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New York Times: Grand Marais Among "25 Writers on Their Favorite Beach Vacations"

May 31, 2019 06:20AM ● By Editor
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By Peter Geye from The New York Times - May 31, 2019

Choose any beach vacation town, and you can expect to find a few things — water, sand, probably ice cream, possibly a Ferris wheel. But it takes a little more to make a spot the kind of place that people from the nearest big town and beyond return to summer after summer, sometimes for generations. We chose 25 wildly different destinations around the country — from the comically perfect shore of the Florida Panhandle to Iowan lakeside Americana to the finicky coast of the Pacific Northwest — and asked writers who love them to explain their charms.

Grand Marais, Minn.

Nestled on the shore of Lake Superior 40 miles from Canada, Grand Marais might not seem like an obvious choice for a beach vacation: The lake is frigid, and the shore is rock-strewn and wild. But what Grand Marais lacks in sand and cabanas, it more than makes up for with awe-inspiring beauty — there are few things as beautiful as a glittering Lake Superior sunrise, especially from Artists’ Point. The town is situated on the harbor, which provides the main access to the water and includes a pebbled shoreline that is often full of kids skipping stones and blissed-out parents watching the waves roll in. Make sure to stop in to Drury Lane Books or the North House Folk School, where you can take classes in anything from boat building to basket weaving.

Who goes there: The main road into town can be busy on weekends, as crowds flock from the Twin Cities.

Must Eat: For the love of God, visit World’s Best Donuts

To read the original article and see all the 25 best beach towns follow this link to the New York times website.