Two Harbors

German lesson: spazieren the North Shore
June 25, 2013 by Best North Shore

German lesson: spazieren the North Shore

I just got back from Germany. There is so much to learn and experience there, with great trails and amazing experiences despite the densely populated country. … read more


North Shore Fourth of July
July 3, 2012 by Andrew Slade

North Shore Fourth of July

It's hard to believe that it's already the Fourth of July. Since Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, the North Shore might not be quite as frantic with travelers. That means a great opportunity for North Shore fans to enjoy some great Fourth of July traditions. Tofte Wilderness Trek Start your day off right with a 10 kilometer run (or walk) through the woods and ridges near Tofte. It's best to register in advance. Here's more info. Parades Too hot to run along the North Shore? Sit and watch a parade instead. Come to the festival at the Tofte Town Hall … read more


Erkki Harju says "Ski" in Two Harbors
March 3, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Erkki Harju says "Ski" in Two Harbors

  In twenty years of skiing on the North Shore's groomed trails, I've seen a lot of signs with basically the same message: Please don't walk on the groomed ski trail. I even remember the Nordic ski coach back in high school pleading with students in a school assembly to stay off the ski tracks around the athletic fields. But this sign, which I found yesterday at the Erkki Harju ski trail in Two Harbors, is by far the goofiest and maybe the most effective I've seen. No, that is not Erkki Harju himself with the shovels and the drawl. According to … read more


Tough times for Two Harbors’ Jacques
February 21, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Tough times for Two Harbors’ Jacques

Jacques the giant roadside voyageur stood for years next to the Voyageur Motel along the Two Harbors strip. Now he lies in pieces next to the Earthwood restaurant, just a few yards off the Highway 61 expressway west of town.  Back in town, his boots had been literally frozen to the ground. His head wobbled as the new owners tried to move him, and Jacques was literally decapitated in order to save him. When I drove by the other day, the head was still nowhere to be seen. But the new restaurant owners have big plans to put Jacques back together, … 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


Flood Bay: An appreciation
August 12, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Flood Bay: An appreciation

So you've made it through the stop-and-start traffic maze of Duluth and up the expressway to Two Harbors. Maybe you stopped for some smoked fish at Lou's or a Culvercinno at Culvers. Now, get your first real taste of the North Shore.Just 1.5 miles past the last Two Harbors stoplight, turn right at Flood Bay State Wayside. There's a nice gravelly beach that reaches back toward Superior Shores resort, and you can walk the whole way. If you brought a sea kayak, you can launch it here.If you like agates, you can find them here by the dozens: they are … read more


Funny from Texas
October 29, 2008 by Andrew Slade

Funny from Texas

Check out this funny essay from a Texas columnist about his recent trip to Two Harbors and the rabid late-season mosquitoes. Based on his dateline, this must have been just two weeks ago that he had so many skeeters.This was totally the summer of bugs for us, like the woods were full of frustrated larvae that had waited out two or three dry summers and then just cranked out the generations like mad to catch up.I don't know how this writer's bug experience really was. I'm pretty accustomed to onslaughts of insects. But the fact that this was mid-October is … read more