Yes! There is a Stay Safe order in MN, which means you should not travel if you are sick or have been in contact with anyone who might have had covid in the past 14 days. It also means you should take extra precautions – bring hand soap, sanitizer, and bleach wipes.
Yes! Residents have different levels of fear, caution, and worry about overwhelming small health care and public safety infrastructure. For so many reasons, now is the time to practice patience and kindness. If you aren’t comfortable waiting, wearing a mask, being inconvenienced, dealing with changes in plans, you could be frustrated or disappointed during your visit.
The state of Minnesota requires properly worn face masks indoors in all businesses and public places, in line to enter these places and outdoors where 6′ social distancing is not an option. If you have a medical exemption, contact the business before entering so they may accommodate you.
Jump To: Top 10 To Do, Summer 2020
As of August 10 –
St Louis County has 553 cases [+221 in past 2 weeks] and 19 deaths
Lake County has 21 cases [+7 in past 2 weeks]
Cook County has 4 [+2 in past week ]
*Note – these numbers do not include the visitors who are testing positive while traveling on the North Shore or those who test positive upon their return home
The USA/Canada border is currently closed through August 21st.
I say Covid Travel = SLOW Travel
s … stay home if you are sick
l … leave plenty of time
o … options, have lots of options
Slow travel is a wonderful way to travel. It is:
Slow travel is the realization that a very contagious virus exists and as such, it is choosing to stay home when asked, to not travel when sick, to be patient with the new way of doing things, to act with grace and humor when plans changes, to be compassionate and patient and generous.
slow down and go with flow
travel prepared – bring the necessities and then some
make a plan that includes lots of options and go with what works
choose a lodging property where you can spend time versus a ‘place to sleep’ – for instance does it have a private deck?
plan picnics and pack a cooler ahead of time
choose to hike/visit at off-peak hours
find a spot on Lake Superior and hangout – here’s a list of 30+ public access points
Everything’s different this summer. Some attractions are closed or have limited hours, and almost all events have been cancelled. Does this mean no fun on the North Shore? No way! Here’s my top 10 recommendations!
Visit 10 Historical Sites
Learn a little about the past; choose from 30 outside sites
Drive the Back Roads
Download a North Shore map and explore!
Search for Agates
Ooh, aah. Here’s some tips and spots to try your luck
Stop at 10 different Lake Superior beaches
Here’s 30 to choose from [while you’re at it, learn the height of the highest recorded wave]
Participate in Natural Events
New! Pick ‘advanced search,’ then choose ‘Natural’ under categories and hit the search icon
altered check-ins/check-outs to allow for new cleaning protocols
curbside and some outdoor dining, limited menu and longer waits for pickup at restaurants, details here
limited customers in shops – perhaps no children or pets allowed
properly worn masks are required indoors, wating in line to go indoors and outdoors when you cannot social distance
many, many events will be / are cancelled
trail access may be limited due to usage
businesses may have limited access and/or limited hours
6′ distancing on sidewalks, in parking lots, at trailheads, at attractions, everywhere
Trails and natural areas including state parks are open as long as groups are no more than 10. Visitor centers, historical monuments, etc are closed. Be extra careful in parking areas, around signs and toilets, and on narrow trails, or anywhere people group together. If you see a lot of cars in the parking lot or at the trailhead, try another spot instead.
Most of the eateries along the North Shore are open, with some offering indoor dining. Some offer outdoor/patio dining, and all offer takeout – bring a sun hat, bug dope, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and a trash bag in case picnic area receptacles are overflowing – this will minimize trash and will not bring wild animals and rodents in to eat.
Almost all lodging properties are open; see below for the few that remain closed.
Most properties’ pools are closed, some are open with capacity limits,
We have determined that we cannot realistically operate before August 1st, and we’ll have to see if even after that is practical. That being said, we will be opening up two cottages for rent this year. They are not a part of Naniboujou Lodge but they are near our house on Lake Superior. One will be available June 1st, the other will be available at a later date. Because of legalities, unfortunately, we cannot allow anyone in the Lodge at this time.