Cook County Blog

What floats your boat? - Boating Events in Cook County MN

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on 4/25/17 11:07 AM

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!

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Topics: Events, Summer, Outdoors

Spring Training Ground - No better place to train than Cook County MN

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on 4/17/17 11:37 AM

Spring! The Perfect Training Ground

Spring. Spring is here. Spring into action! Maybe those of us who are gluttons for self-induced physical punishment are a rare breed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all go on vacation together! Some of us feel best when we’ve had a chance to tackle an ambitious workout to burn off the craziness, the overbooked, the overworked, the constantly spinning minds and lives so many of us lead. When it’s over, we can finally kick back and enjoy relaxing for the remainder of our day. A week-long family vacation need not derail one’s event training schedule since many routes start right from your lodging back door. Grab a few friends for a midweek day of hooky and check out the ever-growing systems of single track trail or an hours-long mud and gravel grind that ends with the winner enjoying a friendly wagered beer from the other finishers! Or surprise your honey with a weekend getaway for hiking or cruising the gentle paved path on the Gitchi Gami State bike trail along Lake Superior. Or race that sweetheart on a Superior Hiking Trail run!

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Topics: Spring, Summer, Outdoors

Maple syruping - A labor of love

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 3/27/17 3:57 PM

Sweetwater season. March and April are known as the sweetest times of the year, when the days grow long and the sap starts flowing. The air is thick with the smell of maple syrup. 

This story is shared with us by our administrative manager, Molly O'Neill. Photos by the other resident syruper at Visit Cook County - Kjersti Vick, marketing manager.

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Topics: Spring, Outdoors

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