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Old 05-01-2009, 01:30 PM   #29
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The smoked fish place in Knife River is Kendall's.

Ignore the ever-popular Betty's Pies (aside from the fact you won't be able to park there). Save your calories for a piece of pie and local Finnish memorabilia at the nondescript Satellite Inn motel & restaurant near Schroeder.

If you make it to Grand Marais Municipal campground, hookup sites 156-162 are our favorites. From there you can walk into town. Angry Trout is the first restaurant you get to and if you try it once you'll go back! The Gunflint Tavern in town has good food -- their menu never varies but you won't know that. Avoid Sven & Ole's pizza IMO... The North Shore Pie Place above the hill just south of town is very good for breakfasts and the pie is good.

State parks along the north shore ... Tettegouche & Cascade have no hookups. Plus Tettegouche campground water is behind a building and you'll need a jerry can to fill your trailer. Temperance has hookups and is reservable but it might be too late for that. C.R. Magney SP north of Grand Marais has no hookups but a wonderful set of falls - 1 to 2 mile hike on well developed trails upstream. My favorite rivers are Temperance, Cascade & C.R. Magney. I don't mention the over-used Gooseberry Falls SP on purpose.

You could easily spend more time along the north shore than you will at Fall Lake. Worth another trip! Susie always challenges me to get her to say "I wanna go home" when we're up there. Hasn't worked so far.
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:12 PM   #30
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I know my husband would love touring the ship and any and all old industrial sites as well. Once we went to Niagara Falls. He wasn't interested so much in the falls, but thought it would be great to get in to see the Love Canal site. I am sure we will be doing the mine tour.
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It has been years since we've gone over the old coast road between Duluth and Two Harbors but I don't recall any particular problems for an Airstream. CanoeStream has more current information and I second his recommendations. The only campground we've 'streamed at was the Grand Marais municipal marina and RV park, which is very nice. You can be right on the lake.

You sound like my wife and me. She knows I never pass up an engine room or a lighthouse. We toured the Meteor when it was first opened to the public, only a couple of years after it was sailing. The engine room (triple-expansion recip) still smelled of cylinder oil.

CanoeStream is right--you could easily spend a couple of weeks in Duluth/Superior and the north shore. Just gonna have to come back. . .
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:24 PM   #31
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and back and back and back until it becomes the very fabric of the stories of your family ~G
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:53 PM   #32
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and back and back and back until it becomes the very fabric of the stories of your family ~G
A very nice insight. In my family, Minnesooota stories go back four generations. (Before that they come from the Old Country.)

Here's a sample: When my grandmother attended grade school in Duluth (in the first decade of the 20th century) she skied to school in the winter, and carried a Smith & Wesson .38. The wolves didn't usually bother people, but if they were really hungry they might go for a small kid. So the kids stuck together, and those old enough to shoot commonly carried guns. Nobody thought a thing about it. Grandma never had to shoot a wolf, but said she was a crack shot with that S&W. (My uncle still has the gun.)
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:03 PM   #33
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I just posted a 90 photo road food odyssey and oven-crafting course at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN on the North Shore of Lake Superior. If you are interested in restaurants I guarantee this will be helpful. I also cover the Gunflint Trail up to the Trail's End Campground on Gull Lake. In my first message of this trip report I mention two previous trips with link references to them that also include, Ely, Fall Lake, Bear Head Lake State Park near Ely and most of the Lake Superior North Shore.

It is all at this link and way too much to repeat again here on Airforums. Building the Brick Bread Oven in Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail - A Culinary Odyssey

If it remains fairly dry, late July will not be a misquito problem. This time of year is usually the worst and I experienced no bug problems whatsover last week.
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Hello All...just read the earlier posts and it reminds me of why we enjoy living between Duluth and Two Harbors...on 80 acres about five miles "inland" from Lake Superior.

As "wanabees" we would truly enjoy any chance to buy a cup of coffee for any AS visitors to our area...maybe in return for a bit of AS "talk"

My e-mail is tmrootness@msn.com please feel free to e-mail your schedule in advance and let's see if we might find each other somewhere in the Duluth/Two Harbors area...we might even ride our Harleys to Ely or Grand Marais...since those are our favorite rides.

Again...would be glad to host a coffee break diring your Northland travels...Tom R in Two Harbors, MN

P.S. Canoe Stream is correct...skip Betty's Pies (unless you just HAVE to experience it) and try the Satellite (sp?) for better pie...also don't miss "world's greatest donut shop in Grand Marais...TMR
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:42 PM   #35
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We do BWCAW every summer for our anniversary, and love it. The further in you go (read: portages), the more peaceful it gets. We would suggest Bear Head Lake State Park about 12 miles south of Ely as a great place to camp. It also has a dump station you can use and is a beautiful lake. We also camp there in the RV every summer. On the north shore, be sure to stop at Temperence River State Park and do some hiking up the river. Many beautiful waterfals and rapids areas, and the hiking is not very strenuous.
There's this little hole -in-the-wall place north of the Chocolate Moose on the street - I think it says shoe repair on the outside. This guy has the most fantastic stuff in his little shop: moose hide belts and stuff like that! Worth finding. It's on Main street coming in to town from the south on the left side of the street.... Enjoy!
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:07 PM   #36
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Caryl,

We got back from that area several weeks ago and my impressions are detailed in http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ips-47817.html

Sven & Ole's pizza is serviceable, certainly not the best we've ever had, but when you've got pizza-itis, what can you do? Canoestream may have higher standards than us. Donot shop in Grand Marais was still closed when we were there, so I don't know about it. It was too early for mosquitos, but not too late for snow.

If you have occasion to go to the Goodyear dealer near the Ely Chamber of Commerce, tell Bob he did a good job, the leaks stopped on our trailer.

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Sven & Ole's pizza is serviceable, certainly not the best we've ever had...Gene
Gene...you probably did not have the "pickle herring" pizza...that is Sven & Ole's "signature" pizza

Actually, it is more of a cultural statement than a premium pizza stop...in Minneapolis area you frequently see "Sven and Ole" bumper stickers...as well as "Betty's Pie Shop" bumper stickers. I am not sure what you do to achieve "cultural" status...or like the World's Greatest Donuts"...never have investigated the support for that claim!

Just gotta do it...Tom R in Two Harbors
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Gene...you probably did not have the "pickle herring" pizza...that is Sven & Ole's "signature" pizza
And, Tom, I am really, really, really glad I didn't!

Maybe I'm just a traditionalist. Never could understand putting pineapple on a pizza either.

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We can vouch for the donut shop in Grand Marais. Scrumptious, warm from the fryer morsels. Heading North late next month, TomR, will email some schedule once we have made one. We don't know much, do know some!
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Davydd.

Great blog/post thing. We went to the donut place and I ate 12 donuts while walking around town.

When I felt a little better about an hour later, we went to the Angry trout for chowder and sandwiches. Also got fish from Russ. Really tasty.

I ate a stick of dynamite for some roughage after this trip. I owe our black tank some kind of favor. The tank sensors will never function properly again!

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Old 06-14-2009, 07:51 AM   #41
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Thumbs up Ely kept its GM dealership!

Any of you folks heading to the Boundary Waters with a GM tow vehicle will be happy to hear that little Mike Motors, the Chevy-GMC-you-name-it GM dealership in Ely made the cut!

They have fixed my ride a couple of times, and are great folks to do business with.
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Thinking of you Caryl -- it's been nice weather this last week. You haven't logged in. Still enjoying it I bet!
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