Know Before You Go: Grand Marais

If you’ve visited Bluefin Bay then you have likely made a trip to the quaint, nearby harbor town of Grand Marais. It’s about 25 miles north of Bluefin Bay on Highway 61. The town is known for its cute shops, art galleries, live music, yummy restaurants and the harbor itself.

Grand Marais Winter

A trip to Grand Marais looks a bit different in the winter and even more different during Covid-19, so we wanted to make sure to let you know what to expect. We’ll start by saying that most businesses are open and we definitely recommend you go.

Firstly and most importantly, be sure to check hours! Our local information center, Visit Cook County, does an excellent job of maintaining current business hours for both retail and dining. You can find those hours listed here. Also, you can find a map of the town here.

Next, go hungry and plan to shop! There are many tasty restaurants in Grand Marais. Whether you are looking for tacos, a brewery, pizza and burgers or just a good cup of coffee, you will find great options for meals in town. There are also wonderful art galleries and gift shops in Grand Marais and most are open year-round. It’s important to support small businesses this year and Grand Marais has many.

Lastly, we would recommend that you plan some time to go see the lighthouse. The lighthouse in the Grand Marais harbor is absolutely iconic and it’s the perfect spot for a photo op. We recommend heading out just before sunset. Be careful though! It can get pretty icy in the winter. If the walk to the lighthouse isn’t safe, you can still see across the harbor from the coast guard parking lot.

Grand Marais Lighthouse

Final note. If you are reading this blog post and Covid-19 is over, we have to tell you about one more thing. Grand Marais is home to two of the coolest institutions: North House Folk School and the Grand Marais Art Colony. Plan ahead and sign up for a class or just stop by and say hi. The folks here are some of the kindest, most creative people you will ever meet! Both places host fun events, too!

We hope you find this information helpful in planning your next trip to Grand Marais.

90th Annual Fisherman’s Picnic in Grand Marais

Join us for one of our favorite festivals in the Coolest Small Town in America!

Fisherman's Picnic in Grand MaraisThis coming weekend is the 90th Annual Fisherman’s Picnic in Grand Marais. The four-day festival begins Thursday, Aug. 1 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 4. A favorite of locals and tourists, this event is located in Grand Marais‘s Downtown Harbor Park and sponsored by the Grand Marais Lions Club.

This year, the Fisherman’s Picnic festival line up includes crazy days sales, a large craft show, daily contests and prizes, specials and events at local stores, live music in Harbor Park, food trucks, Bingo, blacksmithing demonstrations, cross-cut saw competitions, kids activities, rock skipping contests, a Fisherman’s Picnic 5 mile trail run or 5K walk on Saturday morning, a street dance and fireworks on Saturday night, a fish toss contest (you have to see it to believe it!), and a parade on Sunday afternoon.

The Fisherman’s Picnic truly is fun for the whole family and one that many of our Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts guests look forward to all year. The Lions Club hosts a BIG raffle, including a grand prize of $10,000! In addition, the club will be serving up their infamous Fish burgers. You have to try one!

Find the full Schedule of Events here.


Voyageur Brewing Company Tap Takeover!

Head to the Bluefin Grille on Thursday, December 28th for the Voyageur Brewing Company Tap Takeover! They’ll be pouring their flagship offerings plus 3 seasonal brews from 5-9pm. Voyageur Brewing Company is based in beautiful Grand Marais where they create adventurous craft beers and have become a favorite place for the community and tourists to gather over a pint or two near the shores of Lake Superior.

Voyageur Brewing distributes their flagship offerings in bottles and kegs year-round and here’s what will be on offer during the tap takeover: Trailbreaker Belgian Wit, Boundary Waters Brunette, Palisade Porter, and Devil’s Kettle IPA. They will also have three seasonal brews: The Sled Hound Session IPA, Red Sash Irish Ale, and the Bearpaw Dunkelweizen. The beers range from having fruit notes to those having hints of coffee and chocolate. Beer fans with a palate for hops will enjoy either the session IPA or the flagship IPA.

A representative from Voyageur Brewing Company will be able to answer questions about Voyageur Brewing Company and their beer.  They’ll even have some swag to give away!

The Bluefin Grille will also have a bar food feature starting at 5 pm served buffet style for $12 per person all you can eat.

  • Salmon/Trout Cakes with Remoulade
  • Onion Rings
  • Chicken Wings with Buffalo and BBQ Sauce

Cheers! See you at the Bluefin Grille!