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See why artists and otters alike call Grand Marais home.

Grand Marais needs your VOTE! Our quaint community is up for another crowd favorite vote, this time by USA Today’s 10 Best Awards for “Best Midwestern Small Town.” Please vote, share and repeat every day – voting ends Monday, April 24th at 11:59am.

Vote Grand Marais - 2017 USA Today contest

Vote Grand Marais – 2017 USA Today contest

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.

 

Grand Marais is America's Coolest Small Town!

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.

A seagull enjoying the view of the harborWhat 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?

Click here for a map of the City of Grand Marais

Grand Marais is your invitation to it all. Check out the Grand Marais Harbor Cam for live inspiration.

GM Harbor Cam

Grand Marais Harbor Cam, new photo of the harbor every 15 minutes.