Early Spring Getaway to Cascade Lodge

February 10th, 2021

Start Thinking Spring: An Early-Spring Getaway to Cascade Lodge

While Minnesota’s rugged, densly-forested North Shore remains blanketed in fresh powder, it’s officially time to start thinking about spring’s inevitable arrival. For those who have never explored the North Shore from mid-March through April, early spring is positively the most tranquil time to visit historic Cascade Lodge. Minnesotans know all about how unpredictable springtime weather can be, especially in the weeks succeeding Spring Break. Some afternoons feel like summer, while others micmic winter’s hearth. Springtime perks include little-to-no foot (and vehicular) traffic, discounted lodging, and idyllic temperatures for last-minute wintery activities, such as snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, and snowboarding.

10 Classic Sprintime Activities: North Shore Edition

Cascade Lodge proudly acts as the North Shore’s premier activity hub—a centrally-located basecamp that pleasingly shares property with one of the Midwest’s most beloved state parks. In hopes of enhancing an already stellar escape to Lutsen, Minnesota, we’ve amassed 10 unique ways to embrace spring, ranging from head-turning waterfalls to awe-inspiring mountains and secluded wineries.

  1. Hike up Oberg Mountain, home to the most breathtaking views of Lake Superior.
  2. Stroll down to the mysterious “Devil’s Kettle,” a can’t-miss natural marvel located inside peaceful Judge Magney State Park.
  3. Make your way to the Canadian border with a lengthy stop at Grand Portage State Park, home to the largest waterfall in Minnesota.
  4. Savor a pint of medal-winning craft beer on Voyageur Brewing Company’s lake-view, rooftop deck. Don’t forget to bundle!
  5. Explore scenic, isolated Cascade River State Park via a Nordic skiing or snowshoeing expedition.
  6. Take advantage of those rising temperatures by spending an afternoon in the Lutsen Mountains on a downhill skiing or snowboarding adventure.
  7. Regardless of trail conditions, embark on a self-guided, on-site fat biking tour, maintained by the Norpine Trail Association.
  8. Go shopping in quaint Grand Marais with stops at the Lake Superior Trading Post, Upstate MN, Gunflint Mercantile & Candy Company, Sivertson, and Fly Box & Company. Sivertson typically sells local artworks inside Voyageur Brewing’s sleek taproom. Cascade Lodge’s Main Lodge also has a small, albeit delightful selection of handcrafted goodies, many of which include our branding.
  9. Learn a traditional North Shore craft, such as woodcarving, blacksmithing, or basketry, at the North House Folk School. If on-site classes are unavailable, we still recommend joining an online course from the comfort of your cabin.
  10. Sample fine vino at the North Shore Winery, a new, semi-secluded facility near Lutsen. There’s never an off-season for regionally-grown wine in Cook County!

The Ultimate Lake Superior Lodge

Start and finish each day of backcountry exploration, shoreline drives, and tasteful North Shore delights at Cascade Lodge, the state’s premier basecamp for all things Minnesotan. We share a property line with over 5,000 ares of state park land, perfect for hiking, snowshoeing, fat biking, Nordic skiing, and birding. Our on-site restaurant serves some of the yummiest classic Northern Minnesota eats, ranging from elk burgers to beer-battered cod and panko-crusted white fish. However, Cascade Lodge’s most alluring aspect is its eclectic mix of lodgings, including historic log cabins, newly-redesigned guest rooms, and spacious luxury homes. Cap each unforgettable springtime afternoon with a warm meal, a sunset stroll, and fireside stories after dark.

To book a well-deserved springtime getaway to Lutsen, please check availability online (or call us today at 218-387-1112).