This quaint, friendly harbor village is bursting with creative and authentic personalities, as well as natural beauty and one-of-a-kind events. Grand Marais was named a Top 100 Adventure Town by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, won the title of “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel Magazine, and the Grand Marais Art Colony was chosen as one of the top 10 artist colonies in America by Coastal Living Magazine.
Nestled between the Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior, it’s easy to see how people get inspired here. Home to the nationally renowned North House Folk School, musicians, artists, photographers and artisans add an artistic flair to the area’s unique restaurants and shops.
Click in the map box (right) to browse Grand Marais dining and shopping. Also, check out this CBC Radio story on Grand Marais’s creative renaissance.
What will inspire you? Sipping a cappuccino as you watch the painters at Artists’ Point recreating the sailboats and lighthouse in the harbor? Watching otters play by the dock? Enjoying fresh Lake Superior fish while dining al fresco at an outdoor café? A Lake Superior sail aboard the Hjordis? A vigorous hike up Pincushion Mountain? Or, an adventurous drive up the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway where the odds of spotting a moose are second to none?
Grand Marais is your invitation to it all. Check out the Grand Marais Harbor Cam for live inspiration.