My primary hideout is usually in plain view of the dog, the kids and involves wearing headphones.  But when you need to physically get away this reference guide divides the US into regions.  Many of these places in Writers’ & Artists’ are beautiful inns, cottages, and historic hotels which will feed an artist’s need to be creative.  While the places listed for Minnesota are mostly smaller towns, I don’t believe there’s any greater getaway  here than the North Shore.  Specifically, Grand Marais.  It’ French for “grand refuge or marsh.”  The draw here is endless amounts of fresh air, waves hitting the beautiful shoreline, home cooked food and the romance of simplicity.  Just thinking about it soothes the heart.  LA Carlson

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