The Danish concept of “hygge” (pronounced hoo-gah), has traveled to the United States. Hygge is the ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire.
Odds are you have experienced hygge, it is a daily part of being in northern minnesota. Hygge encourages us to embrace all of winter’s pleasures: Snowshoeing through the woods with someone special, feeling the fresh snow crunch beneath you, savoring each snowflake that lands on your eyelash – all of that is hygge.
In Cook County we have an abundance of opportunities to experience the fine art of hygge. It is one part enjoyment of winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, or dogsledding and two parts sublime relaxation. Drinking coffee, watching the snowfall, and cuddling up beside the fire with a good book are critical components of this trend. This winter, take extra time to be mindful of your surroundings then watch the winter blues fade away.
Grand Marais and surrounding Cook County communities are made for hygge
Winter beauty, adventure, relaxation and coziness for miles, this beautiful little harbor village on Lake Superior is the ideal hygge destination. This year Grand Marais is launching its first annual Hygge Week, February 9-15, 2017. Visitors will enjoy all the splendors of a classic northwoods winter vacation, dogsledding, snowmobiling, stargazing, fireside gatherings, cross-country skiing, with the added bonus of unique events to encourage the celebration and enjoyment of the wonderful things that make North Shore winters unique.
View the Events Schedule here. Missed the official Hygge Week? No problem, many properties are carrying on the activities the whole month.
Some of the many hygge-themed features include Scandinavian themed menu items, a full moon reading, cabin concert, art show openings, and lodging specials. With endless opportunities for relaxation seekers, adventure driven souls and everyone in between, hygge week offers memorable experiences for all.
Star gazing and looking for the Northern Lights are spectacular hygge-like past times in Cook County. According to www.darkskyfinder.com, the majority of communities in Cook County are rated above-average for darkness. At the end of the Gunflint Trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of the purest dark skies east of the Mississippi