Planning your wilderness adventure starts here. We’re your source for northern Minnesota tourism information and guidance. We’ve curated this extensive list of dining, local services and shopping opportunities to help our visitors craft the perfect Cook County getaway.

Local businesses are essential to Cook County. They contribute to our culture and delight our visitors with extensive knowledge and expertise to share. If you have any questions along the way, we, and our local business owners, will be more than happy to help.

Browse our local service listing below. You can narrow your search by the communities you plan to visit. Be sure to click the Visit Cook County compass to add ideas to your trip planner. You can find and review your trip planner anytime under Plan – Trip Planner.

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Nor’wester Lodge and Canoe Outfitters

Nor'wester Lodge & Canoe Outfitters has been one of the most unforgettable Northern Minnesota vacation spots for over 80 years. Located on the historic Gunflint Trail ...

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Nor’Wester Lodge Gift Shop

Your full service store on the trail. We have clothing, gear, souvenirs, groceries, bait, fuel & licenses. Our watercraft rentals include canoes, paddleboats, a pontoon ...

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Lake Superior Trading Post

Sure, we may be the second-greatest attraction in this grand little Minnesota town, but if you can pull yourself away from the big water (and ...

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Joynes Ben Franklin Department Store

Just what does Ben Franklin Department store sell? Way more than you think! Joynes houses an amazing variety of clothing, footwear, camping supplies, housewares, books ...

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Cross River Heritage

The gift shop at the Cross River Heritage Center is one more place to find regional artwork.  Beautiful, original, gifts created by regional artists are ...

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Beth’s Fudge & Gifts

Beth's Fudge and Gifts: sweatshirts, t-shirts, 30+ fudge flavors made in the store, candy, food, mugs, kids toys & clothes, postcards, key chains, & more! Mail ...

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Betsy Bowen Gallery & Artists Studios

Betsy Bowen Gallery is the best place to find rare and exclusive woodcuts by Betsy, signed books, calendars & cards. Also home to ...

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Points Unknown Mindful Paddling & Guide Services and Dog Sled Adventures

Points Unknown offers unique, off-grid dog sledding experiences and lifestyle immersion programs that are educational in nature with a unique lodging option. Mindful paddling and ...

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Trading Post Store at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino

Convenience store open 7 days a week with great rates on gas and diesel fuels (with 24 hour pay-at-the-pump). Propane tank refills, groceries, beer, fishing & sporting ...

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Sawtooth Outfitters

Canoes • Kayaks • Bikes • Skis • Guided Tours • Outdoor Gear  • Apparel Our knowledgeable staff can assist with everything you need to make your North Shore adventure a ...

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Birchbark Books & Gifts

Used and new books, women's clothing, kids toys, home decor, fairy garden items, jewelry, and so much more! Biggest bookstore on the North Shore!

Thomsonite Beach Jewelry

Fine cut & polished Thomsonite gemstones & jewelry unique to the North Shore. Our shop features jewelry and gemstones from 5 different artists and rock hounds.

The Mountain Shop at Lutsen Mountains

Dale of Norway sweaters, Dansko shoes, ski and snowboard jackets, snow pants, gloves, mittens & hats, Smartwool. Sunglasses, goggles, jewelry and unique gifts.

Set Out Screen Printing

We offer apparel featuring designs from regional artists as well as traditional localized graphics. We also provide custom screen printing and original graphic design.

Cabin Antiques

Established in 2003 selling a wide selection of ANTIQUES featuring North Woods Cabin decor. Hundreds of unique quality antiques and women's gently used apparel. ...

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Picnic & Pine

Mother and Daughter owned shop! We have a mix of gifts, clothes, accessories, home decor, kids toys, and more! Stop in and check out our ...

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Grand Marais Municipal Liquor Store

The store is open every day of the week except on some holidays. Large selection of wines, national brand and craft beer, spirits and mixes ...

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The Market

Signs, Salts, Napkins Incense, Masks, Chimes, Soap Garden, Games, Baby Bracelets, Necklaces Dresses, Sweaters, Tops Christmas, Halloween

WatersMeet Spa and Wellness Center

WatersMeet Spa is nestled in the woods overlooking Lake Superior. Services include facials, massage, body care, and nail services. Groups, couples and individuals are welcome.

White Pine North

Gift shop in the heart of Grand Marais featuring Boundary Waters Coffee, clothing, jewelry, gifts, purses and unique food items.

Grand Portage Marina RV Park

The RV Park is located at the Marina with 29 sites with full hook-ups, and a comfort station with restrooms and showers. Guests may use the ...

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The Big Lake

An approachable art gallery and gift shop with unique items that reflect the culture and lifestyle of the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Buck’s Hardware

A general mercantile: we have licenses, bait, sporting goods, fuel, pet supplies, household goods, garden, paint and other hardware needs.

Joy & Co.

Art supplies, antiques, local rock shop and eclectic items by 120 local and regional makers. Kid friendly. Pet friendly. People friendly. #unleashjoy #createconnectcollaborate

Sivertson Gallery

Sivertson Gallery, Art of the North, where the story of survival and adventure in northern places is expressed by extraordinary artists in a variety of ...

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Gunflint Mercantile

Handmade, stirred with a wooden spoon, fudge and truffles. Variety of  candy, ready-to-make food items, t-shirts and aprons. + Read More

North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum

Learn about the lives of commercial fishing families and techniques the Scandinavian settlers used at a replica of an early red Tofte fish house.

Sawtooth Aviation

Minnesota North Shore scenic flights. Scenic airplane rides and tours available to fit your schedule. Moose scouting, Gunflint Trail, fall color tours, Lutsen, Grand Marais ...

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Blue Moose

Joyful treasures for the spirit, home and garden. A one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Open from May to October, seven days a week.

Jeweler of the North Shore

North Shore’s headquarters for North Shore inspired jewelry, custom jewelry, jewelry repair, engagement/wedding rings. JNS Gallery features unique art, Irish sweaters, performance wear &...

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Great Gifts

Overlooking Lake Superior, Great Gifts embodies the spirit of your journey along the North Shore, and the wilderness beyond...for every season & every reason, ...

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Grand Marais Putt ‘n Pets

We are a unique 18-hole miniature golf course with furry and feathered friends to keep you company while you golf. We have also added a ...

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WatersEdge Trading Co.

We are the place to go in Tofte, MN for your oudoor apparel and gear. We also have an extensive selection of footwear, books, jewelry, ...

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Yellow Bird Fine Art

Art is a reflection of the human experience, an image or glimpse of life translated by the artist.  It is the artist's goal to share ...

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Lockport Marketplace & Grill

Lockport Marketplace and Grill has been a North Shore tradition since 1928. It is a friendly one-stop shop with groceries, gas, espresso, supplies and homemade pasties. ...

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Poplar Haus Wine & Spirits

Lakeside lodging with 6 cabins and bar/restaurant overlooking beautiful Poplar Lake. Canoe & kayak rentals as well as the ONLY liquor store on the Gunflint ...

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Grand Marais Art Colony

The Art Colony supports artists and creative seekers at every step of their creative journey from novice to professional artist through a variety of educational ...

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Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply Co.

We are your Grand Marais outdoor adventure shop. Visit our store for guided tours, rentals, high quality gear and clothing. Tours and rentals: canoes, sea ...

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Drury Lane Books

Quaint independent bookstore with a hand-curated selection of books for book-lovers. Full moon readings and author events.

Art of the Elements Gallery at Frykman Art Studio

Open Friday & Saturday •  May 24, 2019 - October 6, 2019 • 10am - 5pm PLUS Open Daily during the 10 Day Fall Studio Tour. Discover inspired art off ...

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Tofte General Store

Groceries, camping supplies, fresh produce, vegetables and fruit, locally handmade products, smoked fish, fresh meat cut in house and homemade sausage. The  Bottle Shoppe features ...

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Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Breathtaking views of Lake Superior and scenic Sugarloaf Point await you. Log cabin visitor center offers exhibits and gift shop. Programs offered throughout the year.

NORTH 61

NORTH 61 is family, adventure, and love of a place. Shop our American-made NORTH 61 branded clothing, adventure goods, leather bags and vintage clothing. + Read More

North House Folk School

Mission is to enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, heart & mind.

Fireweed Bike COOP.

Fireweed Bike Coop is a community invested, locally owned, full service bike shop serving Northern MN with high quality cycling, climbing, and running gear.

Temperance Traders Gift Shop and Temperance Liquors

Off-sale beer, wine & sprits on Lake Superior's Scenic North Shore Drive. We also carry bar supplies, clothing and novelties.

Cook County Whole Foods Co-Op

Whether you’re grocery shopping or looking for a quick food stop along the North Shore, you’ll find organic, local and delicious food at ...

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Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Housed in the historic Chik-Wauk Lodge on beautiful Saganaga Lake, the center presents the area's cultural and natural history through interpretive and interactive exhibits. Learn ...

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