Two Harbors

Two Harbors' Cove Point Lodge

We know we gave you a pretty thorough guide to Duluth in the last issue of this magazine. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Two Harbors as a great end-of-summer escape. Nothing cools a muggy August day like Lake Superior–chilled breezes wafting inland to this coastal small town 30 minutes north of Duluth.

Cove Point Lodge (218-226-3221, covepointlodge.com ), Superior Shores Resort & Conference Center (218-834-5671, superiorshores.com ), Grand Superior Lodge (218-834-3796, grandsuperior.com ), and Larsmont Cottages (866-687-5634, larsmontcottages.com ) are among the biggest properties along the coast.

Once you’re settled, be sure to tour the Two Harbors Light Station, then watch behemoth ore boats maneuver to the dock. Indulge your sweet tooth with chewy, nutty U’ Betcha! Bars at Great Lakes Candy Kitchen in nearby Knife River. Bike on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail between Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks. Another fun stop: Beaver Bay Agate Shop & Jewelry with a free museum and great examples of thomsonite and Isle Royale greenstone. Step into its dark room to see rocks that glow.

Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce, 218-834-6200, twoharborschamber.com

Alexandria

Tucked in Minnesota’s Glacial Lakes region, the small city of Alexandria is ringed by lakes and boasts more than three dozen resorts.

Brainerd Lakes

With more than 500 lakes in the area, Brainerd is a great place to hook a big fish and do water sports, from classic waterskiing and wakeboarding to standup paddleboarding and paddleboard yoga.

Walker

If you crave water warmer than Lake Superior but big enough that the horizon disappears, check out Walker on the southern edge of Leech Lake, an hour north of Brainerd.

Wisconsin Dells

Three and a half hours east on I-94, Wisconsin Dells is the self-proclaimed water park capital of the world, and the claim holds water.

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