In Minnesota, we’re truly blessed when it comes to nearby staycations. Beautiful havens of gorgeous getaways are just a few short hours from the Twin Cities and offer some of the best reasons to escape the hustle and bustle of city living. Perhaps one of the most popular examples of this is the epic North Shore and nearby city of Lutsen. While looking for the best weekend getaway, Lutsen seems to have everything one would need — whether it’s the dead of winter or in the heat of summer.

Relaxation, beautiful views and plenty of outdoor activities make this a must for any Minnesotan or Midwest traveler. 

While I just barely tapped the beginning of the list in terms of attractions in Lutsen, I found plenty of places that could muster a must-see list.

The Crooked Spoon

17 W Wisconsin St
Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218) 387-2779

The Crooked Spoon is a tiny little place with gigantic flavors. The restaurant is located right in the heart of Grand Marais, and offers a menu full of gourmet items at up-north prices. Try the crab cakes as a starter — I still dream about them at night.

The Bluefin Grille

7192 W Highway 61
Tofte, MN 55615
(800) 258-3346

When most people hear the phrase “resort dining” they tend to cringe thinking of mediocre food and generic stand-bys. But at Bluefin Grille, you’ll find travelers staying at other resorts coming in to dine along the shore — the food’s that good. The gorgeous views of Lake Superior provide the perfect backdrop to a romantic dinner up north.

Coho Café & Bakery

7126 W Hwy 61
Tofte, MN 55615
(218) 663-8032

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, Coho never disappoints. Stop in for a freshly roasted organic cup of coffee or a delicious sandwich. Everything inside this cozy café is spot-on for that home away from home.

Angry Trout Café

408 W Highway 61
Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218) 387-1265

The Angry Trout has been serving up some of the area’s best fresh fish in Grand Marais. With an emphasis on locally-grown produce, the restaurant is always busy, with its ability to put some great Minnesotan flavors on one dish.

Sven & Ole’s

9 West Wisconsin St.
Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218) 387-1713

Sven and Ole’s is a Minnesota tradition. Beyond serving some great pizza pies, this yooper hot spot is a serious tourist attraction. Besides the Italian flair in the pizza, this place is a true shout-out to all things Scandinavian. Since 1982, Sven and Ole’s has been a hopping, yet humble, destination.

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Moguls Grille & Tap Room

371 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN 55612
(800) 642-6036

Moguls Grill and Tap Room was the restaurant connected to our resort at Caribou Highlands when we went to the Shore this summer. Luckily for us, this place served some great dishes morning, noon and night. The buffalo Bob burgers were some of the best — two-for-one on Tuesdays — and bourbon-planked sockeye salmon was delish.

My Sister’s Place

410 E Highway 61
Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218) 387-1915

A casual spot that’s like stepping into your family’s kitchen is the feeling you get at My Sister’s Place. The saloon-style atmosphere — woman toting a shotgun is the restaurant’s logo of sorts — is perfect for an afternoon exploring the shore. The burgers here are killer and infuse crazy combos, such as peanut butter and mayo.

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