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.
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.
Although we love Cook County all year round, there’s something inherently special about summer up north. Its sunny and warm (but not too warm, thanks Lake Superior!). It’s peaceful, but there are lots of things to do. We have hundreds of thousands of visitors in Cook County every summer, but somehow, there’s room for everyone to breathe. Everyone can do their own thing and find fun summer activities to experience and enjoy.
Cook County Minnesota is the ultimate training ground for any outdoor fitness enthusiast at all levels. The varied terrain, limited traffic, and spectacular scenery make working out a reward not only for the body but also the mind.
There are at least a bazillion, with a B, great resources on the internet for planning the perfect training schedule. However, after viewing several great blogs and websites on cycling and running, I was quickly completely overwhelmed with too much information. Ultimately, I found clarity in going back to basics.
Spring break. Every student’s rallying cry – and every teacher’s earned respite. Sometime between New Year’s and Valentine’s Day, spring break daydreams begin. You’re probably thinking about the perfect spring break destination. When you picture it, what do you see?
Cook County, Minnesota is the ultimate winter vacation destination. There’s simply no better place to embark on a winter adventure. Things are quieter up here in winter, which means it’s the perfect time to explore. You’ll feel like you have the trails to yourself. Fewer lines at your favorite restaurants, the nation’s darkest skies and the most beautiful show of northern lights make regular appearances.
From traditional, hand carved, wooden boat beauties to brightly colored, buoyant, wave bouncing kayaks, you will find any make, model, and type of watercraft in Cook County. You name it, we have a dock, gear, paddle, or mooring line for it: canoes, stand up paddle boards, pontoons, sailboats, aluminum fishing sloggers, deep water charter cruisers, schooners, commercial fishing rigs, kayaks, luxury liners, and yes, even house boats!
Winter condition update - plenty of snow for the Beargrease and winter sports in Cook County MN
Conditions are firming up after the thaw of last week and while some snow was lost, the vast majority of Northeastern Minnesota still has a minimum of 12"-24" of snow on the ground. Our cross-country ski and snowmobile trails have firmed up and have been groomed for the weekend. The slopes at Lutsen Mountains are in prime condition with 95% of the primary runs open. With the extended forecast is calling for fresh snow early next week, conditions are only about to get better.
Change is constant and often times not easy. I think of the transformation we see in our county from season to season; not only with our weather. More traffic and people. Reduced traffic and people. The new faces of visitors and old friends “home” for the summer. And, long in our plans, the facelift to our office and information center. The artistry of the steel pergola certainly adds to the excitement of the exterior wall finishes coming next week. Completion of gardens and signage will complete this project and we are expecting everything to be completed by the end of summer. And another final change for today and heads up. I am officially assuming my maiden name. You will now be hearing from Linda Jurek at Visit Cook County; a new change for some and not so new for many.