Minnesota’s North Shore has everything you’re looking for in a wintertime vacation and so much more! Regardless if you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway, a family vacation, or a spontaneous escape from the Twin Cities, the North Shore always supplies eager tourists with an entire week’s worth of fun and exploration in just a few short days. Weekend getaways in MN are twice as enjoyable when you choose Superior Shores Resort! We’re perfectly sandwiched between the lively city of Duluth and two of the best MN state parks: Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls. We highly recommend exploring the natural beauty of the North Shore with a serene hiking adventure and a wintertime picnic, but you’ll also want to spend a day in Duluth. Here are five (of ten) reasons to visit the North Shore this winter!
10. Proximity to Duluth
Only a scenic 20-mile drive on historic Old Highway 61 separates Two Harbors from Duluth. The North Shore is 142 glorious miles of Lake Superior beauty worth exploring, and that should certainly include a trip to Duluth!
9. Old Highway 61
Taking the scenic route on the south side of Two Harbors via Old Highway 61 is a must, especially for first-time visitors. Travel along Lake Superior on the road made famous by Bob Dylan! It’s a road less-traveled because of the speed limits and occasionally slow traffic, but there’s no denying its old-world charm. Oh, and the heavenly smoked salmon at Russ Kendall’s Smoke House can be found on Old Highway 61!
8. Duluth Bulldogs Men’s Hockey
The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men’s hockey program is fresh off the heels of yet another national championship, their second title in the last eight years! Playing in the toughest conference in college hockey (the NCHC) means that every home game at Amsoil Arena will be a rousing battle to the final buzzer. The Bulldogs are loaded with future NHL talent yet again this year, and Amsoil Arena is a terrific venue for a fast-paced showdown against the likes of Denver, North Dakota, and St. Cloud State.
7. The Food
For a northerly city with a population under 100,000 people, Duluth has quite a superbly diverse food scene. Whether you’re in the mood for smoked barbecue, fresh-caught Lake Superior fish, or authentic Irish fare, you’ll find what you’re looking for in this lovely port city. We recommend stopping for lunch at OMC Smokehouse for the Haystack Brisket sandwich, Fitger’s Brewhouse for the beer-battered cod tacos, and Dubh Linn Pub for the shepherd’s pie. Try the pan-seared walleye or the ten-ounce center cut top sirloin at Kamloops Restaurant upon returning to Two Harbors, MN, for dinner.
6. Chester Park
Chester Park is perhaps the most undervalued and overlooked city park in the state of Minnesota, especially in the wintertime. Park near Burrito Union and stroll up Chester Creek for a better overall experience! Upon arrival, you’ll notice tranquil Chester Creek situated between tall bluffs and lush forestry. The Creek meanders deep beneath a residential area in the heart of the city. In the wintertime, you’ll discover frozen waterfalls, hanging trees, curious wildlife, and an occasional dog walker or two. On the journey back to your vehicle, walk the skinny, frozen creek – you’ll feel like you’re 1,000 miles from civilization!
Weekend Getaways in MN
After returning to Superior Shores Resort from nearby Duluth, soak in our indoor hot tub, grab dinner at Kamloops Restaurant & Lounge, and share stories around a gas fireplace in your deluxe suite. Give us a call at 1-800-242-1988 to book an affordable, relaxing, and exciting vacation overlooking beautiful Lake Superior! And remember to check back next month to find out the top five reasons to visit Duluth in the wintertime!