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Last-minute reservation for North Shore

Is it too late to book a weekend on the North Shore in August? We are waiting for a reply from Bob's Cabins . . . any other ideas for places to stay? - Nancy, St. Michael, Minn.

It's not too late to make a reservation. There are a lot of places to stay, and always last-minute cancellations. Late August will be easier to get than early August.

The most painless way to find something is to go to VRBO and plug in the dates you want to travel. It took me less than a minute to find out that there are three places in Beaver Bay available for the weekend of Aug. 20-22.

If I want to stay somewhere in particular, I always ask to be put on a waiting list. You'd be surprised how often that works.

The bigger the resort, the more likely it will have something available and also cancellations. Superior Shores near Two Harbors is a good candidate. Farther up the shore, try Lutsen Resort and Bluefin Bay.

The resorts on Lutsen Mountains often are forgotten in the summer, because they're not right on the lake. That makes them the best deal, and they offer specials in late summer see Summer's last resort.

Traditional cabins at smaller resorts often have loyal guests that reserve year after year, so you'll have to do some calling. Try lesser-known places, such as Gardenwood Resort on Scenic 61, near the new marina, or Whispering Pines Motel and Cottages on Minnesota 1, at the northeast edge of Tettegouche State Park.

For more, see Where to stay on Minnesota's North Shore and Mom-and-pop motels of Grand Marais. For more on the stretch between Duluth and Two Harbors, see Minnesota's scenic 61.

Last updated on July 19, 2010