Steve Isola



Paul Shaffer

Courtesy of CBS

The voice on the phone was unmistakable. Paul Shaffer was ready to answer questions about his career, his memoir and his hometown of Thunder Bay, where Paul and his “Late Show” band will perform on October 7. more

Jul 25, 2016 3:41 PM Ontario

You can get there from here. Check out these links to interactive maps showing the latest road conditions for all four shores. more

Jul 14, 2016 2:25 PM Travel

A.G. Thomson House

Courtesy A.G. Thomson House

TripAdvisor gave the A.G. Thomson House its Travelers’ Choice Award, naming it the No.1 B&B in the United States for the second time in four years. We caught up with co-owner Tim Allen to ask how he and his wife, Angie, brought the inn to the top. more

May 12, 2016 3:09 PM Minnesota

Santa’s Adventures in the Mall

Courtesy Brian Thiry

When Santa came to our magazine office, he didn’t say “Ho, Ho, Howdy.” He simply shook my hand and gave me the merriest of smiles. I asked Santa to tell me some of his memories from past holidays so we can see the season through Santa’s eyes. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Minnesota

Finding the Perfect Romantic Winter Getaway

Courtesy Grand Superior Lodge

What do you call “romantic”? A cozy snowed-in cabin with a cheery fire in the stone fireplace? A stylish room in a high-class hotel or an elegant stay in an historic bed-and-breakfast inn? more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Travel

No Hibernating in Thunder Bay

Goh Iromoto / Courtesy Tourism Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay loves winter. Far from hibernating, residents embrace this season of theatre and arts, of evenings out to sample tasty locavore fare and of days indulging in boutique shopping or outdoor recreation. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Ontario

Lake Superior Journal: The Island of Aunt Peg’s Dreams

Author's Collection

It started with Aunt Peg’s story, became a mystery that cast me and my cousin as family sleuths and ended in a stranger’s home on a storied Ontario peninsula. No, actually, the whole thing began in Ireland. Let me explain. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Ontario

Dragon Boat Festival

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

For spectators, the dragon boat races next to Barker’s Island in Superior might look like a mass of arms and paddles, swirling and splashing. But it soon gets easier to tell the teams apart as some boats pull ahead. more

Aug 19, 2015 11:52 AM Wisconsin

Bill Sjoblom has circled the Big Lake 30 to 40 times during the three decades that he’s hosted bus trips. This year Bill’s Sjo-Pro Tours is partnering with us to offer a 10-day Fall Tour circling Lake Superior by motor coach, September 21 to 30. more

Aug 1, 2015 12:00 AM Travel

Sunshine Cafe

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

When you’re hungry in Duluth, head to a not-exactly hidden food gem by taking the Central Avenue exit, south or north on I-35. This West Duluth neighborhood brims with homestyle eateries. more

Aug 1, 2015 12:00 AM Minnesota

Mystical Michipicoten: Memories from a Majestic Island

Donn Larson

To the Anishinaabe, it was a mystical floating isle that eluded approaching canoes – disappearing, then emerging again from the mist. At creation, Gichi Manidoo veiled Michipicoten Island in a shroud of mystery still palpable. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Ontario

Rock Harbor Lodge

Courtesy Guys & Dolls Photography

What if you want to enjoy Isle Royale, but don’t like camping or don’t have the first clue about surviving a night outdoors? No problem. Check in to Michigan’s most remote lodge and the only operating hotel on the island. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Michigan

Dawn of a New Superior

John Heino

“Welcome to Superior – Living up to our name.” This message, prominently displayed above Center City Park at Belknap Street and Tower Avenue, perfectly captures the energized local optimism of this Wisconsin city. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Wisconsin

Bight Restaurant & Bar

Courtesy Bight Restaurant & Bar

You could hardly imagine a better location for an eatery than Prince Arthur’s Landing in the heart of Thunder Bay’s Marina Park, where Bight Restaurant & Bar enjoys a postcard view of the harbour, the marina and the Sleeping Giant. more

May 22, 2015 4:06 PM Ontario

Black River Bandits

Molly Silvernale

You place your thumb on the hammer of the .45-caliber single-action revolver in your holster, itching to touch the trigger, but you must keep your fingers off of it until you hear the command: “Shooters ready. Shooters on the line. Shooters set.” more

Apr 8, 2015 10:53 AM Wisconsin

Journal: The First Stirrings

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

I can still bring to mind details of the weekend that triggered my ongoing romance with Lake Superior, Minnesota’s North Shore and Duluth. Four high school pals and I drove north from suburban Minneapolis. It was our first away-from-home adventure. more

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Minnesota


Aaron Schuh

Minneapolis band Romantica takes the stage at Papa Charlie’s at Lutsen Mountains on April 4. Its richly-textured sound blends elements of folk, alt-country, rock and pop and features the compelling vocals of frontman and songwriter Ben Kyle. more

Mar 24, 2015 11:03 AM Minnesota

Pierre the Pantsless Voyageur, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Since the opening of the first highways (and maybe before), people have created those delightfully quirky sideshows for travelers called “roadside attractions” or, more simply, Big Things. more

Mar 20, 2015 2:22 PM Travel

Bayfield Winter Festival

Don Albrecht

Bayfield Winter Festival celebrates snow, ice and cabin fever over the first weekend of March. more

Mar 4, 2015 9:54 AM Wisconsin

Celebrity Sightings

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

There is an impressive list of big names who have come to the Big Lake to perform or just to visit, stretching back to the days of vaudeville. more

Jan 1, 2015 12:00 AM Travel

Best of the Lake 2016

Best of the Lake 2016

The votes are tallied and the results are in. See what readers chose as their favorites in this year’s 12 categories.

The Travel Guide

2016 Lake Superior Travel Guide

Planning a Big Lake trip? Updated annually by our editors, this mile-by-mile guide covers the entire Lake Superior Circle Tour, including side trips, and comes with a handy tear-out map. 160 pages, magazine format. $9.95.

The Ultimate Guide


The Ultimate Guide to the Region is filled with even more information, insider tips and photos. 294 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ½", softcover book. $19.95.


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