Fall Colors Spark Business on the North Shore

By KBJR News 1

September 16, 2013 Updated Sep 16, 2013 at 11:19 AM CDT

Two Harbors, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- If you're looking to get away this fall to enjoy the beautiful changing colors of the leaves, heading up the North Shore may let you in for some spectacular viewing.

Many business people in Two Harbors say fall is one of their busiest seasons for tourists who make the stunning drive up the shore to relax in the crisp outdoors, view the leaves, go camping, or just to enjoy a meal with the spectacular scenery.

"As soon as the weather starts to drop, everybody knows it's kind of a Minnesota tradition to get up to the North Shore... so the street traffic picks up, especially up the scenic, and they just start flooding in in droves as fast as the leaves will change," said Uriah Hefter, Executive Chef for Larsmont Cottages.

Campground managers say they're booked on every weekend throughout September, due to the season change.

"There's a nice crispness to the air and the leaves are turning," said Odin Jorgenson, Burlington Bay Campground Manager.

Now the leaves on the trees haven't changed just yet... but in a matter of weeks those green leaves will be red, and yellow, and all sorts of fun colors.

Many cafes in the Two Harbors area also tend to see their business pick up.

"It's good conversation with customers in the fall... 'cause they're just loving being here," said Jan Bergman, Owner of the Vanilla Bean Cafe.

They say visitors who come in the fall tend to be more relaxed and typically they stay longer than those who come in the summer.

"It's just so pretty outside. The folks coming up just really enjoy being outdoors. Ya know... coming and having a bite to eat, then getting back on the trails and walking around, it's just really great," said Hefter.

Odyssey Resorts marketing director Barbara Swenson says the season holds a special place in her heart.

"I am a spirit of the North Shore, and the fall season represents to me the romance aspect of it, the outdoor natural beauty. There's nothing like the fall season and there's no place better than the North Shore to enjoy it," said Swenson.

Rooms at resorts and camp sites are filling up quickly and many have booked ahead.

If you'd like to spend some time outdoors in the fall you might want to start planning soon.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com