It’s not only the destination that is important, it is the experience along the way that makes the journey complete. There are so many amazing places to visit as you make your way to and from Thomsonite Beach Inn located between Lutsen and Grand Marais. Let us provide you with a few suggestions. Remember that you likely won’t accomplish it all in one vacation, so let us help you plan your return to catch what you have missed.
From Duluth ~ Highway 61 North ~ Gooseberry Falls State Park ~ Split Rock Light House State Park ~ Tettegouche State Park ~ Temperance River State Park ~ Lutsen Mountains Ski Area ~ Cascade River State Park ~ 4 miles to Thomsonite Beach ~ Grand Marais is 5 miles north ~ Judge Magney State Park ~ Grand Portage State Park, Lodge and Casino ~ Thunder Bay and Old Fort William ... and there's so much more.
From Minneapolis | St. Paul follow I-35 through Duluth to the expressway exit to highway 61/North Shore Drive. Stay on Highway 61 until mile marker 103, continue 1/2 mile further and turn right at our large, lighted sign. Total driving time from Minneapolis/St. Paul is approximately 4.5 hours, with most of the trip on freeway and divided roads.
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888-387-1532 or locally 218-387-1532
Lodging SpecialsClose this window Last Minute Lodging Website Special
Within 48 hours of your anticipated arrival, call us at 1.888.387.1532 or send us an email and mention you saw our last minute special on our website. We will offer you a special rate based on our remaining rooms. This offer is not valid on existing reservations.
Lutsen Mountains Ski and Stay Packages:
We team up with Lutsen Mountains to provide our guests with valuable lift and lodging packages for your winter pleasure. Packages vary but at the least are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Packages include discounted lodging and lift tickets. Further discounts may be found at www.lutsen.com for equipment rental and ski lessons. We have units 1,2,4,6,8, 10 and 11 available for these packages. Please give us a call or use the search below to see what fits your need. Come ski/snowboard on the Midwest’s finest mountain then return home to relax and rejuvenate with us by Lake Superior.
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ReviewsClose this window We’re back! LOL and we brought friends – Heidi, Kirsten, Julia & Tess
What a find – don’t always “luck out” when picking lodging out of a book – the little extras like the lovely bar soap, fire pit, grills on the rocks. Thanks so much for the hiking tips- they were “right on”. We will be back. – Tom & Shirley, St. Michael, MN
You truly have a wonderful place. All 6 of us have enjoyed our women’s weekend away. We’ve endured challenging hike with difficult weather, enjoyed listening/watching the superior waves crashing in, warmed up with a wonderful campfire and saw “cornius hictus” the northern light in the sky. We’re not sure which we did more of: walking or laughing. We have had a wonderful time and have truly enjoyed your hospitality……We all hope to see you again. – Kathy, Evann, Sherry, Julie, Judy and Deb, Twin Cities area
This trip has been a blessing for my friend and me. The place is breath taking, the view is amazing. I have to say that this is one of my favorite trips. We will definitely be back. Thank you for the hiking tips. We enjoyed Eagle Mountain trails. We hope to be back in the summer, but we will be staying for a week instead of two days. Thank you! Blessings, Channy & Nicole
Thank you Scott and Lee for the relaxing restful stay. This spot is georgeous! While staying the week, I was inspired far beyond my expectations of seeing beautiful landscapes. The weather was cold and rainy, but WOW! The cloud formations, mist and waves could not have be more perfect for subject of my paintings at the Art Colony. I completed some nice work thanks to the intense weather. I loved hearing the waves all night, too. Thanks for everything. Good luck hunting with Rip – what a comedian, Ha! – Joanne
We finally made it up to Thomsonite in September 2007 to surprise my parents who had been coming here for years. We had a fantastic visit and we’ve decided to come back each year. We love it here. Please enjoy the cedar bench near the office in memory of my father. Our visit in 2007 to Thomsonite was the last time we saw him. – Karen & Nick, Carrolton, TX
What a nice birthday gift from our kids. We enjoyed the serenity of the lodge. Nice chance for sightseeing and came home to peace and quiet. What a nice treat. – Dick & Jackie, Redwing, MN
Thank you for the good memories. We love the sound of the water, the camp fire and the friendly people. This was the weekend for the maples. They were beautiful. We look forward to our next visit. – Geoff & Jade, Arden Hills, MN
We live on Lake Superior and you have the best sound effects, marvelous on shore waves and scenery. – Tom & Sylvia, Thunder Bay, ONT
In a nutshell….Two young love birds on their first getaway. Guess we could also mention how we lucked out on this little trip: great snowboarding weather, our kind hosts – Lee & Scott, the roar of the lake. Hope this was the first of many visits to Thomsonite Beach! – Anita & Josh, Minneapolis
Wish we would have found this place earlier in our trip. Love the jewelry! We’ll remember to stay here if we are ever back in this area. Very peaceful and comfortable. – Paul & Kathy, Tonganoxie, KS
This is our first visit to the North Shore. My first reaction is WOW! This part of the country is unbelievably beautiful. Lake Superior is enormous. We’ve seen waterfall, light houses, eagles, otters, loons, ships and the Canadian border by the High Falls of the Pigeon River. We drove to the end of the Gunflint Trail and drank numerous lattes from the Java Moose in Grand Marais. We look forward to returning again so our grandson can experience “the loft”. This is truly a great place to start making memories with our grand children (hopefully annual visits). Thanks for such a nice place to stay. – Chris & Randy, Britt, IA
Thank you sunset pinks and purples becoming green and yellows. Thank you rocks and breeze and quiet times. Thank you sleeping, thank you laughing, thank you life and grace and being. Amen! – Sarah, Linda & Eileen
We loved our stay! The sights, sounds and smells are a delight for a couple of “city slickers”. We tried to take in as many glorious sights as possible but 4 days is not enough time…. We will be back next year. We love the “cabin” and the loft is just as much for BIG kids like us. The grounds are awesome and we were able to recharge our batteries with peace and beautiful settings. – Mark & Cora, Waukegan, IL