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North Shore Glamping Comes to Beaver Bay This Month

North Shore Camping Co. is opening a new “glampground” in Beaver Bay May 12th. Located on the inland side of Highway 61, number 4595, beautifully appointed on a ridge overlooking Lake Superior. Camping North Shore offers 10 fully equipped glamp­ing sites. Glampers will find an inviting facility that includes all the amenities, from bedding (and beds) to cookware, firepits, heaters and lighting. Glampers have easy ac­cess to the Superior Hiking Trail and biking on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail.

North Shore camping is powered by Cove Point Lodge, which is just across the highway according to a press release. Kate Williams, General Manager for Cove Point and Project Manager for the glampground, said that they will be ready for guests on opening day. She said North Shore Camping embraces the Scandinavian concept of open air-air living.

Glamping combines the words glamorous and camping. It describes a style of camp­ing with amenities and resort-style services not usually associated with “traditional” or backcountry camping. Coming to the fore­front early this century, glamping is popular with tourists and families seeking comfort­able accommodations and services while enjoying the outdoor parts of camping. Glamping is not “roughing it.”

Williams said that arriving guests will park at the Base Lodge on the north side of the highway. The entrance is marked by two large, red Adirondack chairs. Staff will load guest’s luggage on to a side-by-side and drive them to their designated site. The Base Lodge contains the camp store, bathrooms and showers. Wifi service is available at the Base Lodge.

Glampers will enjoy a “Camp Cocktail Hour” at 6 pm each evening and gather with fellow glampers at the nightly camp­fire circle. They may also enjoy the solitude of their own campfire at their site with the complimentary bundles of firewood, deliv­ered each afternoon.

An onsite naturalist will have daily ac­tivities for guests highlighting the flora and fauna of the North Shore.

Glampers may also avail themselves of amenities at Cove Point Lodge, from fine dining to hot tubs and sauna, not to mention spectacular views of Lake Superior.

Upon opening, each tent will accommo­date up to four people. “And we’re very dog friendly,” Williams said.

While the group is focused on opening day, they have an eye on the future. “We’re working out what we want to do long term,” Williams said.

Daily rates at North Shore Camping will range from $179 to $289 per night. Further information may be found at northshorecampingco.com. Reservations may be made online or by calling 218-414- 7733.

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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