Grand Marais nominated by USA TODAY travel group for its Best Midwestern Small Town contest


Grand Marais nominated by USA TODAY travel group

for its Best Midwestern Small Town contest


Grand Marais, Minn. – March 29, 2017 – This week, Grand Marais, Minn., was chosen as a contender for the “Best Midwestern Small Town” contest sponsored by 10 Best Readers’ Choice, a division of the travel arm of USA TODAY.


Grand Marais is competing against 19 other small Midwestern towns, including Bayfield, Wis.; Lanesboro, Minn., Galena, Ill.; Charlevoix, Mich.; and many others.


“This is the third national contest Grand Marais has been nominated for during the past three years,” says Linda Jurek, executive director of Visit Cook County. “This is a great way to introduce thousands of people throughout the country to our community via social and traditional news media.


“There aren’t many places that are located right in the midst of a protected wilderness area, an ancient mountain range, and the largest fresh water lake in the world, Lake Superior. There are many other reasons that this is a unique small town, but our natural amenities can’t be beat – come see what the buzz is all about!”




Contest Rules


The contest, which is being promoted by USA TODAY, gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at:


A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Voting ends Monday, April 24 at 11:59am EDT, and the winners will be announced on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 12 p.m. EDT, and afterwards via USA TODAY.


About 10 Best Readers’ Choice Contest provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the United States and around the world. No business pays to be listed. At its core is a team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about, and provide constantly updated content. Digitally, The USA TODAY Travel Media Group sites rank among the top 10 most-visited travel information sites in North America as measured by comScore.


About Visit Cook County

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Cook County, Minn. has earned numerous accolades recently including “2015 Coolest Small Town in America” contest by Budget Travel and “The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016” list by Outside Magazine. Visit Cook County invites visitors to rekindle their sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest, paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and discovering the Lake Superior watershed basin. Be inspired by connecting on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitors, Facebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Discover more at or by downloading the Visit Cook County mobile app.




Kjersti Vick (218) 387-2788 ext. 103