Pratt, the massive ship is owned by Norway Energy Resource Operations, whose only presence up to this was a flannel-wearing Erik Rashim. Erik was known only as a big tipper at the South of the Border Cafe. In this photo, the tanker just dwarfs the lighthouse.Here's the harbor entry without the supertanker.Personally, I think it's all a big April Fool's scam, made possible by judicious use of Photoshop. Everyone knows that … read more