Grand Marais, MN, USA

Grand Marais, MN, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 97 vacation rentals near Grand Marais. From 36 cabins to 31 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Grand Marais for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

"America's Coolest Small Town"

Grand Marais is a harbor town that lies on the northern banks of Lake Superior in Minnesota, 40 or so miles south of the Canadian border. Over the years, the quirky little town has been heaped with praise by travel magazines who've called it "America's Coolest Small Town", and voted it one of the top beach getaways. While there's plenty to see in the town, most visitors use the Grand Marais vacation rentals as a base for exploring the spectacular forested landscape and the greatest of the Great Lakes.

It's all about the Gunflint Trail

A Grand Marais vacation rental is the gateway to a vast wilderness used as a playground for adventure seekers. At its heart is the Gunflint Trail, a 60-mile scenic byway that runs along the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Canada's Quetico National Park. You can hike along the Gunflint paths dotted with pretty log cabins or paddle in kayaks along the winding waterways spotting playful otters, black bears and elusive lynx. In winter, you can don cross country skis or hop on snow mobiles to head out into the thousands of acres of pristine Minnesota forest.

The oldest art colony in Minnesota

Grand Marais is home to the oldest art colony in Minnesota, and the locals are joined throughout the year by musicians and photographers who come to Cook County for inspiration by the lake. During your stay in a Grand Marais vacation rental, consider doing a short stint at the North House Folk School which offers wholesome courses including artisan cheese making, boat building and sustainable living. All year round, painters descend upon Artist's Point to capture the lighthouse, yachts and Lake Superior. It's wonderful to watch or bring your canvas and brushes to try for yourself.

Come in fall for the kaleidoscope of colors

Don't expect a normal weather pattern in Grand Marais, a place where all 4 seasons can come along on the same day. During your stay at a lakeside Grand Marais vacation rental, you may be blessed with glorious sunshine, or bitingly cold winds. Don't let this put you off. The ever-changing hiking trails can be used throughout the seasons, and burst into bright reds and oranges during fall. The bright summer days are best spent on the lake, while the snows of winter carpet the forests in snow and the skis are dusted off ready for some serious use.

A wildlife lover's dream destination

Lake Superior and the forested parks that surround it are a wildlife lover's dream destination. There is nothing better than your first sighting of a giant moose roaming through the forests, or a solitary black bear fishing for salmon in the streams. The lake is a hotspot for migrating birds of prey, and thousands of nesting species can be spotted at Duluth's Hawk Ridge. If you love wildflowers, be sure not to miss the kaleidoscope of colorful orchid species along Lake Superior's basin. You're never far away from nature at Grand Marais vacation rentals.