Lake Superior Cabins
Island View Resort 249 Scenic Drive
26 Mar 2018

5 Things To Pack for a Great North Shore Vacation

There’s no place quite like the North Shore in the spring. Everything is in bloom, the birds are back and it’s finally a little warmer in our typically-chilly area.

Quite honestly, it’s one of the most beautiful times to take a trip to Duluth, Two Harbors or anywhere in the Lake Superior area. A North Shore vacation is a peaceful one.

Below are five things you should bring with you before heading to our neck of the woods for a getaway!

1. Rain gear

We get our fair share of rain in the spring, but don’t let that stop you from exploring the gorgeous outdoors! Grab a rain jacket so you can head to attractions like Split Rock Lighthouse, and if you bring some rain boots you won’t have to cancel the many trail hikes you have planned. Don’t worry; the North Shore is beautiful all the time, rain or shine!

2. Something for your “me time”

If you’re looking to do less sight-seeing in favor of some quiet time away from the craziness of every day life, don’t forget to bring a good book, a few magazines or a journal to enjoy while you sit on your cabin’s front porch and enjoy the Lake Superior view. Not much of a reader or writer? Try cross-stitching, painting, or any other technology-free hobby you’ve been meaning to take up!

3. Your selfie stick

Let’s be real; with views like ours, you’re going to need it.

4. Lots of layers

Though we’ll soon be out of the teens-to-30s temperatures that typically plague us during the winter, there’s still some chill in the air during a Minnesota spring, particularly at night. Dressing in several layers will help you keep cool while you’re active during the day or in the sun but will easily allow you to keep warm once the temp starts dropping.

5. Your binoculars

For bird watching, or even better, for ship watching! It’s officially iron ore shipping season on the North Shore, and you’ll have a front row seat if you stay at Island View Resort, with its amazing Lake Superior views. You’ll be able to see iron ore boats load pallets in Two Harbors or you can head to Duluth’s Canal Park for a walk along the boardwalk to see the ships cross under the aerial lift bridge.

Now that your bags are packed, it’s time to book your stay on the North Shore!

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21 Feb 2018
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Things To Do In Two Harbors MN

Here at Island View Resort, we truly believe we live in one of the greatest areas around. With so many amazing things to do right nearby, who could say differently?

Duluth is just a short 20-minute drive away and we’ve already shared a lot of things to do in Duluth MN, but we can’t forget about the sweet little town of Two Harbors on the other side of our cabin resort!

Two Harbors, MN is just a 10 or so minute drive up the North Shore from our cabins, and there’s plenty to do, eat and see. Below we’ve come up with a number of things to do in Two Harbors MN to keep your stay at Island View packed with fun!

Two Harbors Lighthouse

This is the oldest operating lighthouse in Minnesota and overlooks a beautiful scene: Lake Superior’s Agate Bay. Picnic on the lawn during nice days or take a tour of the inside of the lighthouse on colder or dreary days when you’re looking for something to do. Driving time: 16 minutes

Betty’s Pies

Betty’s Pies is world famous for, you guessed it, pie! The restaurant has over 20 pie flavors people travel all over the world to try, and they serve a mean breakfast, lunch and dinner as well. Take a second to enjoy the small-town diner life while overlooking Lake Superior. Driving time: 14 minutes

Agate Bay Beach

We get it: Minnesota gets its fair share of cold weather. It’s a good thing this beach is a lovely thing to do in Two Harbors no matter what time of year it is! The beach has a magnificent view of the lake as well as a long pier to walk along and plenty of Agate hunting for free souvenirs. Driving time: 15 minutes

Edna G. Tugboat

Besides having perhaps the best tugboat name ever, Edna G. is located right in Agate Bay so she’s the perfect thing to tour while you’re already in that area! Built in 1896, Edna G. faithfully worked on the Great Lakes and is now retired for daily tours. Driving time: 15 minutes

Flood Bay State Wayside

Waysides are typically pieces of land too small to be considered state parks, but the Flood Bay State Wayside still has a large piece of our hearts! We’re convinced this has the greatest beachside walk along the North Shore. Get ready to see plenty of water fowl and creatures if you venture here! Driving time: 13 minutes

Gooseberry Falls State Park

This state park is known as the gateway to the North Shore Scenic Drive which so many visitors enjoy while staying at Island View Resort. Gooseberry Falls State Park has breathtaking waterfalls famous in our corner of the world. Driving time: 20 minutes

Castle Danger Brewery

Stop by and enjoy a nice cold one at Castle Danger Brewery, which has beers, events and music for any time of year. Plus, like many other things along the North Shore, you can enjoy your brew with a view of Lake Superior! Driving time: 12 minutes


Don’t be fooled by the name; this bike shop is so much more. The Cedar Coffee Company is SpokeNGear’s sister company and is located in the same shop, so you can get lunch, local coffee and your mountain bike fixed up for a great trail ride all in one stop. Driving time: 10 minutes

Giant Chair Photos

What’s a vacation without a few cheesy photo ops? Think the Cloud Gate in Chicago or The Land sign in Cleveland that you always see people getting their selfie on in front of. Two Harbor’s version is the giant white chair located at the RJ Houle Information Center on Highway 61. Hop on with several others and get ready to smile! Driving time: 7 minutes

Large Rooster

How funky is your chicken? Is it as funky as the 10 to 12 foot tall rooster located in Two Harbors, another favorite picture for tourists? Probably not, so you should stop by. The rooster is a local legend and has flown the coop once or twice, thanks to vandals who tossed it over a bridge once. Now he stays on Highway 61 for pictures and to encourage a quick stop in Weldon’s Gift Shop. Driving time: 10 minutes.

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15 Jan 2018
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Things To Do in Duluth MN

We are so honored to be close to the great town of Duluth, which is so full of history, small mom and pop shops and fun things to do outside. We love telling our visitors at Island View Resort about all of the things to do in Duluth, just a short drive away.

When it comes to vacation, it’s important to remain flexible but have some sort of plan so you don’t forget to stop by any of the great attractions available to you. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do in Duluth MN along with driving times from our resort to each one. That way, you can easily plan your stay with us.

And we’ll keep this list of things to do in Duluth friendly to all seasons! Many of these attractions are available for your enjoyment no matter if you go in the dead of winter or in the heat of the summer. Explore our website for other Lake Superior things to do.

  1. Lake Superior Zoo – This zoo started in 1932 when a Duluth resident got permission to create a pen for his pet deer. Since then it’s grown to an amazing zoo full of fun activities and events for young ones and families. Driving time: 32 mins


  1. Breweries – Craft beer has certainly rocked the nation over the last several years, and visiting breweries over bars has become commonplace for many people. Recently ranked number three by SmartAssets’ Best Cities for Beer Drinkers in 2017, Duluth is no exception. There are just too many great breweries to choose from, so we’ll take this opportunity to point you to the Duluth Beer Trail to help you plan a full day of brewery hopping or an evening of drinks after a day of exploring the great outdoors. Driving time depends on the brewery.


  1. Spirit Mountain – Of course this state of the art ski mountain would be a great option for something fun to do in the winter, but even during the summer there’s a hub of activity there thanks to the exciting adventure park! The park has an elevated track for coaster racing as well as plenty of mountain biking trails. Driving time: 36 mins


  1. William S. Irvin – Take a tour of the S.S. William S. Irvin, the U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Fleet flagship. For 40 years the ship carried iron ore and coal through the many treacherous storms Lake Superior sees. Plus, the views are great! Driving time: 26 mins


  1. Great Lakes Aquarium – If you’re in Duluth, a must-do is seeing the largest freshwater aquarium in the United States. This aquarium features fish and critters found in Lake Superior and around the Great Lakes Basin and features a number of weekly and monthly events. Driving time: 26 mins


  1. Fitger’s Mall – Let us be clear, this is not your average mall. Located in a gorgeous historic building sure to make an architect buff’s knees weak, you’ll find a lot of unique shops rather than chains, as well as delicious restaurants and breweries. Driving time: 26 mins


  1. Duluth Entertainment Convention Center – In particular, we’d like to point you to the movie theater! This is a great option for days when the weather is a bit lackluster, or just when you’re looking to lose yourself in a new flick. The center is located right on Lake Superior as well, so the views are breathtaking. Driving time: 26 mins


  1. Lake Superior Railroad Museum – In 1910, Duluth’s railroad activity was chaotic, with seven railroads dispatching over 50 trains daily from Duluth to all over the nation. The last train left the station in 1969, and since then the building has housed the historical museum. Head there to take a trip through time. Driving time: 28 mins


  1. Adventure Zone – Perfect for families with kids! Located right in Duluth’s gorgeous Canal Park, Adventure Zone Duluth offers batting cages, mini golf, rock climbing, an arcade and more. Driving time: 26 mins


  1. Amsoil Arena – Head here during the winter to catch a Bulldogs hockey game, or keep your eye out for the many great concerts and events hosted in the space. Driving time: 26 mins

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07 Dec 2017
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Five Things To Do In Duluth This Winter

It seems to us vacation is often associated with the summer or warmer months. We always see pictures of people lounging on the beach or viewing sunsets from their resort.

Winter vacations hold a special place in our hearts, though, particularly being from Minnesota, where the cold and the snow are frequent visitors.

Luckily for us, the small fishing village we reside in is located quite close to a number of winter things to do in Duluth and Knife River. We’ve listed some of our favorites for you below!

  1. Christmas tours at Glensheen Historic Estate

Located right in Duluth, this historic mansion is gorgeous all year round but has a special sparkle come the holiday season. You can go on tours that focus on the inside of the mansion or on different outbuildings all throughout the estate, but no matter what you decide, the halls will be decked through Jan. 7, 2018.

  1. Bentleyville “Tour of Lights”

We’re proud to say that just a short drive from Island View Resort is the largest free walk-through lighting display at Bentleyville each year! That’s right, this attraction is totally free and absolutely beautiful. The walk takes about an hour to complete, so pack comfy shoes and visit before the festival ends on Dec. 26!

  1. Spirit Mountain

Perhaps the most comprehensive area attraction for the winter is Spirit Mountain. Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, snowshoer, or a snow tuber, there’s plenty of fun for everyone.  Luckily, Spirit Mountain will stay open well after the holidays are over, providing you fun all winter!

  1. Day Tripper of Duluth

If you’re someone who loves the outdoors, a great way to explore Northern Minnesota is Day Tripper of Duluth, which are tours guided by experts through snowshoe, snowboarding, snow biking and more. You can even sign up for overnight trips with groups before heading back to your Island View Cabin for a winter cat nap!

  1. North Shore Ski Trail

The North Shore Ski Trail is one of our personal favorites when we’re itching to get out on a pair of cross country skis. There are over 150 kilometers of trails right near our resort that vary depending on the difficulty level you’re up for.

We love the winter attractions in Minnesota and can’t wait to see you try some of them out before returning back to your cabin for a delicious cup of hot cocoa this winter!

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25 Sep 2017
Duluth in fall

Fall Colors “Near Perfect”

Come join us for the fall colors which are predicted to be “near perfect” this year. 

Autumn is our favorite time of the year with the crisp mornings and nature’s show of leaves turning various shades of red, orange, and yellow. The added bonus of waking up in your private cabin with a breathtaking view of Knife Island and Lake Superior is an unbeatable bonus.

Because of our northerly location, we enjoy being one of the first places in Minnesota where fall colors emerge. Here, the fiery scarlets and oranges of maples meet the soft golds and yellows of aspen and birch, studded with the deep red understory of flaming sumac.

The season is short but brilliant with two waves of color. The first occurs inland, away from the lake, usually between mid-September and early October and is a good time to hit the hiking trails or drive the back roads. The second burst of color follows Lake Superior’s shoreline, usually peaking during the first two weeks of October. You’ll dwell amidst the fall colors and have easy access to Minnesota’s own ”long trail” the Superior Hiking Trail.

Gooseberry, Cascade, and Temperance falls are some of those easy access sights. Don’t think you have to be a hiker to experience this region! For those that do hike and backpack there are worlds beyond the shore inviting you to explore. And then you have almost endless waters North of Lake Superior to canoe.


And if you have a treasured member of the family that’s not allowed at most vacation destinations, remember that five of our cabins are pet-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about the expense of boarding or pet sitting.

Reserve your cabin now, before they’re all booked for what promises to be one of the best Autumn shows nature has put on in years.

28 Jun 2017

5 Things to Do in Duluth this Summer!

Here are five amazing events to check out this summer in Duluth!


Date: July 4, 2017

Description: Join friends and neighbors for live music, tempting treats and the largest fireworks display in the upper Midwest at Bayfront Festival Park as we celebrate our nation’s independence on July 4th, 2017. Gates open at 4PM.



Date: July 12-14, 2017

Description: Make Downtown Duluth your destination for this annual shopping celebration. Hit the bricks for some shopping, mouth-watering food, entertainment and fun for the kids right in the heart of the city.



Date: Fridays (July 2017)

Description: Featured films under the stars in beautiful Leif Erikson Park at sunset every Friday evening throughout the summer. Grab a blanket and a friend!



Date: August 6, 2017

Description: Take your family and enjoy more fun than you ought to be allowed to have! Join in or watch family friendly 2.5K walk. This is a great chance to gt a feel for what the big race might feel like. To allow your family to race together and build amazing memories as you move focus on your health together. Walk  around Bayfront with our Princess & Superheros from Pretty Princess Parties. When the race is finished, enjoy time with your favorite princesses and superheros from Pretty Princess Parties. Play games, dance and sing with them.



Date: August 18, 2017

Description: The 8th annual Art in Bayfront Park is a two-day art fair located on the beautiful Duluth lakefront. Art lovers find quality work from local and regional artist. Work includes jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics, metalwork, glass and more.   Saturday, August 19 / 11 am – 7pm Sunday, August 20 / 11 am – 5 pm


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01 Jun 2017

Five things to do in Duluth this June!

Our guests love to experience the energy of Duluth! Luckily, there are always a ton of activities partake in; especially in the summer! Check out these five events happening this June!

Event: DULUTH Air and Aviation EXPO

Date: June 3 & 4


Description: The largest air show in Minnesota returns on June 3-4, 2017 with the US Navy Blue Angels.

Event: Time Stands Still

Date: June 1-4 and June 8-11


Description: The Duluth Playhouse presents Time Stands Still, a play written by Donald Margulies.

Event: On the Rocks Art

Date: June 1-30


Description: Welcome to a new art experience in Duluth’s Canal Park/Waterfront. On The Rocks Art Studio offers a fun 2-3 hour acrylic painting experience.  We have created a colorful, relaxing space for you and your friends, co-workers, or family members to gather for an afternoon or evening of creativity, exploration, and fun.

Event: Vanishing Act

Date: June 1-30


Description: The curtain is about to rise on a mind-bending new mystery.

Event: Lake Superior Art Glass

Date: June 1-30


Description: Lake Superior Art Glass is a complete torch-work glass studio.  We have knowledgeable staff that is well-trained in everything from the artists featured in the gallery to teaching in the glass studio.  Whether you’re a first-time glass enthusiast or an expert, we have just what you need.

23 Oct 2015

Cabins & Rates

Island View Resort is a true american experience. Whether you are a returning quest or you have stayed with us before you are sure to be amazed. Island Views Resort is located conveniently on knife river and has a family and pet friendly atmosphere that is contagious. We are conveniently located near Lake superior on the North Shore in Northern Minnesota which is only a short drive to Duluth.


22 Oct 2015


Island View Resort has been keeping the traditions going for over 80 years.With a history of affordable prices and a laid back atmosphere. Island Views visitors come back year after year. We are a very clean and since we are not directly on the lake we are kid and pet friendly! If you have any questions on reservations or cancelations please call us today! We would be happy to assist you in your stay.

20 Oct 2015

Area Attractions

Lake Superior is home to some breath taking scenery as well as some popular tourist destinations. Island View Resort is located around some of these amazing attractions as well as hiking trails. No matter what you are searching for Island View Resort can help you find the attraction you are looking for. If you are an avid fisherman you have come to the right place!