Grand Marais Wins Coolest Small Town

Congratulations Grand Marais, Minnesota! Grand Marais was named Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Town of the Year! The town is invited to celebrate between 4pm and 6pm at Voyageur Brewing Company! We’re super excited about the win and the fact they have chosen our place to celebrate at.

Grand Marais Wins Coolest Small Town Contest

Grand Marais Named America’s Coolest Small Town

POSTED: 11:08 AM CST Mar 05, 2015


After a five-week long battle for votes, Grand Marais, Minn., has won Budget Travel Magazine’s 10th Annual America’s Coolest Small Town Contest.

Fifteen cool small towns from across the United States competed for the title, with the stiffest competition coming from Chincoteague, Virginia.

However, Grand Marais supporters met the challenge by garnering 30 percent of the vote.

Voting closed at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4.

“Supporters genuinely believe Grand Marais is America’s coolest small town,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County. “There isn’t any other small town in the Midwest that has mountains and views of Lake Superior, the Gunflint Trail/Boundary Waters Canoeing Area gateway, as well as great dining, shopping, arts and music. Our visitors, generations of families and friends truly understand the unique character of our quaint harbor village. We thank you for your sustained support.”

“Budget Travel loves the way Grand Marais residents and visitors have this amazing enthusiasm for outdoor sports and the rugged wilderness and also a real appreciation and cultivation of the arts, from guitar-making to plein air painting. It is truly a uniquely cool community!” says Robert Firpo-Cappiello, editor in chief of Budget Travel magazine (

Visit Cook County is planning a “Toast to the Town” party on Friday, March 6, from 4-6 p.m. at Voyageur Brewing ( in Grand Marais.

About Visit Cook County

Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage.

Visit Cook County inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lake shore.

Stay in touch via, Twitter @CookCoVisitors or Facebook.

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