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