This ‘Coolest’ Honor Belongs to Minnesota

The Budget Travel magazine votes are in!

These kinds of contests should always be taken with a grain of snow-degrading salt. Nonetheless, we would like to congratulate each and every one of Grand Marais, Minnesota’s 1,351 residents on their community being voted by Budget Travel Web clickers to be America’s “Coolest Small Town.”

At MN hub, Melissa Turtinen gives it some Minnesota context:

Budget Travel plans to do an online feature on Grand Marais and a write-up on the winning town in an upcoming issue of its bi-monthly tablet edition of the magazine.

No Minnesota town made Budget Travel’s 2014 list of “Coolest Small Towns.” The only other Minnesota town ever to be named a finalist in the contest was Ely in 2010.

It’s been a pretty good run of late for MN tourist destinations. Last year, Duluth won Outside magazine’s fun 64-community NCAA-like bracket.