The culinary maestros at The Cattails Bar & Grill banish hunger cries loitering in bellies throughout the lunch and dinner hours. Midday munchers can wrap mitts around a portable delight such as a Reuben ($7) or jalapeño burger ($8), both served with kettle chips, or can enter the chunky chicken salad to get lost in a garden of golden tenders, fresh veggies, and shredded cheese ($7). Kick off sundown festivities with creamy spinach and artichoke dip ($7), or wistfully pluck away at delicate onion petals to determine if your dining partner loves you or ranch-dressing dipping sauce more ($6). The tender meat of Cattails’ famous barbecue ribs falls off of the bone and into hollow legs ($16 for a half-rack), while bacon-wrapped scallops simultaneously sate lovers of land, sea, and dressing in responsible layers ($18).
After the lodge's two award-winning golf courses close in late October, skiers and boarders ride on natural snow at Giants Ridge for the winter, with snowmakers enlisted to outsource Mother Nature's surplus work. Warmer weather excursions in nearby Superior National Forest include more than 1,500 miles of canoe routes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness, as well as hiking and biking among old-growth boreal forests.About an hour's drive south in Duluth lies Glensheen, a 39-room Jacobean Revival mansion whose original 1908 interior remains largely intact, offering an imitable glimpse into early 20th-century midwestern culture. Down the shoreline, belly-flopping river otters and black-crowned night herons entertain at the Great Lakes Aquarium, which hosts 15 exhibits' worth of amphibians, birds, aquatic animals, and sofas that have sprouted fins.
A mouth-watering menu of piping-hot pizzas smothered in savory sauces and fresh toppings takes center stage at this friendly, laid-back eatery, outfitted with ample cozy seating. Like a spork or a skort, the cheeseburger pizza, a 10-inch disk displaying ground beef, cheddar cheese, and special sauce ($9.99), merges two classic inventions and contains the letter s.