Cook County Blog

Talking Tourism with Linda Jurek - Hygge and the DMO Life

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on 2/21/17 9:57 AM

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.  : )

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Lodging, Scenic Drives, Services, Shopping, Spring, Summer, Winter, Art, History & Culture, Grand Portage, Kids & Family, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, News, Outdoors

Winter condition update - plenty of snow for the Beargrease and winter sports in Cook County MN

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on 1/27/17 12:43 PM

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.

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Topics: Events, Winter, News, Outdoors

Talking Tourism with Linda Jurek: Holiday Celebrations, Education and Growth.

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on 12/14/16 10:35 AM

Happy Holidays from Visit Cook County!

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Topics: Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Lodging, Scenic Drives, Services, Shopping, Spring, Summer, Winter, Art, History & Culture, Grand Portage, Kids & Family, Lutsen Tofte Schroeder, News, Outdoors

Talking Tourism with Linda Jurek: Fisherman's Picnic

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on 7/25/16 7:01 PM

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.        

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Topics: Events, Summer, News, Outdoors

Even Pokemon goes on vacation.

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on 7/14/16 9:22 PM

Even Pokemon goes on vacation.

At first when I saw someone running around Grand Marais looking at their phone, I assumed they were just trying to find a WiFi connection, make a call, or escape a cloud of mosquitos. Upon further inspection, I discovered that in fact, I happened to be standing amidst a gathering of pokemon awaiting capture. Turns out even PokemonGo knows how to vacation right!

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