Cook County Blog

Project 61 Highway Construction and Your Visit to Grand Marais in Summer 2021

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 4/27/21 4:39 PM

Grand Marais, MN is much-loved by community members and visitors alike. Nestled between the Sawtooth Mountains and the iconic harbor, the town’s natural assets have withstood the test of time.  However, like many towns across the U.S., Grand Marais’ infrastructure is aging and in need of major improvements. What many of our visitors might not realize is that this much-needed road reconstruction and downtown improvement project also includes the cleanup of a large area of soil contamination from petroleum

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Topics: Grand Marais, Scenic Drives, Summer

Paddle and Play on the Gunflint Trail

Posted by Lily Nelson-Pedersen on 4/20/21 12:55 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

Our Favorite Minnesota Winter Activities | Visit Cook County

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 1/19/21 8:12 AM

Our Favorite Minnesota Winter Activities

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Winter Trail Conditions

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 12/23/20 3:44 PM

Winter in Cook County is like no other.  A plethora of outdoor adventures await those who are willing to bundle up and get outside.  Throughout the winter, we'll be updating this page weekly with the latest trail conditions. 

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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 Spring 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. Our community has followed COVID-19 regulations for over a year, and as these are eased or lifted we are so excited for your upcoming visit. 

Visitor Pledge

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Topics: 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!

Whether you are here or wishing you could be here, spice up your virtual meetings with custom Visit Cook County zoom backgrounds! These virtual backgrounds can be used for Zoom, Skype, or other virtual meeting platforms showcasing each one of your favorite Cook County communities.

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