Get your donuts earlier . . . before they are sold out. Enjoying them earlier in the day might mean getting them while they are still warm!
World’s Best Donuts
Small Shop with Big Taste
10 Wisconsin St., Grand Marais, MN
Venue: A quaint, local donut shop with a large following. Expect to wait in line during prime tourist times.
Atmosphere: You can go inside and check out the donuts and other goodies or go to the outside walk up window to purchase your treats of choice. There is limited seating inside and out.
Food Fare: Offering donuts of course! Also, turnovers, skizzles and other goodies. We enjoy the plain cake donuts. They have a lighter texture than the cake donuts you are use to. However, you can get them with a variety of sweet toppings. The blueberry turnover we split was delicious!
Recommendations: Get your donuts earlier rather than later in the day before they are sold out. Enjoying them earlier in the day might mean getting them while they are still warm! You can also see if there are any “boo boos” packaged to buy. They are odd shaped but just as tasty. Also, if you like a late night sweet snack, but extra to take with you. The Super America gas station has been known to sell their donuts too. Oh, and be sure to take a tourist picture with the wooden painted people cut outs outside the shop.
Check their website for open days and hours. The shop is closed “off season.”
Service: Always friendly and helpful.
Return Rating: Definitely. We have to get our “World’s Best” fix when on the North Shore!
Fantastically creamy custard in vanilla and chocolate. If your only eating custard, get the double scoop.
Sydney’s Frozen Custard
14 S. Broadway Ave., Grand Marais, MN
Be sure to put Sydney’s Frozen Custard on your travel agenda next time your on the Minnesota North Shore. You’ll be soooo glad you did!
Venue: Quaint eatery offering Great Lake Superior views and tasty vittles. Indoor and outdoor seating available as well as rooftop, outdoor seating.
Atmosphere: Very casual. You’ll often see owners accompanied by their dogs.
Food Fare: Fantastically creamy custard in vanilla and chocolate. Pete prefers the vanilla and I prefer the chocolate. They also offer a variety of custard concoctions and food selections along with wood-fired pizza.
Recommendations: Go when you are hungry and enjoy both a pizza and custard. There is an outdoor fireplace to enjoy if there is a bit of a chill. If your only eating custard, get the double scoop.
Service: Walk up to the order window to place your order and pay. Pick your food up at the pick up window unless you get a wood-fired pizza. That you pick up at the pizza prep and bake area.
Return Rating: Most definitely!
Whether you check out these waterfalls in person or online, they are worth your time. When the falls are running briskly, it is interesting to check out how far the output flows into Lake Superior.
Do you love waterfalls?
The sound, smell, and beauty engage our senses and can revive our spirit. Waterfalls are refreshing!
The North Shore of Minnesota offers many waterfall choices from roadside rock face drips to full roar waterfalls.
It is fun to drive along and catch a glimpse of either a trickle waterfall or full fledge roar. You’ll find both extremes as well as beautiful waterfalls meandering down creek banks toward Lake Superior.
If you plan to drive along Highway 61 up the North Shore from Duluth, be sure to do your homework and check out the waterfall possibilities on your route. If you only have time for glimpses, that’s ok. However, if you have time for a short hike or a longer one, you can catch some real beauties.
Gooseberry Falls offers several levels of falls and pavement down to the falls proper. We’ve visited with water roaring and water trickling in spots. Both times were fun and intriguing. Part of the interest with these waterfalls is seeing the rock formation and where the water flows. When there is less water, you get to see more rock.
Beaver Bay offers falls to be viewed. The trail to get close to these falls is a short non-handicapped accessible trail. The town offers a rest stop right by the falls and there is an upper street level view that is worth checking out.
Further up the shore in Cook County is Temperance Falls. There is a paved walk to a landing area to view the river and part of the falls. Advancing past this point is well worth it but much more rugged and uneven hiking. There is quite a bit of rock formation on the ground around parts of these falls. Bring your camera as there are lots of photo ops!
Cascade Falls is a great place to stretch your legs and seeing some beauty.
When the falls are running briskly, it is interesting to check out how far the output flows into Lake Superior.
The East side of Grand Marais offers some smaller but just as entertaining waterfalls to be seen from the road or enjoyed briefly with a quick walk. Judge Magney State Park and Grand Portage have waterfalls too.
There is just something about catching a glimpse of a waterfall or being able to walk along a trail and hear the falls as you get closer. Whether you check out these waterfalls in person or online, they are worth your time. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them to share with you!
Spring will be melting away the remnants of icy beauty and replacing it with the sun sparkled waves of her season.
Spring Tease: the time of year when Winter and Spring are in a tug of war.
Winter isn’t quite ready to give up but knows its time to step back for a bit. Spring is more than ready to display her charms but seems slow to give Winter that final pull to win the match.
Patches of snow are melting quickly on the North Shore of Minnesota. During this seasonal changeover, Lake Superior continues to offer breathtaking beauty and a changing beach decor.
Wicked waves with beautiful white edges create a flatter beach but provide bigger rocks for the choosing.
It is amazing to see the beach with fine sand and swept clean one time and then stair stepped pebbled another time.
Spring will be melting away the remnants of icy beauty and replacing it with the sun sparkled waves of her season. Hopefully sooner rather than later! Aren’t we all rooting for her to make that final pull to win this tug of war?
Whatever the weather brings she turns to her advantage, like a true beauty! She always looks beautiful and never disappoints.
In our neck of the north woods in Cook CountyMinnesota, the Lake Superior shoreline is ever changing her look. We never know what fashion whims she will plan to sport. Sometimes it is the trendy Winter White look and other times she adorns herself with ice jewels.
Large, lazy waves to barely there white caps coming ashore — she always looks beautiful and never disappoints.
Her natural elegance is strategically framed by the skyline and evergreens on the shore. Whatever the weather brings she turns to her advantage, like a true beauty!
What do you find charming about this glamorous Great Lakes gem?
Look for the beauty and grace of nature — even in Winter!
More beautiful pictures celebrating Winter up north.
Featuring pictures from Cook County Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail.
While the weather was quite brisk with a -13 inland, the beauty was worth bundling up to brave the cold.
Tracks across a lake up the Gunflint Trail. Ice fishing tent on the frozen lake.
The evergreens in the foreground are actually on an island.
This old growth pine forest is a favorite spot of mine as you drive up the Gunflint. Majestic trees in any season!
A snow covered marshy area.
Know matter what Winter delivers in your part of the world, look for the beauty and grace of nature.
What do you like about Winter?
Celebrate winter by checking out Lake Superior’s beautiful waves and ice formations. You can choose to do it from a warm distance or up close and personal.
Here’s to celebrating Winter and all her beauty!
As Winter works, beautiful waves and ice formations adorn both the Lake and her beaches.
View of the Grand Marais, MN harbor and Lake Superior from the Pincushion Mountain overlook. The sea fog makes it look even more cloudy.
Harbor pictures a bit closer.
Want more winter? Try checking out these webcams in Cook County Minnesota. How do you like to enjoy winter?
Good food and solid service with reasonable prices. You can relax and enjoy the atmosphere at this small town café.
When you wonder what kind of food South of the Border Café serves, keep in mind which border it is near. It is a true Grand Marais, MN local haunt that you will want to definitely experience.
Venue: A small town café that is open 5:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. everyday. Booth seating encompasses the main dining area as well as the back room.
Atmosphere: Casual and often very busy.
Food Fare: Breakfast or lunch items served all day. Fresh breaded, fried herring when in season. Great hamburgers as well as omelets.
Recommendations: Order the herring if in season. Bring cash as they don’t accept credit cards. Check out any specials on the white board above the coffee pot area.
Service: Always good, solid service. One of the reasons we love SOB is because Peg, one of the waitresses, adds to the experience of dining here.
She self-defined as the snarkiest waitress in town. She is friendly but will definitely tell you how it is in her honest, flavorful manner.
Return Rating: Definitely. Prices are reasonable, food is good, and we feel at home.
It was mid-April, and you never know what Northshore weather will bring. The rhubarb had already shown its red heads above ground and the lilac bushes had budded.
It was in the mid-forties when we arrived at the little stone house outside of Grand Marais, Minnesota and the sun was shining. Heating up the sauna was not such a chore as with the below zero temperatures of January. It was mid-April, and you never know what North Shore weather will bring. Eight days later, we learned that winter was not ready to lose its grip. It was 26 degrees, roads were slick, and trees looked beautiful with their ice sheen. Thin ice sheets gave up their purchase on the roof and made their slow decent towards the final plunge to the ground. Heavy sigh.
The crashing waves of Lake Superior have been beautiful to hear and see. Their steady, heavy pounding has brought sand to our beach area.
Lake Superior Waves — link to beautiful video
The winter storm advisory became a reality that brought a dusting of snow and the closing of schools due to hazardous roads. Our little stone house sits in the middle of this winter bluster awaiting spring. The rhubarb had already shown its red heads above ground and the lilac bushes had budded. The huge mulch pile was useable even though there were still ice crystals in the upper part. The woodstove is fired and we have three windows partially open to manage the temperature in the house. We have temporarily halted the outdoor projects we had gotten an early start on, and are finding indoor projects to work on. Hopefully winter is soon ready to let go and allow spring to quite teasing and finally take hold. Here’s looking forward to lilac blooms and an up north rhubarb harvest. What are you looking forward to with the arrival of spring?