Minnesota’s North Shore remains one of the country’s most underrated four-season adventure-based destinations, thanks in large part to its countless natural attractions, including Gooseberry Falls, Oberg Mountain, and Palisade Head. Couples, families, and groups alike venture through Central Minnesota’s hearth en route to Highway 61 in hopes of rekindling their love for the outdoors while also munching on authentic Midwest cuisines, building blazing campfires, and Instagramming the whole experience. And there’s no better place to start and finish each day of exploration than Cascade Lodge, a historic basecamp central to Lutsen and Grand Marais.
A 25-Stop North Shore Bucket List
In hopes of enhancing the already-stellar experience, Cascade Lodge pieced together a comprehensive, 25-piece North Shore bucket list, complete with towering waterfalls, world-famous pie shops, and award-winning craft breweries. Don’t be afraid to print out this list and cross them off one by one—think of it as a Northern Minnesota treasure hunt!
Spend several hours hiking inside Cascade River State Park, a 5,050-acre wilderness wonderland filled with cascading waterfalls, dense forestry, and curious wildlife, such as red foxes, whitetail deer, and a diverse array of birds
When you’ve had your fill of adventure (if that’s even possible), return to Cascade Lodge for a home-cooked dinner, drinks at the on-site pub, and a bonfire under the stars. The lodge is a short drive from beautiful downtown Grand Marais, the Lutsen Mountains, and peaceful Cut Face Creek. And don’t forget that we’re located on the western rim of Cascade River State Park, so you’ll always be a few strides away from waterfalls, well-groomed trails, and Lake Superior lookouts. Lodgings range from the newly-renovated Main Lodge to historic lake-view cabins. To book a summertime escape to Lutsen, please check availability online (or call us at 218-387-1112).