10 Reasons to Love Fall on the North Shore

FALL IS A GREAT TIME TO TRAVEL THE NORTH SHORE

The fall season brings a lot to look forward to at the North Shore. Beautiful colors, great activities and things to explore make this a favorite time of year for many of our guests. We have assembled a list of reasons to book a trip to Odyssey Resorts this fall and share in the fun.

Fall Colors

The most popular attraction for many travelers is the color of the season. Bring your camera and capture the breathtaking scenery. The area has many trails and paths to explore. If you prefer a drive to take in the sights, we recommend Highway 1 to Ely from Silver Bay and Highway 23 Askov to Duluth that goes through Jay Cooke State Park.

Fall Shopping

Get excited for sweater weather by shopping for some new fall attire. A collection of original shops and outlets are located throughout the North Shore that are beaming with local charm. Stock up on some flannel or a pair of boots and you’ll be well dressed for a hike through nature or a night spent by a bonfire.

Warm Beverages

The North Shore is home to a vast array of unique cafes and shops pouring warm, tasty beverages. Nothing compares to sipping a warm apple cider, hot chocolate or refreshing cup of tea after a day spent taking in the sights and sounds of fall.

Bonfire

Spending a cool night by a roaring bonfire is an all-time favorite activity for many of our guests, and a staple of the fall on the North Shore. The family of Odyssey Resorts has many options for our guests to relax and rest beside the fire.

Gales of November Murder Mystery Weekend at Caribou Highlands Lodge

There’s a mystery afoot this fall Nov. 8-10 at Caribou Highlands. The Mystery Dinner Party and escape room experience was created by Solve Entertainment exclusively for our guests. Explore the weekend’s schedule of events and reserve your spot today.

Birding

The North Shore is the perfect setting for bird watching as they begin their migration south. Explore the natural landscape with binoculars and a camera and be prepared to capture some wonderful, one-of-a-kind sights.

Baked Goods

The North Shore is home to many restaurants, cafes, and shops that serve delicious baked goods— the perfect treat after a day of fall fun. A few of our favorites include: World’s Best Donuts in Grand Marais, Positively 3rd Street Bakery in Duluth and Lockport Marketplace in Lutsen.

North Shore Beer Trail

There are many breweries to visit on the North Shore pouring craft and seasonal beverages. Make sure to save time while you are out enjoying the autumn season to stop by some of the area’s newest additions and classic venues. A few guest favorites include: Bent Paddle Brewing Co. in Duluth, Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors, and Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais.

Mystery and History

Fall invites mystery and revisiting the past. The North Shore’s historic landscape is perfect for curious travelers searching for intrigue. Historical sites and storied traditions abound, there’s a lot to discover and explore. Investigate the rich history of Minnesota’s most renowned region.

Lighthouses Guide You to Fall Sights

Fall is the perfect time to visit famous lighthouses that dot the North Shore landscape. These iconic beacons are famous landmarks and make fun activities for the family. Guest favorites include: Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minnesota Point Lighthouse in Duluth, and Grand Marais Lighthouse in Grand Marais.

There are many reasons to love fall at the North Shore. Book a trip to Odyssey Resorts this season to find your favorite and enjoy wonderful autumn travel.

Photography of Oberg Mt. and Pallisade Head provided by Keefography.

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The Perfect Fall Travel Destination

The Perfect Fall Travel Destination

Can be found on the North Shore!

Fall is here and settling in. That’s reason to be excited!

And no place better captures the essence of the fall season than Minnesota’s North Shore.

Choose from 6 different Odyssey Resorts

Odyssey Resorts is your gateway to experiencing the best qualities of fall. From colorful-outdoor landscapes to seasonal activities to local charm, the North Shore has got it all. Our travel destinations are hubs to explore the area’s best, making it the perfect setting for a fall retreat that’s fun for the whole family.

Fall Colors and Beautiful Outdoor Landscapes

The North Shore is home to breathtaking natural lands and vast wilderness, inspiring sights year-round. But when autumn begins is when the area truly comes alive. Forests take on a crimson and golden glow as leaves change color throughout the season. And the vast array of trails, parks and overlooks provide wonderful views to take in these gorgeous, amazing sights. Each of our resorts are located nearby unique fall settings to explore and capture photos.

Local Charm

Welcoming communities and small towns dot the North Shore landscape. They’re home to authentic charms and one-of-a-kind experiences. There are many local traditions, family-owned shops and significant historical sites to explore.

Seasonal Activities and Events

The fall is bursting with seasonal activities and events. The list includes live music, engaging art, foodie attractions, and much more. Seasonal highlights like the Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival, Lake Superior 20/20 and Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour mean there’s plenty to look forward to this season. Check out the activity calendars for our family of properties to see what unique activities are taking place in your neck of the woods.

The North Shore is the perfect fall travel destination. And Odyssey Resorts is your guide to experiencing the season’s best. Book a stay and enjoy what Autumn has to offer.

Header Photo: “Autumn Shores at Tetegouche” by Dennis O’Hara – Northern Images Photography
Photo Gallery: Contestant Submissions from Choose Your Odyssey Photo Contest.


Back-To-School Travel to Close Summer Break

Back-To-School Travel

Now’s the time to bring the family to the North Shore before the schoolyear begins.

It’s hard to believe but soon enough, the kids will be back in the classroom and summer will end. But it’s not impossible to squeeze in a last-minute family trip before the kids are back at school. Odyssey’s family-friendly resorts are filled with some extra bonding moments for the end-of-summer-blues and you have 6 very unique reosorts to pick from!

Choose from 6 different Odyssey Resorts

Odyssey Resorts are perfect settings to enjoy the summer season’s very best. Your travels will provide laughs, lasting memories, and lots for student(s) to talk about at school. Each of our resort destinations are located near beautiful wilderness, entertainment options for all ages, and historic landmarks that amaze.

The Great Outdoors

Students need the opportunity to take a breath, to smell the flowers and enjoy the great outdoors before the demands of school and extracurricular activities take hold. The natural landscapes that surround our properties are great areas to explore. Spending quality time in these wilderness settings can be inspiring and restorative. A break from distraction, immersed in nature is one of our favorite ways to prepare for a new school year.

Entertainment for All Ages

Before hitting the books and working hard, it’s nice to allot some time for activities you enjoy. Odyssey Resorts is the perfect location to find entertainment for all ages. A sprawling art scene, recreational fun, nightlife and restaurants are just a few of the options to choose from. We recommend checking your resort’s events calendar for the many interesting one-of-a-kind events that occur throughout the year.

History and Landmarks

The North Shore of Lake Superior is the perfect setting for a history lesson. The area

Is home to many famous landmarks to visit. The whole family will be enjoy touring sites and exploring the area’s rich traditions and legacy.

As the summer comes to a close, there’s time for one final trip before the season ends. Back-to-school travel with Odyssey Resorts will set up students and families for fun and success.


Spring Attractions to Enjoy on the North Shore

Spring highlights many of the North Shore’s greatest features. The natural landscape and seasonal activities offer guests plenty to enjoy. Take advantage of these limited-time activities when planning your spring getaway with Odyssey Resorts.

Golf Getaway Packages

You’re not far from the fairways when you stay at Odyssey Resorts. Our great location makes it easy for golfers to hit the links at Superior National. The 27-hole layout is tucked away in the Minnesota Northwoods, between Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains. Tee it up at the Premier 18 championship course or the Mountain 9, an ideal course for families and beginners.

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Hopped Up Caribou Festival Packages

Get your tickets for one of Lutsen’s most popular event, the  Hopped Up Caribou Festival at Caribou Highlands Lodge, The weekend celebration July 12-14 features fantastic music, beer, and food. Tickets are now on sale and the participating breweries will be announced soon.

Waterfall Season

The Waterfall Season is continuing into spring. As a result, there is more time to explore these natural wonders along the North Shore. Take advantage of the season to see waterfalls at their peak. Book a stay and capture fantastic sights while cascades are at their best.

Book your stay today and discover what makes springtime on the North Shore special.


Waterfall Season Begins on the North Shore

Waterfall Season Begins on the North Shore

Each spring the North Shore roars to life. Rising temperatures melt inland ice and snow, creating rapids raging toward Lake Superior. These flows of water combine into cascades that fall over fantastic heights.

Waterfall Season on the North Shore must be seen in person. The spring months are prime conditions for these natural wonders to form and it is one of the best times to book your stay at Odyssey Resorts. Explore the many waterfalls and state parks that make the area a special place to explore following a long winter.

Odyssey Resorts guests are close to these must-see spring attractions. It is to stop at several state parks and waterfall sights in one day and still have plenty of time for a relaxing drink or hearty meal at one of the area’s many great restaurants and taverns.

Book your spring trip now to see waterfalls at their peak!

Choose from 6 Different Odyssey Resorts

Northern Minnesota Waterfalls

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Sauna Days at Larsmont Cottages

Rejuvenate and relax the body, mind, and spirit with a Saunacation

Join Larsmont Cottages April 19-21 for a weekend of excellent food and drink, live music, exploration and relaxation at Sauna Days. This festival is the perfect event to kick off to spring on the North Shore.

Guests will learn sauna etiquette from like-minded enthusiasts, sample authentic Finnish food and drink and cool down with a plunge into Lake Superior. The purchase of a ticket comes with dedicated time in one of the 4 on-property saunas, a bonfire with a live performance by Woodblind and smorgasbord buffet dinner prepared by Larsmont Cottages’ executive chef Simon Gilna.

In addition, the Sauna Times podcast will be on property Saturday to record a live episode and local brewery Ursa Minor Brewing will be pouring four beers all weekend, including one specially brewed for the event and Aquavit from Duluth’s own Vikre Distillery.


SAUNA DAYS WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday

Check-in at 4:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception from 5-6:30 p.m.

Bonfire & S’mores from dusk ‘til 11 p.m.

Live Music Starts at 6 p.m.

Sauna Lover’s Social Hour 

 

Saturday

Wakeup Wave Dash & Polar Plunge in Lake Superior

Bloody Mary Breakfast featuring Vikre Aquavit liquor

Scheduled Sauna Time Begins at 8 a.m. in either the mobile Hiki Hut sauna, Custom Lines Barrel Saunas or the Larsmont’s authentic Finnish sauna

Guided Waterfall Hike at 10 a.m.

Live Music by Woodblind starting at 12.

Live Sauna Times Podcast recording at 1 p.m.

Sauna Seminar at 3:30 p.m.

Smorgasboard at 6 p.m.A banquet of Scandinavian delicacies served buffet-style, prepared by Chef Simon Gilna.

Bonfire & S’mores from dusk ‘til 11 p.m.

Live Music Starts at 8 p.m.

 

For more information on Sauna Days or to book your stay, visit our website. LINK: saunadays.com


What our Guests have to say about our Finnish Sauna

We know our sauna is top of the line, but you don’t have to take our word for it

We were so happy to be able to go to the sauna every morning of our stay! – Benjamin D.

We had a great dinner there, our room was fantastic, but we really loved the sauna. – Mark A.

Sauna and outdoor hot tub were PERFECT for a cold April stay. – Sandy L.


North Shore Spring Break Pro Tips

Spring Break is around the corner, and we’ve got some Pro Tips for making the most of it!

Pro Tip #1:  Relax

School is stressful. Whether you’re a teacher, the parent of a student, or a faculty member – relaxation should be priority number 1 this Spring Break.

Breathe the crisp winter air, listen to Lake Superior’s waves lapping and ice heaving, Watch the sun move slowly across the sky. You don’t have to be anywhere.

Relax at Larsmont

Pro Tip #2: Family Fun

Spring break is a great time for making memorable family moments and Duluth is the perfect location to do just that! Home to Minnesota’s Largest Playground, “The Lake”, is constantly changing, offering up something new to see or do every day. Folks around here are currently exploring it by foot or ice skates and snapping Instagram worthy photos of the spectacular ice formations that line the shorelines. Come see for yourself and do something that brings out smiles 🙂

 

Unleash your wild side!

Make Family Memories at Beacon Pointe

Pro Tip #3: Experience the Lake

Come experience the “Lake Effect”. Common side effects are total relaxation, rejuvenation, and reflection on the amazing experience you had while visiting the Great Lake. Don’t worry we’ll put you right on water’s edge in our perfectly appointed cabins.

Wake up with a spectacular view, watch the sun move slowly across the sky. You don’t have to be anywhere.

Experience the Lake at Breezy Point

Pro Tip #4: Hit the Trails

The North Shore of Lake Superior is home to some of Minnesota’s most robust and beautiful trail systems. You could take a Grand Superior vacation twice a year for the rest of your life and not experience them all. We recommend you do that anyway. You’ll be glad you did.

Cross Country Skiing is huge this year!

Hit the Trails at grand superior

Pro Tip #5: Slopes & Sounds

Enjoy perfect ski conditions and March Music Madness!

Take advantage of spring break this year, re-energize yourself and loved ones by doing something exciting with your time off. Take the family on an adventurous spring break getaway that will fuel them until summer. Go back to school or the office with a great spring break story to tell.  Hit the slopes at Lutsen Mountains – HEAD FOR THE HIGHLANDS!

The view above can be as exciting as the run down the mountain 🙂

Ski-In-Ski-Out at Caribou Highlands

Pro Tip #6 Try Something New

Have you ever wanted to learn traditional crafts of the north? Explore new territories of the Northwoods but without pesky bugs!? We suggest that you take the family on a Spring Break venture to Grand Marais for a memorable stress-free getaway!

Views of Artist Point from Sweetheart Bluff.

Try Something New at East Bay Suites


Romantic Getaways at Odyssey Resorts


Guest enjoying Breezy Point Cabins on Lake Superior.

Plan a Romantic Getaway at Odyssey Resorts

Odyssey Resorts is the North Shore destination for couples planning a romantic getaway. Choose a private setting or explore the scenic outdoors during the best of winter at one our six distinct resorts. When you stay with Odyssey there is plenty for couples together to create a memorable stay.  We also have several romance packages available at each of our resorts.

Fine Dining

Odyssey resorts offer the best in North Shore dining. Treat your partner to a meal or a celebratory cocktail at any one of our restaurants.

 

The Ledge Rock Grille, Splashing Rock Restaurant, and Moguls Grille & Tap Room combine the best of service and setting with inventive and expertly prepared menu offerings.

 

Spa and Massage

A relaxing massage or spa treatment for you and your partner is the perfect compliment to a romantic North Shore getaway. Let Odyssey help you indulge your senses and release your tensions. Grand Superior Lodge | Larsmont Cottages | Caribou Highlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pool, Hot Tub, Sauna

A dip in the soothing waters of one of Odyssey’s pools, hot tubs or saunas is the perfect way to unwind and reconnect with your partner after a busy day. The on-site recreation activities make a stay with Odyssey memorable.

Live Music

Odyssey has several live music venues with performances for every taste.

  • Red Herring Lounge (Beacon Pointe)
  • Papa Charlies Saloon & Grill (Caribou Highlands)
  • Voyageur Brewing Company (East Bay Suites)
  • Castle Danger Brewing (Larsmont Cottages/Grand Superior Lodge)

Explore the Scenery

A stay with Odyssey is not complete without some time spent exploring the expansive, attractive landscapes that make the winter on the North Shore special. Odyssey resorts are located nearby to some of the area’s best-known attractions.

  • Tettegouche State Park, Shovel Point (Grand Superior Lodge)
  • Lutsen Mountain (Caribou Highlands Lodge)
  • Knife River, Superior Hiking Trail (Breezy Point Cabins, Grand Superior Lodge, Larsmont Cottages)

Book your trip today and take advantage of one of our romance packages.

Larsmont Cottages 

Caribou Highlands Lodge

Grand Superior Lodge 

Beacon Pointe Resort 

Breezy Point Cabins


Shooting the Moon – A Guide to Lake Superior Full Moon Photography

Where to Shoot | What You Need | How to Take Moon Photos


Web and phone apps like TPE and PhotoPills make planning your night sky shots a snap.

North Shore Moon Photography Location Ideas

Using tools like The Photographer’s Ephemeris or PhotoPills makes planning your night sky photography a cinch. No star charts and sextants necessary. With them, you can pick a location and date then see the optimal time to take your picture.

Split Rock Lighthouse

Try the wayside rest just south of the park entrance for iconic shots like the featured image in this post.

Another nice spot is just north of Pebble Beach. It’s a gentle hike but gets icy in the winter, so be careful!

Moonrise Over Lake Superior

The Gitchi Gammi Park on the north end of the Duluth hosts Brighton Beach – a lovely spot for enjoying an evening photographing the night sky. Be warned, though, this close to Duluth you’ll be dealing with more light pollution than some of the more remote spots on the shore.

Stoney Point is just south of Larsmont Cottages, and it’s a popular spot for photographers, surfers, and…well anyone that loves Lake Superior.


Required Equipment

  • A DSLR or Mirrorless Camera with a Telephoto lens (200mm or greater)
  • Tripod

What you don’t need:

You don’t need to buy a fancy, expensive lens just for your north shore vacation. There is a multitude of affordable rental options that are perfect for trying out a new style or gear while traveling.

Local Photography Rentals

Online Photography Rentals

How to Take Great Photos of the Moon

Featured photo by Dennis O’Hara is used with permission.


8 Amazingly Fun Outdoor Winter Activities on the North Shore

What To Do This Winter At Odyssey Resorts

The North Shore is the Destination for Superior Winter Recreation!

Look no further than Odyssey Resorts for your authentic North Shore ‘Winter Wonderland’ adventure.

Don’t let the cold and snow put a damper on your outdoor fun. Our six resort destinations offer a variety of recreational options. Guests can also take advantage of our exclusive partnerships with many nearby retailers and outfitters to rent equipment or hire an experienced guide.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below, but be sure to check out our outdoor activities page to learn more about all season activities at Odyssey Resorts Outdoors 


#1: Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing at Superior National

Snowshoeing is a simple activity the whole family can enjoy right outside the front door. Strap on some shoes and float across the powder. Take in the splendor of the season undisturbed.

Recommended Hikes 

  • Hartley Nature Center – Duluth
  • Jay Cooke State Park – Duluth
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park – candlelight trails!
  • Superior Hiking Trail – wolf rock
  • Split Rock Lighthouse Loop
  • Tettegouche State Park – high falls
  • Carlton Peak from Britton Peak parking lot
  • Oberg Mountain loop – what a view of Lake Superior!
  • Pincushion Mountain – Grand Marais
  • Any place you can find deep snow is a good spot!

#2: Alpine & Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skier

Your skis are calling – they want to explore Minnesota’s wintry North Shore! 

Glide and carve through freshly fallen snow. Lutsen Mountains and the collection of nearby trails are your canvas for unparalleled skiing. The scenic vistas and fantastic slopes enchant our North Shore guests each year.

Ski passes are required and can be purchased online at the DNR website.

The Great MN Ski Pass

Alpine Ski Locations 

Recommended XC Ski Trails 

  • Lester-Amity Trails, Duluth
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park
  • Korrki Nordic Trails
  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
  • Oberg & Leveaux Mountains Trails, Lutsen
  • Pincushion Mountain Ski

#3: Fat Tire Biking

Fat Tire Biking Lutsen, MN

When temperatures drop, your biking doesn’t have to stop. Forging through the snowy terrain on a fat tire bike is a fun way to see the best of the winter season while getting in a full body workout.

Where to ride:

  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park: 8.7 miles of trails to be groomed for fat biking. Download map
  • Britton Peak, Grand Marais
  • Pincushion Mountain, Grand Marais
  • Hartley Nature Center, Duluth
  • Lester Park, Duluth
  • Check out Spokengear – test ride your next fatty! You can even rent an Electric Fat Bike to cruse the trail in style. You might as well ask them where the best-groomed trails are because they’re the experts in these neck of the woods.

#4: Skijoring

Skijoring on a frozen lake

This winter sport is a must for dog lovers. Skijoring is a fast-growing winter activity that combines cross-country skiing and dogsledding. Originating in Scandinavia and literally meaning “ski-driving” in Norwegian, skijoring allows a dog and owner to exercise and travel together while enjoying the outdoors. Some special equipment is needed to get started but if you already have XC skies or simply a sled than all you need is a dog harness and longer rope (shock absorber rope is recommended). Any dog over 30 pounds can do it.

Most of our resorts are dog-friendly so don’t travel without your skijoring partner! 

Where can we go?

  • Lester-Amity Park Golf Course, Duluth (good for beginners)
  • Snowflake Ski Center, Duluth
  • Snowflake Nordic Ski Center
  • Boulder Lake Ski Trails
  • Pincushion Mountain, Grand Marais
  • Find a frozen lake and enjoy the day!

Events

  • Pincushion Mountain Winter Festival: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
  • Dog Days of Winter: Sunday, Mar. 10, 2019
    • Poplar Lake, Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais
    • Website

#5: Snowmobiling

Parked at Grand Superior Lodge

Ride the most superior trails in Minnesota conveniently located nearby each of our six North Shore resorts. The area is renowned for some of the best terrain and inspiring, secluded winter landscapes. After your ride stop by one of our bars and restaurants to warm up with a hot drink and one of our signature meals.

#6: Dog-sledding

Dogsledding in Grand Marais

Dash to the North Shore for a dog-sledding adventure. This popular tradition is kept alive by a handful of kennels and highlighted by the Annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in late January.

For more information about our dog sled tours see our partners

Positive Energy Outdoors’ website. Or call Silver Creek Dog Sleds at 218.834.6592.

Points Unknown website. Or call 218.370.0283

#7: Winter Hiking

Winter Hike

Embark on a winter hike and explore the sprawling snowcapped wilderness. There are many paths to tour, offering immersive escapes that inspire. Hiking is the perfect activity take a break from your device and delight in the North Shore bliss.

Duluth Hiking Trails

North Shore Hiking Trails 

#8: Ice Fishing

Ice House

There are many quality spots to drop a line while staying with Odyssey. Lake Superior and the other nearby bodies of water inland offer something for anglers of all ages and skill levels.

Quickly find yourself on a trout lake right off Hwy 61. Ski or hike into remote lakes for a chance to catch the big one! This is ice fishing for the true explorer.