Relax, No traffic, No...
Relax, No traffic, No deadlines, No mobs of tourists.Just Enjoy this quaint little piece of paradise! Sitting by the Lake Superior shore,watching the Sun rise, enjoying my morning coffee,listening to the waves crash, playing The wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald on my geetar...Of course this is at least 2 hours before the kids wake up.
The happenin' part of town
My sense is that if one were to be so foolish as to check in at the East Bay Hotel, one would not have cause to complain when they found his/her or theirselves in the midst of a Rod Serling Twilight Zone episode. Needless to say escape from said episode would be impossible and those unfortunate fools would spend eternity with Jack Klugman or Roddy McDowall.
Summer Bugs are inland
In the summer, life is warm during the day and cool at night. In town, it can easily reach the upper 70's away from the lake. Along the water, you may find that it feels like 50F, even on a hot sunny day. As you move inland and up the face of the Sawtooth Mtns, the temperature can rise so that just 5 blocks from the lake, it can be 20-30 degrees warmer. Bring your camera. There are opportunities all around. A sailboat on the lake, loons in a quiet nook, moose grazing, eagles along the water, waterfalls and local characters, who may be visitors like you. If you're going to spend any time out in the woods, you'll need bug spray. We've always recommended the highest level of DEET that you can buy. Business' that work in the woods, will by 100% DEET, but that can be dangerous as it will 'melt' syntetic materials, i.e., nylon. Don't plan on swimming in Lake Superior. Only a few local kids have been able to do that. Bring swimwear if you'll be going to the pool or spending time on the inland lakes. Even then, plan to stay out in the water or to be using water resistent bug spray.
Agate Hunting - Paradise Beach
If you want to find Lake Superior agates in our area, Paradise Beach is the place to look. Paradise Beach streches about 6-8 miles, and starts around the Kadunce Creek area up to and past Naniboujou Lodge/Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Its a great beach just for a stroll as well, and to get to 'know' the big lake.
There are so many things that...
There are so many things that are so to speak 'off the beaten path' in Grand Marais that it is hard to nail down just one. But If I had to pick it would be
The Grand Portage National Monument. http://gorp.com/gorp/resource/us_nm/mn_grand.htm