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Get your summer festival on: 2017 edition
June 23, 2017 by Andrew Slade

Get your summer festival on: 2017 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 2017 Best North Shore festivals here … 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


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


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