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Two Harbors: The Ideal Location for a North Shore Getaway

There are hundreds of resorts, hotels, and cabins along Minnesota’s North Shore, so what makes Superior Shores Resort so unique? Guests return time and again because of our friendly service, luxurious amenities, cozy guest rooms, and breathtaking Lake Superior views! But the secret ingredient to our lakeside paradise is the charming town of Two Harbors. From humble beginnings in the mid-1800s, our lakeside haven has become a desired tourist destination. Let us tell you why Two Harbors is the ideal town for a North Shore getaway!

Castle Danger Brewing Company

It’s been a treat to watch Castle Danger Brewing Company grow from a tiny home-brewing operation to an award-winning and beloved Minnesota craft brewery. Clint and Jamie MacFarlane named the company after the small township north of Two Harbors, where the owners began brewing beer in their home and garage. Castle Danger still uses their original slogan of “Dangerously Good Ales,” which is truer now than ever before! The brewery has a polished taproom with timber ceiling, good tunes, and a wide selection of craft beer. Their Ode IPA remains one of the best IPAs in the state. The recipe blends four hop varieties into a tropical, year-round delight. The George Hunter Stout, sitting at 8.0% ABV, is the ideal beer for a brisk Minnesota winter evening. Their signature 17-7 Pale Ale has seven hop varieties and, oh my, is it delicious!

Two Harbors Light

two harborsMost tourists breeze through Two Harbors on their way to Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse without hesitation. What they’re missing is an 1892 lighthouse with stunning Lake Superior views and a lengthy jetty walk! The light and breakwater are visible from Castle Danger. Many locals fish from the jetty, but we recommend taking a leisurely stroll down to the miniature breakwater lighthouse.

Smoked Fish and Delicious Pie

Even if you don’t love Bob Dylan’s 1965 masterpiece, Highway 61 Revisited, a drive north from Duluth on Old Highway 61 is an absolute must! If you don’t take Old 61, you’ll miss Russ Kendall’s Smoke House, which miraculously survived a fire in 2014. Their wild-caught fish is smoked on site, and it’s a delicious revelation! Russ Kendall’s is only nine miles south of Two Harbors. Nearly every pie shop claims to have the best pie in the country, but Betty’s Pies, three minutes north of Superior Shores, has a legitimate case. Betty Lessard, unfortunately, passed away in 2015, but her legacy continues at this North Shore staple. Come early because the best slices are usually gone by noon. Please try their bumbleberry crunch and Great Lakes fruit pie–yum!

Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse

Two Harbors is a breezy 15-minute drive from legendary Gooseberry Falls. Superior Shores is the closest resort to these picturesque falls! The best time to visit Gooseberry is at the tail-end of a dry spell. When the current slows, you can stand underneath and climb the smaller falls. Seven miles north of Gooseberry is Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Have a picnic at Ellingson Island or kayak beneath the lighthouse near the giant bluffs!

Superior Shores Resort

As if you needed more reasons to choose Two Harbors, guests at Superior Shores can host a family bonfire at dusk on our beach. The onsite Kamloops Restaurant & Lounge is open until 1 a.m. on the weekend if need yet another Castle Danger ale. It’s worth noting that Kamloops has the very best fine dining experience in Two Harbors; our menu has mouthwatering sirloin steak, pan-seared walleye, and shrimp scampi. Superior Shores is proud to call Two Harbors home. Discover what makes our lakeside haven the best small town on the North Shore with a much-needed fall foliage getaway to Superior Shores!

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