Easily Two Harbors ’s top option for spending the night, if you can get a room, is the Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast (1 Lighthouse Point Dr., 218/834-4814 or 888/832-5606, www.lighthousebb.org , $135) in the restored Two Harbors Lighthouse. The three guestrooms, filled with period furnishings, share a bath, and a full breakfast is served in the morning. All proceeds are used for lighthouse maintenance.
The other bed-and-breakfast right in town is the remarkably unfussy B & B Whistlestop (505 8th Ave., 218/834-5571, www.bnbwhistlestop.com , $100), housed in a 1901 Arts and Crafts built from a catalogue kit. Four rooms share a bathroom, and the third-floor loft has private half bath.
The family-run Voyageur Motel (1227 7th Ave., 218/834-3644, www.voyageur-motel.net , $50) has small, basic rooms, but they are clean and a good value.
The newer Country Inn of Two Harbors (1204 7th Ave., 218/834-5557 or 877/604-5332, www.countryinntwoharbors.com , $100) offers a pool, whirlpool, sauna, and miniature golf course.
For something unique, stay in a boxcar at Northern Rail Traincar Suites (1730 Hwy. 3, 218/834-0955 or 877/834-0955, www.northernrail.net , $147). Rooms are in actual train cars, though you only notice this from the outside and the hallway connecting them.
Superior Shores Resort (1521 Superior Shores Dr., 218/834-5671 or 800/242-1988, www.superiorshores.com , $99) just outside town has a wide variety of rooms ranging from standard hotel units to decked-out lake homes. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, sauna, and tennis courts.
Ten miles beyond Two Harbors , on the site of Minnesota’s first cabin resort, Grand Superior Lodge (2826 Hwy. 61, 218/834-3796 or 800/627-9565, www.grandsuperior.com , $119) sits on a scenic stretch of shoreline. Most units, whether the hotel rooms in the lodge or the large log homes near the shore (one is actually right on it) have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs, plus spectacular views. There’s a small pool, large whirlpool, sauna, exercise room, and a bevy of board games. The restaurant, Splashing Rock, attracts diners from outside the resort, as well.
South of town, Stonegate on Superior (box 411–412 Scenic Hwy. 61, 877/229-4949, www.stonegateonsuperior.com , $125–149) is a charming collection of log cabins on a woodsy outcropping directly over Lake Superior. The kitchens come fully equipped, but you won’t find any TVs or electronic toys here.
The most sought-after campsites in Two Harbors are at the municipal Burlington Bay Campground (Hwy. 61 & Park Rd., 218/834-2021, www.ci.two-harbors.mn.us , mid-May–mid-Oct., $20 primitive, $28 with hookup), right on the water. The 66 sites are packed in, but you’ll be too busy enjoying the lake to bother about your neighbors.