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Escape the Super Bowl madness - head NORTH!

Posted by Kjersti Vick on Feb 1, 2018 10:13:53 AM
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Super Bowl fever has caught on in the Twin Cities, and while it is an excellent boost to the local economy, it sure is a headache for many Twin Cities residents. So why not escape the madness, and head north to the real #boldnorth.

We've got 10 great reasons you should flee the metro for the wilderness. 

  1. Celebrate Hygge with the first annual Fireplace Tour! February in Cook County is a little extra cozy. All month long, local businesses are inviting to tour some of the most unique fireplaces in the region. Some are made of locally harvest Carlton Peak stone, others are multi-story fireplaces overlooking Lutsen Mountains, many have mantels custom built by local craftsmen, and there is at least one fireplace that is built from meteorite impacted rocks. Some businesses offer multiple fireplaces to experience, both indoor and out. Hours, locations, and unique features all can be found here:  https://blog.visitcookcounty.com/winter-fireplace-tour-of-cook-county-minnesota
  2. Family Fun Night at Lutsen Mountains. For $20 Adult/$12 Child not only do you get a nighttime ride on the Summit Express Gondola, your ticket includes a pizza party, magic acts, kids art projects, kid friendly music by The Bazillions, and FIREWORKS over Lake Superior.
  3. 9th Annual Snowmobile Club Fun Run fundraiser for the local snowmobile club. Starting just outside of Grand Marais at Devil Track Lake, participants ride the trails up the Gunflint Trail stopping at local establishments to collect stamps to earn cards for a prize.
  4. Trailgating Party. You heard right, it's Trailgating not tailgaiting. Here if there’s a traffic jam, it’s likely the result of a moose trotting up the trail. Now that sounds like the right kind of traffic jam! The game will not be on but a whole host of other activities and dining options will keep you entertained. 
  5. Go for a ski (or snowshoe) in the moon light. The super blue blood full moon was officially January 31 but the moon will still shine brightly for several days following the full moon thereby illuminate the local trails. It is a true bucket list experience you won't want to miss. 
  6. Natural ice sculptures. Lake Superior has been kicking up some specatular ice this season and it is a display you won't want to miss. Current works include plate ice pileups, encapsulated trees, and sea smoke rising
  7. Try Fat Tire Biking. We have new trails open for riding and local businesses that have bikes for rent. It is the perfect opportunty to get out and try a new sport. 
  8. Find frozen waterfalls. The waterfalls of the north shore are more commonly known for spring time run off wonder - but in the winter, all of that beauty is frozen in time. Take the waterfall tour of frozen falls. Make sure not to miss the grand daddy of all waterfalls, High Falls at Grand Portage State Park. 120 feet of pure frozen glory. 
  9. Win big! Head to the newly renovated Grand Portage Lodge and Casino. Not only are they part of the fireplace tour with a brand new fireplace overlooking Lake Superior but also they have live table games and slots that overlook the great lake. 
  10. Live Music. It is rare to find a diverse array of live music options outside of the metro. In Cook County, we have music 7 nights a week at multiple different venues. Bonus - most shows are FREE too! So check out the line up and start making your plans because the options are endless. Hot tip: Monday Night Songwriter Series at Papa Charlie's features Dave Simmonet of Trampled By Turtles- a solid reason to extend your trip. 

Now start planning your great escape and head NORTH!

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Topics: Lodging, Winter