We had an interesting conversation with some folks yesterday in the store. To paraphrase the discussion, they brought up that there is much more to do in Grand Marais and the whole Gunflint area in the summer time. It made for an interesting conversation because most of us feel that winter is the best time to visit because there are no crowds. Yes, that is partly because people feel the area is just too cold and boring but it also means you have a lot of places to yourselves. But what can you do? The easy answer is to go cross country skiing or snowshoeing throughout Cook County. If you are lucky enough to have a big dog, you can even try skijoring. Pincushion Mountain is right on the edge of Grand Marais with spectacular views of Lake Superior. Or you can drive north on the Gunflint Trail to mid trail and beyond for great skiing conditions. To the west around Cascade Lodge you can ski the Bally Creek Trails or the Deeryard Trails.
So what else can you do? Come on in and we can take you ice climbing or ice fishing. You can rent a Snowtrekker tent and go camping for the weekend and try to catch one of those 33” Lake Trout. This coming weekend March 8 and 9th is the Mush for a Cure Sled Dog FUNdraiser followed on Sunday the 10th with the John Beargrease Sled Dog Race.
But you say, you don’t want to stand around outside and get cold and are not very athletic anyway. What can you do? This is the time of the year that Lutsen Mountain has all sorts of entertainment and fun. Instead of listing them all, I am linking to a some of their event pages.
A great time will be had by all but don’t forget that if you are in Lutsen, we aren’t that far away and we have lots of great winter apparel on sale. Go enjoy the entertainment in Lutsen and then come on over and visit Stone Harbor on the East Bay of Lake Superior in Grand Marais.
What about you? What’s your favorite winter activity in northern Minnesota?