If you go
Tours: Finnish Homestead Tours are open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tickets are $6, $5 for seniors and students, and begin at the Embarrass Information Center at the intersection of Hwy. 135 and County Road 21, across from the Four Corners Café (1-218-984-2084; www.embarrass.org/tours).
Checking in: A sauna comes with your stay at the Northern Comfort Bed and Breakfast in Embarrass, and the breakfast is heavy on homemade food (1-218-984-2014; www.northerncomfortmn.com).
Eating out: Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean at the Whistling Bird in Gilbert, with Jamaican specialties such as jerk chicken and coconut curry shrimp. Open for dinner only (1-218-741-5030; www.thewhistlingbird.com).
Getting there: Embarrass is about four hours north of the Twin Cities and 15 miles south of Tower.
Other activities: Giants Ridge near Biwabik, best known as a ski resort, is also home to two award-winning golf courses, the Legend and the Quarry (1-218-865-8000; www.giantsridge.com).