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.
Finding your inner warmth - Hygge Season
The Thrillist recently ranked Minnesota #1 in its list of every state, ranked by how miserable its winters are. Please, not to name names, but I think we can think of several worse places. With almost 6 million Minnesota proud residents, we know it’s not all bad. Sure, reading the thermometer on a frigid below zero morning can be disheartening, but temps ain’t nothing but a number. With our guidance, the proper attire, and a good attitude - winter might even become your favorite time of the year.
- Layers are a Minnesotan’s best friend. While cotton is great for keeping you cool in the summer months, there are only four words you need to know to survive winter: merino wool base layers. Wearing the right kind of garment underneath your outerwear will keep you nice and toasty no matter the wind-chill.
- Sun’s out, you’re out. Staying inside day after day is a surefire way to sour even the most optimistic soul on winter. Even though the thermometer reads well below zero, getting out for a daily dose of Vitamin D is critical. Going for a ski, snowshoe, hike, snowmobile ride, or ice fishing will do wonders for your mental well-being even if it is just for a short bit. So layer up and get out!
- Get out at night. It’s easy to lose motivation once the sun goes down, but don’t let the cold stop you. Catch some live music. Do a little stargazing (and maybe even northern lights?!) and if an opportunity for a moonlight ski arises – do it! Gliding through the sparkling boreal forest is a bucket list must.
- Hygge like there is no tomorrow. Hygge is the ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends and fire. So go ahead, have a second cup of hot chocolate today, you’ve earned it!
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Talking Tourism with Linda Jurek - Hygge and the DMO Life
I love traveling. It doesn’t matter if I’m driving a local backroad that I’ve never encountered before or if I’m in Duluth waiting for my plane to taxi down the runway and take me away. I’m writing this blog from Chicago’s O’Hara. I just eavesdropped on an entire conversation of a young couple and a dad returning from a ski trip to the Canadian Rockies. Oh how I wanted to tell them to go to Lutsen. : )
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.
Talking Tourism with Linda Jurek: Art, Unplugged, Fall Colors, and Upcoming Marketing
Plein Air Grand Marais
Changes on the horizon
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.