Located in an unassuming, low-slung building on a U.S. Hwy. 53 frontage road, the Wilbert Cafe in Cotton, Minnesota, is a must-try family restaurant near in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. It’s located near the world-renowned Sax-Zim Bog in Minnesota and on the edge of the Iron Range; but it’s kind of out in the country. Therefore, keep your eyes peeled so you don’t miss the turn.

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If you don’t live in Cotton – and only a lucky few do – you’ll definitely find a trip to the Wilbert Cafe well worth your while. Why not stop at Jay Cooke State Park on your way to or from the restaurant? It’s only about half an hour away. Whether you’re heading to Jay Cooke or Sax-Zim Bog, you’ll definitely need a tool to help you with navigating the trails and boardwalks up in the Northwoods. Personally, I’m a fan of AllTrails Plus, because it not only offers downloadable maps for printing and offline navigation when cell service is poor, but trail reviews from other users, as well. That way, you’ll know what you’re getting into when you venture onto an unfamiliar footpath.

Have you had a chance to visit Wilbert Cafe? Are there any other amazing family restaurants out there that we should know about?

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Things To Do Near The Wilbert Cafe In Cotton, Minnesota

Despite its remote location, there are a number of things to do in the area of the Wilbert Cafe in Cotton, Minnesota. As mentioned above, the renowned Sax-Zim Bog is in the area, as well as the nearby town of Meadowlands, which is a particularly charming winter destination. Several other fascinating attractions and destinations are within an hour of the Wilbert Cafe, including:

  • The wonderful city of Duluth, Minnesota. It's chock full of things to do, and it's a perfect place to spend a day or a weekend. The Wilbert is only about half an hour from the Duluth city limits.
  • The St. Louis River Trail. This secluded hiking trail along the St. Louis River is located on the edge of the Sax-Zim Bog just south of Virginia, Minnesota. It's a quiet, lesser-traveled trail, so you'll likely be able to get out and enjoy all the nature without running into too many other hikers.
  • This overlook that tells a fascinating story. The Wilbert is just minutes from the edge of the Superior National Forest. Go a little deeper and you'll come across an overlook with amazing views and interpretation of the area's history.