Cook County Blog

Boundary Waters Basics: Insider Tips for Planning a Memorable Family Camping Adventure

Posted by Kjersti Vick on Jul 11, 2018 1:28:56 PM

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.

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

Visit Cook County – Top 5 Fun Summer Activities

Posted by Kjersti Vick on Jun 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Our Top 5 Fun Summer Activities

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.

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

Swimming Hot Spots - Best Places to Cool off in Cook County

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on Jul 6, 2017 11:40:34 AM

Swimming Hot Spots

It’s getting to be that time of year! The best place to cool off from the summer heat is the water. This post will tell you the swimming hot spots around Cook County.

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Topics: Kids & Family, Outdoors, Summer

Water Adventures You Absolutely Need to Try in Cook County This Summer

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on Jul 3, 2017 8:00:21 AM

Summer is finally here and we’re so excited to get out on the water. With the heat rising, it’s important to find ways to stay cool while you’re out having fun. And you’re in luck: Cook County actually boasts more water than it does land, making it the perfect place to cool off from the summer heat. Add some of these water adventures to your summer bucket list:

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Topics: Kids & Family, Outdoors, Summer

Top 10 Things to Do in Cook County This Summer

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on Jun 1, 2017 8:00:37 AM

With an abundance of outdoor activities, historical museums and dining & entertainment options, there’s an adventure for everyone in Cook County all year round. Cook County really comes to life in summer when days are longer and temperatures are warmer. From kayaking on Lake Superior to fishing along the Gunflint Trail, there’s so much to see and do this summer in Cook County. It’ll be Labor Day before you know it, so we whittled the list down to 10 essential summer activities.

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

30 Min. Climbs - Quick hikes around Cook County.

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on May 24, 2017 11:46:36 AM

30 Minute Climbs

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Topics: Outdoors, Summer

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

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on Apr 25, 2017 11:07:27 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, Outdoors, Summer

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

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on Apr 17, 2017 11:37:54 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: Outdoors, Spring, Summer

Talking Tourism with Linda Jurek - Hygge and the DMO Life

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on Feb 21, 2017 9:57:20 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

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

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on Dec 14, 2016 10:35:13 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