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Sweethearts Bluff, Grand Marais, MN
Looking from downtown Grand Marais Harbor towards Sweetheart's Bluff


Grand Marais Recreation Area

When camping or in the RV, we usually stay at the Municipal Campground located at the base of Sweetheart's Bluff. It has a nice breeze off the lake, adequately spacious sites and bounded by lakeshore on two sides and woods on the remainder. Remote enough from traffic and noise, yet within walking distance to downtown.

A Grand Marais Sunrise from the Municipal Campground & RV Park

Grand Marais Sunrise

Restaurants in Grand Marais, MN

angry trout cafe

Angry Trout Cafe DeckWe enjoy fresh caught Whitefish at the Angry Trout Cafe, their attentive service, and a great view of the lake. This particular day was a little too cool to be out on the deck, but when the weather is warmer, like in the picture to the right, it's a great place for a brew and/or a sandwich - cool breeze and great scenery.

Next door to the Angry Trout is the Dockside Fish Market. Much more casual dining and deli-style service, but excellent fresh seafood and reasonably priced. In 2017 during the Wooden Boat Show Festival we had their Lake Trout Fish Basket. Five or six pieces totaling 8 ounces, lightly breaded, served hot, flakey, excellent taste. The Cole Slaw side was homemade with red and white cabbage, carrots, and dill and a very tasty dressing. They also had a decent selection of beers. We've been visiting Grand Marais for over 15 years and this was our first time to eat here. Won't be our last for sure!

Sven & Olie's Pizza


Sven & Ole's is a popular pizza parlor. Two stories of dining inside plus slices to go available in their sidewalk stand.

harbor house restauarant

We usually grab lunch at the Gunflint Tavern but wanted to try something different during the Grand Marais Car Show so we stopped in at the Harbor House Grille. We had their deluxe burgers with potato wedge fries. We rated the burgers as good as many of the best burgers in Duluth and loved the potato wedge fries.

World's Best Donuts, Grand Marais
We rarely miss a stop at the World's Best Donut shop, a favorite for morning coffee and pastries.. Here Jo and Hans are entering the outdoor garden. Since we've gotten some good exercise walking from the campground, we figured a maple donut or elephant ear won't hurt that much!

Other Interesting Places to See & Things to Do

north house folk school

The North House Folk School is on the harbor between the Angry Trout and the Grand Marais Campground. They have a nice little bookstore and gift shop and you can peek in the workshops as fledgling artisans are learning various crafts. My fantasy is to spend a week there constructing a rowing skiff; Jo's is doing a landscape quilt. The sailing schooner docks here too.

Ben Franklin store, Grand Marais
A blast from the past! Joyner's Ben Franklin Dept Store is not to be missed. A ton of merchandise stacked to the ceiling; I think if you can't find it at Joyner's it may not exist. Veteran sales personnel to guide your browsing and reasonable prices.

Harbor, Grand Marais

The protected Grand Marais harbor is a great spot to get introduced to the kayaking paddlesport and kayak touring or to begin an extended journey exploring the Lake Superior shoreline.

Kayak Photo courtesy of Bryan Hansel, North Shore Expeditions.

Lighthouse & Artists Point

grand marais lighthouse


< < < The harbor lighthouse on a cloudy day.

Harbor Light Grand MaraisDonna and Jo (the one on the right giving me "instructions" as I take the picture) walked out on the breakwater to see the lighthouse.>>>

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View of Grand Marais from the Breakwater Lighthouse

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on hiking out to Artists Point and the Lighthouse.

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Gunlfindt Hills Grand Marais Golf Course

Some Grand Marais Area events, things to see and do

Spring, Summer, and Fall Festivals & Events

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More Grand Marais Links - things to see and do

Grand Marais Municipal Campground
North House Folk School
Grand Marais Playhouse
Grand Marais Area Tourism Association

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Duluth's Enger Park and Enger Park Tower.

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Tall Ships Festival

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Grand Marais DragonBoat Festival & Race

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Canal Park Brewery Beer Garden Enjoying lake breezes and views at the Canal Park Brewery Beer Garden - Canal Park.

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Fall color photos from Enger Park Tower
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Grand Marais Classic Car Show is held in June

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