Best of the Lake 2013

August 1, 2013

Copper Harbor, Michigan

Copper Harbor was our readers' choice for Michigan's Best Place for a Day Outside in the 2013 Best of the Lake Awards. Photo: Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine.

Best of the Lake 2013What makes a business, city or shoreline linger in your memory as one of your best experiences? Is it that particularly friendly waitress and the comfort food at the end of a long day of travel? Is it the person in the information center who not only hands you a map but also directs you to a fantastic beach? Or is it the very Nature of a place – a sandy beach with a gentle slope for wading and swimming? A spectacular view that opens a window in your mind? Or maybe it’s a funky shop well stocked with handmade gifts?

Whatever ignites the spark, the glow of a “Best of” experience will stay with you. Those experiences are what our magazine and website readers shared when they cast their votes for Best of the Lake 2013. We received completed surveys from around the country, done by people who had visited and remembered our region. We also got lots of votes from local folk, who know the best local spots.

So now we invite you to peruse these pages and note the winners. Readers' top picks are marked with a . Start your own list of things to see and try … and watch the magazine and Travel Guide for a future pull-out survey.


The Categories

Best Place for a Day Outside

Best Family Lodging

Best Shoreline to Stroll

Best Smoked Fish

Best Information Center

Best Locally Made Brew

Best Upscale Dining

Best Casual Dining

Best Swimming Beach

Best Spot to Find a Regional Gift

Best On-The-Water Experience

Best Public Lake-View Spot

Best Place for a Day Outside

MICHIGAN

Copper Harbor & the Keweenaw Peninsula
Contact for Copper Harbor, 906-289-4274, www.copperharbor.org or for the Keweenaw, 800-338-7982, keweenaw.info

Marquette
Contact: 800-544-4321, travelmarquettemichigan.com

ONTARIO

Terrace Bay
Contact: 800-968-8616, terracebay.ca

Red Rock
Contact: 807-886-2245, www.redrocktownship.com

MINNESOTA

Duluth
Contact: 800-438-5884, visitduluth.com

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Contact: 218-834-3855, www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks

WISCONSIN

Madeline Island
Contact: 715-747-2801, www.madelineisland.com

Bayfield
Contact: 800-447-4094, bayfield.org

Best Family Lodging

MICHIGAN

Snowshoe Inn, Munising
Contact: 906-387-3940, www.snowshoeinn.com

Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, Copper Harbor
Contact: 906-289-4403, www.atthelodge.com

ONTARIO

Imperial Motel, Terrace Bay
Contact: 877-825-1625, www.driftersimperialmotel.ca

Rock Island Lodge, Wawa
Contact: 800-203-9092, www.rockislandlodge.ca

MINNESOTA

Cascade Lodge, Lutsen
Contact: 800-322-9543, www.cascadelodgemn.com

The Inn on Lake Superior, Duluth
Contact: 888-668-4352, www.theinnonlakesuperior.com

WISCONSIN

Three-way tie!

Bayfield Inn, Bayfield
Contact: 800-382-0995, www.bayfieldinn.com

Hotel Chequamegon, Ashland
Contact: 800-946-5555, www.hotelc.com

Seagull Bay Motel, Bayfield
Contact: 715-779-5558, www.seagullbay.com

AmericInn, Ashland
Contact: 715-682-9950, americinn.com/Hotels/WI/Ashland

Duluth's Lakewalk

Duluth's Lakewalk follows the shoreline from Canal Park to Brighton Beach, about 8 miles east.
Photo: Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine.

Best Shoreline to Stroll

MICHIGAN

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising to Grand Marais. Contact: 906-387-3700, www.nps.gov/piro

Marquette’s waterfront
Downtown Marquette. Contact: 800-544-4321, www.travelmarquettemichigan.com

ONTARIO

Terrace Bay waterfront
Terrace Bay Beach next to Aguasabon Golf Course. Contact: 800-968-8616, www.terracebay.ca

Thunder Bay waterfront
A whole new look at Marina Park and Prince Arthur’s Landing. Contact: 800-667-8386, www.thunderbay.ca/visiting

MINNESOTA

Duluth’s Lakewalk
From Canal Park east about 8 miles. Contact: 800-4-duluth (800-438-5884), www.visitduluth.com

Grand Marais waterfront
Downtown Grand Marais. Contact:
888-922-5000, www.visitcookcounty.com

WISCONSIN

Big Bay beach, Madeline Island
In Big Bay State Park. Contact: 715-747-6425, dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks

Wisconsin Point, Superior
Great for beach walking, Lake views and rustic picnics. Contact: 800-942-5313, www.superiorchamber.org

Best Smoked Fish

MICHIGAN

Peterson’s Fish Market, Hancock
Contact: 906-482-2343

Thill’s Fish House, Marquette
Contact: 906-226-9851

ONTARIO

The Fish Shop, Shuniah, east of Thunder Bay
Contact: 807-983-2214, www.thefishshop.ca

Clarence’s Fish Market, Algoma Mills, east of Sault Ste. Marie
Contact: 705-849-2226

MINNESOTA

Russ Kendall’s Smoke House, Knife River
Contact: 218-834-5995

Northern Waters Smokehaus, Duluth
888-663-7800, www.northernwaterssmokehaus.com

WISCONSIN

Everett’s Fisheries, Port Wing
Contact: 715-774-3776, everettfisheries.com

Bodin Fisheries, Bayfield
Contact: 715-779-3301

Best Information Center

MICHIGAN

Tie in Calumet!

Keweenaw National Historical Park’s Calumet Visitor Center
Contact: 906-483-3176, www.nps.gov/kewe

Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Center
Contact: 906-337-4579, 800-338-7982, www.keweenaw.info

Marquette County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Marquette
Contact: 800-544-4321, www.travelmarquettemichigan.com

➡ At right: The Terry Fox Visitor Centre and Monument in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Photo by Paul L. Hayden.

ONTARIO

Terry Fox Visitor Information Centre, Thunder Bay
Contact: 800-667-8386, www.thunderbay.ca/visiting

Sault Ste. Marie Tourist Information Centre
Contact: 705-945-6941, in.ontariotravel.net

Terry Fox Visitor Centre

MINNESOTA

Thompson Hill Travel Information Center, Duluth
Contact: 218-723-4938

Gooseberry Falls State Park Visitor Center, near Castle Danger
Contact: 218-834-3855, www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks

WISCONSIN

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland
Contact: 715-685-9983, nglvc.org

Bayfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau, Bayfield
Contact: 800-447-4094, bayfield.org

Best Locally Made Brew

MICHIGAN

Keweenaw Brewing Company, Houghton
Contact: 906-482-5596, www.keweenawbrewing.com

Blackrocks Brewery, Marquette
Contact: 906-273-1333, www.blackrocksbrewery.com

Best Locally Made Brew

ONTARIO

Sleeping Giant Brewery, Thunder Bay
Contact: 807-631-7837, sleepinggiantbrewing.ca

MINNESOTA

Fitger’s Brewhouse, Duluth
Contact: 218-279-2739, brewhouse.net

Castle Danger Brewery, near Two Harbors
Contact: 218-834-5800, www.castledangerbrewery.com

WISCONSIN

South Shore Brewery, Ashland
Contact: 715-682-4200, www.southshorebrewery.com

Thirsty Pagan, Superior
Contact: 715-394-2500, www.thirstypaganbrewing.com

Best Upscale Dining

MICHIGAN

Harbor Haus, Copper Harbor
Contact: 906-289-4502, www.harborhaus.com

Elizabeth’s Chop House, Marquette
Contact: 906-228-0900, www.elizabethschophouse.com

ONTARIO

Serendipity Gardens, Rossport
Contact: 807-824-2890, www.serendipitygardens.ca

Salzburger Hof, Batchawana Bay
Contact: 705-882-2323, www.salzburgerhofresort.com

MINNESOTA

New Scenic Café, near Duluth
Contact: 218-525-6274, www.sceniccafe.com

Naniboujou Lodge and Restaurant, near Grand Marais
Contact: 218-387-2688, www.naniboujou.com

WISCONSIN

Wild Rice, Bayfield
Contact: 715-779-9881, www.wildricerestaurant.com

Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield
Contact: 888-611-4667, www.rittenhouseinn.com

Best Casual Dining

MICHIGAN

Tie!

Ambassador Restaurant, Houghton
Contact: Ambassador, 906-482-5054, theambassadorhoughton.com

The Vierling Restaurant, Marquette
Contact: 906-228-3533, www.thevierling.com

Fitzgerald’s Restaurant, Eagle River
Contact: 906-337-0666, www.eagleriverinn.com

ONTARIO

Drifters Restaurant, Terrace Bay
Contact: 877-825-1625, www.driftersimperialmotel.ca

Serendipity Gardens, Rossport
Contact: 807-824-2890, www.serendipitygardens.ca

MINNESOTA

Duluth Grill, Duluth
Contact: 218-726-1150, www.duluthgrill.com

Cascade Lodge Restaurant, Lutsen
Contact: 800-322-9543, www.cascadelodgemn.com

WISCONSIN

Maggie’s, Bayfield
Contact: 715-779-5641, www.maggies-bayfield.com

Ethel’s at 250, Bayfield
Contact: 715-779-0293, www.ethelsat250.com

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The pristine Bête Grise Beach in Lac La Belle, Michigan, is part of a nature preserve that includes 1.7 miles of shoreline. Photo: Krissy Sundstrom.

Best Swimming Beach

MICHIGAN

Bête Grise Beach, Lac La Belle
Contact: 800-338-7982, www.keweenaw.info

Great Sand Bay, Eagle Harbor
Contact: 800-338-7982, www.keweenaw.info

ONTARIO

Pumphouse/Terrace Bay beach
Contact: 800-968-8616, www.terracebay.ca

Pancake Bay beach, Batchawana Bay
Contact: 705-882-2209, www.ontarioparks.com

MINNESOTA

Park Point, Duluth
Contact: 800-438-5884, visitduluth.com

Burlington Bay beach, Two Harbors
Contact: 218-834-6200, www.twoharborschamber.com

WISCONSIN

Bayview Beach, Bayfield
Contact: 800-447-4094, bayfield.org

Tie!

Cornucopia beach
Contact: 715-742-3232, cornucopiawisconsin.net

Quarry Beach, Port Wing
Contact: portwingwi.com

Best Spot to Find a Regional Gift

MICHIGAN

Copper World, Calumet
Contact: 906-337-4016, www.calumetcopper.com

Zero Degrees Artist Gallery, Marquette
Contact: 906-228-3058, www.zerodegreesgallery.com

Copper World

ONTARIO

Tie!

Agawa Indian Crafts and the Canadian Carver, Pancake Bay
Contact: 800-656-9676, www.pancakebay.com

Hummingbird Haus, Terrace Bay
Contact: 807-825-1041

Young’s General Store, Wawa
Contact: 705-856-2626, www.youngsgeneralstore.com

⬅ At left: Copper World in Calumet, Michigan. Photo by Bob Berg.

MINNESOTA

Lake Superior Trading Post, Grand Marais
Contact: 218-387-2020, lakesuperiortradingpost.com

Sivertson Gallery, Grand Marais
Contact: 888-880-4369, sivertson.com

WISCONSIN

Tie in Bayfield!

Eckels Pottery
Contact: 715-779-5617, eckelspottery.com

Keeper of the Light
Contact: 800-779-4487, www.keeperofthelight.net

Hoth-Lee Art Gallery, Port Wing
Contact: 715-774-3117

Sailing the Apostle Islands

The Apostle Islands dominated the Wisconsin section of Best On-The-Water Experience.
Photo courtesy Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce.

Best On-The-Water Experience

MICHIGAN

Isle Royale Line ferry, Copper Harbor to Isle Royale National Park
Contact: 906-289-4437, www.isleroyale.com

Pictured Rocks Cruises, Munising
Contact: 800-650-2379, www.picturedrocks.com

ONTARIO

Kayaking or boating to the Slate Islands off Terrace Bay
In Terrace Bay. Contact: 800-968-8616, www.terracebay.ca

SailSuperior.com, Thunder Bay Harbor cruises
Contact: 807-628-3333, www.sailsuperior.com

MINNESOTA

Vista Fleet harbor cruises, Duluth
Contact: 218-722-6218, www.vistafleet.com

Grand Portage-Isle Royale Transportation Line ferry, Grand Portage to Isle Royale National Park
Contact: 218-475-0024, www.isleroyaleboats.com

WISCONSIN

Boating, sailing or paddling
in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Contact: 715-779-3397, www.nps.gov/apis

Apostle Islands Cruises, Bayfield
Contact: 800-323-7619, www.apostleisland.com

Best Public Lake-View Spot

MICHIGAN

Brockway Mountain, Copper Harbor
Contact: 906-289-4274, www.copperharbor.org

Presque Isle, Marquette
Contact: 800-544-4321, www.travelmarquettemichigan.com

ONTARIO

Terrace Bay waterfront
Contact: 800-968-8616, www.terracebay.ca

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Sibley Peninsula
Contact: 807-977-2526, www.ontarioparks.com

MINNESOTA

Split Rock Historic Site, Two Harbors
Contact: 218-226-6372, www.mnhs.org

Canal Park, Duluth
Contact: 800-438-5884, visitduluth.com

WISCONSIN

Bayfield waterfront
Contact: 800-447-4094, bayfield.org

Superior waterfront
Contact: 800-942-5313, www.superiorchamber.org

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