Cook County Blog

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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Our lodging businesses pride themselves on providing safe, clean and beautiful spaces to getaway to.   Enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures are in place to ensure that visitors and employees are being protected. Prior to arrival, plan to check in with your lodging establishment to ensure you are aware of any new practices and procedures.  

Shopping and Dining

Grand Marais - couple shopping with dog - VCC UL - by Al & Lyndsey Johnson (25)

We are a region filled with eclectic small businesses. These stores are lovingly filled with items meant to be taken home--tokens to keep your favorite place fresh in your memory long after your visit. The restaurant menus are chock-full of local flavor to keep your heart full and your belly happy after a day of adventure. Our small businesses navigated the challenges to remain open last year because they love to serve their community and visitors. More than ever, these local businesses are ready to welcome you safely. There may be some changes to the way some of our favorite businesses greet and serve you.  The friendly faces are still here, even if their smile is temporarily hidden behind a mask. Check out our business hours and services update to learn who is offering indoor seating, outdoor dining, curbside pick up or window service and if there are any requests of their guests or other guidelines you might need to know for how to successfully navigate during your visit.


Biking - 2017 Le Grand du Nord BEST (1) CROPPED

Unique and fun events are a part of the fabric of our community. 

Beginning May 7, 2021, 2021 at 12 p.m. All capacity limits and distancing requirements for outdoor events are eliminated.  Check our events calendar for updates on events.

Nature is good for you!

Biking - 2018 Lutsen99er - Aerial Photo - Credit Lutsen99er

There are a lot of things to be gained from a day spent outside in the wilderness and we hope you’ll come and take advantage of all of them! As a community rooted in adventure, we know you’ll find plenty of ways to get outside and make the most of what our region has to offer. If you need some ideas, we have a host of great activities you’ll want to be sure to check out. Be sure that while you are out enjoying our vast wilderness you are aware of any restrictions, you leave no trace and you practice social distancing by keeping one moose apart from others.  


The North Shore and Gunflint Trail are the perfect places to slow down and reconnect with what is important. Friends, family, nature and community. By working together we can all not only slow the spread of the virus but we can enjoy this beautiful region together.  Thanks for choosing Cook County, MN as your destination.


Topics: Summer, Outdoors, BWCAW, Lake Superior