Cook County Blog

Top Celestial Events to experience in Cook County this year

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Jan 20, 2019 11:12:10 AM

Blood moons, eclipse, super moons, meteor showers, northern lights and so much more. Make 2019 the year you explore the wonders of the night sky. Here is our short list of some of the Top Celestial Events to experience in Cook County this year. 

 

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Topics: northern lights, phenomena, solstice

Winter Fireplace Tour of Cook County, Minnesota

Posted by Kjersti Vick on Jan 14, 2019 2:07:00 PM

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

5 reasons why you must go cross country skiing this winter

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Dec 18, 2018 3:59:13 PM

5 reasons why you must go cross country skiing this winter

There are several reasons cross country skiing is an excellent winter activity, most notably it gets you outside in the winter. But also, cross country skiing is very versatile, you can do it anywhere there is snow and it is a fantastic cardio workout that can burn up to 500 calories in one hour. What is not to love about that? Here are our top five reasons you should try cross country skiing this winter.

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, skiing, Winter, xc, xc skiing, cross country skiing, Grand Portage, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors, winter sports

The joy of skating on a frozen lake - Gunflint Lake

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Dec 17, 2018 4:17:15 PM

In Northern Minnesota, it is most common that soon after the lakes freeze a significant snow storm arrives.  This winter, on many of our lakes that was the case. They froze and the snow came. However, this year on iconic Gunflint Lake conditions were different.

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Topics: phenomena, BWCAW, Winter, Kids & Family, Gunflint Trail

Lake Superior Shipwrecks and Storms | Visit Cook County

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Nov 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Lake Superior Shipwrecks and Storms

Sailing the seas has long been one of the world’s riskiest and most dangerous professions. Years ago, shore dwellers knew that when a loved one went off to sea, they often didn’t return. While the oceans, naturally, pose the biggest threat, Lake Superior is so vast it has claimed many ships into her cool depths. With weather that can change at the drop of a hat, Lake Superior has claimed hundreds of ships for her own.

Modern technology has made sailing and shipping on Lake Superior much safer, but she is still a mighty force to be reckoned with when the Gales of November rush through. Over the years, Lake Superior shipwrecks have dwindled, but there are a few notable wrecks near Cook County.

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

Celebrating 40 years of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Oct 17, 2018 3:04:59 PM

Happy anniversary to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (commonly known as the BWCAW/BWCA)! On October 21, 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act into law, amending the national Wilderness Act of 1964.

While the 1964 National Wilderness Act included the BWCAW in the National Wilderness Preservation System, the new Act signed in 1978, set the course leading to the wilderness as it is known today. Each year, over 150,000 visitors travel from around the globe to explore the pristine waters that are home to moose, wolves, bears and more.

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Topics: Outdoors, Gunflint Trail, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Grand Marais, Grand Portage, northern lights, BWCAW

Searching for peak fall foliage in Minnesota? Let Cook County, MN be your guide.

Posted by Kjersti Vick on Aug 31, 2018 2:55:00 PM

The moment the first trees start to change, excitement ensues. The first question we start to hear around town is “when will it be peak fall color?” While it is difficult to predict, peak fall foliage in Minnesota is typically the last weekend of September & first weekend of October. First to go are the maple trees which begin turning in early-September. Depending on conditions, the peak fall color will extend on either side of the two peak weekends and sometimes longer. For a great resource for estimating this year’s fall color - review past fall color status reports. This PDF, produced by the Superior National Forest Service office in Tofte, demonstrates a comparison of eight years of peak fall foliage in Minnesota dates also check the Fall Color Finder map updated weekly for the most up-to-date fall color report.

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

Be Inspired by Nature This Fall in Cook County

Posted by Kjersti Vick on Aug 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Being out in nature is an incredible thing. It’s one of the primary reasons so many fine folks choose to make the journey north every fall. Cook County is the perfect place to be inspired by nature. Stepping out of the towns and into natural areas engages every one of our senses. The views take our breath away. The smells bring us back to our childhood. The sounds of animals, birds and the wind through the trees have a calming effect, washing away the stressors of everyday life. You’ll feel invigorated after spending time in the elements and tasting that first fall brew or exquisite local wine is the icing on the cake.

Simply being out in the wilderness forges connections between the land, our minds and our bodies. It’s no wonder so many of us turn to nature for inspiration.

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Services, Grand Portage, Kids & Family, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors, Fall

The Sky is Falling! Just kidding, it's the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on Aug 9, 2018 3:15:28 PM

The Sky is Falling! Just kidding, it's the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. 

 Northern Minnesota’s night skies are spectacular for stargazing on any clear night. But this weekend there’s an extra special treat that we might be lucky enough to enjoy. If clear skies prevail as they are forecast now, it could be the kind of spectacular night show your kids will remember all their lives. Or maybe it’s the kind of moment with a special someone that’s usually reserved for Hollywood Rom-Coms. Whoever you may be with this weekend, or if you’re enjoying some solitude, don’t miss the chance to take in some magic. Or science. Observer’s choice.

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Topics: phenomena, northern lights, meteor

Boundary Waters Basics: Insider Tips for Planning a Memorable Family Camping Adventure

Posted by Kjersti Vick on Jul 11, 2018 1:28:56 PM

The pristine waters. The dramatic, glacially-carved landscape. The seemingly unending wilderness. A trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is a chance to set technology aside and spend days on end out in the elements. Maybe you’ve been wanting to take your family camping in the BWCAW for years but haven’t taken the leap quite yet. Maybe you’re a seasoned BWCAW veteran thinking about taking your little ones in for the first time. Maybe you fall somewhere in-between.

No matter your experience level, a trip into the BWCAW will challenge your family to slow down, work together and to enjoy life’s simplest pleasures. This is the year you transform your family into a Boundary Waters family.

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Services, Summer, Art, History & Culture, Grand Portage, Kids & Family, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, Outdoors, Events