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Area Activities

Nestled between the Sawtooth Mountain range and sprawling Lake Superior, Thomsonite Inn is perfectly situated to help you explore the North Shore.

Grand Marais

Grand Marais, our nearby quaint harbor town, is located just 6 miles north of Thomsonite Inn. The accolades almost speak for themselves. Grand Marais has been named America’s Coolest Small Town (Budget Travel Magazine), Top 10 Beach Getaways (Outside Magazine), and Next Great Adventure Town (National Geographic Adventure Magazine). Here you can enjoy fun shops, amazing art galleries, the cobblestone harbor beach, a walk to the infamous lighthouse, or an art class at North House Folk School or the Grand Marais Art Colony.


The North Shore is home to many bike trails, both paved and unpaved, and use of our road bikes are included in your stay at Thomsonite Inn. We are located less than a mile from Cutface Creek wayside rest, where you can take the Gitchi-Gami bike trail into the town of Grand Marais. We are also located near several mountain biking trails including Pincushion Mountain and the Britton Peak trail system.


The North Shore is home to more than 386 miles of incredible hiking trails, including the infamous Superior Hiking Trail. Take your pick from Lake Superior views, waterfall adventures or loops through the Superior National Forest.


Located only 14 miles from Superior National Golf Course, Thomsonite Inn is the perfect place to stay on your golf getaway. Superior National is a 27-hole public resort golf course set between beautiful Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountain Range. This course pairs untamed beauty with unparalleled play. Also, located in Grand Marais, are Gunflint Hills Golf Course and Putt 'n Pets mini golf course.

Bluefin Bay Activities Program

Guests of Thomsonite Inn have access to the Activities Program at Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts. This includes sea kayaking on Lake Superior, inland kayaking, bike & hike tours, introduction to mountain biking, wilderness canoeing and more! See more information here.

Local Dining Options

You'll find all kinds of fantastic places to eat near Thomsonite Inn. A few of our favorites are Cascade Restaurant & Pub, Angry Trout Café, Fisherman's Daughter, My Sister's Place, Bluewater Café and the Bluefin Grille.


"Thomsonite is SO cozy. We loved our stay so much. Use of the grills and firepit made it seem like a fun community with other guests."

- Sara H.

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