By far, the number one draw to the North Shore in the fall is the incredible natural display of color. The stunning maple hillsides usually peak in color around the second weekend of September (although this can vary depending on the weather.) The birch and aspen along the big lake linger into early October. The link (below) to the Superior National Forest fall color page offers photos, descriptions and maps of driving tours. This time of year is our busiest, so be sure to make your reservations early.
Fall is one of the best times to observe Lake Superior's awesome power. Although November is the traditional month for big storms, any storm in the fall or winter can become a wave-crashing squall. Our biased opinion is that the living rooms of our many Lake Superior rental homes are the best (and most comfortable!) places to watch this natural wonder.
Waters Meet Spa and Wellness Center in Lutsen
We value your special time with us, for rest, reflection and renewal. Massage services are provided by members of an association of experienced wellness professionals who work cooperatively at either of the two north shore locations.
The scenic drive to Grand Marais is a picturesque drive up the North Shore. Experience this quaint harbor village and the wonders of art, culture, dining, shopping, and of course the harbor itself. View the lighthouse and a closer look at moored sailboats. Enjoy a coffee at an eco friendly cafe and then shop the amazing art galleries and studios. Well known for its festivals and events, follow the link below for more information on the Arts Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Fisherman's Picnic.
There are opportunities of easy access to four spectacular, year-round state parks near Cascade Vacation Rentals. They are Tettegouche, Temperance River, Cascade River and George Crosby Manitou. Lake Superior is next door to these picturesque parks and their features include waterfalls, rivers, and pristine forests. Adventures range from season to season including hiking, biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife viewing.
Along the way stop at the historic Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and Gooseberry Falls State Park.
The Gunflint Trail offers a wild, quiet country allowing a step back from the hustle and bustle of the every day world. Enjoy the untamed wilderness, take in the wildflowers, forest and lakes as you drive along the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway. Experience fishing, cross-country skiing, and wild berry picking.
Fall is considered by many to be the best season for a canoe camping trip. After Labor Day, the woods are quiet and the bugs are few. The weather can get a bit chilly, but there are still a fair number of bright sunny days. If you are looking for a day trip adventure, we have several cabins on or near great canoeing lakes. The website link below has great information about canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
Summer ends but fishing season does not. Fishing can be great in the fall, especially because the bugs are fewer and the fish hungrier. Fall is a quieter time on most lakes. The options for fishing are numerous so give us a call for directions to the right place for suggestions, guides or rentals. We do have cabin rentals on some great fishing lakes.
Hunting is a major fall activity in Cook County. In order of order of open-to-hunt times are: grouse, moose, deer. Most of our rental homes are within easy driving distance of good hunting spots. More information on seasons, licensing and other regulations is available on the DNR website link below.
A wonderful way to experience new art and meet the artists. This studio tour, in its second decade, promises to continue long into the future. Twenty-five artists were featured last fall, from Duluth to the Canadian Border. A perfect way to complement a leisurely trip north on Highway 61.
North House Folk School in Grand Marais is a cool place to visit any time of the year, but especially in September while hosting the Unplugged Music Festival. The guest artists change from year to year, but one thing that doesn't change is that it is always a group of nationally-renowned musicians and a weekend filled with fun classes.