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Grand Marais recognized as one of the most beautiful small towns in America by Architectural Digest

Oct 24, 2018 04:04PM ● By Editor
Photo:  Byran Hansel

From Boreal Community Media - October 24, 2018


Architectural Digest has recognized Grand Marais as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America.  
In an article on their website, author Kristin Hansen from Architectural Digest writes the following:  

"6. Grand Marais, Minnesota

This gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness—which spans Minnesota’s Superior National Forest and Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada—is rich in the arts, which are quite robust for a tiny harbor town along the deepest Great Lake (Lake Superior). This includes the North House Folk School, offering classes in crafts like lace- and soap-making."

The article's introduction explained the focus of the piece.

"Culture and beauty are often thought to reside in large cities—but not always. From coast to coast, many towns of less than 10,000 residents prove that America is filled with magnificent microcultures. Beauty in the form of lakes, historic main streets, forests, architectural splendor, and beaches are what the lucky residents of these 50 towns call home. From Kennebunkport in Maine to Washington’s San Juan Islands—plush inland communities along lakes and within forests—here are the 50 most beautiful small towns in America. When developing this list, we looked at easy access to nature, the presence of historic or design districts, and topography that’s appealing in its own right—whether it’s a beach or mountains, or maybe a riverside perch."

The article ranks Grand Marais as the 6th most beautiful of the 50 small towns profiled.  Grand Marais ranked behind Hanaeli HI, Jackson WY, Alys Beach FL, Sedona AZ and Stockbridge, MA - the overall top ranked small town.


To see the original article, follow think link to the Architectural Digest website.  https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/most-beautiful-small-towns-in-america