Cook County Blog

Heart of Hospitality Awards - 2020

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 11/2/20 2:55 PM

Typically each autumn, Visit Cook County and the Cook County Chamber host an annual Fall Gala Celebration.  This year due to covid-19, the annual celebration was cancelled.  The celebration, which celebrates the end of a busy summer season, certainly was missed this year. Over 200 of our business and community friends typically join together for a night of celebration and recognition of achievements. However, Visit Cook County feels strongly about recognizing our hospitality employees and  did not want to forego the Heart of Hospitality Awards. In 2019, Visit Cook County launched the new award. Nominations  are accepted from each tourism community: : Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, Grand Portage and Lutsen/Tofte/Schroeder. 

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder

Fall Color Report on the North Shore and Gunflint Trail | 2020 | Updated weekly

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 9/10/20 10:28 AM

Fall is one of the most captivating seasons on the North Shore and Gunflint Trail. Our deep green forests transform into brilliant fields of red, orange and yellow over the course of a few short weeks. Whether your fall color viewing plan is to go for a hike, bike or a scenic fall color drive - we're here to help guide you towards the best activities

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Topics: Fall, Scenic Drives, Outdoors, phenomena

Do Your Part, Please Stay One Moose Apart

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 8/4/20 9:35 AM

We have some exciting news! Since we launched our One Moose Apart campaign in March, we've received an outpouring of support from visitors and locals alike who appreciated our playful take on social distancing. Countless requests have been made for a t-shirt with the One Moose Apart artwork, so we decided to make one! 

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What is "Leave No Trace" and Why is it Important

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 7/2/20 9:59 AM

What is Leave No Trace and Why is it Important

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Visiting Cook County: what to expect this winter season up north

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 5/21/20 2:09 PM

For generations, we have been a welcoming destination for friends near and far looking to get away. That will never change. However, due to COVID-19 regulations, there are a few things you’ll want to know to prepare for your upcoming visit. 


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Topics: Spring, Summer, Outdoors, BWCAW, Lake Superior

Picture yourself here, take a virtual vacation!

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 4/8/20 1:47 PM

Picture yourself here ... literally!

We know you miss us, and we certainly miss all of you! To help compensate for our time apart while we flatten the COVID-19 curve. We have created custom virtual backgrounds that you can use for Zoom, Skype, or other virtual meeting platforms for each of your favorite Cook County communities.

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Topics: Northern Lights & Night Sky, BWCAW, Lake Superior

Tell Us A Story - Surviving social distancing through storytelling and imagery

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 3/19/20 2:44 PM

Tell Us A Story - Surviving social distancing through storytelling and imagery 

During this time of social distancing and isolation, let's join together to share stories of your favorite times in Cook County. Tell us a story about the time you encountered a moose on the Gunflint Trail, or when you taught your kid how to skip rocks in the Grand Marais harbor. Tell us about that time you learned to ski at Lutsen Mountains or about how all of your senses were heightened the first time you felt the raw power of nature crash down High Falls in Grand Portage

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Topics: Spring, Outdoors, Northern Lights & Night Sky, BWCAW

The North Shore and Gunflint Trail during COVID-19

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 3/17/20 3:06 PM

Whether you live here full time, part time, or are a visitor and fan of the North Shore and Gunflint Trail - we can all agree that this is a special place. During this extraordinary time of coronavirus (COVID-19) and social distancing, we have a few suggestions to keep you connected to your favorite place. Above all, health and safety is of utmost importance – please be sure to consult with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure you are following all of the proper safety procedures.

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Winter Camping - Tips and Tricks From The Pros

Posted by Guest: Joe Friedrichs on 3/2/20 9:52 AM

Winter is a season we celebrate by getting outside here in Cook County. From skiing and snowshoeing, to snowmobiling and ice fishing, there are so many wonderful reasons to get outdoors and embrace this magical time of year.

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Topics: Winter, Northern Lights & Night Sky, BWCAW

Winter Fireplace Tour of Cook County, Minnesota

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 2/5/20 10:31 AM

Enjoy the fine art of Hygge at its finest. Through the month of February, you can cozy up by a roaring fire with your nearest and dearest at some of the most spectacular fireplaces in the region. Take the Cook County Fireplace Tour this February and discover the best winter vacations.


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Topics: Events, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Winter, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder