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Timber-frame cottage in heart of rural MinnesotaCOVID-19 precautions: Surfaces are cleaned/sprayed with anti-bacterial spray. See the stars! Our 2+ acre fenced property (see a-peaceful-dragon.com for walking tour) includes hot tub & is 3 miles from lake (boating, fishing & magnificent descending beach). Soo Line Trail has hiking, biking & snowmobiling. Upsala is solidly in farm country. Our home is 100 ft. away from the cottage; shrubs provide privacy. Wi-Fi. Park, bar & restaurant in walking distance. Diversity is welcome.
Star-Gazer Sky CabinWe are featured on a PBS segment: Look under Pioneer Sportsman, "Muskies and Living High." Aired 2/21/2021. Listing now includes a private 4 person sauna! COVID-19 precautions meet highest standards. See the stars! Our fenced 2+ acre property (see a-peaceful-dragon.com for walking tour) includes a hot tub & is 3 miles from local lake & campground (boating, fishing & magnificent descending beach). Soo Line Trail has hiking, biking & snowmobiling. Diversity is most welcome.
The Honey HiveA lower level, 1 bedroom apartment with a spacious living area in a rural setting. A walking/snowmobile trail borders the property that leads to Pepin Lake access/fishing dock. There are 6 steps to reach the interior of .....The Honey Hive!
From Duluth and the Wisconsin border extending to Grand Portage and the Candadian border, Minnesota’s North Shore is a glorious landscape of jagged cliffs, thick forest, and coastal getaways along Lake Superior. Small towns dot the scenic highway that brings visitors to this unique stretch of waterfront. The road winds along the dramatic, sharp cliffs as they drop steeply to the water, with a backdrop of forested hills hiding the many rivers and waterfalls making their way to the world’s largest freshwater lake. Snowmobilers, hikers, skiers, and campers flock to the parks that turn the natural features into all-season playgrounds for outdoor recreation, with opportunities to spot migrating birds, the Northern Lights, and stunning displays of fall colors. Vacationers choose this route through the quaint North Country towns to stop for smoked fish, admire old lighthouses, and find inspiration at an art colony.
The only airport with regular service on the North Shore is Duluth International Airport (DLH), which receives flights from Minneapolis and Chicago. The flight from Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MIA) to Duluth is just under an hour, while the same trip by car is about 2.5 hours. You will definitely need to rent a car, as public transit is nonexistent. Whether you come in from Minneapolis or Duluth, the journey hugging the North Shore is a huge part of the area’s draw, as is stopping and exploring along the way. While the North Shore Scenic Railway does go from Duluth as far as Two Harbors, it’s mainly a round-trip tour for the views, rather than a mode of transportation.
The cool air that rolls in from the lake keeps the North Shore summers delightfully moderate, making it a great time to explore the region on hiking trails, by canoe, or as a road trip through the small towns. Fall in the North Shore is made for nature lovers, with migratory birds and moose to spot among the foliage painting the hills of the Sawtooth Range, while winter can challenge you to find your inner warmth as temperatures stay cold and the snow falls endlessly. Not that low temperatures should stop you from enjoying the region, which is riddled with snowmobile and cross-country ski trails, has a major alpine ski area, and boasts a wealth of ice-fishing opportunities.
This 154-mile road connects Duluth to the Canadian border, passing through the small towns and wilderness of Lake Superior’s northern coast and unveiling stunning views of the rugged cliffs and forested mountains behind them. Wherever you end up based on the North Shore, this drive is an essential part of the journey ― as is stopping to admire the waterfalls, picnic in the parks, and shop in the small towns.
No need to choose between a beach vacation and a hiking trip, as Grand Marais offers both the sandy shores of Lake Superior and the forested — or frozen — trails of Pincushion Mountain. And in the charming town itself, you can tour an art colony or learn traditional crafts at a folk school.
The Midwest’s largest ski area has a long season thanks to the cold winters and big dumps of lake effect snow, but it also operates as a summer resort, with a gondola bringing you up the mountain for an impressive panorama of Lake Superior.