Cook County Blog

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: Summer, Outdoors

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, Summer, Outdoors

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: Spring, Summer, Outdoors

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

Talking Tourism with Linda Jurek: Fisherman's Picnic

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on Jul 25, 2016 7:01:46 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 Jul 14, 2016 9:22:21 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

Talking Tourism with Linda Jurek: Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime…..

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on Jun 30, 2016 8:18:02 PM

Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime…..

It’s here and action packed. Since it’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me, I thought I’d write a quick little catch-up blog.

Pounding Nails

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Topics: Summer

What You Need To Know About The Summer Solstice & Why We Should Celebrate It!

Posted by Leif Birnbaum on Jun 14, 2016 7:59:36 PM

The solstice is nearly upon us, let us help you to find what you need to know about the summer solstice and why we should celebrate it!

In 2017 the official date of the summer solstice is June 21st.

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