​Welcome to my blog, Lakes and Loons!

​A few of my favorite State Parks:

My hope is that through this site, you will discover new places to visit, explore and experience.  I love Minnesota, the land of over 10,000 lakes,  and my most favorite part of this amazing state is the northeastern corner, along the North Shore of Lake Superior. 

I have been making annual treks north every year since I was a child.  I am passionate about the scenic beauty, the arts, the people and the peace that finds me whenever I am there.

I am often asked, "where should we stay?" "where should we eat?" and "where should we go once we get there?" and now I can direct everyone here!

Once you start your planning, keep in mind there are great resources for you through other sites as well:

And there are fabulous free guides, maps and brochures available to you at every Minnesota state park and several restaurants along the way.

A few of my favorite places to stay:

  • Thomsonite Beach Inn - (
  • East Bay Suites - Grand Marais - (
  • Lutsen Resort - (
  • Chateau LeVeaux - (
  • Best Western - Grand Marais (
  • Country Inn of Two Harbors - (
  • The Suites Hotel - Duluth (

Homes we have rented on the North Shore via and /or CascadeVacationRentals:

  • The Fisherman's House - Grand Marais
  • The "Glass House" - Lutsen
  • Ilahee - Grand Marais

These are just a few of the places we have stayed throughout the years.  There are many more, but we have had great experiences at those listed above.

  • Jay Cooke State Park - Carlton

  • Gooseberry Falls State Park - north of Two Harbors

  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park - north of Gooseberry

  • Tettegouche State Park - north of Silver Bay

  • Temperance River State Park - north of Schroeder

  • Cascade River State Park - north of Lutsen

  • Judge C.R. Magney State Park - north of Grand Marais
  • Grand Portage State Park - Pigeon Falls - at MN/Canadian border

I highly recommend purchasing a  year long State Park sticker -  it will allow entrance to any state park in Minnesota for a year from purchase.  Best investment we have made!


I would love to hear about your adventures or if you have any questions, I can be reached by email at: