We visited GM during the winter months, when there are many fewer tourists, and as far as I’m concerned, winter is the time to go. The dance of light and ice –on the lake and on the falls—was both magical and spectacular. The combination of almost supernatural beauty and the abundance of excellent hiking and skiing trails made me forget about being cold and get outside to relish the joys of winter.
Of course -as many Minnesotans have already discovered- if you are an outdoor enthusiast, Grand Marais is worth the trip in any season, and though outdoor recreation is the primary draw in Grand Marais, there is also a thriving arts community, with several galleries and music venues in town to showcase. Most notably, there is the North House Folk School, set on the lake downtown, which offers a wide variety of events and workshops. When we visited, the school was preparing for a mosaics workshop, but line-up for the “Northern Sustainability & Simple Living Symposium” made me want to make the 8 hour trek again in April – or maybe just stay.
Avg Temp in January: 23/5
Avg Temp in July: 70/51
Known for: North House Folk School
Strong commitment to local food and sustainability
Gateway to Isle Royale National Park and the Boundary Waters
Large Artists Community