North Shore Spring Break 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!

The best of Minnesota “Grand Marais” has many activities for you and your family to try. Enjoy our guide to the most rewarding North Shore Spring Break trip ~ Northwoods style.

Explore the natural beauty of the North

Deep in the tall pines of the Northwoods, the world is hushed by a blanket of powdery snow. Glide the groomed trails past the frozen ponds and hear only the snow crunch underfoot, branches creaking, and wildlife stirring far off in the forest. Explore the chill and thrill of the crisp white trails by bike, xc ski or snowshoe.

Get away from it all on XC Skis

Escape to the woods and enjoy time with family and friends. Bring your own skis or rent from our partners at Stone Harbor – East Bay guests save 10% on all rentals.

Pinchusion Mountain Trails See the map
A short drive from East Bay Suites and a local favorite. It’s well groomed and wide, roughly 9 miles out & back. Great place to take in the amazing views of Grand Marais. You may even find blissful solitude ~ a true gem of Nordic skiing. 

George Washington Pines TrailSee the map
Just 6 miles up the Gunflint Trail. Perfect for beginner to intermediate skiers looking for a relatively shorter route – 3.3 km (2-miles). This trail passes through a beautiful grove of pines, planted by Boycotts in 1932 because of the 1927 fire.

Bally Creek Ski System – See the map
About a 25-minute drive from East Bay Suites. Ski trail system consisting of a “lollipop”, with the stick branching off the Cascade Ski Trails and then multiple loops near Bear Track Camp. 25 km (15-mile) trackset and 11 km (6.8-mile) skate-ski suited for all ski levels. 

Winter Biking at its Finest

Fat bikes, also known as fatties or fat tire bikes are super fun! Experience a new way of cycling, ride the beautifully snow-packed hills in the middle of the Northwoods. Venture further into the forest than ever before.

Pincushion Mountain Trail

Pinchusion Mountian Trails  – See the map
Jay and friends from Fireweed Bike Coop are the local volunteer grooming crew that maintain these trails and they do a fine job! Roughly 5 miles of pure fat enjoyment. These trails wind through deep forest and occasionally surprises you with views of the great lake they call Gitche Gumee.

Norpine TrailSee the map
This is a shared-use trail with XC skiers that stretches from Lutsen Mountains to Cascade State Park. A 12-mile out & back route that will ease the mind.

Learn a New Skill at the North House Folk School

Learn traditional northern crafts in a rugged outpost building looking over Grand Marais Harbor.

Wood carving and painting.

Wood Week – Learn more – Mar 5-9, 2019
Chips, shavings, and sawdust: Choose from a dozen courses in a variety of areas: carving, turning, hand tools and power tools.

Beed Weaving: Deerskin BagLearn more – Mar 2-3, 2019
Try your hand at a simple bead weaving project in this introductory course that teaches two distinct skills: bead weaving and leather sewing.

Carving and Painting on WoodLearn more – Mar 9-10, 2019
Woodenware has been embellished since ancient Egypt: by adding color, pattern, and texture, a finished piece reflects the taste, culture, and interests of you, the maker.

Anishinaabe-Style Beaded Baby Moccasins Learn more – Mar 30-31, 2019
Discover the designs, color, styles, and technique of traditional bead embroidery while crafting moccasins designed for baby feet.

Scenic, North Shore Winter Hikes

In winter, hikers find serenity and stark beauty on trails above Lake Superior. Borrow our brand new snowshoes!

Artists PointSee the map
Within walking distance from East Bay Suites is one of the best hiking spots in Grand Marais. This Family & dog-friendly hike is where most people fall in love with hiking 🙂 Did we mention we’re dog-friendly! Bring the whole family. 

Sweethearts BluffTrailhead – Grand Marais Campground
This hike is about 1.25 miles round trip.  There are picnic shelters and benches along the way with stunning views of the harbor and Lake Superior’s shoreline. 

View Artists Point from the Sweethearts Bluff overlook

Chasing Northern Lights & Stargazing

Steller skies and northern lights illuminate our north star state. As the name suggests, the northern lights become more pronounced the further north you go. Which is why Grand Marais is the perfect location. Less light pollution certainly helps too.

Photo by Dennis O’Hara – Northern Lights