VOTE for Grand Marais in Budget Travel Magazine’s “America’s Coolest Small Town” contest

COOK COUNTY, Minn. – Grand Marais is currently in the lead in Budget Travel Magazine’s contest to crown the coolest small towns in America. The northern Minnesota town was nominated by a crowd-sourced voting process, which included over 200 nominations.


“This is a great honor for Grand Marais,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County.  “We’re competing against towns located throughout the country, including Hawaii.  If we win, the publicity we receive will mean more visitors to our area and more business for our local restaurants, shops and lodging owners. Grand Marais has some tough competition. ”

Other Budget Travel coolest small town contenders

Allegan, MI                                                                    Hillsborough, NC

Berkeley Springs, WV                                                 Huron, OH

Blanco, TX                                                                     Ka’anapali, HI

Chincoteague, VA                                                         Old Orchard Beach, ME

Crested Butte, CO                                                           Pismo Beach, CA

Delhi, NY                                                                         Snohomish, WA

Fort Myers Beach, FL                                                  Washington, NC

Grand Marais, MN


Here’s what the magazine had to say about Grand Marais

“Get your canoe on! Here on the north shore of Lake Superior, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of the world’s perfect paddling destinations, with miles of waterways to navigate. Whether you’re craving a romantic getaway or a real adventure, Grand Marais has a little something for everyone, including cozy B&Bs, a vibrant arts community, an annual Fisherman’s Picnic, Superior National Forest, and restaurants whose names say it all: Angry Trout Café, Crooked Spoon, and Sven and Ole’s pizza!”


Place your vote for America’s Coolest Small Town 2015

Voting in the 10th annual contest is open until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 25, when one town will be crowned coolest! The top towns will be celebrated in an online feature and an upcoming issue of Budget Travel. Individuals can vote daily up until the close of voting:


And to see how Grand Marais is faring in the competition, click here:


About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore. Stay in touch via, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

KJERSTI VICK | Cook County Visitors Bureau 218.387.2788 ext. 103

Voyageur Brewing Company to open tasting room in Grand Marais on February 12, 2015

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January 26, 2015  Grand Marais, MN


The road to adventure is sometimes called Highway 61 North. It leads to Cook County, Minnesota where many tourists and locals alike can find a variety of outdoor experiences. Whether it’s the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Superior Hiking Trail or Lake Superior something calls out to people beckoning them to visit the North Shore.


Those adventurers will now have another compelling reason to visit Grand Marais in particular. Voyageur Brewing Company is using the clean, cold waters of the largest freshwater lake and making exceptionally tasting craft beer on the shore of Lake Superior. The brewery and tasting room is opening February 12th and the owners couldn’t be more excited.


“I’m thrilled to be able to make a local craft beer for people to enjoy not only in our taproom in Grand Marais but also out on their own adventures.  Every type of voyage is made even better with a craft beer,” says Cara Sporn one of the owners.


Cara’s family along with the two other families involved in Voyageur Brewing Company moved to Grand Marais and beyond seeking their own adventures. Now each of those families wants to share in the adventures of those living in and visiting the area.


“There’s no better time to talk about a great fishing trip or canoe trip than when you have a cold craft beer in your hand,” says owner Mike Prom.  “We want to hear what adventures our guests are having in our neck of the woods and give them another reason to want to return. The ambiance and friendliness at Voyageur Brewing Company will be that other reason.”


Who better to know about adventures than owner Mike Prom? He moved to the area over 20 years ago when he purchased Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. Living at the end of the Gunflint Trail 56 miles from the nearest town is an adventure in itself.


Voyageur Brewing Company will be the place for locals and visitors to talk about their own adventures while drinking craft beer brewed on site.  Tasty appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages along with welcoming atmosphere and the view of Lake Superior will no doubt make the place a favorite of all who visit.



Photos available upon request

Contact- Sue Prom 218-370-1352




Sue Prom - Voyageur Brewing Company 218-370-1352