Free Museum Passes
Naturally we at the Lake County Historical Society encourage you to use your Lighthouse B&B Guest Pass and visit our museums.
· The Two Harbors Light Station
· The Duluth & Iron Range Depot Museum
· The 3M Museum / Dwan Office Building
In addition to activities like boat watching in Agate Bay, relaxing and just enjoying the natural beauty of the big lake there are several activities to enjoy while staying at the B&B.
Sailing Amicus Adventure Sailing, Knife River or Two Harbors. 218-290-5975
Excursions North Shore Scenic Cruises 218-464-6162
Bring your own equipment! There is great fishing off of the Breakwater just outside the fence at the Bed & Breakfast.
Kayaking and Canoeing
The new Public Boat Launch in Agate Bay (Two Harbors) features the north shores first fully ADA compliant kayak launch. SEE Rental Information Below
Sonju and Agate Trails
Starting just outside the light house gate, the Sonju trail is a partially paved trail between Burlington and Agate Bays, our two harbors. It connects with the Agate Trail, a new paved trail that encircles the City of Two Harbors.
Erikka Harju Fitness and X Country Ski Trail
In the summer a 5k fitness trail for walkers and runners alike through the wooded area just to north of the golf course. In the winter it becomes a lighted x country ski trail.
Gitche Gammi Trail
Beginning just a short distance up the road at Gooseberry, (but I would suggest parking just a little further north at Twin Points) the “Gitch” is a paved pedestrian and biking trail along the scenic north shore.
Lake Superior Water Trail
The water trail is for the Lake Superior kayaker and offers primitive campsites along the north shore.
Superior Hiking Trail
The Superior Hiking Trail is a wilderness trail that runs along the ridges and valleys of the north shore. The terrain can be very challenging. There are four trail heads all within 15 minutes of the B&B.
· Fors Road: This is the original trailhead of the SHT. Travel east to CO. 3; turn north travel to Fors Road (CO 301), turn left, the trailhead is 1/2 mile down the road.
· Reeves Road: Travel north from TH on CO. 2 for five miles. Parking area is on top of the hill to the left.
· Castle Danger: Travel north on US 61 to Castle Danger (CO. 106 at the Rustic Inn) turn left, travel 4 miles, parking area is well marked and to the right.
· Ferguson Demonstration Forest: The demonstration forest is an interpretative trail system that explores the types of forests found in northern Minnesota. The SHT connects with it through a spur trail. Travel north on CO 2 to CO 12, turn left, go three miles to the Hom Road and turn right, this will connect you to the Drummond Grade. Go left and travel north about 5 miles, parking to the right.
Everyone loves a Road Trip! Lake County is home to two routes on the National Scenic Byways Register.
· US 61: The North Shore Scenic Drive, The All American Road, no matter what you call it is one of the nicest drives in the country. The locals just call it, The Highway.
· Forest Highway 11: From Silver Bay to Hoyt Lakes this National Scenic Byway is a pleasant afternoon drive. Just off the route is White Pines Picnic Area north on CO. 2. This is one of the few places you will see old growth forest like it was 150 years ago. Stop by the Historic Toimi School and Wayside for a little bit of history with some local color.
· MN 1: From Illgen City to Ely, this is one of the most truly spectacular drives in the northland. A favorite of motorcyclists for years it is a long winding route through the state and national forests. You will find yourself traveling through little communities like Finland and Isabella before getting to Ely. To drive the entire trip is several hours.
What goes hand in hand with a road trip like a picnic? There are dozens of lovely waysides along these routes to enjoy. I would suggest calling Louise’s Place (834.2176) in Two Harbors and have her pack you a picnic basket.
· If I could make a suggestion, Ilona’s Beach at Twin Points Safe Harbor is a great spot that is not too heavily travelled. Located just north of Gooseberry State Park it comes up fast on the right hand side. It’s a nice spot with access to the Gitche Gammi Bike Trail. Or take a drive up County Road #2 to White Pines Picnic Area where you will see one of the last stands of white pine that once to covered northern Minnesota.
There are three excellent State Parks within a 30-45 minute drive of the B&B.
· Gooseberry: Just 12 miles north of Two Harbors is this fully accessible state park. Complete with an interactive visitors center, and interpretive nature programs offered throughout the summer.
· Split Rock: The Split Rock River loop is a 5 mile hike and reputed to be the most popular portion of the Superior Hiking Trail. Easily accessed from the wayside on the river this trailhead also provides access to the Gitch Gammi bike trail.
· Split Rock Lighthouse Museum: It is important to note that this is run by the MN Historical Society and is not actually a part of the state park system.
· Tettegouche: About 5 miles north of Silver Bay on the Baptism River, this park offer very accessible hiking for the whole family.
DINING & ENTERTAINMENT:
American Legion: 218-834-4141 / 614 First Avenue, Two Harbors
Betty's Pies: 218-834-3367/ 1633 Hwy 61, Two Harbors
Black Woods Grill & Bar: 218-834-3846 / 612 Seventh Ave, Two Harbors
Castle Danger Brewery and Tap Room: Tours on Saturdays 218-834-5800
Landing Sports Bar on Highway 61: 218-834-5191 / 629 Seventh Avenue, Two Harbors
Louises Cafe: 218-834-2176 / 19 Waterfront Drive, Two Harbors
NorthShore Pizza Cafe: 218-834-1234 / 802 Seventh Avenue, Two Harbors
Russ Kendall's Smoke House: 218-834-5995 / 149 Scenic Drive, Knife River,
Rustic Inn: Castle Danger 218.834.2488
Vanilla Bean Restaurant : 218-834-3714 / 812 Seventh Avenue, Two Harbors /
Vietnamese Lantern Restaurant: 218-834-4373 / 629 Seventh Avenue, Two Harbors
Architectural Antiques: 224 7th Street Two Harbors, MN 55616 218-834-0018
Duluth & Iron Range Railroad Depot Museum: 218-834-4898 / 520 South Avenue, Two Harbors
Two Harbors Light Station Museum: 218-834-4898 / 1 Lighthouse Point, Two Harbors
3M Museum: 218-834-4898 / 203 Waterfront Drive, Two Harbors
Two Harbors Library: 218-834-3148 / 320 Waterfront Drive, Two Harbors
Ronnings Lake Carvings: 218.590.6081
Christian Dalbec Photography: 218.391.7560
Lakeview National Golf Course: 218-834-2664 / 1349 Highway 61, Two Harbors
Erkki Harjju Ski Trail: 218-834-2600 / Highway 2, Two Harbors [This is a lit trail in Two Harbors]
Harbor Kayak and Paddleboard rentals: By appointment 218.393.4545
Spokengear Bike Rental and Outdoors: 1130 11th Street Two Harbors, MN 55616 (218) 834-2117
Sonju Trail: 218-834-2600 / Lighthouse Point to Burlington Bay, Two Harbors
Superior Hiking Trail: 218-834-2700 / 731 Seventh Avenue, Two Harbors
Superior Hiking Trail Shuttle Service: 218.834.5511
LOCAL EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO:
Thomas Owens Memorial Park aka “the Bandshell”
Arts On Superior, Events and Friday Concerts In The Park 651.208.4991
Two Harbors City Band Concerts Thursdays at 7 PM mid June to mid August
The Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce host several seasonal events including Winter Frolic in February, Heritage Days in July, the Two Harbors Kayak Festival in August and more at:
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