Lake Superior Cabins
Island View Resort 249 Scenic Drive
21 Feb 2018
things to do in two harbors

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.

things to do in two harbors

07 Dec 2017
things to do in duluth

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!

things to do in duluth

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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