1711 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604
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Always at Beaver House, driving wheels off 9/2009
No longer available as of Jan 2009
Cook County Courthouse, Grand Marais, MN 2008
Cooking shore lunch -- it's walleye time!
Grand Marais in winter
I was thinking of coming up to Grand Marais Minn....to go up the Gunflint Trail in January for some cross country skiing. Some of the posts on this area make it sound real grim. Is it?
Re: Re: Grand Marais in winter
Grand Marais is gorgeous and a nice self-contained city. Skiing is great. The only problem in January could be the weather. As I write this from Wisconsin in Appleton it is below zero with a ghastly wind chill. God knows what the temp in that area would be right now. If that doesn't bother you, you should have a wonderful stay. Just be careful if you must do any driving.
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St. Xavier Church
St. Xavier was built by Jesuit missionaries for the local Ojibwe. The simplicity and honesty of the edifice is appealing. Unfortunately, it was locked when I passed through, but you might be luckier. The church is on SR 61, about half a mile north of Grand Marais.
Unless those boats have skates under the hull, I'm not sure when they get put into use. Probably some adventurous sailors put aground here one July 24th and came to find out the next morning that they were iced in until the following July 4th.
Go for a swim or a sauna
Every winter the community pool becomes a busy place for the locals. Many attend once a week for a swim and a soak. My preference was always the sauna, my wife and kids liked the hot pool. Then there's the kiddy pool, which is kept warmer than the big pool. For -20F (-39c), there were alot of people out for a swim.
Dress for ALL kinds of weather
If you plan on hiking, bring shoes that can handle the rugged paths and sometimes slippery rock formations in the area. It is not a good idea to just go around in "flip-flops."
Even the summers can be a bit varied here.
On a 2004 visit to the north shore, temperatures ranged all the way from 80's
with lots of sunshine at midday to low 40's on a few nights. There can be some foggy and rainy days as well, which are not as ideal for hiking. Perhaps that will be the day to have a good book for the motel room. Bugs can be a problem in certain parts of the summer, but remember......this IS basically a northern wilderness, with everything that entails. A portable first aid kit is always a good idea, especially when hiking. It also might be a good idea to bring some food/water, as some trails are a bit rigorous. BRING a GOOD CAMERA. BRING PLENTY OF FILM or DIGITAL CARDS. Even on foggy days, there can be some magnificent nature and wildlife photo-ops. A good lightweight waterproof windbreaker or jacket is always a good idea. Summers
can run the gamut with warm days and very cool nights. Because it is on the Lake Superior Shoreline, this area tends to always cool way down at night.
In winter, be prepared for very cold snowy weather!!! Bring boots designed for handling
snow and slippery surfaces. They have REAL winters there, but it can also be very pretty/adventurous for the rugged outdoor-types.
Hike out to both the breakwater and the "island" (AKA: "Artist's Point) in the opposite direction. You will be treated to some beautiful small cliffs and rock formations on the rugged north shore of the Lake.
Within 30 miles of driving are both the Cascade and Temperance River State Parks. Both feature hiking to the falls and both are truly amazing as the rivers cut deep gorges through the soft lava rocks. A very detailed description of the Temperance River is located in my travel pages under its own heading.
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Address: 1711 W Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604