It was mid-August on the north shore, and Superior was shrouded in a fine mist. The Outpost Motel is located right across the highway from the lake, and there is a well-trodden path down to the shore. On a foggy day, there's something mysterious about "Gitcheegumee".
The Outpost Motel is a throwback to a bygone era of cross-country travels, in the time before the mass production of chain motels and fast food restaurants across the "blue highways" of America. I'm trying to make an effort to search out and cultivate this places, which I find to be both refreshingly unpretentious and consistently genuine. The Outpost is located immediately across from Lake Superior, about 7 miles north of Grand Marais on State Route 61.
I have previously mentioned my nostalgic fondness for the small but clean and cozy Mom and Pop Motels. Wedgewood Motel is a throwback to those "good old days" in America. After many visits over the years, this small privately run motel has proven to be among the best on the north shore for us.
The motel is roughly 2 miles north of Grand Marais on U.S. Hwy 61 and is perched on a small hill with a glimpse of both Lake Superior and the surrounding northwoods.
Each room is a bit different depending on your needs. All have that fantastic knotty pine ceiling and paneling that lets you know you are way up north. The rooms feature a small fridge, microwave, and now (as a nod to those poor souls who simply can't be off the grid for two minutes) WI-FI.
The owners (Pete and Amy James)
are absolutely the best. Because it is a small motel, they know you by name and treat you like an old friend. The coffee is always available and they have information
on virtually anything you would like to do in the Grand Marais region.
If all you need is a nice cozy room to relax in after a strenuous northwoods hike, with friendly people who will treat you like an honored guest, Wedgewood Motel is OUTSTANDING. It's one of the remaining "mom and pop" motels that keeps its rooms comfortable, clean, and quiet.
A nice location AWAY from town. Nights are quiet and the rooms (though small) are cozy and inviting with a down home "northwoods cabin" feel to them.
Pete and Amy James (Owners) are very proud of the place and will make you feel special. There are only 10 rooms so they can give you plenty of attention or privacy depending on what your needs are.
If you remember the days when Mom and Pop Motels were clean reputable places to stay, you'll LOVE the Wedgewood Motel.
It would not be Grand Marais for me if I wasn't camping. So I'm a tent guy.
Any state park requires a park pass plus the cost of camping ($10-$20 for camping).
Really cool water falls! And nice shoreline on Lake Superior.
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