Things To Do In Lutsen During Summer
There are an amazing number and variety of things to do in the area! Nearby activities include hiking, biking, fishing, sea-kayaking, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, golf, and more! Cook County is rich with museums, galleries and great dining options and the small lakeside village of Grand Marais is nearby with many shopping options.
Bike the nearby Gitchi-Gami paved trail, single track systems or enjoy the many miles of back-road riding.
Try an adventurous daytrip in the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area or stay with us before or after your multi-day trip. Nearby outfitters will help you with equipment and advice.
The WatersMeet Wellness Center, at nearby Lutsen Resort, offers a variety of treatments. Call the Front Desk or schedule an appointment directly online at www.nsmassagetherapy.com
The spectacular 27-hole Superior National Golf Course is a five minute drive from here. We offer discounted green fees and tee time reservations for our guests. Advance tee times are recommended during peak season.
You’ll find a great assortment of dining options. Both Papa Charlies and Moguls (across the road) are within walking distance. Lutsen Resort’s historic lakeside lodge dining room & Poplar River Pub are a couple minute drive away.
Located just a few minutes walk toward the Lutsen Mountains ski hill, the alpine slide provides an exciting half-mile run as it dips and swerves down from the summit of Eagle Mountain. This is fun for all ages!
Canoe Daytrips or Outfitting
Sawbill Outfitters, located on Sawbill Lake (663-7150), will outfit you for a day trip or a multi-day trip. The Kelso Loop is a fabulous day-paddle in the BWCA. Sawtooth Outfitters (663-7643), located in Tofte, also rents kayaks, canoes and provides outfitting.
The nearest charter fishing on Lake Superior is Tofte Charters at 663-9932. Additional charter fishing companies are located in Grand Marais.
Day Trips-Local Culture & History
The area is rich culturally and historically. You can explore Native Ojibwa history, the Voyageurs who travelled through the area, the fishing, logging and trapping culture which came to the area in the late 1800’s and the early lodging business at a variety of museums.
Fall Color Touring
Brilliant maple reds, golden aspen yellows, and the rust shades of tamarack provide a fall color palette unique to the Lutsen area. Local forest service roads provide access to the interior of Superior National Forest and a well-marked fall color tour is available. Watch for moose in the swampy areas. Check conditions at the Forest Service’s Fall Color tracker.
Stream and shore fishing are all available nearby. The Poplar River enters Lake Superior on Lutsen Resort’s beach a few minutes from here. You’ll find smelt, steelhead, lake trout and salmon. (MN license required.) For inland lake fishing guiding, try Joe’s Guide Service Inland Fishing (387-2483) or Stone Harbor in Grand Marais 218-387-3136
Take the two-mile round trip up Moose Mountain and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Superior and the inland forest from the top. A mountain top deli and viewing platform are at the top. It’s a 5 minute walk from The Inn to the gondola.
The surrounding area has a variety of beautiful state parks with rivers cascading down to Lake Superior. Cascade State Park and Temperance State Park are close by. Stop in the lobby for maps and information.
Live Music & Cultural Events
A wide variety of live music, cultural events, and activities are “happening” throughout the year in the area. Some examples include the spring Jazz Fest, summer Dragon Boat Races, Fisherman’s Picnic, fall Bluegrass Master’s Weekend, the winter Arctic Festival, and live bands at the Lutsen Ski Area.
Explore and discover the North Shore environment through the complimentary Forest Service summer naturalist programs. Check with the front desk or the activity kiosk for a schedule.
Cook County has some great climbing spots. Guided climbs are offered through Stone Harbor in Grand Marais. (387-3136).
Shoppers will find plenty to do in Cook County! Art galleries, apparel, jewelry, books, gifts, antiques, sporting equipment and much more is available between Tofte and Grand Marais.