The Shoreline's setting in the center of Grand Marais, right on Lake Superior, makes it my favorite place to stay in Grand Marais. The place is hard to describe; sort of Minnesota Lodge meets Minnesota Motel. Rooms are serviceable, with basic decor, standard bathrooms and a small refrigerator. The easy chairs are comfortable. Rooms with a lake view offer great value for money.
The lobby has a blond brick fireplace, bookshelves with games, magazines, newspapers and some yellowed paperbacks, and very comfortable sofas and chairs. There is also a new breakfast room, with cold cereal, instant oatmeal, muffins, apples, bananas, coffee and juice available (included in the room rate) in the morning.
What makes the place worth a stay is the patio. The large patio, with tables, chairs and chaises, overlooks the lake, Artist's Point, and the northeast stretch of Grand Marais. I could spend all day just sitting on the patio, relaxing and reading. It is truly special. On one visit my son and I spent an hour on the patio at midnight, watching a lightning storm race across Lake Superior. It was amazing!
The location can't be beat; you can walk to anything and everything in Grand Marais. The Shoreline has an exceptionally loyal clientele, with many repeat visitors.
I've stayed at the Shoreline four or five times. On this visit, there were some nice changes (the breakfast room) and unnecessary ones (the large screen TV in the lobby). I also noted, though, that some of the decor is very tired, and the patio furniture is desperately in need of an update. The plastic chaises and chairs are beginning to look tacky and feel unsteady.
I have stayed at fabulous hotels and resorts, and the Shoreline's decor is closer to the Red Roof Inn than the Ritz. I'd choose to stay at the Shoreline anytime, though, because of its downhome charm, value for money and exceptional location on the shores of Lake Superior.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Artist's Point is at our back door. Quiet, away from U.S. Highway 61. With lake view rooms and sundeck at water's edge, The Shoreline has been first choice for generations of families. Fireside, lake view lobby. This charming village is on Lake Superior's North Shore less than two hours Northeast of Duluth, on scenic Highway 61. Grand Marais is the Hub of activities in Cook County, located at the foot of the Gunflint Trail, the gateway to the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and remote Isle Royale. Just ten minutes to the Gunflint Hills Golf Course or Pincushion cross country center and twenty minutes to Lutsen Mountains Ski Area, Alpine Slide and the Superior National Golf Course.Walk to shops, restaurants, the lighthouse and the Grand Marais recreation center and pool. Free continental breakfast. Rooms with king beds are available, as are family or connecting rooms. Smoke-free environment. Traditional charm. Personal service. A guest once said, "It's like coming home." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Shoreline Hotel Grand Marais
- Shoreline Grand Marais