Cook County Blog

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

Cook County offers 450 miles of snowmobile trails and a variety of terrain and destinations

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 1/9/20 2:01 PM

Cook County is a mecca for serious snowmobilers who enjoy a long ride with delicious food and beverages along the way.  With 450 miles of snowmobile trails and an array of dining and lodging available at every turn, Cook County is the perfect destination for a snowmobile adventure. 

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Topics: Winter

Early January weekend features a dogsled event, fat-tire bike race and a music festival.

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 12/26/19 2:30 PM

The perfect winter adventure awaits you in Cook County, where in one place, you can find the largest cross-country skiing network in North America, 450 miles of impeccably groomed snowmobile trails, and the rugged Sawtooth Mountains rising above Lake Superior offering alpine skiing and snowboarding at the Midwest’s largest ski resort, Lutsen Mountains

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Topics: Grand Marais, Winter, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder

The Best Snowshoe Trails in Cook County MN

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 12/17/19 1:32 PM

Winter is full of magical experiences and snowshoeing in Cook County is one of the most incredible ways to explore our dramatic landscape. Our favorite time to get out on the trails is early in the morning after an overnight snowfall, just as the sun rises above the horizon. The utter silence you’ll experience is indescribable – that is until the birds awaken to serenade you. Take the opportunity to strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore miles of trails this winter! 

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Topics: Winter

Find Winter Adventures on Cook County Trails

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 12/10/19 8:37 AM

Winter means something different to everyone. Up in Cook County, Minnesota, it means freedom. Freedom to explore. Freedom to push your limits. Freedom to adventure to your heart’s content, and then relax and recuperate for as long as necessary. No judgment! Up here, winter slows things down, so you can focus on whatever you need in the here and now.

So… what winter adventures do you want to tick off your bucket list on your next stay in Cook County? Here are just a few for inspiration.

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Topics: Winter, Kids & Family, Outdoors

Our Top 8 Tips for Seeing the Northern Lights in Minnesota

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 11/11/19 12:13 PM

For many, seeing the northern lights is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s a chance to experience the mystical, feel connected with something almost otherworldly and experience natural beauty at its utmost perfection. There is simply no comparison to seeing the northern lights with your own eyes.

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Topics: Winter, Kids & Family, Outdoors

Beware the Gales of November | Lake Superior Storms and Shipwrecks

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 11/7/19 8:00 AM

Beware the Gales of November

Fall is a tumultuous time of year along Minnesota’s North Shore. We’re battered by huge, icy swells that pommel our shoreline. Every day is a gamble. Will the Gales of November make it impossible to take to the water? Or will the lake be still as a sheet of glass? Every year, Lake Superior sees about 30 inches of precipitation, most of which falls May through October. Over the years, we’ve had some truly incredible storms pass through the region, wreaking havoc, sinking ships and making the news.

The Minnesota Sea Grant has conducted extensive research into why, exactly, so many epic storms develop around Lake Superior. It all has to do with climate, and what is going on in the air above the big lake. The experts explain that “collisions between belts of low and high pressure from the Gulf of Mexico and Canada generate the region's wildest storms and blizzards.”

During November, the winds really start to pick up. This is caused by low-pressure systems passing over the lake, bringing on the Gales of November. During this time, wind speeds can easily reach 50 miles per hour, and gusts can exceed 100 mph. In Cook County, this natural phenomenon is a cause to celebrate.

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