Cook County Blog

Paddle and Play on the Gunflint Trail

Posted by Lily Nelson-Pedersen on May 20, 2019 5:16:00 PM

Canoeing is a sport that can be intimidating. There are rules about boats, PFD’s, and a lot of flak from experts on how to hold your paddle correctly. But once you know what you’re doing, padding through the BWCAW can be one of the most memorable and influential experiences of your life. To get you started, or “Wet Your Paddle”, Gunflint Trail Outfitters have banded together to offer newbies a chance to try an hour of paddling for free. AND they’ll even give you one of those experts I talked about earlier to teach you how to do it! This program, called Wet Your Paddle, is an incredible deal and a great way to spend a few hours on your annual family vacation learning something new, together! To prepare you for your first Wet Your Paddle adventure, here is some more information on canoeing, the BWCAW, and how to strut your stuff in the backcountry.

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Topics: Gunflint Trail, Summer, Kids & Family, Outdoors, BWCAW

Foodie Fridays

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on May 17, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Not only is Cook County MN drop dead beautiful, but it happens to be home to many delicious drive-worthy food destinations. On Fridays for the month of May, we are featuring a unique foodie pairing experience only found in Cook County.  Please tune in weekly to see the latest #FoodieFridays pairing.

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Topics: Insider, Grand Marais, Spring, Summer, foodie

Big Lake Effect - by Carah Thomas-Maskell

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on May 11, 2019 10:15:00 AM

Big Lake Effect     

by: Carah Thomas-Maskell

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Topics: lake superior, foodie

A Few Of Our Favorite Spring Things

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Apr 9, 2019 3:00:01 PM

In honor of this wonderful season and the great year 2019 has already proven to be, we’ve compiled a list of 19 awesome springtime adventures you won’t want to miss.

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Topics: Events, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Scenic Drives, Services, Spring, Summer, Art, History & Culture, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors, northern lights, BWCAW, lake superior

Waterfall Wednesday - Waterfall season weekly updates (2019)

Posted by Kjersti Vick on Apr 3, 2019 1:57:10 PM

 

In 2018, we started 
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Topics: Spring, waterfalls

Plan a Dog-Friendly Vacation in Cook County, MN

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Mar 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Spring is in the air, and it is time to plan a getaway. Whether you’re looking to escape the confines of your everyday life for a few days or even a week, planning can come with a tinge of sadness when it means leaving your four-legged family members behind. Finding a dog sitter or taking family and friends up on offers to keep your dog company while you’re away is all well and good, but up in Cook County, Minnesota, we say bring your fur-babies, too… the more, the merrier!

With so many dog-friendly activities and a wealth of lodging options that welcome canine family members and pet-loving locals everywhere you turn, Cook County is a fun destination on two legs and four.

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Services, Summer, Winter, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors

When Lake Superior Freezes - February in Cook County MN

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Feb 20, 2019 11:34:35 AM

 

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Topics: Winter, lake superior

Cold hands, warm heart. Romance in the northwoods

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Feb 13, 2019 9:07:07 AM

February is a great month to warm up your hearts again! The calendar may still say winter, but there is really no reason you can’t warm up with your sweetie in one of our romantic getaway locations, and the quiet and secluded hideaways of Visit Cook County will definitely speak to your heart’s desire.  During the winter, our summer crowds are absent, assuring couples have the opportunity for peace and tranquil rejuvenation, while discovering spectacular scenery in an area that contains more wildlife than people!

The Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts in Tofte offers top notch romance and relaxation packages.  With units complete with fireplaces and hot tubs, directly overlooking the Lake Superior shoreline, you can enjoy your picturesque and tranquil haven, or use it as your home base while you explore the area on ski, snowshoes, or skates!  At the Waves of Superior Spa, true nurturance is on the menu, and the holistic treatments are in line with the breathtaking natural surrounding – our forests, Lake Superior, and the snow and ice covered rocks.  Individual and couples packages are available.

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Topics: Winter, spa & wellness

Hygge inspired books to read this winter

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Jan 31, 2019 12:04:20 PM

Cozy book lovers reading list compiled by Gwen Danfelt of Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais:

What hygge-inspired books will be read this winter in Cook County, Minn. and beyond

The Danish concept of “hygge” (pronounced hoo-gah) is the Danish ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire.

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Topics: Winter

6 Fun Facts About The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Jan 25, 2019 7:27:00 PM

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Topics: dog sled race, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Winter, dogsled, Grand Portage, john beargrease, Kids & Family, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder